Overall route information

The Killarney adventure race is a one day individual multi adventure sport race.

The route is expertly designed by Nathan Kingerlee of Outdoors Ireland. Nathan operates outdoors Ireland one of the country's leading outdoor and adventure training companies.

The Killarney adventure race team has put together a route that is both challenging and inspiring with rugged landscape and breathtaking scenery.

There are 3 different routes options to suit all levels of fitness.

70km route

The race is approximately 70Km long consisting of the following 6 stages:

Stage 1:

Strickeen mountain run - 4km

Stage 2:

Road bike through Gap of Dunloe & the Black Valley - 23km

Stage 3:

Kayak on Lough Brin - 1.5km

Stage 4:

Road bike along the Ring of Kerry through Molls Gap - 29km

Stage 5:

Mountain run up Torc Waterfall, the Devil's Punchbowl & Mangerton mountain - 11km

Stage 6:

Road bike through Killarney National Park to finish at Muckross House - 2.5km

Total: 70km

Route Maps

Route maps for 2014 will be uploaded when available.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the route of the adventure race is run across well worn paths so as not to disturb the delicate ecology in the Killarney National Park.

All competitors must comply with our environmental policy to ensure that the race can be organised in a sustainable manner.

70km Route Information

70km route

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

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Stage 1: Mountain Run - 7km

Description: Starting at the base of the McGillycuddy Reeks this stage will take you through a tough steep bog mountain trail up and over Strickeen mountain.

Terrain: Hill trail & heathen bog.

Features: Stunning views of Carrantuohill, the Gap of Dunloe, the Lakes of Killarney and Purple mountain

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Stage 2: Road bike - 35km

Description: Pick your bike up at Kate Kearney's Cottage and start this amazing cycle with breathtaking views around every corner. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate you way through this challenging section.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel and potholes.

Features: The Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Molls gap, ladies view, Lakes of Killarney and the eagles nest to name a few.

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Stage 3: Kayak - 1.5km

Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake on double sit on top kayaks.

Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own Kayaks they must use provided double sit on top Kayaks & paddles. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all times.

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Stage 4: Mangerton Mountain Run - 19km

Starting by going under a 250 year old tunnel under the road, competitors will ascend to Torc Waterfall and follow forest tracks to the base of Mangerton. From here a mountain track leads to the Devil's Punchbowl, 50 metres from the summit of Mangerton Mountain. The 18km distance includes a 2km run up and back to the Kayak stage.

Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track, mountain track.

Features: From the summit you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney and as far as Kenmare Bay.

Precautions: The ascent up the final 50m to the summit of Mangerton is a steep rock incline and competitors must follow the marked route.

Cut off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of Mangerton Mountain by 2pm will not be allowed to continue up to the summit.

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Stage 5: Road Bike - 6km

Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.

Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland's largest Oak forest.

60km Route Information

60km route

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

activity
Stage 1: Mountain Run - 7km

Description: Starting at the base of the McGillycuddy Reeks this stage will take you through a tough steep bog mountain trail up and over Strickeen mountain.

Terrain: Hill trail & heathen bog.

Features: Stunning views of Carrantuohill, the Gap of Dunloe, the Lakes of Killarney and Purple mountain

activity
Stage 2: Road bike - 35km

Description: Pick your bike up at Kate Kearney's Cottage and start this amazing cycle with breathtaking views around every corner. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate you way through this challenging section.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel and potholes.

Features: The Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley, Molls gap, ladies view, Lakes of Killarney and the eagles nest to name a few.

activity
Stage 3: Kayak - 1.5km

Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake on double sit on top kayaks.

Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own Kayaks they must use provided double sit on top Kayaks & paddles. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all times.

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Stage 4: Torc Mountain Run - 9km

Starting by going under a 250 year old tunnel under the road, competitors will ascend to Torc Waterfall and the old Kenmare Road, taking a left off the Old Kenmare Road and following a forest trail to a viewing point at Barr na Currane. The 9km distance includes 2km run up and back to the Kayak stage.

Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track and mountain track.

Features: From the viewing point you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney.

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Cut-off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of the forest trail by 4pm will not be allowed to continue up to Barr na Currane.

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Stage 5: Road Bike - 6km

Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.

Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland's largest Oak forest.

Overall route information & precautions

The Killarney adventure race team has put together a route that is both challenging and inspiring with rugged landscape and breath taking scenery.

There are 3 different routes options to suit all levels of fitness:

killarney adventure race 27km killarney adventure race 60km killarney adventure race 70km

Precautions

Competitors undertake the Killarney Adventure Race at their own risk.

Please familiarise yourself with the route maps, race briefing document and the areas on the route where care must be taken. Please observe warning signs, race stewards advice and listen carefully to the race briefing before the race.

30km Route Information

“30km

The race consists of the following 4 stages:

activity
Stage 1: Cycle - 11km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel this stage will take you along a cycle route around Muckross House in Killarney National Park.

Terrain: Sealed & gravel road.

Features: Stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney as the Cycle route take you around the lakes.

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Stage 2: Kayak - 1.5km

Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Muckross Lake on double sit on top kayaks.

Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own Kayaks they must use provided double sit on top Kayaks & paddles. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all times.

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Stage 3: Torc Mountain Run - 8km

Competitors will follow a trail parallel with the Ring of Kerry road. From here, ascend the famous 'Cardiac Steps' and follow the trail to the top of Torc Waterfall and back down the old Torc steps to the trasition area.

Terrain: Walking trail, stone steps, forest track and mountain track.

Features: From various points along the trail you have panoramic views across the entire Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney.

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Cut off point: Competitors who do not reach the base of the 'Cardiac Steps' by 4pm will not be allowed to continue up the trail.

activity
Stage 4: Road Bike - 6km

Description: The final short cycle stage brings you to the finish line at the Gleneagle Hotel where all competitors will be given their customised medals and t-shirts.

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality from good to gravel.

Features: Muckross House and Gardens, Ireland's largest Oak forest.

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