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.
- 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
Seaview House Hotel (1 night): Owner Kathleen O'Sullivan pampers us at her country house on the shore of Bantry Bay.
Park Hotel Kenmare (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 (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.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/14-19 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/21-26 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/7-12 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/19-24 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/9-14 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/16-21 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/30-9/4 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/6-11 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/20-25 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/27-10/2 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $610 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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)
|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.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
The lush green meadows of Ireland's countryside were surpassed only by the sparkling vibrancy of the Backroads experience.- 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.- 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!).- Santa Monica,CA
This was my 13th trip with Backroads and it definitely exceeded my expectations which is harder and harder to do!- San Francisco, CA
This trip surpassed my expectations on every level. The leaders were superb, the routes and scenery were breathtaking. Not really being a biker before this trip, I was a bit nervous about managing the rides. I was blown away at what I managed to do and felt so good about my achievements. This was thanks to the way the trip is structured and the realistic and encouraging guidance from the leaders!- Owings Mills, MD
Outstanding! It was the best combination of biking, weather, food and accommodations and other activities that we have had. The biking routes were just about right each day and the views were fantastic.- Nashville, TN