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riding bikes from Killarney to Dingle

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riding bikes from Killarney to Dingle

A group of middle aged road warriors want to ride bikes from Killarney to Dingle. We plan on spending two nights in Killarney with one full day biking around Killarney National Park, one day to travel from Killarney to Dingle, and then two days in Dingle. We have reservations at Killarney Avenue Hotel in Killarney and Pax Guesthouse in Dingle. Does this sound doable?

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1. Re: riding bikes from Killarney to Dingle

Yes!

Some you the roads will be narrow and it is a long day on the saddle for the average person but I'm assuming by road warriors that you are used to long trips and dealing with sharing the road with the less forgiving motorized users.

Killarney to Dingle is about 40 miles along the N72 out of Killarney, to the R563 to Milltown, to the R561 to Annascaul, to the N68 into Dingle. Might I suggest you pack a lunch and stop to enjoy it on Inch Beach. You will be more than halfway to your destination and could probably do with a before the upcoming stretch along the coastal cliffs, the switch backs and some steep inclines. Your hotel of Jams (center of town up a lane) would be happy to put together a packed lunch for you.

While around Killarney you can enter the park across the road from the hotel (look left from the main entrance) and ride through the park to Ross Castle and out to Library Point on Ross Island. Then back the main road to town taking a right to head out to Muckross. Cross to the other side of the road after the Flesk Bridge and ride on the bike/horse path into the park stopping by Muckross Abbey before reaching Muckross House. If you are feeling hungry at this stage the restaurant beside Muckross House is quite good and reasonably priced. Then back out the way you came along the long straight lead up to the house making a left before the climb and by the cottage to head around the lake by Colleen Bawn Rock, Bricin Bridge to Dinis Cottage, The Old Weir Bridge and The Meeting of The Waters (behind Dinis Cottage). Continue along this loop around the lakes taking in the views across the lake of Muckross House. The park road will lead you up to the main Killarney - Kenmare road but you can follow a bike path to lead you to Torc Waterfall. Leave you bikes by the small visitor building and walk the short distance to the falls. Behind the visitor building there is a tunnel under the road leading down to the lake again and past The Old Boat House and taking you back to Muckross House. Then head back into town before it gets dark. I have completed this tour of Killarney many times (though always as two separate journeys) and though the road rises and falls along the way it is still a relaxing journey.

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2. Re: riding bikes from Killarney to Dingle

Yes,its doable & at least you have plenty of time to enjoy both Killarney & Dingle.

For events in Dingle while you are in the area www.dinglenews.com

And you may also find www.dodingle.com helpful

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3. Re: riding bikes from Killarney to Dingle

Mr Tony,

I have just done a walk around the Knockreer circular route from the cathedral entrance up to the big house (not sure if it is Knockreer or Killarney house?). Anyway --you get fabulous lake panoramas from there--not to miss. Just wondering if cycles are permitted--didn't see any, only people, dogs and deer.

Last weekend we cycled the Ross Castle route you described so well right up to Governors Rock--fantastic headland views from there, but clouds of mossies too.

Lastly we did the Muckross cycle route which was amazing too--but I did see lots of signs with a cycle and a red line through, rather confusing ?------anyway I would say to anyone get out of the car and get on a bicycle to see these amazing sights close up. You will be richly rewarded! I just love the place--but sadly back home in the UK now..................

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4. Re: riding bikes from Killarney to Dingle

Yes, the big house on the hill is known as Knockreer House, the one closer to town by the jarvey stand and Killarney Avenue Hotel is called the Killarney House. And yes, bicycles are permitted throughout the park but this area is most popular for walkers and their dogs. Perhaps because it is more hilly than other areas of the park.

Did you make it out to Library Point on your trip out onto Ross Island? You can get a glimpse of the monastic ruins on Innisfallen Island but it is best to get a boat out to the island to walk amongst the old church buildings.

The no cycling signs are not really to tell you that you can't cycle in the area but rather to keep cyclists going in one direction. For example there is one on the road to one side of Dinis Cottage. Its function is to encourage cyclists to ride around the lake in a clockwise manner but I have never heard of anyone getting a ticket or even a warning for riding in the opposite direction. When younger we would ride our bikes out from town to go swimming at Collen Bawn Rock. And from there ride back and forth to Dinis Cottage to load up on snacks. Yes, we had to proceed with caution but rarely did anyone go off the road due to oncoming traffic - but more likely from simply going to fast around a hilly bend.

There is also one on the drive away from Muckross House just before the short steep hill. This is so that you cycle around to the left by the cottage and not obstruct any jaunting cars that have to make the slow narrow climb up or get run over by them as they speed down the other side.

All in all cycling is the best way to see the park as you get to explore away from the main sites in an efficient manner. Glad your visit went so well.

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