Kerry Head Cycleway

Cycling On Road
County Kerry
Grade Moderate
Length 17.1 km
Time 40 mins
Format Loop
Ascent 141 m
Finish Point
Nearest Town to Start Ballyheigue
Lat. and Long. 52.38839006, -9.82657

The Kerry Head Cycleway which is a mix of flat and hilly countryside starts in Ballyheigue and departs along the steep hill overlooking Ballyheigue Bay, with its crashing waves where many a ship has foundered. As cyclists climb to the top, the westerly prevailing Atlantic wind can be a challenge but soon the road levels out for a gentler but undulating ride back to Ballyheigue. It is worth stopping at various points along the route to enjoy the views, where the Atlantic Ocean stretches to the horizon. Gradually the route turns inland along the edge of the mountain and finally enters the town of Ballyheigue again by the local golf course and the castle, built in the early 1800's, but now a ruin.

Maps and other information

A bike with low gears is recommeneded to get up the climb in the first half of this route.
The route is on quiet roads with very light traffic along the way.
The route should be signposted but please print the map provided here and bring it with you just in case. There are very few turning points on the route - after leaving the start keep straight on at all junctions until the return journey where you turn right at the crossroads near Glenlea (shown on the map) and then right again when you reach the R551 and take the smaller road back into Ballyheigue.

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheets 63 and 71

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