Vagabond Tours was established in 2002; the brainchild of Rob Rankin, who had been travelling in Southern Africa with his wife, Amy.
While in Africa, Rob and Amy saw the safari and ‘overland’ tours that were so popular there. Amy and Rob realised that a similarly adventurous way of seeing Ireland would be a fantastic experience for visitors.
Ireland may not have the lions, elephants and deserts of Africa. But we boast great scenery and fascinating history. Plus a few wild creatures running loose. Just what you need for a good safari. This was an idea for an Ireland vacation tour unlike anything that currently existed.
The original VagaTron tour vehicle was a modified 1990 Land Rover Defender and it escorted hundreds of guests on their dream tours of Ireland. Since 2002, Vagabond has grown steadily year-on-year. Our vehicles have changed a bit too! Our Ireland vacations have also changed and grown as we've learned more and more about our country, about everything that makes Ireland special. In fact, we have developed such a diverse range of tours of Ireland that many of our guests come back for a second or third tour, both on our more active Vagabond Ireland Tours and on our more relaxed Driftwood Ireland tour packages.
Meet Rob, the man behind Vagabond Tours of Ireland.
The Best Tours in Ireland
For many people planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland, it is important to know that they are booking the best Ireland vacation tour there is. We are proud to have built an excellent reputation within the Irish tourism industry and with our guests (and repeat guests) as providing the best tours in Ireland.
We even have a few awards to prove it!
It has taken years of constant dedication to gradually build this reputation for quality and passion. Of course, this kind of perception is highly subjective, but we think that our constant focus on our guests' experience and our love for Ireland comes through in every tour we offer – it even comes through in our approach to responsible and sustainable tourism in Ireland.
We've won several awards and been featured in numerous articles in publications around the world. We will never stop exploring our historic island, uncovering its beauty, its history and culture, and we will continue to develop our tours of Ireland based on the ideas and principles Vagabond Tours was based on.
We put a lot of stock in customer feedback; each year, our Ireland tours are changed or developed accordingly. In this way, our Ireland vacation tours are constantly evolving and improving, and it may be useful for anyone interested in exploring Ireland with us to find out the differences between our Vagabond and Driftwood tours. And please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions for us.