Hi there, I'm Rob Rankin, founder of Vagabond & Driftwood Tours πŸ‘‹.

Are you planning a visit to Ireland in 2023 or 2024?

Perhaps you've already booked a Vagabond or Driftwood tour?

The good news is that I've updated our ultimate Ireland travel guide.

I’m excited to share all the Ireland travel tips, tricks and expertise that I’ve gained over three decades exploring Ireland.

Find info below on Irish geography, culture and places to go.

Read on, intrepid Vagabond (or Driftwooder), Ireland awaits you!

πŸ—ΊοΈ The Basics Of Planning A Trip to Ireland

Confused about where to start? We're here to help!

Decide where to go, how to travel and compare our tours.

☘️ Ireland Or Scotland: Do You Have To Choose?

🌊 Where Is The Wild Atlantic Way? Learn facts + maps about Irish geography.

🚐 Self-Drive or Guided Tour? Comparing The Options

😸 Solo Travel Guide To Ireland

πŸ€” Compare Four Of Our 7 Day Tours of Ireland 

πŸš΅β€β™€οΈ What Happens On An Active Adventure 7 Day Tour of Ireland?

🌷 What Happens On A Relaxing 6 Day Tour of Northern Ireland?

πŸ“… When Is The Best Time To Visit Ireland?

There's no bad time to take a small-group Ireland tour! The Irish climate is mild and the fun never stops with Vagabond Tours...

Discover the unique appeal of each month and season.

πŸ“… When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland?

πŸƒ Springtime: Visiting Ireland in March or April

🌻 You Know It's Summer In Ireland When...

🌳 Why You Should Visit Ireland In June

🏞️ July in Ireland: Good Time To Visit?

🌀️ Visiting Ireland in August

πŸ–οΈ 10 Powerful Reasons to Visit Ireland in August

🍏 Visiting Ireland in September

πŸŽƒ Visiting Ireland in October

🧳 Before Your Tour

Great, you've decided when to take your small-group tour of Ireland.

Now, what do you do?!

Get travel hacks, money-saving tips, budget guides and packing lists below:

βœ… Essential Check List For Planning A Trip to Ireland

πŸ›« Guide to Saving Money on Flights to Ireland

πŸ’° Budgeting + How Much Money to Bring to Ireland

πŸ“± The Best Free Travel Apps for Ireland

πŸ›ŽοΈ The Most Convenient Hotels and Best Areas To Stay in Dublin

🧳 How to Pack for Your Ireland Trip

🚐 My Ireland Diary: Do's & Don'ts For Your Tour

🏞️ Where To Go In Ireland

Everyone who has been here has a favourite Irish town or county.

Our green island is filled with quaint villages and off the beaten path peninsulas, just waiting to be discovered..

πŸ’š Where Is The Wild Atlantic Way? Irish Geography 101 

🏑 The Prettiest Towns & Villages in Ireland

πŸŒ† The Best Cities in Ireland

πŸ”οΈ The Best Scenic Places in Ireland

🏝️ Our Favourite Islands Off The Coast of Ireland

🏰 The Most Amazing Historical Places in Ireland

πŸŒ„ The Wildest, Purest, Furthest-Away Places in Ireland

😎 South East Ireland's Top Visitor Experiences

Travel Guide To The Wild Atlantic Way

It's arguably the world's most beautiful touring route; the Wild Atlantic Way boasts almost 4000km of coastal highway, stretching from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south.

Along the way, you'll be staggered by all the scenic beauty on show!

🏞️ The Most Beautiful National Parks of the Wild Atlantic Way

😯 9 Jaw-Dropping Sights Along The Wild Atlantic Way

🌳 Top Must-See Sights on the Beara Peninsula

πŸ›₯️ Your Essential Skellig Michael Survival Guide

😎 Is Donegal The Coolest Place On Earth?

🌼 Sligo: Normal People & Extraordinary Places

🏞️ Ring of Kerry: Your Ultimate Guide

🍺 Top 5 Pubs in Dingle

Travel Guide To Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a little piece of heaven!

This heavily underrated destination has everything: incredible music and history, scenery and wilderness, great food and cosmopolitan cities.

πŸ’· Top 12 Reasons to Visit Northern Ireland

🚐 Northern Ireland Tour: Darran's Causeway Coast Diary

πŸ‘ͺ One Family Who Saw It All On Their Private Tour of Northern Ireland

🎡 Top 10 Songs and Artists from Northern Ireland

πŸ›‚ Brexit and Northern Ireland: Business As Usual

Guide to Nature & Wildlife in Ireland

People LOVE Ireland because of its green hills and clean air.

Understand why Irish nature and wildlife is so endearing with these handy guides.

πŸ‘ Meet These Adorable Animals in Ireland

🐊 Is There Dangerous Wildlife In Ireland?

🌼 Spot These 7 Irish Wildflowers On Your Ireland Trip

🚜 VagaGuide Kim Tells Us About Farming in Ireland

Unmissable Things To Do in Ireland

We love going off the beaten track to get active in the fresh air!

You simply won't beat these amazing things to do around Ireland.

πŸ›Ά Fun Outdoor Things to Do in Ireland

πŸ‘£ Go Adventuring in Ireland - The Easy Way

πŸ„β€β™€οΈ Aisling's Guide To Surfing on the Wild Atlantic Way

πŸš΅β€β™‚οΈ Ronan's Guide To Cycling In Ireland

🧢 Visit Authentic Irish Craft Studios

πŸŽ‰ Weird and Wonderful Local Festivals In Ireland

🦐 Delicious Irish Food Festivals

Best Irish Movies, TV Shows and Books

Irish literature is world famous and the island has also been the subject of many films.

Your trip is the perfect opportunity to understand Irish culture better through the best Irish movies, books and TV shows.

πŸ“š Books to Read Before Going to Ireland

πŸŽ₯ 12 Of The Best Irish Movies to Watch At Home

πŸ“Ί 9 Movies and TV Shows Shot in Ireland

All About Irish Music

You can't talk about the Irish without mentioning music.

So don't you dare leave here without experiencing a traditional Irish music session!

🎡 10 Irish Songs You Need To Know

🎻10 MORE Irish Songs You Need To Know

🎼 9 Incredible Songs You've Probably Never Heard Before

πŸͺ• The Best Irish Sing-Along Songs

🎢 Where Did Irish Music Come From?

πŸ₯ Bebhinn's Diary: The Role Played By Irish Music in My Life

πŸ“Έ Travel Guide to Dublin Ireland

Arriving in a new country can be daunting. Luckily, Dublin is one of Europe's friendliest and most compact capitals.

Even more fortunately, all of our small-group tours depart and return to Dublin.

We've answered your most common questions about Dublin.

✈️ How Do I Get From Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre?

πŸ“Έ Non-Touristy Things To Do In Dublin

πŸš‰ 7 Easy Day Trips From Dublin By Dart

🍻 5 Best Traditional Pubs in Dublin

🍽️ Best Places To Eat in Dublin City Centre

πŸ˜€ Fun Things To Do Near Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin

πŸ˜‰ What Are Irish People Like?

There's a lot to learn about Irish people and our everyday habits.

We might appear to be normal human beings at first glance.

However, on further examination, lots of us talk funny and abide by eccentric rules for tipping, eating and drinking.

πŸ’¬ Funny Irish Phrases and Sayings

πŸ‘› Guide to Tipping in Ireland

β›” 10 Irish Food Rules You MUST NOT Break

🍹 Your Essential Irish Pub Etiquette Guide

🏰 What Are Some Things The Irish Do Best?

πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦° Are All Redheads From Ireland?

πŸ₯” Why Do Irish People Love Potatoes?

πŸ₯” What's Irish Food Like?

The simple answer is: AMAZING!!

There's never been a better time to experience Irish food.

And no better way to do it than as part of our 6 Day Vagabond Epic Ireland Food Tour.

Read these delicious blogs to whet your appetite:

πŸ₯“ What's In An Irish Breakfast?

πŸ₯¦ Eating Vegetarian in Ireland

πŸ¦ƒ Guinness for Santa Claus: Irish Christmas Food Traditions

🍲 Best of Irish Cuisine From Around Ireland

πŸ” Five Burgers You Must Try When in Ireland


More Food! Easy Irish Recipes

Get a taste of Ireland at home by trying out our simple and traditional recipes from Ireland.

🐟 How to Make Seafood Chowder in 8 Easy Steps

πŸ₯ž Simple Irish Pancake Recipe

β˜• How to Make An Irish Coffee

🍞 Authentic Irish Soda Bread Recipe

🍏 Seasonal Irish Apple Crumble Recipe

☘️ Tracing Irish Roots

Have you ever wondered if you have a little Irish in you?

Would you like to meet your Irish cousins or discover how your Irish ancestors lived?

Here are our in-depth articles covering Irish genealogy:

πŸ“œ Guide To Tracing Your Irish Ancestry

🏰 Did Your Irish Ancestors Live In A Castle?

πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ The Genealogy Detective


Discover Our Small-Group Tours of Ireland


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