Easygoing Walking Tour Ireland
Dolce Tempo Journey - Cork, Killarney & Ancient Celtic Gems
There’s beauty in the little things. The sun peeking through the clouds on a gray day. The winking smile of the bartender pouring you a pint. A cup of tea in the afternoon. The laugh of a new friend. Small things—like this tiny island off the coast of Great Britain. Come see why bigger isn’t always better. Why sunshine doesn’t always beat rain. It all makes sense in Ireland.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Be amazed by the beauty of Ireland and its varied landscapes: from dramatic coastal cliffs to placid meadows and silent forests, this is the right place to explore on foot.
Enjoy our local connections, like guide Mike Murphy, who we’ve been working with for nearly 20 years. Discover camaraderie and companionship like never before on a vacation.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Relax and enjoy the gracious hospitality of our premiere hotels, which vary from a charming family-owned hotel in the heart of Killarney to a regal Relais & Châteaux manor set on magnificent grounds along Kenmare Bay.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Discover the Irish culture of rambling as we walk country roads and coastal cliff trails | Visit the Gap of Dunloe, an unforgettable glacier-forged valley | Be entertained in true Irish fashion as a local seanachie (storyteller) spins charming tales | Enjoy classic country cooking and the company of our local friends and hosts | Sip a cup of tea and wander the gardens of our hotel | Take in views of the spectacular cliffs of Dingle Bay and the sparkling waters of Caragh Lake | Soak in the serenity and Victorian décor at our lakeside lodging.
Enjoy the gracious hospitality of Mary and Frank Slattery at this restored Victorian gem—originally a hunting lodge—set on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry.
Meet our longtime friend and local guide Mike Murphy | Hear stories of the mysterious history of this area, from Torc Waterfall to Muckross Estate and its ancient abbey | Tour the restored tower of 15th-century Ross Castle | Linger in charming Killarney and enjoy its lively craft shops and boutiques | Sing your heart out at a lively Irish pub.
A luxurious modern hotel set amid lush countryside, with panoramic lake and mountain views. (pool, spa)
Reunite with our local guide to explore Killarney National Park | Discover rugged gorges, dark forests and wind-battered mountains | Enjoy 360-degree views from the top of Torc Mountain | Spend an afternoon in charming, colorful Kenmare | Treat yourself at Samas Spa, a renowned spa and pool | Explore the rugged Beara Peninsula, little-changed since Celtic times | Accompanied by aficionado John Moriarty, taste some Irish whiskey | Stroll peaceful paths on your way to a 4000-year-old Druid stone circle.
It's just a short walk to the pubs and shops from this regal Victorian estate, nestled amid magnificent parkland on Kenmare Bay. A Relais & Châteaux member. (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
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local footpaths and paved walking paths, exploring authentic, local hidden gems. Get away from the crowds to experience the essence of your location, taking time to explore and experience your region on your own terms. Your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes typically 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and meticulously selected routes and a Backroads navigation app to offer guidance on the route.
The terrain on this trip includes a mix of level to rolling garden pathways, paved country lanes and peat-covered mountain trails, with some moderate climbs and descents.
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- 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
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.
While the Premiere Hotels on this trip offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.
While biking and hiking and kayaking trips are at the core of popular adventure travel offerings, they are not for everyone. So Backroads, a company that has long been the leader in active travel trips, has come up with an array of softer adventures for 2021.