Julia Houlihan
August 19, 2009

There’s no better way to explore Ireland’s west coast than by bike and on foot. Cycling and hiking routes wind through charming villages and past historical sites, allowing you to soak in the rolling green and magnificent coastline of the island. A G.A.P Adventures guide gives history tours and provides free time for cultural exploration.
Trip Tip: The Dingle Penninsula has become a center of Irish music; when visiting the town of 2,000 make sure to take in a live show.
Luxury Level: Cozy B&Bs, with en suite bathrooms, offer a classic countryside experience.

Key Cultural Immersion: G.A.P. Adventures; 800/708-7761; gapadventures.com; Web site trip code: IRD; eight-day trips from $1,150 per person; various dates between March and September 2008.

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