Easygoing Walking Tour Ireland
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Easygoing Walking Tour Ireland
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Easygoing Walking Tour Ireland
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Easygoing Walking Tour Ireland
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Ireland Easygoing Walking Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey - Cork, Killarney & Ancient Celtic Gems

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,099 - $5,249 pp dbl occ

($1,500 for sgl occ)

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 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.

Ireland Easygoing Walking Tour map
Ireland Easygoing Walking Tour map


Start/End Cork

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.

Immersive Travel
Enjoy our local connections, like our fantastic guide who'll bring stories of the region to life. Discover camaraderie and companionship like never before on a vacation.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Relax and enjoy the gracious hospitality of our premiere hotels, from a charming family-owned hotel in the heart of Killarney to a regal Relais & Châteaux manor set on magnificent grounds along Kenmare Bay.


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

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 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.

Exterior view of the Carrig Country House
Carrig Country House
Caragh Lake
| Premiere Hotel

Enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Slattery family at this restored Victorian gem—originally a hunting lodge—set on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry. 

Day 3

Meet our local guide and 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 delightful Killarney and enjoy its lively craft shops and boutiques | Sing your heart out at a lively Irish pub.

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa Indoor Pool
Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
| Premiere Hotel

A luxurious modern hotel set amid lush countryside, with panoramic lake and mountain views. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Reunite with our local guide to explore Killarney National Park | Discover rugged gorges, dark forests and wind-battered peaks | 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.

Park Kenmare Terrace
Park Hotel Kenmare
| Premiere Hotel

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.

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Activity Level: 1-2

Our Dolce Tempo walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-3 hours of walking per day. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

Route notes

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.

Daily Activity Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 1 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 2 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 3 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain

What's Included

  • 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

Straight talk

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.


Carrig Country House and Park Hotel Kenmare are Premiere Hotels. While they 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, guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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