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, a hamlet surrounded by lush forest and mountains, spot the 300-year-old church set on a tiny island Villages painted in cheery colors line our country roads to Ballylickey.
2 Enjoy the warm hospitality of the acclaimed Park Hotel Kenmare Bike past streams and waterfalls in scenic Glengarriff State Forest Reserve en route to a unique sculpture garden A gradual climb leads to magnificent Caha Pass, complete with tunnels and sweeping views of Bonane Valley Life only gets sweeter with award-winning treats from a chocolatier in Bonane A festive Irish dance and music demonstration is sure to get your feet stomping!
3 Adults join a private whiskey tasting with expert John Moriarty while youngsters indulge in fish n' chips Pedal by pristine lakes, stately cliffs and glacier-carved mountains on the sparsely populated Beara Peninsula A lively sheepshearing demonstration delights all ages The younger set learns about "soloing" during a game of Gaelic football.
4 Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture Views of Killarney National Park serve as the backdrop to lunch at an award-winning café Gorgeous cycling routes wind through Moll's Gap, Blackwater Valley and the Gap of Dunloe This narrow pass cuts between the Purple Mountains and MacGillycuddy's Reeks, the highest peaks in Ireland.
5-6 Gear up for an evening with a well-known Irish storyteller Cycle past ancient churches and working farms to beautiful Caragh Lake The incredible scenery just doesn't quit! Feast your eyes on spectacular ice-scraped Glencar Valley Relish the joyous energy of Killarney, full of pubs and shops Make your way to 15th-century Ross Castle on foot or horse-drawn cart for a fun and interesting tour.