Cycle around the Ring of Beara, it has to be one of the best cycling routes in the whole of Ireland. The roads are quiet and there is just spectacular scenery all the way. Many small villages with places to stop for food and drink. Too few to mention, so I won’t.
Follow the route as shown in the video, but of course start from any where that suits and feel free to stay around for a few days. You don’t need to sign up for a sportive to enjoy this route, indeed it is much more fun when you are on your own or just with a small group.
Cycle the Ring of Beara Peninsula, on the wildatlanticway .#beara #film It is quite possibly the nicest cycle route in Ireland… Especially when the weather is right. Any time come and do it, you don't need a sportive to sign up to. Just put 50€ in your pocket and cycle around, get lunch in any one of many bars or restaurants.
Wild Atlantic Challenge event organised by the Lehanmore Community Centre was a tough task. Ride 120KM from Lehanmore across tough roads to Cronin’s yard. Where other people would join the cyclists to climb Carrauntoohil. The highest mountain in Ireland at 1039 meters. Participants had the chance to do both or one of the challenges.
Breakfast was served at six am and then 20 cyclists set off on the tough cycle, with 1300meters of height gain to get them to Cronin’s yard. On the way breakfast was supplied by Supervalu of Kenmare, thanks. Arriving at Cronin’s for about 1PM the cyclists met up with the walkers and in all about 40 people walked up and down the hill in between four and six hours.
Money was raised for Kerry Mountain Rescue and Lehanmore Community centre. Lots of laughs were had during and after the BBQ supplied by the Kerry Mountain Rescue team.
A great event and if it happens again should not be missed. Many thanks to the organisers.
Watch a video here
Wild Atlantic Challenge
PJ and Mathew on the top
Of course if you want more information about Lehanmore try here
Beara Charity Cycle July 2015. The Beara Charity Cycle has had a change of circuit and a change of date. The new circuit allows for people to see the old Beara Road from Eyeries around the coast to Ardgroom. The date change is due to the clash with the Kenmare cycle weekend.
watch a new updated video including the new loop around the Ring of Beara from Eyeries to Ardgroom
Beara Charity Cycle July 2015
The new circuit is basically two loops, the first loop is the longest at 69 KM and goes from Castletownbere to Allihies and on to Urhan and Eyeries. From there the Ring of Beara is followed along the coastal road towards Kilcatherine and on to Ardgroom. Then back to Town which makes for a circuit of 69 KM.
Back in town for a cup of tea and then the loop from town to Adrigole over the Healey Pass into Lauragh and back via the Festival of Eyeries. It is great to be able to stop in Eyeries for some refreshments and support their village festival. The second circuit is 53KM. So total is 122KM these distances are approximates.