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Ireland’s original and leading small-group tour operator since 2002, Vagabond specialises in fantastic off-the-beaten track tours of Ireland – we will take you to the hidden corners of the world’s favourite country.
Right from the start our mission has always been that ‘We want you to love Ireland as much as we do’ – and we really love Ireland! Our small-group tour sizes (max 15) make our tours a unique and unforgettable way to experience the real Ireland. Our tours are immersive and delivered in a professional, yet informal and contemporary style, all of which makes Vagabond Tours a welcoming, personal and unforgettable way to see authentic Ireland.
Vagabond’s acknowledged expertise and exceptional customer reviews are built on years of innovation, experience, feedback and teamwork. From being Ireland’s first multi-activity tour company, with our unique ‘Vagatron’ tour vehicles, to being the only Irish tour company to be chosen as one of National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Top 50 Tours of Lifetime’, Vagabond has not stood still for a moment and never lost focus on delivering world class vacations in Ireland. Here are some of the reasons that our Irish tours are so packed with awesomeness:
Central to all our Vagabond and Driftwood experiences is our small group sizes. It allows us to offer a much more personal and flexible experience every day on tour. Our smaller vehicles can get away from the big roads and explore Ireland’s secret treasures. We can stay in smaller, local hotels and guesthouses in traditional Irish villages and communities.
While we do visit iconic places such as Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry; we really pride ourselves in going off the beaten track. You’ll explore hidden gems like the Beara Peninsula, wild Donegal and get to see Ireland at its best.
All our confirmed tour departures are 100% guaranteed. We have never, ever, ever cancelled a tour.
Over the years we have built up great relationships with local suppliers, hoteliers and communities. We aim to give our guests a truly immersive experience and introduce them to these local heroes who help bring the country alive.
It is the quality of our tours that make them great value. We don’t claim to be the cheapest but we do believe in the value of our products. From the years of knowledge, experience , feedback and innovation that has gone into every itinerary, to the continual investment we make in top class people, equipment and vehicles and the excellent accommodation that is included in our prices – it is very apparent to our guests that we are delivering a top quality product that is excellent value for money. Plus we really deliver full days on tour- when we say an 8-day tour of Ireland, we mean it! We leave Dublin by 0830am on the first day and get back to Dublin at around 5pm on the last day. Every day in between is a great mixture of authentic Irish experiences, scenery and Irish hospitality at its best.
Our Ireland tours are a superb blend of traditional Irish history, culture, outdoor activities, awesome Irish scenery, friendly locals, music and pub life. Ideal for those wanting to explore their Celtic heritage or just looking for a unique Irish vacation.
Vagabond’s commitment to customer service, product innovation, safety and training has resulted in consistently excellent customer reviews. Our local tour guides are deeply passionate about Ireland, and are eager to share their passion with our guests.
We are delighted to have won major awards from the Irish Travel Industry, International media and Environmental Community. Most notably we were the first and only Irish tour company to have been honoured in the ‘Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime’ by National Geographic Traveller Magazine in 2013. Vagabond Tours of Ireland has won ‘Best Adventure Experience’ at the Irish Tourism Awards in both 2015 and more recently in 2017.
Vagabond is 100% committed to responsible, environmental and sustainable travel and we have long implemented best practice measures across all aspects of our business.
In 2017 Vagabond Tours became the first and only tour company in Ireland to be awarded the Eco Tourism Gold Certificate. We received this for our work in implementing best environmental practice across the company; as well as encouraging sustainability through our work with local suppliers. In 2018, Vagabond won the prestigious Irish ‘Green Business Award’ for the Tourism and Entertainment Category. (And shortlisted for the overall prize!)
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We believe that all elements come together to create an amazing visitor experience. Please enjoy exploring our website and when you come to Ireland we look forward to showing you the very best that this great little island has to offer.
See you soon,
Rob & Amy Rankin and the Vagabond Team
All our tours start and finish in Dublin, and range in length from our epic 11 and 12 day all-Ireland journeys, to week-long vacations covering the most scenic regions of Ireland.
You can choose from our Vagabond Adventure Tours, or our more relaxed Driftwood Cultural Tours. Explore more below.
The Vagabond Adventures – Exploring Ireland off the beaten track in one of our legendary 4X4 ‘Vagatrons’, Vagabond is perfect for anyone looking for a faster paced, active Irish tour that also still includes plenty of Irish history and culture.
The Driftwood Journeys of Discovery – Ideal for visitors looking for a more relaxed, less active tour with a greater emphasis on history and culture – but still a small-group local experience that keeps away from the main tourist trails.
Below is more information on some of the great highlights and features of our tours:
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