Killarney Cycling Festival

Cycle the Ring of Kerry The Wrong Way Round OR The Hard Way Round for the Killarney Cycling Festival on Saturday, 27 August 2016.



Now in its third year there are two tantalizing routes are on offer. Depart from Killarney on the Wrong Way Round and tackle Molls Gap before heading for the scenic South West via Sneem. From there on the route is familiar passing Waterville, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh and Killorglin.

Or take the challenge and cycle The Hard Way Round taking a right for Ballaghbeama through the heart of Kerry to Ballaghoisin, a detour around the stunning Skellig Ring before rejoining the main troop on the road to Cahersiveen.

Cross the finish line at the festival headquarters – The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney, where a barbecue and live entertainment will be ready and waiting.

There will be food stops dotted along the 160km & 180km routes and official festival road captains to accompany and guide you along the way.

Early bird registration open for a limited time only, with an optional extra donation which will go directly to the Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation.

The registration fees will be used to finance the running of the event and any surplus made will also be donated to the Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation.

Whether you’re a veteran on wheels or well and truly hooked round of your summer with a bang the last Saturday in August.



Cycle the famous Ring of Kerry in the opposite direction to the traditional anti-clockwise route for the Wrong Way Round Killarney Cycling Festival on Saturday, 27 August 2016.


An optional donation will go directly to the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation as well as any surplus generated from the event.


At 188km, the Ring of Kerry is no “spin around the block”. Do you have what it takes to complete this World-famous route, THE WRONG WAY ROUND!


— The Gleneagle Hotel Group —


An optional charitable donation per Registration will go directly to the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation, as well as any surplus money generated by the event.






Early BirdFeb 29th€40 (non-refundable)€90 (x2 Entries – non refundable)€200 (Team of 5 – non refundable)
Standard EntryMarch 1st – July 30th€50 (non-refundable)€90 (x2 Entries – non refundable)€200 (Team of 5 – non refundable )
Late EntryJuly 1st – August 26th€55 (non-refundable)€90 (x2 Entries – non refundable)€200 (Team of 5- non refundable)
On the Day27 August 2016€60 (non-refundable)N/AN/A



*PLEASE NOTE: All Registrations are NON-REFUNDABLE



Killarney has no shortage when it comes to accommodation. Why not stay at one of the Gleneagle Hotel Groups Award Winning Hotels

The Brehon

Classed as Ireland’s best 4 star hotel by Fáilte Ireland.

What we offer
  • The Angsana Spa
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • INEC and Entertainment
  • Luxury and Indulgence


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The Gleneagle Hotel

Kilarneys leading Family Breaks And Entertainment Hotel.

What we offer
  • The Aquila Club and Leisure Facilities
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • INEC and Entertainment
  • Pet Friendly Policy


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Scotts Hotel

Combining luxury and service right in the heart of Killarney.

What we offer
  • Live Entertainment
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Ideal Location
  • Free Wi-Fi and Underground Parking


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The Travel Inn

Awarded TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award 2014 Certificate of Excellence.

What we offer
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Idyllic Location
  • Gateway to the Ring of Kerry
  • Free Wi-Fi and Parking


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An optional charitable donation per Registration will go directly to the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation including any surplus money generated by the event

Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’ is being honoured by his native county. Donal who fundraised tirelessly while battling Cancer has now had the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation set up by his family in order to bring forward his causes of providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice centres as well as promoting his anti-suicide message. #Livelife message.

The foundation will also assist in his other causes of providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice care centers.

All fundraising proceeds from The Killarney Cycling Festival will go to the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation. This charity was set up by the family of Donal Walsh, whose tireless fundraising for Suicide awareness while battling Cancer touched the lives of many. Donals campaign highlighted the need to provide better facilities and age appropriate teenage facilities in hospitals and hospice centers as well as promoting an anti-suicide message.

When registering there is an optional charitable donation that will go directly toward the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation.

EVERY day people say I’m brave, that I’m courageous and I hate that. I’m just doing what I have to do to survive, to live another day.

— Donal Walsh —

The Route

Cycle the Ring of Kerry The Wrong Way Round OR the Hard Way Round

The cyclists will head off from Killarney, before taking a right at Molls Gap and heading to Sneem.

From there on the 158.4km route is familiar, albeit backwards, and takes in Waterville, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh and Killorglin. Then it’s the homeward stretch along the foothills of the McGuillycuddy Reeks through Beaufort.Cross the finish line at the festival headquarters – The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, where a BBQ and Live Entertainment will be ready and waiting.

The official start time is 8:00am from The Gleneagle Hotel

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If the Wrong way round isn’t much of a challenge for you then we can promise the 181.1km Hard Way Round will rise to the occasion.

Spectacular views await you while you navigate the category 4 climbs of Ballaghbeama 10% average gradient and Ballaghsheen 9% gradient. After scaling these 2 climbs “The Hard Way Round” really lives up to its name with a welcome to this fishing village of Portmagee via the infamous Coomaneaspaig Climb, a category 3 climb. Coomaneaspaig spikes to 18% in some sections. Not for the faint hearted but a serious achievement all the same. From there the Skellig Ring brings you back on route to Cahirsiveen where you will meet up with fellow cyclists from The Wrong Way Round.

The official start time is 8:00am from The Gleneagle Hotel

Download the “The Ultimate Sportive Riding Survival Guide” PDF by clicking HERE.

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Gear and Equipment

We can’t predict the weather but planning for four seasons in one day is a good start!

A rain jacket, or wind breaker, appropriate cycling gear including cycling shorts/pants, long-sleeved jersey, a helmet (compulsory). Extra little snacks to keep you going between food stations, a water bottle (there will be opportunity to refill along the route), a basic repair kit to include a spare tube, pump and bike levers. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes so that you can enjoy the after party!

***PLEASE NOTE: Cycling helmets are compulsory and must be worn at all time when cycling.


Parking is available at the festival headquarters, The Gleneagle Hotel, located on Muckross Road, Killarney. Parking will be complimentary as part of the Cycling Festival.

After Cycle Fun

The finish line is the festival headquarters, The Gleneagle Hotel. You are welcome to use the showering facilities at The Gleneagle Hotel where towels can be hired. There will be a celebration BBQ (please ensure you have your wrist bands to avail of this) and your supporters, family or friends are more than welcome to purchase items at the BBQ if they so wish. Entertainment will continue long into the night with live band followed by D.J Donal.

Wrong Way Round Route

Training Plan

Follow our 5 week training plan designed to help you comfortably complete the Killarney Cycling Festival

Try to organise a 12 week plan for yourself that can work around your own schedule. Anytime you have free time or a few hours to spare, build up those extra miles by adding them into your afternoon or early morning route. Putting in the effort now while the weather is good (!) and the evenings long gives you a good platform to improve on 4 weeks before the day.

For the last week it is important to ease off the training. The night before get plenty of sleep, eat well, plenty of carbs…which shouldn’t be a problem, drink plenty water, hydration is the key and will stand to you on the day. Remember this is not a race; there will be plenty to eat and drink on the day for everybody to enjoy and take in the atmosphere.

Cycle the 180km in 5 weeks (beginner)

*H.I = High Intensity.










1Rest30k H.I.Rest20k HillsRest20 Easy50k
2Rest30k H.I.Rest20k HillsRest30k Easy70k
3Rest40k H.I.Rest30k HillsRest30k Easy90k
4Rest50k H.I.Rest40k HillsRest20k Easy110k
5Rest60k EasyRest20k EasyRestWrong Way Around – 160k / Hard Way Round – 180K


***Online registration is now CLOSED you can register all day today until 9.00pm tonight or tomorrow morning from 6.00am before the cycle at the Box Office located in the INEC/Gleneagle Hotel***

Registration is from €50 with an optional charitable donation to the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation and includes access to the Festival after party in The Gleneagle Hotel which includes BBQ and live entertainment.

*Fee includes all operational costs, live entertainment & BBQ
**Fee is non-refundable
*** See Terms and Conditions for more details


Wild Atlantic Way

Have you ever dreamed of embarking on a journey of discovery to hidden places and secret worlds where all kinds of enchantments lay waiting for you? Well now you can, along the wildest, most captivating, coastal driving route in the world –Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way!

Tucked away in little villages and towns that snuggle into the coastline are delightful cafés and restaurants, where you can indulge in your passion for good food and great craic! Maybe you will hear a few words or Irish spoken along the way in Ireland’s Gaeltacht (Irish speaking regions) or reignite your passion for life while surfing on magnificent waves off the coast of Donegal and Sligo.  Or you make time to reflect on times past with a visit to the ruins of the sixth century monastic settlement on the stunning Skellig Michael in Kerry.  Roam through the romantic beauty of Ards Forest Park in Donegal or  watch the weather change from the historic Clare Island Lighthouse in Mayo.

Wherever you go along the Wild Atlantic Way, you will encounter moments of magic, moments to treasure and experiences that will want to return to again and again.

Check out the official Wild Atlantic Way website HERE

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequently asked questions about the Killarney Cycling Festival

Is this for charity??

There is an optional charitable donation. Plus, any surplus over operational costs will be donated to nominated charity The Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation.

How much does it cost?

€55 + optional charitable donation.
*Fee is non-refundable

When does the Killarney Cycling Festival take place?

Date: 27th August 2016

Time: 8:00am

Where does the Killarney Cycling Festival start/finish?

The Killarney Cycling Festival starts and finishes at The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney

How far is the Killarney Cycling Festival route?

The route is 160km and will take between 7 – 14 hours to complete.

What route does the Killarney Cycling Festival cover?

The Killarney Cyling Festival covers the Ring of Kerry but in reverse. Starting at The Gleneagle Hotel, Molls Gap, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin, Beaufort and finishing at The Gleneagle Hotel

Do I need to be an experienced cyclist?

No, there will be support and guidance before, during and after the event.

Will the road be closed for the Killarney Cycling Festival?

No.But there will be support and guidance before, during and after the event.

How much training will I need?

5 weeks minimum training is required in order to have a good level of fitness for the cycle. See our “Training Plan” for a detailed 5 week training guide that will aid you in completing the Killarney cycling Festival comfortably

What do I get for my Registration Fee?

Free use of the Aquila Club Leisure Center as well as refreshments on the day.

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