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Ireland Hike, Bike & Kayak

  • 7 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAEQHB

Ireland is well known for its rolling green hills - so why not get out there and bike them? On this active trip to the Emerald Isle, you'll find plenty of adrenaline-filled activities that will get you into remote parts of the country and let you see this popular destination in a different way. Of course, there will still be plenty of chances for whiskey tasting and a pint at the pub as well. Get to know Ireland's rugged side up close and personal. Ireland is well known for its rolling green hills - so why not get out there and bike them? On this active trip to the Emerald Isle, you'll find plenty of adrenaline-filled activities that will get you into remote parts of the country and let you see this popular destination in a different way. Of course, there will still be plenty of chances for whiskey tasting and a pint at the pub as well. Get to know Ireland's rugged side up close and personal.

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Day 1 Cork

Arrive at any time.

Arrive at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.

Day 2 Dingle

Heading out of Cork travel east to Midleton and pause to visit a whisky distillery. Enjoy a detailed explanation of Irish whiskey making and a quick sample of the "water of life". Continue on to Dingle and enjoy a free afternoon to stroll around this litt

Heading east out of Cork today, visit the Midleton distillery, to learn about the production of whiskey from one of Ireland's most historical producers. Converted from a woolen mill in the 1820s, the Midleton distillery now is one of the largest in Ireland. After a tour to discover more about whiskey, sample the 'Water of Life' or, 'Uisce Beatha' as it is also known. From here, drive past Cork to the west coast of Ireland and the town of Dingle. The rest of the day is free to explore the town.

Day 3 Dingle

Out onto the hills today, walk through a remote valley following the Dingle peninsula north to south. The hike follows the "Way of the Cows" along an old droving path with ruined villages alongside. Finish up at the village of Annascaul, with time to stop

Start out the week's activities with a day hiking along the Dingle peninsula. Known locally as "The Way of the Cows", today's hike follows an old drovers path north to south across the peninsula. Walk through ruined famine villages and heather filled fields where, in the right season, it's possible to see all types of wild flowers. Drover's paths were used to take cattle between fields, so the paths are clearly marked, although the terrain underfoot can be unstable and slippery at times. Finish in the village of Annascaul, a picturesque little settlement. There's time to visit the South Pole Inn, a pub set up by the Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean. Return to Dingle for the night. Approximate hiking distance - 17km

Day 4 Dingle

Cycle out to the westernmost point of Ireland. The route around Slea Head is rugged and stunning with views out over the sea. Continue to cycle through woodlands out to Slea Head. Take in the dramatic views en route to South Kerry and around the coast. Tr

Switch to two wheels today, and cycle around the Westernmost point of Ireland, at Slea Head. The jagged landscape juts out into the sea, and the next piece of land that you would hit after leaving would be the USA. Along the route there are various ascents and descents, so good experience of cycling would be a great help on this day's riding. The full day cycling is approximately 40km, so a well deserved rest back in Dingle at the end of the day is welcome.

Day 5 Killarney

Seeing the landscape from the water provides a different perspective on Ireland's verdant beauty. Kayak along the three lakes of Killarney and through the Lake District. After crossing the lakes, there is time to explore Muckross House and it's surroundin

Turning inland for the next couple of days, we transfer to Killarney. The 3 Lakes of Killarney are one of the most spectacular attractions in this part of Ireland, and seeing them from the water gives a unique perspective on the landscape of this part of the country. After a safety briefing and introduction to the kayaks, head out on the water. Weaving in between the lakes, you get a view of the verdant countryside of the Lake District amid the quiet surroundings. At the end of the kayaking, there is time to explore the nineteenth century mansion of Muckross house, and the surrounding gardens, before heading to Killarney for the night. Kayaking time: approximately 3hrs Distance traveled by kayak vary.

Day 6 Killarney

Back on two feet today for a hike in Killarney National Park. The ancient oak woods here provide a suitable backdrop to the walk. Start at Torc Waterfall and follow an old Butter Road to the Galways Bridge. Return to Killarney this evening where there may

The Killarney National Park deserves to be seen more than one way, so we trade the kayaks for two feet today and set off for a hike. With 26,000 acres of open countryside to explore, the routes through the National Park are endless. The park is filled with enchanting landscapes and ancient oak forests. Start hiking at Torc Waterfall, following along an old butter road to Galways Bridge. Return to Killarney for the evening with the option to enjoy a traditional Irish dinner. Approximate hiking distance - 14km

Day 7 Cork

Return to Cork and depart at any time.

Return to Cork and depart at any time.

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Visit to an Irish whiskey distillery. Hiking the “Way of the Cows”. Hiking in Killarney National Park. Bike hire and cycling around Slea Head. Kayaking in Killarney. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Max 12, avg 8
  • Allow EUR250-350 for meals not included.
  • Private bus, on foot, kayak, bicycle
  • Hotels/guesthouses (6 nts).
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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