On two wheels in Ireland, it's easy to feel connected to your surroundings—and to each other. Gaze at the clouds. Listen to birdsong. Visit Ballylickey and Gougane Barra. And giggle as you pronounce their names. There's a fortress to explore, whiskey tasting for adults and sheepshearing for kids. Ease, simplicity and an unforgettable family vacation.
1 Spin through the classic Irish landscape: green hills, small farms, quaint cottages and woolly sheep | Revel in the lilt of Gaelic in Inchigeelagh | In Gougane Barra, spot the 300-year-old church set on a tiny island.
2 Bike past streams and waterfalls in scenic Glengarriff State Forest Reserve | A gradual climb leads to magnificent Caha Pass | Sample award-winning treats from a chocolatier in Bonane | A festive Irish dance and music demonstration gets feet stomping!
3 Pedal by pristine lakes and glacier-carved mountains on the sparsely populated Beara Peninsula | A lively sheepshearing demonstration delights all ages | The younger set learns about Gaelic sports | Adults join a private whiskey tasting with an expert while youngsters indulge in fish-and-chips.
4 A gorgeous cycling route winds through Moll's Gap | Views of Killarney National Park serve as the backdrop to lunch | Spin through Blackwater Valley en route to the Gap of Dunloe | This narrow pass cuts through the highest peaks in Ireland.
5-6 Cycle past ancient churches to beautiful Caragh Lake | Take in spectacular ice-scraped Glencar Valley | Relish the energy of Killarney's pubs and shops | Make your way to 15th-century Ross Castle on foot or horse-drawn cart for a fun tour.