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.
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On two wheels and on foot in Ireland, it's easy to feel connected to your surroundings—and to each other. Gaze at the clouds. Listen to birdsong. Visit places that make you giggle as you try to pronounce their names. There are hand-hewn tunnels to ride through, a national park to visit, whiskey tasting for adults and Gaelic sports for kids. Ease, simplicity and an unforgettable family vacation.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Begin your adventure by traveling from Cork to the start of our first bike ride at a pub in Kilgarvan | Pedal into the Roughty River Valley, and to the outdoor-activity-loving town of Kenmare | From the base of the Caha Mountains, bike into the lush Bonane Valley and to Bonane Heritage park, a private preserve that's home to sacred archaeological monuments including a ring fort, boulder burial and stone circle | Hop in a sea kayak to glide through the protected waterways of Kenmare Bay, enjoying the spectacular landscape and chatty seabirds | Kids try their hand at making their own chocolate treats and play Gaelic football and hurling | Join a private whiskey tasting with an expert while youngsters indulge in fish-and-chips | The pristine Beara Peninsula—one of Ireland's warmest areas—likely looks today like it did to the ancient Celts | Soak up stunning views of the Glen Inchiquin Valley's glacier-carved mountains and sparkling lakes on a hike over Mount Knockagarrane | Behold a 4,000-year-old Druid stone circle, one of County Kerry's most impressive | A festive Irish dance and music demonstration gets feet stomping!
Set on a sprawling waterfront estate, this luxurious inn offers stunning views of Kenmare Bay, MacGillycuddy's Reeks and Sheen Falls. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
A gorgeous cycling route winds through Moll’s Gap | Views of wild Killarney National Park serve as the backdrop to lunch | Families bike through the Blackwater Valley en route to the Gap of Dunloe | This narrow pass cuts through the highest peaks in Ireland | Hike through Killarney National Park with views of serene lakes, rushing waterfalls and dense forests | In Killarney, rows of houses sport cheerfully painted façades and ornate plasterwork | Settle in for an evening of classic storytelling with a well-known Irish shanachie | Make your way to 15th-century Ross Castle on foot for a tour of this old tower house.
A handsome family-owned hotel, promising and delivering "warmth beyond the smile," in the heart of Killarney. (pool, spa)
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 your available bike options for this trip.