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Ireland Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • 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
  • Explore riverside Kinsale, the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland"

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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 gather at a neighborhood pub with locals, so full of good humor and pride in their heritage. To behold infinite shades of green.

Itinerary

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 along Blackwater Valley's tranquil roads.

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, meander by the River Finnihy, check out the nearby prehistoric stone circle or kick back with a pint at a lively pub.

Day 3 Deliciously fresh seafood, like mussels and hearty chowder  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  Gather at a cozy pub, where an Irish troubadour regales us with traditional songs and tales.

Day 4 Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture  Stunning coastal scenery lines the route to Courtmacsherry Bay and the remains of 13th-century Timoleague Abbey Wander Kinsale's medieval alleys, shop or stroll along the shoreline of this colorful port town.

Days 5-6 Pedal amid ancient battlefields and seaside vistas  Spin to the Old Head of Kinsale, where a ruined castle and watchtower from the Napoleonic War stand guard.

Casual Inns

Brook Lane Hotel
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
The Maritime Hotel

Bantry (1 night) An ultra-modern hotel on the quayside overlooking Bantry Bay. (pool, spa)

Perryville House
Perryville House

Kinsale (2 nights) Overlooking the marina, this cozy manor house offers privacy and a welcoming atmosphere in the heart of Kinsale.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

The natural beauty of the hills of Ireland, coupled with Ireland's hospitality and the passion of our leaders made this an exceptional trip. I literally had tears in my eyes the last two kilometers of our last bike trip. I didn't want it to end!
Elizabeth Ouyang- Brooklyn, NY
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.
Lisa Stanley- Washington, DC
This was my first Backroads trip, and it was one of the very best vacations I've ever been on. I am an avid cyclist, and it was pure joy to spend every day riding throughout spectacular scenery and not have to worry about anything other than riding. I got back at the end of the day, had a hotel and delicious dinners waiting. And the opportunity to meet new people and build friendships on and off the bike was great.
Jennifer Toomey- San Francisco, CA

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2015 SINGLES-SOLOS DATES
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
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 2-4

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.

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 15 600 25* 1300
2 26* 2100 50* 3100 64 3400
Optional Afternoon Fishing, City and River Walk, Visit to a Stone Circle or Golf
3 19* 1400 36 2200 41 2800
Garinish Island Visit (1 Hour)
4 24* 1900 41* 2800 52* 3400
5 21* 1700 41 2400
51 2900
6 Guided City Walk (1.5 Miles)
Walk to Charles Fort (3.7 Miles)
 
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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 and 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)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

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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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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