Ireland’s County Cork & Kerry Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $5,349 - $5,849 /person

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6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Ireland’s County Cork & Kerry Bike Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jul-Sep 2025: May-Sep

From $5,349 - $5,849 /person

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Village Charm & Enchanted Countryside

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.

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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
Ireland County Cork & Kerry Bike Tour map

Ireland

Start/End Cork

Airports & Travel details*

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

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Itinerary

Days 1-3

Description

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.

Accommodations

Nights 1-3

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) 

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

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.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

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.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Nights 1-3

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) 

Nights 4-5

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.

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Racer 2.0
Backroads Next Generation Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Ideal for avid cyclists
  • Redesigned for 2024
  • Next gen titanium frame with carbon wheels
  • Responsive, efficient and comfortable
  • Drop handlebars only
Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike
  • $650 rental fee; subject to availability
  • 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
  • Built for hard-core riders
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike
  • $400 rental fee
  • Hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed Cro-Moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train
  • Custom upgraded wheelset
  • Best for riders with some tandem experience.
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