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Little Skellig Island off the coast of Ireland

Skellig Michael Island: Your 2024 Survival Guide

7th June 2024
Read our travel guide to Skellig Michael and Little Skellig Islands. Our hiking expert, Tim, gives you the lowdown on the boat trip, the summit hike and everything in between. The Skellig Islands At A Glance Where Are The Skellig Islands?πŸ“ All About Skellig Michael ⛰️ Skellig Islands FAQs πŸ€” Best Time To Visit Skellig Michael? πŸ—“οΈ Skellig Michael Checklist βœ… Alternatives To Skellig Michael πŸ›₯️
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Things To Do In Dublin Near Grand Canal Hotel

16th May 2024
Explore Dublin with travel expert John's definitive list of things to do near the Grand Canal Hotel. The Grand Canal Area At A Glance πŸ˜‹ You are spoiled for dining and drinking options in the area. 🏟️ Within a 10 minute walk you'll find one of Ireland's largest theatres and biggest sports stadia. There's also an historic battlefield, beautiful Georgian architecture, a scenic canal and a windswept beach. πŸš‰ Take a day trip from Grand Canal Dock train station, only 5 minutes walk away.
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Female tour guest raises her eyebrows and widens her eyes at the camera while sipping from an Irish coffee

Tipping In Ireland: How Much?

13th May 2024
When should you tip in Ireland? How much? And who should you definitely NOT tip? Find the answers! TIPPING IN IRELAND AT A GLANCE πŸ˜‹ Tipping in Irish Restaurants and Pubs πŸ’³ Can I Use A Credit Card To Tip? πŸš– When Should I Tip Irish Taxi Drivers? What About Hotel Staff? 😎 Do I Tip My Tour Guide & Activity Suppliers On Tour?
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A vibrantly blue bike leans against the railing of an ivy-coloured Georgian front door as a female walks by

Non-Touristy Things To Do In Dublin

9th May 2024
You've heard of Temple Bar and the Guinness Storehouse. Now local expert Derry helps you explore Dublin like a local, with these distinctly non-touristy things to do. Non-Touristy Dublin At A Glance 🌼 A Street Market With Added Local Flavour 🚲 A Georgian Dublin Bike Tour  β›² Blissful Parks & Europe's Oldest Mall πŸ›€οΈ Villages & Coastline By Train πŸ“œ Free-To-Enter Dublin Musems
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Tour Group visit the Titanic Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland

What Does Guaranteed Departures Mean?

2nd May 2024
Founder Rob explains why we guarantee the departure of all scheduled tours with 2 or more confirmed guests.
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Driftwood guests posing in front of a Driftwood bus

What Are The Best Ireland Tours for Seniors?

2nd May 2024
Travel expert Danielle answers your questions about why Driftwood Tours are the best guided Ireland bus tours for seniors. Ireland Tours for Seniors At A Glance πŸ’š Small Group = Personal Service 😌 Easy Pace β€” No Rushing Around! 🏰 Quality Time At Each Location πŸ’° Superb Value πŸ‘ Authentic Irish Culture & Amazing Experiences 🍲 Great Food & Music 🚐 Convenient Tour Pickup Point
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John's 9 Unbreakable Irish Food Rules

2nd May 2024
Our Irish food expert and reformed VagaGuide, John, navigates your path through the rules of eating in Ireland. Irish Food Rules At A Glance 🍳 Eat Dinner For Breakfast 🍞 Make Sure You Munch All 1,387 Irish Bread Varieties 🧈 Speaking of Bread, Spread Your Butter Thick 🍲 Try A Different Chowder In Every Village πŸ₯” All Hale The Potato! πŸ’ͺ Treat Stout Like A Health Drink β˜• Brew Your Tea Strong 🍟 Chips = Crisps. Fries = Chips πŸ— Any Day Can Be Sunday Roast Day!
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A panoramic view of Slea head on a sunny day in September

Ireland in September 2024 & 2025? Why You Should Look at Going

2nd May 2024
Ireland in September can be quite delightful. With settled weather and bright evenings β€” not forgetting those all-important flight and hotel deals! β€” early autumn is an ideal time to plan a small-group tour to Ireland. September At A Glance... 🌀️ Settled Weather Patterns 🧳 Simple Packing List πŸ˜‹ Lots of Delicious Things To Eat πŸ’ƒ Fun Events & Festivals πŸ’š Epic Tours of Ireland
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Is November A Good Time To Go To Ireland?

1st May 2024
Yes! Here are just some of the reasons why November is a good time to come to Ireland… November in Ireland At A Glance πŸ€‘ Cheaper Flights & Hotels πŸŽ…πŸ» Christmas Markets Kick-Off 🎨 Visit Museums and Galleries 🍻 Relax In The Cosy Pubs πŸ₯Ύ Enjoy Quieter Hiking Trails
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Female tour guests with Vagabond tour guide smiling at a kayaking centre

7 Reasons Guided Tours Go Beyond Self-Drive

16th 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 πŸ’° Tours Are MORE Economical. Fixed Pricing Vs. Astronomical Rental Quotes, Gas, Insurance PLUS Other Fees πŸ“Έ You'll See MORE On Tour With Us Than You Would Driving. Let An Expert Guide You! πŸ—ΊοΈ Flexible Tour Itineraries With Choice & Downtime Built-In. Real Independence! 😎 Less Hassle. No Need To Adapt To Driving Stick, Driving On The Left Or Different Road Layouts πŸ™Œ Be More Sociable! Ready-Made Travel Buddies On Tour And The Chance To Meet Friendly Locals πŸ—ΊοΈ No Fiddling With Maps Or GPS. See The REAL Ireland. All The Must-See Sights PLUS Our Secret Destinations. πŸ•– Skip Queues At Major Attractions. We Time Arrivals Outside Peak Hours. βœ”οΈ Little Or No Research Involved. We've Been Exploring Ireland Since 2002!
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