Backroads bike tours in Ireland
Backroads bike tours in Ireland
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Backroads Ireland Bike Tour
Backroads bike tours in Ireland
Backroads Ireland Bike Tour
Backroads bike tours in Ireland
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Ireland Bike Tour

Charming Villages, Cozy Pubs & Celtic Traditions

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels

Ireland Biking Tour
Ireland Biking Tour

Ireland

Start/End Cork

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Relish classic Irish scenery of centuries-old stone cottages and woolly sheep dotting rolling hills blanketed in emerald green
  • Partake in a private whiskey tasting with a local aficionado who shares insight into the Irish love affair with the "water of life"
  • Bike in the land of ancient Celts on the rugged Beara Peninsula, where colorful seaside villages mingle with fascinating geology
  • Explore riverside Kinsale in County Cork, an inviting fishing town and historic port nicknamed the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland"
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Bike tour 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 | 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.

Brook Lane Hotel
Brook Lane Hotel
Kenmare

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

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.

Maritime Hotel
Maritime Hotel
Bantry

A stylish hotel on the quayside with views over Bantry Bay. (pool, spa) 

Days 4-6

Soak up fascinating history and lively village culture | 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 | 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.

Old Bank House Hotel
Old Bank House
Kinsale

This elegantly renovated hotel is nestled in the heart of Kinsale.

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. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 2-4

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.

Route notes

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.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 12 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 50 miles* | 3000 ft. gain
Level 5 | 66 miles | 3500 ft. gain
Other
Optional Afternoon City and River Walk, Visit to a Stone Circle or Golf
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 41 miles | 2800 ft. gain
Other
Garinish Island Visit (1 hour)
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 52 miles* | 2900 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 1500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles | 2900 ft. gain
Day 6
Other
Kinsale Walking Tour (1.5 miles)
Walk to Charles Fort (3.7 miles)
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 4 lunches
  • 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

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