- A classic Irish landscape of green hills, small farms, quaint cottages and woolly sheep
- Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture
- A private whiskey tasting
- Bike on the rugged Beara Peninsula
- Garinish Island - its unique and beautiful gardens are world renowned
Counties Cork & Kerry
Jade. Viridian. Kelly. Moss. Olive...It's impossible to name all the greens of Ireland. And the feeling of being there - how do you capture that? Words won't do. A photo is good, but so much is missing. That sense of openness - of the land and the people. That enchanting fragrance of fresh rain and smoking peat. The elation of standing atop a cliff overlooking crashing surf. There's only one way to truly see what makes Ireland so special. You have to be there. To feel the depth of history. To be seat-high in a charming sea of sheep. To hobnob at a neighborhood pub with locals, so full of good humor and pride in their heritage. To behold infinite shades of green.
Day 1 Spin through a classic Irish landscape of emerald hills, small farms, quaint cottages and woolly sheep A gorgeous cycling route winds through Moll's Gap and the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow pass between the Purple Mountains and MacGillycuddy's Reeks.
Day 2 A private whiskey tasting Pedal by pristine lakes, stately cliffs and glacier-carved mountains on the untamed Beara Peninsula Browse Kenmare's craft shops, stroll by the River Finnihy, check out the nearby prehistoric stone circle or kick back with a pint at a cozy pub.
Day 3 Garinish Island - its unique and beautiful gardens are world renowned A gradual five-mile climb leads to magnificent Caha Pass, complete with tunnels and panoramic views of Bantry Bay Ride through Glengarriff on your way to picturesque Bantry Fresh sea air fills your lungs as you ferry to Garinish Island A charismatic local troubadour regales us with Irish songs and legend.
Day 4 Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture Admire sweeping vistas of the south coast's verdant bluffs as you ride to Ring, a waterfront hamlet near the town where the famous Irish rebel Michael Collins was born Stunning coastal scenery lines your bike route to Courtmacsherry Bay and the ruins of 13th-century Timoleague Abbey.
Days 5-6 Explore riverside Kinsale, also known as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland," with our private guides Pedal to the Old Head of Kinsale, where a ruined castle and watchtower from the Napoleonic War stand sentinel The afternoon is up to you - in the mood to shop, play golf or visit a 17th-century fort?
Guests Reviews About This Trip
This being my first Backroads trip, I really didn't know what to expect. I loved that within the structure of the itinerary, there was always room to move at my own speed. It meant that the trip was truly tailor-made for me on a day to day basis.- Palo Alto, CA
The trip was fantastic. You did a great job choosing "back roads" and small interesting towns for us to visit. I never could have put such a fabulous trip together myself - it was such a pleasure to have everything so well planned out: great itineraries, restaurants and sightseeing choices. And our leaders - they were so fabulous! They were funny, entertaining, knowledgeable, helpful - I run out of adjectives to describe how great they were. They had everything so completely under control all we had to do was have fun. The food was great, every town they took us to was more charming than the last and the hotels were just lovely. I am so glad you added the Casual Inns trip.- Washington, DC
Very enjoyable trip! The rides were appropriately challenging, the scenery was beautiful and our leaders were knowledgeable about the area and lots of fun to be with.- Mahomet IL
Brook Lane Hotel
Kenmare (2 nights) It's just a short stroll to the center of Kenmare from this contemporary boutique hotel.
The Maritime Hotel
Bantry (1 night) An ultra-modern hotel on the quayside overlooking Bantry Bay. (pool, spa)
Kinsale (2 nights) Overlooking the marina, this cozy manor house offers privacy and a welcoming atmosphere in the heart of Kinsale.
Brittany & Normandy Biking
From D-Day Landmarks to the Emerald Coast
Historic Towns, Legendary Vineyards & L'Art de Vivre
Dordogne & Bordeaux Biking
Through Prehistory to the Great Wine Estates
Loire Valley Biking
Among the Grand Châteaux
Côtes du Rhône Vineyards, Crillon Le Brave & the Lubéron
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
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.
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|Optional afternoon fishing, city and river walk, visit to a stone circle or golf|
|Private whiskey tasting|
|Optional Garinish Island visit (1 hour)|
|Optional afternoon city walk|
|Optional afternoon golf or Charles Fort self-guided tour|
|6||Kinsale guided city walk (1.5 miles)|
Due to the constantly rolling hills, the regular route options are considered moderate to challenging. Other conditions, including rain, headwinds, and narrow and bumpy roads can make the riding feel tougher than the mileage might suggest.
* Includes a shuttle