A vital component of Vagabond is the effort we put in to finding our tours accommodation that is just right. Instead or large impersonal hotels, we overnight in locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations) where the welcome really is genuine.
Plus, our small group sizes allow us to choose from a wider variety of high quality establishments in some of the most untouched places in the country.
A hot shower, a pint, a fire in the evening or heading down to the pub; what we can assure you is that wherever you stay, you’ll love it. Below are a few of the places we stay while on tour:
The Gougane Barra Hotel
A unique place, nestled in the hills of West Cork, Gougane Barra is a totally secluded family-run hotel. The stunning location is equally matched with the friendly and professional service supplied by your hosts, The Lucey family, and their staff. The restaurant is renowned for its fresh produce, and the evenings can be spent walking in the forest park or rowing on the lake.
The Moorings Guesthouse, Portmagee
One of Ireland’s best Guesthouses, The Moorings is always a favourite with Vagabond passengers and staff. Situated directly on the harbour front of the tiny, picturesque fishing village of Portmagee (out on the western tip of the Iveragh Peninsula), the Moorings also has its own award-winning restaurant and bar. Gerard and Patricia Kennedy’s warm and genuine welcome is a great way to end a good day’s adventuring.
The Dingle Bay Hotel, Dingle
Dingle is a buzzing little town and right in the heart of it all is the Dingle Bay Hotel. This small, locally-owned hotel is a mix of local charm and modern comfort. Just downstairs is Paudie’s Bar, with some of the best bar food to be found in any of Dingle’s 50+ pubs, and on most nights there is live traditional Irish music in the bar too.
Waterfront House, Enniscrone
Waterfront House is a huge favourite for our passengers. Run by the legendary Martina Tuffy and situated on the water’s edge overlooking Killala Bay, you can often hear the waves crashing on the shore as you drop off to sleep. And during dinner you can enjoy spectacular uninterrupted views of the bay, the 5km of golden sandy beaches and Enniscrone’s famous sunsets. An amazing location, and it’s only yards from a rejuvenating hot seaweed bath.
The Beech Hill House Hotel, Derry.
A hidden gem, just outside Northern Ireland’s 2nd city, The Beech Hill House Hotel is a very special property. Bursting with its own history (including being a base for US Marines during WW2) and charm, the hotel is superbly run by Conor Donnelly and his team. It really is a great example of Northern Irish hospitality at its best.
The Coachmans Inn, Kenmare
Kenmare is a buzzing little community and for many years now we have stayed at the excellent Coachmans Hotel owned and operated by Padraig and Siobhan Jones. You will enjoy a genuinely warm welcome, spacious comfortable rooms, and an excellent breakfast. On most nights there is live Irish music in the bar of the Coachman’s Inn. It’s a superb way to round off the day.
We are delighted to announce that our Vagabond 12 day Giant Irish Adventures and 8 day Wild Irish Rover Tours and Driftwood 11 and 7 day tours now include a night in an Irish castle as a standard overnight.
Please see our stay in a castle page for more details.