Mountain Lakes & Bakers Buns
Cram stinging climbs, gorgeous lakes, mountains, and a long descent into a 40km route and you have the perfect cycle ride: short but incredibly sweet!
Starting out from Killorglin, on the N70 Wild Atlantic Way/Ring of Kerry road, the first 8km of this route are shared with the cars and buses full of tourists. At the bustling Red Fox Inn, with its popular Bog Village Museum, turn left to leave the tourists and traffic behind. A quick right turn has you crossing the Caragh River and the blue expanse of Caragh Lake comes into view.
For the next 6km the road is yours, as you hug the entire western side of this beautiful lake, breathing in the warm scents of wild gorse and flowers. The light shimmers off the water on calm days, when all you hear is birdsong and your wheels happily spinning along. Cycling was made for moments like this.
Leaving the lake behind, the hidden gem of Blackstone’s Bridge awaits. The stone arched bridge is the perfect spot to see the Upper Caragh. In winter, the rapids roar under the bridge but in summer the low water reveals unusual black boulders, which this area is famous for. Selfies on the bridge are a must.
A steady rise in the road for the next 5km carries you up to the vista of Lough Acoose. This deep, cold-water lake nestles at the foot of Caher, Beenkeragh and Carrauntoohil (Ireland’s three highest mountains). It’s a dramatic setting and marks the highest point of the day.
From here the speed increases as it’s downhill all the way back to Killorglin. A quick left just outside the town brings you to the door of Jack’s Bakery & Deli, a popular spot for cyclists to load up on some tasty treats straight out of the oven.
Alternatively, climb the hill up through the town for a choice of bike-friendly cafés with great coffee. For a komoot map with full details see here.
The perfect short route that has everything a cyclist could want.
Carrig Country House
Carrig Country House is situated in one of the most beautiful hideaways in the world, on the shores of Caragh Lake, just off Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The AA five-diamond, 17-bedroom property is set in four acres of beautiful gardens featuring 950 species of mature trees and plants which sweep down to a private jetty on the lake.