Kenmare and Beara Peninsula Cycle.
Kenmare is a haven of tranquillity, gourmet food and breathtaking scenery. It’s located at the head of Kenmare Bay. This heritage town is the connecting point between the Ring of Beara and the Ring of Kerry and is approximately 23 miles from Killarney Town.
Having driven to Kenmare Town, this cycle leaves from Kenmare pier ,and heads south over the suspension bridge, the route travels on the R571 to Tuosist. As this popular road hugs the contours of the coastline, cyclists can enjoy intermittent views of the Iveragh peninsula across Kenmare Bay.
At a little Village called Tuosist we cycle a quiet Boreen with limited traffic. Leaving Tuosist the road rises to the top of the gap between Knockatee and Knockanoughanigh and rewards with spectacular views of Dereen Woods and Killmackillogue harbour. On the descent cyclists enter leafy Lauragh towards the famous Dereen Estate.
We then turn right at the inlet and cycle for 4km towards Killmackillogue pier. A picture perfect harbour with a traditional Irish pub awaits you, with fantastic views out across the water. Here we can eat as the pub food at Teddy O’Sullivan’s is excellent – effectively the catch of the day, fresh off the boats that morning. The atmosphere and ambiance here on a summer’s day is glorious. One can sit outside on the pier watching boats come and go. Order the Kenmare Bay mussels and prepare to linger over a lovely leisurely lunch.
After refreshments we continue a coastal cycle eventually leading back to Tuosist. The cycle continues back to Kenmare Town ending at Kenmare pier. Afterwards, leisure time in the form of a stroll around the heritage town of Kenmare is highly recommended.