Oisin Pass & Atlantic Cruise

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OISIN PASS & ATLANTIC CRUISE

Savour the silence on Ballaghasheen Pass, the highest road climb in the Reeks District. Highlights along the way include haunting Lough Acoose, the foothills of Upper Glencar and, of course, the pass itself.

This route is more than just a tough ride though as it’s steeped in Irish history. The pass takes its name from Oisín, the son of the greatest hunter warrior in Irish mythology Fionn MacCumhaill. It’s said that he returned here after spending 300 years in Tír Na nÓg – the Irish name for the otherworld.

With an average gradient of eight per cent and ramps of 20 per cent, the climb is not for the faint of heart – but it’s rewarded with jaw-dropping views at the top. And the return along the N70 Ring of Kerry road offers the chance to take in the Wild Atlantic Way at a more leisurely pace for the perfect end to a tough day in the saddle.

THE RIDE

Day 1 Training
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Day 2 Rafting Whitewater
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Day 3 Rafting The Chilko
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Folklore favourite

The Pass takes its name from Oisin, the son of the legendary warrior Fionn MacCumhail, who is said to have visited the otherworld of Tír na nÓg.

Incredible views

Climbing the Ballaghasheen Pass offers amazing views east toward the Reeks and west towards Waterville and the stunning coastline.

Scenic stop

Pull over at the viewing point by Lough Acoose for vistas over this haunting mountain lake, a favourite of local fishermen.

Effortless descent

From Cahersiveen on, the coastal stretch is mostly a 10km decline to give the legs a well-earned rest.

OISIN PASS & ATLANTIC CRUISE​

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FAQ

This 5km long stretch of soft sand and wild dunes is ideal for summer and winter walks, as well as being a long-standing favourite for swimmers and surfers

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