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Ireland Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Spin through the classic Irish landscape: green hills, small farms, quaint cottages and woolly sheep
  • The hospitality of the acclaimed Park Hotel Kenmare
  • A private whiskey tasting
  • Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture
  • Ring of Kerry treasures, including sweeping coastal views, by land and sea 

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Through Counties Cork & Kerry

There's just something about Ireland. You get swept up in it. The indescribable hues of green. The lovely cadence of the language. Tiny thatch-roofed homes. City names that sing like songs - Ballylickey, Clonakilty and Glengarriff. Your stay at Park Hotel Kenmare only adds to the drama. Herds of sheep add to the comedy. Stopping in a small pub for a pint. And every person you meet strikes up a conversation. It seems like everyone has a story to tell in Ireland. And now so do you.

Day 1 Spin through the classic Irish landscape: green hills, small farms, quaint cottages and woolly sheep  Listen to the lilt of Gaelic in Ballyvourney Arriving in Gougane Barra, a hamlet surrounded by lush forests and mountains, spot the 300-year-old church set on a tiny island  Villages painted in cheery colors line our country roads to Ballylickey.

Day 2 A private whiskey tasting with expert John Moriarty Bike past streams and waterfalls in scenic Glengarriff State Forest Reserve en route to a unique sculpture garden  A gradual five-mile climb leads to magnificent Caha Pass, complete with tunnels and sweeping views of Kenmare Bay.

Day 3 The hospitality of the acclaimed Park Hotel Kenmare  On the sparsely populated Beara Peninsula, pedal by pristine lakes, stately cliffs and glacier-carved mountains Check out Kenmare's shops, discover an impressive prehistoric stone circle or just relax at the hotel - spa time, anyone?  How's your Irish accent? Our friend and guide Mike Murphy gives pointers over a pint.

Day 4 An evening with a well-known Irish storyteller at a local pub  Gorgeous cycling routes wind through Moll's Gap and wild Ballaghbeama Pass into remote Glencar Valley and around Caragh Lake Warm hospitality awaits at the Carrig Country House.

Days 5-6 Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture  Peaceful country roads lead you to some of the most dazzling spots along the magnificent Ring of Kerry Take in the views from Dingle Bay during a ferry ride to windswept Valentina Island Spin through the farmlands around Killorglin in the shadow of mountain peaks.

Premiere Inns*

Seaview House Hotel
Seaview House Hotel
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Ballylickey, County Cork (1 night) Owner Kathleen O'Sullivan pampers us at her country house on the shore of Bantry Bay.

Park Hotel Kenmare
Park Hotel Kenmare

Kenmare, County Kerry  (2 nights) It's just a short walk to the pubs and shops from this regal Victorian estate, nestled amid magnificent parkland on Kenmare Bay. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)

Carrig Country House
Carrig Country House

Caragh Lake, Ring of Kerry (2 nights) Enjoy the gracious hospitality of Mary and Frank Slattery at this restored Victorian gem - originally a hunting lodge - beautifully set on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

The lush green meadows of Ireland's countryside were surpassed only by the sparkling vibrancy of the Backroads experience.
Neil Botwinoff - New York, NY
Beautiful country, warm, friendly people - a great way to see Ireland for the first time. Backroads did a nice job of providing a slice of the country, its culture and history.
Lisa Vandermark - Evanston, IL
We are loyal Backroads travelers because we love seeing the country from the seat of a bicycle. However, this trip was AMAZING because of the range of activities available to the guests. Our leaders made everyone feel good about their choice of activity (or inactivity, as the case may have been!).
AnnaLisa Erickson - Santa Monica,CA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
August 2014
September 2014
2015 CLASSIC DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 11* 300 25 900
2 16* 1100 31 1700 42 2100
3 30* 2100 49* 3100 64 3400
4 28* 1300 38 1900 56 2900
5 26* 1100 37* 1700
6 16 200
 
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Due to the constantly rolling hills, the regular route options are considered moderate to challenging. Other conditions, including rain, headwinds and narrow bumpy roads, can make the riding feel tougher than the mileage might suggest.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Ireland tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large biking tours, Europe At Large walking and hiking tours and Europe At Large multisport tours.

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