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The exterior view of Ballyseede Castle and Gardens
The exterior of Ballygally Castle Hotel in Northern Ireland
Facade of the Londonderry Arms in Northern Ireland
Wyatt Hotel Westport

What Did Vagabond Guests Think?

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11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour
"Outstanding Accommodations"
The amazing historic sites, and the incredible natural beauty of Ireland were all outstanding. Equally outstanding were some of our accommodations - I was scurrying around taking pictures of gardens at several of our hotels!
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7 Day World Tour Of Ireland
"The Hotels Were Excellent"
The hotels were excellent, meals great and our trip companions became our new family! We can not say enough good about our trip. The hikes, the horseback riding, the sheep farm and everything else - wonderful.
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11 Day Driftwood Discover Ireland Tour
"Perfect Overnights"
Overnights in Clifden, Dingle and Kenmare were perfect. The lodgings were in town for the freedom to visit real pubs and not just the hotel bars of most other tours. Some other lodgings were luxury inns in the countryside.
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Arnold's Hotel Dunfanaghy

Featured Hotel: Arnold's

Arnolds Hotel is a fourth-generation family-owned hotel located in the lively seaside village of Dunfanaghy on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.

We love bringing our 7 Day Vagabond Magnetic North Tour guests to Arnold's, to do as little or as much as they might like.

Curl up by an open fire and relax, stroll the many local craft shops, bars and cafes or enjoy watersports on the beach, which is situated directly opposite the hotel, with stunning views of Horn Head and Sheephaven Bay.

What's It Like To Stay In A Castle Hotel?

Learn what it's like to stay in an atmospheric Irish castle hotel...

Stay In An Irish Castle Ballyseede Hotel Tour

Ballyseede Castle in Kerry has it all!

Read the full blog to find out just what it's like to overnight in a historic Irish castle hotel - as well as the name of the resident wolfhound!

Hotels In Ireland FAQs

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What Type Of Hotels Will I Stay At?

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We put great effort into selecting accommodation for both Vagabond Cultural Adventures and Driftwood Journeys of Discovery.

You will be staying at small family-run hotels, high quality guesthouses or even an Irish castle hotel!

We are proud to support independent businesses in local communities.

We carefully select locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations). Receive a heartfelt welcome, often from the hoteliers themselves. Each hotel is different and adds its own flavour to your experience.


Read our in-depth guide to Vagabond & Driftwood Hotels

Do Hotels In Ireland Have Air Conditioning?

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Most hotels in Ireland do not have air conditioning.

The climate in Ireland usually isn't hot enough to warrant air conditioning.

In periods of prolonged warm weather, hotels that don’t have air conditioning will normally install fans in the bedrooms.


Find out more about Irish weather and the best time to visit Ireland

What Time Does My Tour Leave & Return To Hotel?

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Your group will start exploring between 8.45-9.30am each morning.

Each evening, your group will return to your hotel at around 6pm.

Our tour itineraries are flexible. So the exact time that your group leaves and returns to your hotel each day will vary according to a number of factors:

  • The famous Irish weather
  • The next activity and its start time. For example, boat trips and guided bike tours have set departure times which your group must adhere to.
  • How late your group has been dancing the previous night!

Your VagaGuide will always prioritise your relaxation and preferences before sticking rigidly to departure and arrival times at hotels.


Find out which days and times each of our tours depart Dublin on the first day

Do I Move My Bags On Tour?

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Yes, you'll be required to move your bag in and out of each hotel room.

Your VagaGuide tour guide will load and unload your baggage from the tour vehicle.

Most of our hotels do not offer porterage services.

What Are Hotel Rooms Like In Ireland?

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All of our hotels offer the following choice of room types:

  • Doubles (one bed)
  • Twins (two separate beds)
  • Singles (one bed)

The standard bed size in Ireland equates to a US Queen (60" x 80"). This may vary with hotel or room type.

Triple rooms are less common. Triples are usually one larger and one smaller bed. They suit families best.

Choose The Best Room For Your Tour

When booking with us, please select a room requirement for each passenger listed. Choose your room type based on each person sharing.

For example, if you and your travel companion need separate beds, both of you should choose TWIN.

If you would like to share a bed - then choose DOUBLE for both guests.

Please note: most TRIPLE ROOMS are comprised of 1x double + 1x single bed.

If you require 3 separate beds in a TRIPLE ROOM, simply let us know in advance: enquiries@vagabond.ie

Do Hotel Rooms In Ireland Have Hairdryers?

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All of your hotel rooms on tour provide hairdryers.

Please note that, in some cases, Irish hotel hairdryers may not be the most powerful models.

Do All Hotels Provide Separate Bathrooms?

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Yes, all hotel rooms on Vagabond and Driftwood Tours of Ireland are ensuite.

Expect your own separate bathroom with toilet, sink and shower and/or bath.

Is Smoking Allowed On Tour Vehicles Or In Hotels?

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We operate a strict no smoking policy on all of our tour vehicles.

Vaping and e-cigarettes are also not allowed while on board our tour vehicles.

🚭 Smoking Ban In Ireland

Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places in Ireland and in all workplaces.

Smoking is also not permitted inside your hotel. However, all hotels will provide outdoor smoking areas.

The ban on smoking in Ireland includes company vehicles (cars and vans) as well as offices, pubs/bars and restaurants.

Which Small Group Tours Stay At Irish Castle Hotels?

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Dreaming of a night in a romantic Irish castle?

The following Driftwood Journeys of Discovery spend at least one night in a castle hotel:

The following Vagabond Cultural Adventures spend at least one night in a castle hotel:

We just know you'll love our historic castle hotels!

What's On In Dublin 2024 & 2025?

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Are you coming to Dublin in 2024 or 2025?

Find out what's happening in Ireland's capital city during our touring season β€” and avoid high hotel rates β€” from May to October 2024.

June 2024

  • 🀘 June 14th & 15th - The Killers Concerts (3Arena)
  • 🌷 June 20th - P!nk Concert (3Arena)
  • πŸŽ™οΈ June 21st - Take That Concert (Malahide Castle)
  • 🀘 June 23rd - Rammstein Concert (RDS)
  • 🎀 June 23rd & 24th - Liam Gallagher Concerts (3Arena)
  • 🎢 June 28th, 29th, 30th - Taylor Swift (Aviva Stadium)

July 2024

  • πŸ₯³ July 1st & 2nd - Longitude Music Festival (Marlay Park)
  • 🏟️ July 21st - All Ireland Hurling Final (Croke Park)
  • 🏐 July 28th - All Ireland Gaelic Football Final (Croke Park)

August 2024

  • 🏈 August 24th - Georgia Tech Vs Florida State - College Classic (Aviva Stadium)
  • 🎸 August 29th & 30th, September 1st & 2nd (4 dates in total) - Coldplay Concerts (Croke Park)

October 2024

   πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚️ October 27th - Dublin City Marathon

March 2025

  ☘️ March 17th - Saint Patrick's Day (National Holiday in Ireland with reduced opening hours and restricted public transport operation).

July 2025

  🎀 July 26th & 27th - Billie Eilish Concert (3Arena)

 

What Hotels Have Pools & Spa Facilities?

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The following hotels on Vagabond & Driftwood Tour hotels have pools and spa facilities.

Hotels That Have A 2 Night Stay

As you will have a 2 night stay at these hotels, there is always plenty of time to make use of the faciltiies.

Hotels That Have A 1 Night Stay

At these hotels, we will stay for 1 night. Due to full days on tour, it is not always possible to find time for a swim. Ask your VagaGuide in advance if you're interested in using the spa facilities at these hotels.

Don't forget your swimming trunks!

Enquire About A Hotel

Let us know if you have your heart set on a hotel.

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