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 Luxury Tours
Roaming the Emerald Isle
Take a mythic landscape that's remote, unspoiled and gleams like an emerald. Fill it with some of the warmest people on the planet. Add a fiddle, a jig, and a pint (or three) of Guinness. Dine on Connemara lamb, sip an Irish coffee, and hear a spellbinding story about the leprechaun's gold.
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.
6 Days / 5 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Head to Connemara, watching the landscapes change from granite to bog, shadowed by gorgeous mountains in the distance. Stop for a history lesson and lunch in Galway’s Ard Bai Restaurant, a nouveau Irish hot spot before heading west into the Irish Heartland.
Spend time with our favourite fishing guides, the Gillies, who have been fishing the famed waters of Ballynahinch for generations. Later head out for a walk into the hills of Southern Connemara affording spectacular views of the lakes and mountain ranges.
Head out for a walk in the country side this morning, this time to Maamean, a famous shrine to St. Patrick. This afternoon, walk along the Clifden peninsula to the famed Sky Road. Enjoy dinner tonight in Clifden at a wonderful coastal setting in the town square.
On our way to County Mayo, stop by the small hamlet of Leenane to meet some of our friends in the sheeping business. Sample some of the local fare for lunch at Blackberry Café before arriving to Delphi Lodge for a fine gourmet dinner.
Take a great walk over rolling terrain or explore the deep valley of our lodge’s location. Don’t forget to try the fly fishing, for which our lodge is famous! Later venture to the quaint towns of Louisburgh and Westport.
We’ll have one last chance to catch some Irish fish this morning, either on the stream or on the lake. After lunch head to the airport to catch your flight back to London, a short flight over the Irish Sea, for connecting flights home.
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 »
Delphi Lodge, Delphi
Focused around an 1830s country house, Delphi Lodge sits mid spectacular natural beauty. Delphi prides itself on being an experience more than a hotel, and truly the options to be active beyond biking are legion. Try your hand at snooker or horseback riding, or grab some tackle to engage in its legendarily good fishing. View hotel website »
The terrain we cover is varied. We’ll enjoy some gently rolling walks through the heart of Connemara and along the famous Sky Road, then tackle some mountain passes through the Maumturk range, which will be a bit more demanding. Rewarding views are guaranteed. Daily distances range from 11 to 18 km (7 to 11 mi.), and options for shorter or longer walks are available on most days.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- Select meals with wine (selected by B&R)
- Services of local guide(s) and support van
- 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 Walking Private
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