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Quest Killarney: All You Need to Know

Over 2,500 adventure racers will descend on Killarney on Saturday 1st October to run, cycle and kayak their way around the mountains for the welcome return of Quest Killarney  – the first time the event has been able to return to the area since 2019.

All the information on start times, finish times, road closures, car parking and spectator viewing are listed below.

Start times

Participants start in waves of 200 people from 2 different Wave starts in the vicinity of the Gleneagle Hotel:

Start Pen A:

Location: Jarvey track opposite the Gleneagle Hotel
Routes starting from Pen A: Expert, Pro & Dual

Start Pen B:

Location: Jarvey track opposite the Gleneagle Hotel
Routes starting from Pen B: Sport and Challenge

Wave Times Story

Finish Times:

The expected 1st finishers at the Gleneagle Hotel Quest Village are:

Expert: 11.35am
Pro:  11.25am
Sport: 10.15am
Dual: 11.45am
Challenge: 1.05pm

The last participants will finish at approximately 4pm.

Road Closures

There will be some road closures to allow the safe running of this event, see link below with all the details on road closures:

The main road closure in place is the N71 Killarney to Molls Gap road which will be closed from the Main Entrance of Muckross House to the top of Molls Gap from 6am to 4pm.


We encourage everyone to come out and support the adventure racing athletes at the start and finish line at The Gleneagle Hotel.

We are asking spectators not to go along the route to support the athletes as the narrow roads are not suitable to bikes and cars. There are also a number of road closures in place which will make it difficult to navigate the route by car.


Registration/Pack Pick-up:

Friday 30th September: 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 1st October: 7am to 10am

Mangerton Suite, INEC Killarney, V93 V6WF

Bikes for our Ukrainian Friends

We want to make everyday life for our Ukrainian friends in Kerry a little bit easier. We are asking if anyone has an old adult bike that they do not use anymore to bring it to registration at the Gleneagle Hotel on Friday 30th September and leave it with Martin from Derrynane Hotel, and he will donate them to the Ukrainian refugees in South Kerry.

Quest Killarney Expo

At registration on Friday night in the Gleneagle Hotel, there will be many of our partners displaying their products and services. Come along and enjoy the atmosphere.

Join us on Friday 30th September between 8pm and 9pm in the INEC for our free Quest Killarney Expo and on stage to chat all things adventure racing. We’ll have event tips and advice from experts, plus some surprise guests!

Car Parking

The roads will be busy and traffic will be heavy at times in the area over the weekend. Please give your self ample time for arrival.

You will be directed to the event specific car parks by event staff. Car parks are approximately 500m-1000m from the start area.

Prize Giving

The prize giving ceremony will take place at the back stage bar in the INEC at 2pm.

We would like to thank the people of Killarney and the surrounding areas for supporting this event. We will have over 250 volunteers along the route from 6 different sporting clubs in the area guiding the participants along the adventure.

We would also like to thank Kerry County Council and Killarney National Parks who facilitate the safe running of this event every year.

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