QUEST KILLARNEY MARCH ROUTE INFO

We have found 3 challenging routes in the most epic environments Mother Nature has to offer. Run, cycle and kayak across the Black Valley, Killarney National Park and the iconic Torc waterfall. Choose from the 55k Expert, 33K Sport or the 28K Dual route. All routes will take you to the edges of your ability.
Route Information & Precautions

The Quest Killarney 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:
Expert 55kSport 33kDual 28k

Precautions
Competitors undertake Quest 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.

*All routes are subject to change, statutory approval and license agreements.

55km Route Information

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 20km

Description: Starting in the Gleneagle Hotel you will proceed to cycle along the stunning Ring of Kerry Route and take the Kerry way through the forest to Lord Brandon’s cottage. From here you will drop you bike at the transition area in the Black Valley.

Terrain: 16K Sealed Road, 4K Gravel Path. Please note that you must dismount your bike at a narrow bridge on the gravel path to Lord Brandon’s Cottage.

Precautions: The cycle along the Kerry Way to Lord Brandon’s Cottage is a narrow gravel track. There is no opportunity for overtaking along this section. The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

Stage 2: Trail Run – 14km

Description: Competitors will drop their bikes and continue by foot along the Kerry way to the remote Black Valley. The check point is at the top of a steep path which leads to a lake at the base of the MacGillycuddy Reeks.

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

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Stage 3: Cycle – 11km

Description: You will proceed to cycle from the transition area in the Black Valley to Lord Brandon’s Cottage and along the Kerry Way to the main N71 Ring of Kerry Road. From here it is a downhill section to the Kayak transition area at 5-Mile bridge.

Terrain: 7K Sealed Road, 4K Gravel Path. Please note that you must dismount your bike at a narrow bridge on the gravel path to Lord Brandon’s Cottage.

Precautions: The cycle along the Kerry Way to Lord Brandon’s Cottage is a narrow gravel track. There is no opportunity for overtaking along this section. The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

Stage 4: Kayak – 1km

Description: Kayak on Killarney’s Long Range from 5-mile Bridge 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.

Stage 5: Cycle – 9km

Description: After the Kayak you will jump on your bike at the transition area in the car park beside the lake shore and cycle to the finish line in the Gleneagle Hotel. You must drop you bikes at the bike racking 50m before the finish line and run across the finish line, where a hot meal and a Japanese hot tub will be waiting for you.

Terrain: 9K of good quality sealed road.

Precautions: The roads are not closed and are open to traffic.

 

33km Route Information

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 9km

Description: Starting on your bike at the Gleneagle Hotel, you will cycle on the N71 towards Molls Gap.

Terrain: Sealed road.

Precautions: The road is not closed and is open to traffic.

Stage 2: Kayak – 1km

Description: Kayak on Killarney’s Long Range from 5-mile Bridge on double sit on top kayaks.

Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own kayaks they must use provided double sit on top kayaks & paddles provided. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all times. Kayak time out only available if you are waiting for kayak.

Stage 3: Cycle – 9.5km

Description: Back on your bike towards Torc waterfall. After 2km turn left towards Dinis Cottage, heading around Muckross Lake and passing the iconic Muckross House. Reach the transition area near Torc Waterfall.

Terrain: Sealed and gravelled road.

Stage 4: Trail Run – 8km

Description: Competitors will rack their bikes and continue by foot towards Torc Waterfall. Ascend the world famous Torc Waterfall steps cross the bridge turning left towards old Kenmare road. Follow the forest trails around Torc Mountain and Queens Drive area. Head back down Torc waterfall steps to bike transition.

Terrain: Stone steps, forest track and mountain track.

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

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Stage 5: Cycle – 5.5km

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 can enjoy the party atmosphere.

Terrain: Sealed road.

 

28km Route Information

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 14.5km

Description: Starting on your bike at the Gleneagle Hotel, you will cycle on the N71 towards Molls Gap Enter Killlarney National Park at Dinis Cottage Carkpark. Cycle around Muckross Lake towards Muckross House.

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

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

Precautions: The road is not closed and is open to traffic.

Stage 2: Trail Run – 8km

Description: Competitors will rack their bikes and continue by foot towards Torc Waterfall. Ascend the world famous Torc Waterfall steps cross the bridge turning left towards the Old Kenmare road. Follow the forest trails around Torc Mountain and Queens Drive area. Head back down Torc waterfall steps and back to bike transition.

Terrain: Stone steps, forest track and mountain track.

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

Precautions: Trail runners are recommended.

Stage 3: Cycle – 5.5km

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 enjoy the after party.

Terrain: Sealed road.

 

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