The Gathering in Ireland

The country stages a celebration of its culture and traditions that will stretch throughout the rest of the year.

Igor Baccini/Courtesy of ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours
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Bicycle Tour, Experience Plus!

You’ve got to admire a bicycle tour that has the good sense to book two nights in the small village of Doolin in County Clare so riders can experience its pub and traditional-music scenes. Experience Plus! (800-685-4565; experienceplus.com) hosts the outing, as well as eight- or 11-day excursions along Ireland’s west coast that include visits to the wilds of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Of course, for those who can work up a thirst without all that cycling, the village’s Craft Beer Festival (August 23–25; doolin-tourism.com) is a satisfying stop.