Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
Ireland Bike Tours
Ireland on Two Wheels
In the hyperbolic internet age, it doesn’t take much for a person, place or thing to be called “iconic,” but seldom do such things offer the sort of truly defining experiences that justify their idealized image. Consider Ireland the exception that proves the rule. In Ireland, you hear it in the laughter of children as they play in the street; you find it in the pubs—at the bottom of a pint, or in the keen sense of community that surrounds you as you drink it; you hear it in the song that sets you into a trance and see it in the ensuing dance that hypnotizes; you read it in the literature of a country that started weaving yarns the very second it developed language; and you feel it in the air as four seasons of weather manifest themselves in a single day. It is a place of contrasts that fit together like puzzle pieces, much like the giant rocks that helped form the landscape ages ago. Authenticity abounds. Grab a pint and hold on!
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
7 Days / 6 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Arrive at the 600-acre estate of Ballyfin at the feet of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Head out to the stables and choose your steed for an afternoon ride on the grounds, exploring the gardens around the lake and viewing the falconry on the property.
After our hearty homemade breakfast, bike over rolling terrain on quiet roads or take a walk in the mountains up to the peak. After lunch, head down to the archery targets and learn how to hit a bull’s-eye.
Head to the wilds of the west and the land of the Twelve Bens through quiet back roads and rolling terrain. Later, stop by an old sheep farm to learn about the art of sheep shearing. Enjoy classic Irish specialties tonight in one of the area’s best restaurants.
Ride along the sand dunes by the sea on some of our favourite Connemara ponies, before heading to the market town of Clifden to wander through the local craft and knitwear shops. Later, bike or walk along the Clifden peninsula to the spectacular Sky Road.
Walk along the coast and into the hills of Southern Connemara affording spectacular views of the lakes and mountains ranges. Relax on the grounds of our hotel this afternoon or take one last beautiful walk out directly from the property’s grounds.
Bid fare-thee-well to the wild west and travel across the great green isle back to Dublin. Take a walk around the old town experiencing the sights and sounds of this artistic and musical city. Dine at Patrick Guibauld’s tonight, Ireland’s only 2-star Michelin restaurant.
After breakfast we will take you to the airport for your journey home, with may pints of porter and music of the pubs still in your memory!
Ballyfin, County Laois
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the midlands of the country, this is a perfect gateway into the heart of Ireland, and where better to start the adventure than on 600 acres of an old Irish estate? Adventures abound on the property and our first few days will be filled with horse riding, biking, archery, falconry, and more! View hotel website »
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
Surrounded by 350 acres of beautiful wooded grounds, Ballynahinch Castle offers all the attractions of a large private estate. Its rooms are tastefully and individually furnished in casual country elegance, and its superb restaurant offers fresh local produce. View hotel website »
The Merrion, Dublin
Located just off Merrion Square, one of the most prestigious areas of Dublin, this gem of a hotel made up of four adjoining Georgian terrace houses has managed to retain all of its authenticity while the interior is furnished with all of the latest technology and modern expected in a deluxe establishment comforts (including a spa and infinity pool). View hotel website »
Daily biking distances usually vary from 20 to 50km (12 to 30 mi.), with options on some days for as much as 62 km (40 mi.). The terrain is generally flat, with a few hills along the way. The difficulty of the ride often depends on which way the wind is blowing. The walking routes are mostly flat and in the city.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality, local bikes that provide a good fit to your size and weight.
- All hotel accommodation
- Select meals with wine (selected by B&R)
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support vehicle
- Use of a customized Cannondale bicycle and helmet
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.Learn more about our guides »
“I have never seen so many shades of green and trying to count them all eventually proved impossible. We did try to capture all the beauty Ireland has to offer and again this proved to be impossible but we brought home the memories of this amazing country.”
— Linda Moudry,
Ireland Bistro Biking 2013
Ireland Biking Private
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Castles and ruins, endless green hills and open waters beckon on a customized journey through Ireland.