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 Inchigeelagh and Gougane Barra. And giggle as you try to pronounce their names. There's a fortress to explore, 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*
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Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Spin through a quintessentially Irish landscape of emerald-green hills dotted with woolly sheep and classic cottages | Revel in the lilt of Gaelic in Inchigeelagh | In Gougane Barra, spot the 300-year-old church set on a tiny island.
Owner Ronan O'Sullivan pampers us at his country house on the shore of Bantry Bay.
Enjoy a cup of tea at a historic cottage and traditional farm | Bike past streams and waterfalls in scenic Bonane Valley | A gradual descent leads to magnificent Dromquinna Manor on the peaceful shore of Kenmare Bay | Hop in a sea kayak for a different perspective of the area's spectacular landscape | A festive Irish dance and music demonstration gets feet stomping! Soak up stunning views of the Glen Inchiquin Valley's glacier-carved mountains and sparkling lakes on a hike over Mount Knockagarrane | The pristine Beara Peninsula—one of Ireland's warmest areas—likely looks today like it did to the ancient Celts | Behold a 4,000-year-old Druid stone circle, one of County Kerry's most impressive | Join a private whiskey tasting with an expert while youngsters indulge in fish-and-chips.
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 spin 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 seanachie | 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. 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. LEARN MORE.
Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 9+
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.
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.
Sheen Falls Lodge is a Premiere Hotel. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is not equipped with air-conditioning and guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.