Ireland Hike, Bike & Kayak

Active, Cork to Cork

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

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

Highlights

  • Sip the "water of life" at an irish whiskey distillery
  • Cycle around the rugged coastline of slea head
  • Kayak through the clear waters of the lakes of killarney
  • Hike past picturesque villages and unspoilt countryside
  • Drink a pint and listen to traditional music in a local pub.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cork Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Cork/Dingle Heading out of Cork, travel east to Midleton and pause to visit a whiskey distillery. Enjoy a detailed explanation of the Irish whiskey making process and a quick sample of the "water of life". Continue on to Dingle and enjoy a free afternoon to stroll around this little town. Included Activities: Irish Whiskey Distillery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 179km)
Day 3 Dingle 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 and enjoy a quick pint in the South Pole Inn, a pub set up by the Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean. Included Activities: Way of the Cows Hike
Day 4 Dingle 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. Travel through fishing villages and finish at Dingle. Additional Notes: Along the route there are various ascents and descents, having cycling experience will greatly benefit riders. Included Activities: Slea Head Cycling
Day 5 Dingle/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 surrounding gardens. Spend the night in Killarney. Included Activities: Killarney Kayaking Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6 Killarney The Killarney National Park deserves to be seen more than one way, so trade the kayaks for hiking boots and set off on the trails. Return to Killarney for the evening with the option to enjoy a traditional Irish dinner. Included Activities: Hiking in Killarney National Park
Day 7 Killarney/Cork Return to Cork. Depart in the early afternoon. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 90km)
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