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Ireland Bike Tours in Cork & Kerry
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Ireland Bike Tours
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Ireland Bike Tours in Cork & Kerry
Backoads Ireland Bike Tour
Backoads Ireland Bike Tour
Backoads Ireland Bike Tour
Backoads Ireland Bike Tour
Backoads Ireland Bike Tour
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Irresistible Ireland—Counties Cork & Kerry

There's something legendary about Ireland. Indescribable hues of green, herds of sheep and tiny thatch-roofed homes. City names sing like songs—Ballylickey, Clonakilty and Glengarriff. Park Hotel Kenmare only adds to the drama. Stopping in a small pub for a pint, it seems everyone has a story to tell. And now so do you.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $4,499 pp dbl occ
($700 for sgl occ)

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Start/End Cork

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Share a private Irish whiskey tasting with John Moriarty, a local expert and our resident whiskey aficionado
  • Experience fascinating history and village culture, then take in a pint and some local lore with our longtime friend and guide
  • Explore the heart of Kerry by land and sea, including deep forests and rugged coastline, and iconic Healy Pass
  • Cycle through a quintessential Irish landscape of verdant hills, family farms and plenty of the requisite woolly sheep
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Discover a classic Irish landscape—green hills, small farms and quaint cottages—on two wheels | Listen to the lilt of Gaelic in Inchigeelagh | 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 the country roads to Ballylickey.

Seaview House Hotel, Cork, Ireland
Seaview House Hotel
Ballylickey
| *Casual Hotel

Owner Ronan O'Sullivan pampers us at his country house on the shore of Bantry Bay. 

Days 2-3

Bike past streams and waterfalls in scenic Glengarriff State Forest Reserve | A gradual climb leads to magnificent Caha Pass, complete with tunnels and sweeping views of Kenmare Bay | Savor award-winning treats from a chocolatier in Bonane | Join a private whiskey tasting with an expert | ​On the Beara Peninsula, cycle by lakes, cliffs and glacier-carved mountains | Check out Kenmare’s shops or its prehistoric stone circle—or just relax at the acclaimed Park Hotel Kenmare | How’s your Irish accent? Our friend and local Kenmare guide gives pointers over a pint.

Park Hotel Kenmare
Park Hotel Kenmare
Kenmare​
| Premiere Hotel

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) 

Days 4-6

Gorgeous cycling routes wind through Moll’s Gap and wild Ballaghbeama Pass into remote Glencar Valley and around Caragh Lake | Legend comes to life during an evening with a well-known Irish storyteller | ​Country roads lead to dazzling spots along the Ring of Kerry | Take in the views from Dingle Bay during a ferry ride to Valentia Island.

Ard na Sidhe Country House, Ireland
Ard na Sidhe Country House
Caragh Lake
| Premiere Hotel

Built in 1913, this lakeside manor is beautifully set amid sprawling gardens on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry.

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.

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Activity Level: 2-4

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.

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 11 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 27 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 22 miles* | 1900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 30 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles* | 3100 ft. gain
Level 5 | 64 miles | 3500 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 28 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 38 miles | 2500 ft. gain
Level 5 | 56 miles | 3600 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles* | 2300 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles | 600 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

Note: Ireland's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain (as well as other conditions such as rain) can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

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.

Air-Conditioning

Park Hotel Kenmare and Ard na Sidhe Country House are Premiere Hotels. While they 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.

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