QUEST KILLARNEY OCTOBER ROUTE INFO

For 2017 we are updating our routes. The routes were designed to be challenging and inspiring as a real test of endurance for any outdoor enthusiast. With the 83km Expert route, 73km Pro route, 55Km Sports route, 65km Dual route and the 27km Mini route to choose from, we’ll take you on an adventure to reach the edge of your physical ability.
Route Information & Precautions

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


Precautions

Competitors undertake Quest Killarney 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.

There are 5 challenging routes:
83K Expert73k Pro55k Sport65k Dual27k Mini

 

83km Expert Route Information

The race consists of the following 7 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 14km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel you will cycle through Killarney town to Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Terrain: Sealed road

Features: New for 2017 participants will experience a new element of traversing Killarney town with a scenic, engaging ride through Fossa and up into the Gap of Dunloe.

Stage 2: Mountain Run – 6.5km

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.

Stage 3: Road Bike – 36.5km

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.

Stage 4: Run – 0.8km

Description: You will run less than a km at transition to Dundag and the kayak stage.

Stage 5: Kayak – 1km

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.

Stage 6: Mangerton Mountain Run – 18.8km

Description: 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.

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.

Stage 7: Road 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 t-shirts.

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

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

Expert Distance Table

73km Pro Route Information

The race consists of the following 7 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 14km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel you will cycle through Killarney town to Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Terrain: Sealed road

Features: New for 2017 participants will experience a new element of traversing Killarney town with a scenic, engaging ride through Fossa and up into the Gap of Dunloe.

Stage 2: Mountain Run – 6.5km

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.

Stage 3: Road Bike – 36.5km

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.

Stage 4: Run – 0.8km

Description: You will run less than a km at transition to Dundag and the kayak stage.

Stage 5: Kayak – 1km

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.

Stage 6: Trail Run – 9km
Description: 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.

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.

Stage 7: Road 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 t-shirts.

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

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

Pro Distance Table

55km Sport Route Information

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

Stage 1: Road Bike – 39km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel you will cycle through Killarney town past Kate Kearney’s Cottage and on into the Gap of Dunloe, this amazing cycle has breathtaking views around every corner. You’ll continue past Lord Brandon’s and back to Torc. 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 and the lakes of Killarney.

Stage 2: Run – 0.8km

Description: You will run less than a km at transition to Dundag and the kayak stage.

Stage 3: Kayak – 1km

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.

Stage 4: Trail Run – 9km
Description: 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.

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.

Stage 5: Road 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 t-shirts.

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

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

Sports Distance Table

65km Dual Route Information

The race consists of the following 3 stages:

Stage 1: Road Bike – 50.5km

Description: Starting at the Gleneagle Hotel you will cycle through Killarney town past Kate Kearney’s Cottage and on into the Gap of Dunloe, this amazing cycle has 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.

Stage 2: Trail Run – 9km
Description: 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.

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.

Stage 3: Road 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 t-shirts.

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

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

Dual Distance Table

27km Mini Route Information

Start Location Gleneagle Hotel

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

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.

Stage 2: Run – 0.8km

Description: You will run less than a km at transition to Dundag and the kayak stage.

Stage 3: Kayak – 1km
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.

Stage 4: Forest Track Run – 8km

Description: 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 transition 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.

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.

 

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