What to Expect When Cycling The Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry
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What to Expect When Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry

If you want to see, feel and experience the beauty of Western Ireland, there’s no better way to do that than cycle your way down the Wild Atlantic Way. This route is more than 2000 km long and it covers the entire Atlantic part of the Emerald Isle. Too long for a bike ride? Don’t worry; you can still have a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way without completing the whole trail. In this blog post, we will tackle on cycling the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry.

Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry

The Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry

Kerry is a county in Southwest Ireland and is part of the province of Munster. This county is home to the Killarney National Park, McGillycuddy Reeks, several lakes, woodlands and beaches.

The Kerry part of the Wild Atlantic Way is 450km long. This section of the legendary cycling trail is considered to be the most beautiful because of the abundance of amazing, picturesque views and other activities you can do.

Being part of the Wild Atlantic Way, County a cycling loop was developed within the area and is called Ring of Kerry. This ring starts and ends in the historical town of Killarney. The cycling loop covers amazing places such as the villages of Sneem and Waterville, the Victorian-esque Muckross Park, and the panoramic beaches of Rossbeigh.

Sights and Activities When Cycling The Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry

The southern coast of the Iveragh peninsula is the start of the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry. Here you will find the Beara Peninsula on the left and the majestic Mcgillycuddy’s Reeks on the right. The mountain range includes 9 out of 10 of the tallest mountains in Ireland, including the highest Carrauntoohil. You will also find your way to Waterville where you will find the Skellig Islands and its 6th century monastic settlements, a UNIESCO World Heritage site. When you reach the coastal of Portmagee, visit the Valentia islands. Valentia is where you will find first telegraph link between Europe and the United States can be found.

Mcgillycuddy Reeks

Don’t forget to visit the town of Killarney, a town located right beside Lough Leane. Places you can visit in Killarney include St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Killarney National Park. After Killarney, take time to go to Killorglin, another town you can visit where you can find the breathtaking Caragh Lake and Kerry Bog Village. If beach views are more of your thing, you can stick to the coastal areas and travel down to the Dingle Peninsula. Rossbeigh and Inch beaches are good places to visit as well.

Ross Castle in Killarney

The Ring of Kerry is a great trail that every cyclist should consider. Lots of discovery you will find when you cycle in this portion of the Wild Atlantic Way with amazing landscapes and ocean views you can truly enjoy. To make your cycling more fun, don’t forget to visit ancient forts, abbeys, castles and round towers. When you want to have some down time, take time to have a picnic at any of the sandy beaches you can find along the way.

Important Things to Consider

Ring of Kerry

Cycling around the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry is an absolute must. Before you plan out your trip to this part of the trail, there are some things consider first.

  • There are some parts of the Atlantic Way in Kerry that have steep and narrow roads. These roads are more suitable for more experienced cyclists.
  • For the less experienced, don’t worry as cycle lanes that are suitable for beginners were opened last year.
  • The Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry has a 172km stretch and can be done within a day if you’re up for the challenge. If you want it more relaxed, however, you can break your trip down into three days.
  • Cycle the route – especially in the Ring of Kerry – in a counter clockwise direction for better views along the way.
  • The Kerry section of the Wild Atlantic Way can be busy in the middle of the year. To have the place virtually by yourself, plan your visit August onwards.

As they say, the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry is the most rewarding part of the 2000km-long trail. If you happen to pass by the place, drop by at The Bookshelf Coffee House for a taste of the best coffee in Kerry.

About the Author Paul O'Carroll

Paul O'Carroll is the owner of Bookshelf Cork and co-owner of The Bookshelf Kerry. As a barista he is in charge of all things coffee. When he isn't plotting new ways to create amazing new coffee, brunch or dessert ideas, he likes to explore the Wild Atlantic Way of Kerry and Cork. He also writes about what makes these amazing 2 counties special.

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