Region Overviews: Ireland Travel Guide: Overview
Ireland is an enchanting place, and the serene, beautiful scenery features breathtaking views and stunning landscapes throughout the whole country.
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Way out west on the Emerald Isle is a land beckoning you to explore. Bike through traditional villages and visit ancient castles that feel as lost in time as they do in the gentle mist. Follow the winding curves of the Wild Atlantic Way and climb up to the Twelve Bens mountain range. Rocky inlets jut dramatically into the sapphire blue sea. Rustic stone fences stretch across sheep-dotted green pastures. And the melodious sounds of the sea resonate in the lilt of the Gaelic language, heard widely along the coast. Ride to your heart's content. Ireland's Connemara was made for this.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Bike through sparsely populated Connemara, a land peppered with small loughs (lakes) and villages | Traditions thrive here, where the lilt of Gaelic is ubiquitous | Rest your head at the glorious Ballynahinch Castle | Explore a winding route along Ireland's windswept western coast | Cycle meandering country roads, where breathtaking views of the sapphire ocean, windblown grasses and golden beaches abound | Taste mouthwatering salmon on a lively smokehouse tour | Hear the heartbeat of pub music with a stirring bodhran demonstration.
This stunning castle hotel is nestled amid 700 enchanting acres of parkland, with the Twelve Bens mountains as its backdrop.
Pedal beneath the jagged Twelve Bens mountains | Wander the quintessentially Irish town of Clifden | On the Aughrus Peninsula, ride amid a rock-strewn seaside landscape | Savor fresh oysters during a visit to an oyster farm | Cycle around majestic Croagh Patrick, a sacred pilgrimage site | Bike along a picturesque fjord, where otters, seals and dolphins play | Sip some of the area's best whiskey| Relax amid the old-world charm of a local pub.
A charming manor beautifully secluded amid private woodland on the quiet shores of Ballinakill Bay.
Bike through a kaleidoscope of landscapes, including craggy shores, soaring mountains, a deep fjord and shimmering lakes | Pedal into Joyce Country, a region rich in Gaelic speakers and rolling farmland | Rejuvenate at the Lodge at Ashford Castle, set on an expansive royal property | Take a peaceful stroll in Cong, a quaint village with medieval abbey ruins | Enjoy one last ride past beautiful farms framed by ancient stone walls.
Set on the magnificent Ashford Castle estate, this luxurious country lodge overlooks Lough Corrib and offers an unrivaled range of onsite activities (spa).
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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. LEARN MORE.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
While the Premiere Hotels on this trip offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.