Ireland Hike, Bike & Kayak
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.
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.
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.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Group Leader Description
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver – this person is experienced in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups.
As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Group Size Notes
Max 12, avg 8
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the M/S Expedition or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Private bus, on foot, kayak, bicycle
Hotels/guesthouses (6 nts).
My Own Room
Jurys Inn Cork
Tel: +353 21 494 3000
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
GETTING TO JURYS INN CORK:
From the Train Station:
Kent Station on Lower Glanmire Road is very close to the hotel. Take a taxi from the rank outside the station. Journey time is approximately five minutes at a cost of €8.00. Otherwise, the station is within walking distance from the hotel. You should allow 20 minutes for a brisk walk or 30 minutes at a more leisurely pace.
From the Airport:
From Cork Airport you can travel by Bus Éireann’s direct Air Coach service (route 226A) to Cork City Centre Bus Station or Railway Station. From Cork Bus Station, we recommend taking a taxi to the hotel. Journey time is ten minutes.
Please note that Public Transport rates & timetables are revised on a 3-monthly basis and can be checked on www.buseireann.ie
- Passport (with photocopies)
- Travel insurance (with photocopies)
- Airline tickets (with photocopies)
- USD cash
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- G Adventures vouchers and trip details
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- Camera and film
- Reading/writing material
- Cover for backpacks
- Fleece top
- Windproof/waterproof jacket
- Warm hat, gloves and scarf (can be purchased locally)
- Small towel and swim wear
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- Sun hat
- 1 pair of shorts
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
- Sport sandals
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Watch or alarm clock
- Water bottle
- Purification tablets or filter
- Money belt
- First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period.
For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all.
Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement.
A Schengen visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country in which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen space. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the Consulate of this Schengen country.
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.
Safety and Security
Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
A Couple of Rules
Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation
Travel Forum - The Watering Hole
Max pax 16
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Allow USD275-360 for meals not included.
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Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
Day 1 Cork
Arrive at any time.
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.
Irish Whiskey Distillery Visit
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.
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.
Along the route there are various ascents and descents, having cycling experience will greatly benefit riders.
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.
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.
Hiking in Killarney National Park
Day 7 Killarney/Cork
Return to Cork. Depart in the early afternoon.
Departure Day (Activities)
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 85km)