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New! Ireland Family Bike Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Irresistible Ireland—Counties Cork & Kerry

  • Partake in a private Irish whiskey tasting with John Moriarty, a local expert and our resident whiskey aficionado
  • Soak up fascinating history and village culture, then take in a pint and some local lore with our longtime friend and guide Mike Murphy
  • Explore the Ring of Kerry's treasures, including deep forests, rugged coastline and sweeping views, by land and sea
  • Bike through a quintessential Irish landscape of verdant hills, family farms and plenty of the requisite woolly sheep

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.

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Itinerary

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.

Day 2 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. 

Day 3 On the Beara Peninsula, pedal by lakes, cliffs and glacier-carved mountains | Check out Kenmare's shops, its prehistoric stone circle or just relax at the acclaimed Park Hotel Kenmare | How's your Irish accent? Our friend and guide Mike Murphy gives pointers over a pint.

Day 4 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.

Days 5-6 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.

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Cork, Ireland

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Seaview House Hotel

Seaview House Hotel

* Casual Hotel
Ballylickey (1 night)

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

Park Hotel Kenmare

Park Hotel Kenmare

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)

Killarney Park Hotel

Killarney Park Hotel

Killarney (2 nights)

A handsome family-owned hotel, promising and delivering "warmth beyond the smile," in the heart of Killarney. (pool, spa)

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 11* 700 25 1200 27 1600
2 22* 1900 31 2200 45 3000
3 30* 2100 49* 3100 64 3500
4 28* 2000 38 2500 56 3600
5 26* 1700 37* 2300
6 16 600
 

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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Ireland

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Ireland

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Ireland. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Best Leaders in Ireland

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Ireland, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Ireland you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Ireland trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Ireland—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Ireland, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Ireland has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,098 pp dbl occ

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