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.
Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 2-4
From: $5,199 - $5,399 pp dbl occ
($1,450 for sgl occ)
There's something legendary about Ireland. Rolling emerald hills, stunning coastlines, herds of sheep and tiny thatch-roofed homes. City names sing like songs—Kilgarvan, 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. Make this trip a part of yours.
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Discover a classic Irish landscape—green hills, small farms and quaint cottages—on two wheels | Find ancient stone landmarks dotting remote valleys | Pass rushing rivers filled with salmon and fishermen | Cycle through hand-hewn tunnels on historic roads through Borlin Valley | 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.
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)
Gorgeous cycling routes wind through Moll’s Gap and wild Ballaghbeama | Breathtaking views of Killarney National Park and the iconic Gap of Dunloe await | Bike the well-worn lane over Ballaghbeama Pass | Ride around remote Glencar Valley and Caragh Lake | Legend comes to life during an evening with a well-known shanachie (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 | Extend your vacation in Munster’s historic Cork City, where grand avenues intersect centuries-old alleyways.
Built in 1913, this lakeside manor is beautifully set amid sprawling gardens on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry.
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.
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Our Private Trips are best for groups of 6 or more. We suggest joining a scheduled trip.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
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. Many of the roads are made of chip seal and have soft shoulders, and sections can be rough.
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! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.
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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.
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.