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Ireland Walking & Hiking Tour - For Families with Older Teens & 20s

Cork, Killarney & Ancient Celtic Wonders

One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok)

Family — Older Teens & 20s

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,249 pp dbl occ

($1,500 for sgl occ)

Appreciate the artistry of a stone wall. The comfort of a wool sweater. The charm of a centuries-old footpath. The joy of an afternoon pint. The laughter of strangers. The drama of a seanachie's story. Find that a beautiful day can be cloudy with a chance of rain. And that your family vacation doesn't need to be measured in tan lines. Your bliss awaits in Ireland. 

Ireland Family Walking and Hiking Tour map
Ireland Family Walking and Hiking Tour map


Start/End Cork

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Revel in the renowned beauty of the Emerald Isle on treks through varied landscapes, from dramatic coastline to country lands 
  • Join our fantastic local guide who brings stories of the region to life 
  • Spend an evening listening to yarns spun by a well-known Irish storyteller and enjoy a private whiskey tasting with a local expert
  • Admire the dramatic peaks, scintillating lakes, green hills and vast gorges in wild and scenic Killarney National Park 


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

Gaze at Ireland’s spectacular natural beauty during country road rambles and coastal cliff walks | Hike in the Gap of Dunloe—a striking glaciated valley | Climb to a viewpoint over verdant Kerry farmlands and the mountain ranges of MacGillycuddy's Reeks, home to some of Ireland's highest peaks | From the top of aptly named Windy Gap, take in the inspiring panorama of Caragh Lake and Dingle Bay | Delight in the art of storytelling as a local seanachie spins enchanting tales | Victorian décor charms at our lakeside Ring of Kerry lodge. 

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

Learn from our fantastic local guide as he shares secrets of Muckross Estate, its ruined abbey and Torc Waterfall | Walk to 15th-century Ross Castle on the shore of Lower Lake and tour its restored tower | Explore historic Killarney's craft shops, boutiques and lively pubs.

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

Joined by our local expert, hike in wild Killarney National Park, with windswept mountains, deep lakes and gorges | Climb Torc Mountain for 360-degree views before arriving in charming Kenmare, where rows of houses sport cheerfully painted façades | Luxuriate at our hotel's state-of-the-art spa | On the rugged Beara Peninsula, trek over Mount Knockagarrane, taking in awe-inspiring views of lakes and mountains | See the undeveloped peninsula as it likely looked to the ancient Celts | Enjoy a private whiskey tasting with aficionado John Moriarty | Peaceful paths lead past old-growth trees and saltwater marshes to one of County Kerry's largest stone circles, a Druid site dating from 2000 BC. 

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: 1-4

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.

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 Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 12 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 1500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 5 | 13 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 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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