Kerry to Killarney

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.

On the ride to Waterville we had great views of some nearby islands.
On the ride to Waterville we had great views of some nearby islands.

Where there are mountains there are mountain passes. We choose to head to Killarney for the country’s bank holiday via the Ballaghisheen pass.

At the top of Ballaghisheen Pass, you get your first view of the McGillicuddy Reeks.
At the top of Ballaghisheen Pass, you get your first view of the McGillicuddy Reeks.
Carrie speeds by on some new chip seal with the McGillicuddy Reeks as a backdrop.
Carrie speeds by on some new chip seal with the McGillicuddy Reeks as a backdrop.
I bought a log of ice cream at the Climber's Inn in the Glencar Valley. We ate the whole log in minutes. This is rideEATsleep after all.
I bought a log of ice cream at the Climber’s Inn in the Glencar Valley. We ate the whole log in minutes. This is rideEATcamp after all.

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.

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