This is the Great Runs guide to the best places to run in County Kerry in south-west Ireland. Kerry faces the Atlantic Ocean and features many peninsulas and inlets, including the Dingle Peninsula, the Iveragh Peninsula, and the Beara Peninsula. One challenge for runners is that some of the most scenic roads lack a shoulder or sidewalk. so they aren’t safe for running. We’ve chosen routes in some of the most visited spots in County Kerry, with a focus on scenic and safe waterfront runs and some off-road options.
On the Iveragh Peninsula, location of the 180 km Ring of Kerry scenic drive, we have wonderful routes in Killarney, Kenmare, Waterville, and Bray Head. Trail runners will find wonderful options in Killarney National Park and on the 200 km Kerry Way. On the Dingle Peninsula, we have routes in Dingle and Tralee, and wonderful trail running options around Slea Head, which is part of the the long-distance Dingle Way. The best beaches for running in County Kerry are Inch Beach, Ceann Trá Beach, Stradbally Beach, and Rossbeigh Beach.
A car is generally needed to get around County Kerry. And runners should always be prepared for Ireland’s changeable weather — especially on exposed coastal routes.