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What Are The Best Ireland Tours for Seniors?

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

By Danielle

Hello from Ireland, I'm Danielle πŸ‘‹

Every day, I'm asked to recommend the best Ireland vacation packages for seniors.

I always point people in the direction of Driftwood Journeys of Discovery.

The group size is small, the flexible itineraries are focused on culture and the reviews from recent guests are 5/5!

Now read on to learn why I reckon Driftwood Tours are the perfect choice for senior travellers...

Small Group = Personal Service 🚐

With Driftwood, you are never just a number.

There are NEVER more than 15 guests on any Driftwood tour of Ireland.

With this small group size, each and every one of our guests benefits from personalised service.

Our tour guide team go above and beyond to devote special attention to everyone on board, tailoring each day's activities to the group's taste.

I guarantee that your VagaGuide will be on first-name terms with you during your tour.

What's more, being in a small group allows you time to get to know your fellow travel buddies.

"Andrew, our guide, took such good care of everyone and was funny and kind and knowledgable ..."
The group was perfect. I enjoyed that the group was small enough to get to know each other and to enjoy each other throughout the tour.
Liz - TripAdvisor, September 2023


Unlike normal bus tours of Ireland, our slick and comfortable Mercedes tour vehicles are compact in size.

Not only does that allow your Driftwood group to explore off the beaten path, it means your VagaGuide can hear β€” and answer β€” all of your questions.

And, most importantly, you can hear your VagaGuide's stories, songs and jokes, even from the back seat!

Ireland Tours β€” But At Your Own Pace 😌

There's no rush with Driftwood.

Driftwooders don't hike, they stroll!

In contrast to our active tour style, which features adventure activities, the amount of walking on a Driftwood itinerary each day is kept to a minimum.

A Driftwood mini-coach parked outside a traditional Irish cottage

Our VagaGuides are highly-trained to accommodate every guest’s fitness and mobility levels.

If you walk with a cane, or have a condition that makes exertion challenging, there's absolutely no need to worry. You’re in good hands.

Quality Time To Explore 🏰

Driftwood itineraries leave you plenty of time to stretch your legs.

Forget about hurrying from tourist spot to tourist spot.

By focusing on smaller towns and less-visited attractions, Driftwood gives you the best possible experience.

Stroll through quaint villages, stopping to shop for souvenirs and browse craft shops.

We'll bring you to the best of Ireland's spectacular natural scenery where you can breathe in the fresh air and really connect with Ireland.

"While it's a scheduled tour, they gave us the opportunity to make additional stops to see more sights if the time allowed. We never felt rushed or that we missed anything because of time ...
It was so nice to have your time in Ireland planned out, and you can let someone else do all the driving. I could take a nap or talk with my fellow travelers!
This tour allows you to see the beautiful countryside and historical sights and time for shopping."
Caroline - TripAdvisor, September 2023

Relax into your seat for a once-in-a-lifetime journey of discovery to our favourite hidden gems around Ireland.

Superb Value Tours of Ireland πŸ’°

Driftwood are not only the best tours of Ireland for seniors, but the best value as well.

Just look at what we include in the price of our fabulous 11 Day Driftwood Discover Tour of Ireland:

  • 😎 The services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide tour guide for 11 full days on tour
  • 🏰 10 nights' accommodation in high quality hotels β€” including 1 night castle hotel stay
  • 🍳 10 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts
  • πŸ‘ A sheepdog demo & Irish sheep farm experience
  • βš”οΈ Guided tour of 18th century Bantry House
  • πŸ‘‘ Guided tour of Hillsborough Castle & Gardens, the British Royal Family's residence in Northern Ireland
  • 🏰 Guided tour of historic Aughnanure Castle + Entrance fee for Dunluce Castle
  • πŸ›‘οΈ A guided historic walking tour of the walled city of Derry/Londonderry
  • 🌳 Entrance fee for Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland's most beautiful historic buildings
  • πŸ‘‘ Entrance fee for the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 🌹 Entrance into the famous Blarney Castle & Gardens in Cork
  • πŸ˜‡ Entrance into the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary
  • πŸ›₯️ Ferry tickets for crossing the River Shannon


All of that is before you get to the optional extras and secret destinations that your VagaGuide will inevitably mix into your tour.

I'm proud to say that all of our departures are 100% guaranteed from the moment you confirm a booking with one other guest.


Unique Irish Experiences πŸ‘

What's the best way to get to know culture in Ireland?

We think it's by meeting locals and experiencing Irish history, culture and hospitality.

Authentic and memorable Irish cultural experiences are guaranteed with Driftwood.

"A Driftwood tour was the perfect activity level for seniors like my husband and I. Everything... was great from the booking experience, to the helpful advance emails explaining what to expect on the tour, to the tour itself.
We were originally going to rent a car and see these very same places on our own. But I stumbled upon Vagabond Tours when I was researching on the internet and I am so glad.
They basically duplicated the same itinerary we would have done on our own but they do the driving, include breakfast and a tour guide, and do it all for much less than we could have done the same trip.
Our guide Damien made the experience wonderful for us - he was knowledgeable, very funny and very attentive to everyone's needs. Damien cleaned the van at the end of each day so we boarded a spotless van each morning.
He also injected lots of personal touches in the tour like taking the group to a beautiful, deserted beach and teaching us the basics of the sport hurling - great fun and hilarious experience that helped everyone on the tour get to know each other better.
Damien also seemed to know instinctively without being asked when to make a comfort stop at a service station so we could get a cup of tea and a bathroom break.
I was really impressed to received an email half way through the tour from the Vagabond office checking in and asking if there anything we needed to make the tour even better."
Guest Review, TripAdvisor, October 2023

Stay In An Irish Castle Hotel

You don't just hear about history on a Driftwood Tour, you sleep in it!

We've selected elegant and historic castle hotels around Ireland that we know you'll love.

Soak up centuries of history as you indulge in modern comforts and delicious dining.

Expect a warm welcome and hotel features including battlements, towerhouses, landscaped gardens and open fireplaces.

You might even encounter a ghost who once made your castle hotel home!

For example, our 7 Day Driftwood Irish Castles & Kingdoms Tour features a magnificent castle stay at Ballyseede Castle Hotel in Kerry.

Great Food, Pubs & Music 🍲

Visiting authentic Irish pubs and restaurants during your tour of Ireland is a memorable experience.

Savour seafood chowder, Irish brown bread and butter as well as warming Irish stew and delicious desserts.

These are just some of the foods you'll get to sample as your tour circles around Ireland.

We are strongly committed to supporting locally-produced, Irish-made foods that are grown, caught and cooked in the communities we visit.

That's the real flavour of Ireland!

A pint of Guinness sitting on a table in front of a lighting fire

On the evening menu is live traditional music!

Rely on our expert VagaGuides to receommend their favourite eateries and music venues in each town you visit.

We'll show you all the delights Ireland has to offer.

Read about some delicious Irish food rules

Convenience Before & After Your Tour 🚐

All Driftwood Journeys of Discovery start and end at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin.

Because we pick you up and drop you off here, staying at the Grand Canal Hotel gives your trip added convenience.

Two Georgian red doors in Dublin beautifully covered in Ivy

As a Driftwood passenger, you'll also receive a discounted rate at the Grand Canal Hotel. Of course, you are free to choose your Dublin accommodation.

Celebrate Your Milestone In Ireland

25th. 40th. 50th.

No matter which anniversary you're celebrating, we know you want something truly special.

What better way to mark your magical union than with an incredible Irish journey of discovery?

We truly set out to exceed expectations at Driftwood Tours.

Our amazing destinations, years of experience and highly-trained guides ensure that you and your partner will have the most unforgettable experience of Ireland.

Free to Chat?

We’d love to talk!

Contact Danielle, Paige or John, our friendly experts are waiting for your questions in Ireland.

Email them via

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We work to the Irish timezone (GMT). If you ring outside these hours, just leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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