Activities and Experiences
All our superb Vagabond Adventure tours and Driftwood journeys of Discovery are full of fantastic experiences, sights and activities. Some are featured in all our tours, others are only in the more active Vagabond trips and some can only be discovered on Driftwood.
Below we have set out the experiences and activities into those three main categories:
1. Vagabond Adventure Tours activities:
Vagabond is our more active and cultural range of tours, for information on the adventurous aspects of the tours please click here
2. Driftwood Journeys of Discovery Experiences
Driftwood is our more leisurely sightseeing and cultural tour series, for more information on the great experiences to be enjoyed on Driftwood please click here
3. Activities and Experiences common to both Vagabond and Driftwood Tours:
Please see below for elements of the tours that are common to both Vagabond and Driftwood tours:
Enjoy some uniquely Irish experiences:
Visit a working sheep farm for a demonstration of working dogs and also sheep shearing
A fascinating look into the daily life of an Irish sheep farmer and an impressive display of sheep-dog handling. (Cost €7)
Take a boat trip to try Spot Dingle’s most Friendly occupant – Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle Bay
Fungi the Dolphin has resided in Dingle bay since the 1980’s and you can take one of the boats out from the harbour to see our friend. He is almost always there, and if you don’t see him – you don’t have to pay! (Cost: €15)
Optional visit to an Irish Whiskey Distillery – usually Bushmills, Lockes or the Dingle Distillery
Irish whiskey is famous around the world and enjoying something of a renaissance. Visit one of the small local distilleries or the legendary Bushmills in Antrim, for an interesting tour and a bit of whiskey tasting. (Cost: €5-8)
Test your head for heights by crossing the Carrick a Rede Rope bridge
Suspended 30 metres above the rocks below and first erected in 1755 for local salmon fishermen, this a is great test of your head for heights. Plus the scenery on this section of the Antrim coastline is some of Ireland’s very best. (Cost: £5.90 – but you can walk along to the start of the bridge for free)
Photostops and experiences surrounded by Ireland’s best scenery:
From the green fields and rivers of central Ireland to the mountain ranges, lakes, cliffs and beaches to be found along our wild and rugged coastlines – our tours focus on the most scenic areas of Ireland
Enjoy some of Ireland’s most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:
Tick a few items of your bucket list in Ireland and visit the Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone, explore the Killarney National Park, wonder at The Cliffs of Moher or take the optional day trip and go back in time to the Aran Islands.
Wonder at some of Ireland’s historical treasures:
From ancient neolithic stone circles, Celtic ring forts, Castles and Monastic sites right up to an insight into recent history in Northern Ireland with the ‘Black Cab’ Political tour of Belfast and the walking tour of Derry
Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the Irish people in locations such as:
Meeting the locals and experiencing life in Ireland is such an important part of our tours, in locations suc as the vibrant and buzzing Galway city, the galleries and pubs (about 54 in total!)in Dingle town (pop. about 2500) or the shops and boutiques of picturesque Kenmare.
Taste your way around Ireland
Ireland has a growing reputation globally as a gourmet destination and feedback from passengers is that they are pleasantly surprised how good the food is. There is a wide variety of artisan food and drink producers and on tour you will visit locally owned restaurants and enjoy local produce. Hopefully, new in 2017 you will be able to take part in an Irish cooking class.
This isn’t an activity as such but is a key part of all the places we visit to take part in activities. On a Vagabond tour you can learn about the birds, marine life and flora and fauna of local areas.