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County Kerry, Ireland

Includes Routes off the Ring of Kerry, and Also on the Dingle Peninsula. See Also our Guide to County Cork.

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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.

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Kenmare Running Tour

County Kerry, Ireland

This running tour of Kenmare's highlights has a nice variety. Historic Cromwell's Bridge, Kenmare Stone Circle, nice water views along the Kenmare Pier and over the Kenmare Bridge, and the famous rhododendron tunnel trail in Reenagross Woodland.
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Waterville Area & Hogs Head

County Kerry, Ireland

Just off the Ring of Kerry in Waterville, a nice run on quieter roads that mixes a waterfront section along Ballinskelligs Bay, then a 5.6 km interior loop featuring the Loher Stone Fort. The full route is a 10-miler, but there are shorter/longer options.
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Kerry Way Trail Run

County Kerry, Ireland

Heaven for trail runners! Choose a section of this 200 km walking trail around the Iveragh Peninsula. There are easy, moderate, and difficult sections. Much of the trail is on clifftop heads above the water, with some interior farmland sections.
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Dingle Way Trail Run

County Kerry, Ireland

Another great option for trail runners! Choose a section of this 179 km walking trail around the Dingle Peninsula. Trail running with various degrees of difficulty, & somewhat easier than the Kerry Way. Much of the trail is along or above the coast.
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Tralee Running Options

County Kerry, Ireland

There are some nice running options in County Kerry's largest town, including a flat off-road path along the Tralee Canal, paths around the beautiful Park of Tralee, and a completed section of the planned Tralee-Fenit Greenway.
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