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.
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.
2 Join 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.
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 seanachie regales us with traditional songs and tales.
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.
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.