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Whether you choose one of our active Vagabond or relaxed Driftwood tours or Ireland, we guarantee authentic and memorable Irish cultural experiences.

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Ballyseede Castle exterior

Stay In A Castle

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You don't just read about history on a Vagabond 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.

What To Expect...

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!

Find out which tours stay at castle hotels

Ballygally Castle Hotel in Northern Ireland

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Hear Irish Music

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Irish music lies at the heart of Ireland's traditional culture.

Live Irish music performances are known as 'sessions'.

We'll recommend where's best to catch a session as you tour Ireland.

What to Expect...

It's not just in pubs and venues that you'll hear Irish music.

Our amazing VagaGuide tour guides will share their favourite songs with you as they lead your adventure.

Discover 10 essential Irish songs on our blog

VagaGuide tour guide Tim playing a mandolin

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Vagabond tour guest with deer in Killarney National Park, Ireland

Experience Nature

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Islands. Beaches. Mountains. Nature reserves. National Parks.

Ireland is a nature lover's paradise, with stunning scenery and wildlife at every turn.

We love taking Vagabonds and Driftwooders to experience Ireland's natural beauty.

What To Expect...

Our tours will lead you to some of the country's most pristine habitats.

Who knows? You just might bump into native deer or a friendly dolphin.

Learn why our tours adhere to Leave No Trace principles

Fungie the dolphin with a boat in Dingle, Ireland

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Four female Vagabond tour guests smiling together in Ireland

Make Connections

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Friendships formed on tour often last far beyond the final day.

Our small-group sizes place the focus on fun, authenticity and connection.

You'll be on first name terms with everyone... Within 5 minutes of leaving Dublin!

What To Expect...

"The sights were fantastic, the drives scenic, the hotels comfortable, and food was delicious.

We made numerous friends along the way, including fellow passengers, local artisans, and the occasional sheep or horse!"

MaryTRN, TripAdvisor, September 2019

 

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Master craftsman Sean Daly of Dingle Crystal in Ireland

Discover Crafts

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Visiting an authentic Irish craft studio is an amazing experience.

Pottery, crystalware and textiles are just some of the crafts you'll notice as your tour Ireland.

We are strongly committed to supporting Irish-made crafts in local communities.

What To Expect...

"When I first started weaving in 1956, there were over 200 weavers here in town. Today there are only about 4".

Eddie Doherty, master weaver

No visit to Ardara in Donegal would be complete without stopping into Eddie Doherty's handweaving studio.

Vagabond tour guests visit Eddie Doherty's weaving studio in Ardara, Donegal

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Sheep farm visit at Killary Harbour in Ireland

Meet Locals

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The soul of any visit to Ireland lies in getting to know the locals.

Irish people are famous for being friendly and hospitable storytellers.

Experience this for yourself in our off the beaten track destinations around Ireland.

What to Expect...

"We stumbled across a group of local musicians playing in a little whiskey bar, and we sat listening as their friends and neighbors, and even the barmaid, took turns singing and playing."

lormacmom, TripAdvisor, September 2018

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Poulnabrone Dolmen in Clare, Ireland

Ancient Discoveries

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Unearth Ireland's past at crumbling castles, megalithic dolmens and prehistoric stone circles.

Our countryside is dotted with thousands of ancient sites.

You'll be able to walk right up to, touch and even climb inside many of these.

What To Expect...

"Breathtaking scenery, stone circles, castles, small villages, historic sights and fairy circles! You will see it all on a Driftwood Tour."

MCTBethelNY, TripAdvisor, April 2016

Smiling middle aged tour group at Grianan of Aileach in Ireland

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What Makes Us Tick?

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Meet our hard-working VagaHQ team and read the story of Vagabond in the About Us section.

What Is Responsible Tourism?

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Sustainability lies at the heart of everything we strive for. Learn more about Responsible Tourism here.

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