Region Overviews: Ireland Travel Guide: Overview
Ireland is an enchanting place, and the serene, beautiful scenery features breathtaking views and stunning landscapes throughout the whole country.
Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Levels 2-4
From: $3,999 - $4,449 pp dbl occ
($550 for sgl occ)
There's only one way to discover what makes Ireland so special. You have to be here. To cruise cobbled streets and feel the depth of history. To be saddle-high in a charming sea of sheep. To gather at a neighborhood pub where humor and heritage abound. To take in infinite shades of green, gliding by on our Ireland bike tour.
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Pedal through classic Irish landscapes 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 | Taste local brews in charming Kenmare | 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.
It's just a short stroll to the center of Kenmare from this contemporary boutique hotel.
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 | Bike along quiet roads on the Sheep’s Head peninsula with sweeping vistas of Bantry Bay.
Owner Ronan O'Sullivan pampers us at his country house on the shore of Bantry Bay. (spa)
Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture | Partake in a whiskey tasting in vibrant Clonakilty | Stunning coastal scenery lines the bike route to Courtmacsherry Bay and the remains of 13th-century Timoleague Abbey | Wander Kinsale's medieval alleys, shop or walk along the shoreline of this colorful port town | Bike amid ancient battlefields and seaside vistas | A favorite local restaurant serves up classic Irish dishes with a modern twist.
This elegantly renovated hotel is nestled in the heart of Kinsale.
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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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
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.
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 bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.