Instead of continuing around the Ring of Kerry, we relied on a suggestion from cycleireland.ie and headed for the center of the Iveragh Peninsula. This area is home to Ireland’s highest mountains, the McGillicuddy Reeks.
Where there are mountains there are mountain passes. We choose to head to Killarney for the country’s bank holiday via the Ballaghisheen pass.
The pass didn’t let us down. It required maximum effort going up and provided fantastic views at the top of the Reeks. While the largest peak is only around 3,000 feet tall, the range still looks impressive as it rises dramatically from the Glencar Valley.