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Breathtaking scenery. Inspiring people and hospitality. Legendary history and culture.

Vagabond have been THE leaders in small-group tours of Ireland since 2002.

That's 22 years of magic memories, locally-owned hotels, passionate driver guides, exceptional tour vehicles, delicious food and unmissable local Irish experiences.

What's more, we are the only Irish tour company named in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2023 and the first tour operator in Ireland to become a certified B Corp.

๐ŸŽถ NEW MUSIC TOUR: Hit the high notes on our brand new Irish music itinerary, the 8 Day Jigs & Reels Ireland Music Tour

Why Choose Our Small-Group Tours Of Ireland?
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*Voted One Of The World's Best Tour Companies
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Small-Group Tours = Big Fun! Max 15 Guests
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Extraordinary Tours In Hidden Corners Of Ireland
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Ireland's Only B Corp Certified Tour Operator
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Family-Owned Hotels in Incredible Locations
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Highly-Trained Local Tour Guides
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Cultural Experiences & Fun Adventure Activities
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Exceptional Value & Quality
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22 Years Of Experience In Every Tour Itinerary

๐Ÿ’š Our Guests Love Us!

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11 Day Discover Ireland Tour
"we made such great friends along the way"
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I consider Vagabond the best choice because they are flexible and open to suggestions ...

It was obvious that Vagabond's only goal is to make sure their customers have an excellent experience while visiting Ireland. Highly Recommend!

7 Day Irish Castles & Kingdoms Tour
"we had the perfect trip to ireland"
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Every day was full of off the beaten path experiences.

Traveling with a small group is definitely the way to go. If Ireland is on your bucket list, be sure to go with a Vagabond Driftwood tour!

6 Day Great Southern Ireland Tour
"small-group tour fun"
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Our Driftwood tour was amazing. Having a small group made the adventure so much more fun.

Having a smaller vehicle let us explore places that big buses couldnโ€™t reach. My only dilemma is what trip to book with them next.


Vagabond Tours Are..

The Original

Ireland's Original Small-Group Tours

In 2002, Rob led his first ever small-group tour of Ireland. Twenty-two years later, we are still listening, learning and improving every season. Every Vagabond & Driftwood itinerary distils decades of experience into one amazing adventure!

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Totally Local

Family-Owned With Local Guides

Based in Ireland, Vagabond & Driftwood has always been family-owned and operated. We recruit and train our driver guides locally. Our network of independent hotels and activity suppliers helps our tours contribute directly to the local economy.

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Top Quality

An Award Winning Irish Tour Company

Exceptional quality runs right through Vagabond & Driftwood. Our standards have been recognised internationally. Most recently, we were the first B Corp from the Irish travel industry and the only tour operator awarded in the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2023.

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Driftwood - Relaxed Pace

Relax on a Driftwood small-group tour of Ireland featuring quality time to explore Ireland's scenery, history & culture.

  • โœ”๏ธ Maximum 14 Other Guests
  • โœ”๏ธ Comfortable Mercedes Tour Vehicles
  • โœ”๏ธ Explore Castles, Gardens & Scenery
  • โœ”๏ธ Guaranteed Scheduled Departures
  • โœ”๏ธ Relaxed Tour Pace

Vagabond - Active Adventure

Get active on a small-group tour of Ireland featuring adventure, history, culture and wild destinations.

  • โœ”๏ธ Maximum 12 Other Guests
  • โœ”๏ธ Chunky 4ร—4 Mercedes Tour Vehicles
  • โœ”๏ธ Hiking, Biking, Horseback-Riding & Kayaking
  • โœ”๏ธ Guaranteed Scheduled Departures
  • โœ”๏ธ Upbeat Tour Pace
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Our Ireland Tours Care For Community and Planet

Like you, we want our children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy authentic travel experiences into the future.

We aim to bring long-term benefits to both community and planet as part of our responsible tourism mission.

That's why we're a certified B Corp.

Rob & Amy Rankin
+ the Vagabond Team

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Reserve your seat for 7 days for free. Book your tour for โ‚ฌ250 per person.

Learn more about the flexibility built into Vagabond & Driftwood Tours.


We've answered a few questions about Ireland since 2002...

Dive into our FAQs to learn more.

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Where We Tour In Ireland

Our expert VagaGuides know every last corner of Ireland!

We tour Northern Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East.

Highlights include the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Giants Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, the Burren, Kilkenny Castle and the Blarney Stone.

The counties we visit include Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Donegal, Galway, Waterford, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Tipperary. For convenience, all of our small-group tours depart from Dublin.

Expect Excellence On Your Ireland Tour

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We were ranked #12 in the Travel + Leisure Worldโ€™s Best Awards 2023 โ€” one of the travel industry's most prestigious international accolades.

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Can more than 1,000 5-Star Reviewers on TripAdvisor be wrong? Our small-group tours of Ireland are rated 5/5 and were awarded a 2023 Travellers Choice Award.

Gold Trusted Service Award 2023 Feefo

Our amazing tours of Ireland were awarded Feefo's 2023 Gold Trusted Service Award based on verified guest reviews. Thank you for sharing the love!

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Our tours of Ireland are a force for good in the community. We are immensely proud to have become Ireland's first B Corp certified travel and tourism company.

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Our 8 Day Vagabond Wild Irish Rover Tour was the only tour of Ireland selected by National Geographic Traveler Magazine's 50 Tours of a Lifetime

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We care about the impacts of our Ireland tours. To back this commitment up and strive for improvement, we are active members of Sustainable Travel Network

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Our 6 Day Driftwood Ancient Ireland Tour took home the 2019 award for Best Irelandโ€™s Ancient East Tourism Experience

Winner badge for the Irish Green Awards 2018

We were delighted when our small-group tours of Ireland were awarded the Green Tourism & Entertainment Award at the Green Awards 2018

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Read Ireland Tour Tips On Our Blog

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7 Reasons Guided Tours Beat Self-Drive

11th April 2024
Less hassle. More friends. Freedom in spades. Compare how small-group guided tours measure up against self-drive vacations in Ireland with this helpful guide. Tours Vs. Self-Drive in Ireland ๐Ÿ’ฐ Tours Are MORE Economical. Fixed Pricing Vs. Astronomical Rental Quotes, Gas, Insurance PLUS Other Fees ๐Ÿ“ธ You'll See MORE On Tour With Us Than You Would Driving. Let An Expert Guide You! ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Flexible Tour Itineraries With Choice & Downtime Built-In. Real Independence! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Less Hassle. No Need To Adapt To Driving Stick, Driving On The Left Or Different Road Layouts ๐Ÿ™Œ Be More Sociable! Ready-Made Travel Buddies On Tour And The Chance To Meet Friendly Locals ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ No Fiddling With Maps Or GPS. See The REAL Ireland. All The Must-See Sights PLUS Our Secret Destinations. ๐Ÿ•– Skip Queues At Major Attractions. We Time Arrivals Outside Peak Hours. โœ”๏ธ Little Or No Research Involved. We've Been Exploring Ireland Since 2002!
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Best Places To Go Biking in Ireland

5th April 2024
Want to know all about the best places to bike in Ireland? Ronan, our cycling-mad VagaGuide takes you on a spin through all things cycling.

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