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Ireland Bike Tour

Ireland's Classic Landscapes from Cork to Kerry

From $2,998 - $3,298 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$470 for sgl. occ.)

There's only one way to truly see what makes Ireland so special. You have to be here. To feel the depth of history. To be seat-high in a charming sea of sheep. To gather at a neighborhood pub with locals, so full of good humor and pride in their heritage. To behold infinite shades of green.

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Ireland

Start/End Cork

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Highlights

  • Relish classic Irish scenery of green hills, quaint cottages and woolly sheep 
  • Partake in a private whiskey tasting
  • Bike in the land of ancient Celts on the rugged Beara Peninsula
  • Explore riverside Kinsale, the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland"
Ireland

Start/End Cork

Ireland Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Spin through a classic Irish landscape of emerald hills, small farms, quaint cottages and woolly sheep | A gorgeous cycling route winds through Moll's Gap and along Blackwater Valley's tranquil roads.

Day 2 Partake in a private whiskey tasting | Bike by pristine lakes, stately cliffs and glacier-carved mountains on the untamed Beara Peninsula | Browse Kenmare's craft shops, meander by the River Finnihy, check out the nearby prehistoric stone circle or kick back with a pint at a lively pub.

Day 3 Savor deliciously fresh seafood, like mussels and hearty chowder | A gradual climb leads to magnificent Caha Pass, complete with tunnels and panoramic views of Bantry Bay | Ride through Glengarriff on your way to picturesque Bantry | Gather at a cozy pub, where an Irish troubadour regales us with songs and prose.

Day 4 Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture | Stunning coastal scenery lines the route to Courtmacsherry Bay and the remains of 13th-century Timoleague Abbey | Wander Kinsale's medieval alleys, shop or stroll along the shoreline of this colorful port town.

Days 5-6 Pedal amid ancient battlefields and seaside vistas | Two-wheel it to the Old Head of Kinsale, where a ruined castle and watchtower from the Napoleonic War stand guard | A favorite local restaurant serves up classic Irish dishes with a modern twist.

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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2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,498 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $2,998 - $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$470 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels

Brook Lane Hotel
Brook Lane Hotel

Kenmare (2 nights)

Maritime Hotel
Maritime

Bantry (1 night)

Blue Haven Hotel
Blue Haven Hotel

Kinsale (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Ireland

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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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Brook Lane Hotel

Brook Lane Hotel

Kenmare (2 nights)

It's just a short stroll to the center of Kenmare from this contemporary boutique hotel.

Maritime Hotel

Maritime

Bantry (1 night)

An ultra-modern hotel on the quayside with views over Bantry Bay. (pool, spa)

Blue Haven Hotel

Blue Haven Hotel

Kinsale (2 nights)

This charming old-world hotel is set in the heart of Kinsale.

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 12 800 25 1700
2 26* 1400 50* 3000 66 3500
Optional Afternoon City and River Walk, Visit to a Stone Circle or Golf
3 23* 1500 41 2800
Garinish Island Visit (1 Hour)
4 24* 1600 41* 2100 52* 2900
5 21* 1500 31 2100 42 2900
6 Kinsale Walking Tour (1.5 Miles)
Walk to Charles Fort (3.7 Miles)
 

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 level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 4 lunches

Available Bike Options

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! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Ireland

The Irish Like a Good Story

And we make sure you hear some of the best of them in everyone's favorite lecture hall: the local pub. As you bike from village to village among stone-bordered fields of grazing sheep, we introduce you to old friends like Mike Murphy, a retired schoolteacher and passionate local historian who can tell you everything you need to know about Irish history – real or imagined – over a pint of Guinness. And he may even sing a traditional song to see you on your way.

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.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—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 more about our bike fleet.

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.

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.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Ireland trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

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.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

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.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Ireland live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

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