One of the best aspects of your Vagabond experience is getting out into the Irish countryside and enjoying the cleanest air in Europe while taking part in some outdoor tour activities.
We have a range of activities on Vagabond tours to suit all levels of fitness and skill. They are all optional and we never put any pressure on people to take part. If you prefer to read a book, write a postcard, have a coffee or maybe take the photos then that is
Going for a walk is one of the best forms of exercise you can get, and even better when surrounded by the Irish countryside. It also gives you a great opportunity to have a chat with and get to know your fellow Vagabonds. We have a wide selection of walks available, and we match them to each group and the weather conditions.
Ireland’s love affair with horses is famous around the world, so where better to ride one than down on of the country’s beautiful beaches. A one hour trek starts at only €35, and Vagabond uses only fully licensed, approved and insured Equestrian centres.
It’s a great way to get up close and personal with the Irish countryside, get some fresh air and get active. We have introduced some excellent opportunities into the tours to rent bikes and go exploring, for example in Killarney National Park or out on the Aran islands. The cycling level is easy to moderate and the roads are virtually empty of traffic, as you glide down the lanes you will feel a million miles away. A guided tour of Killarney National Park costs about €25.
Kayaking is always a favourite with the passengers, its a great way to experience Irish scenery and nature close up – you might even meet Fungi the Dolphin and a wide variety of bird life. And there is always the risk of a waterfight! A fully guided and instructed 3 hour session costs €45.
Yes, surfing! Actually Ireland boasts some of Europe’s best surfing beaches, which is one of the reasons why surfing is Ireland’s fastest growing sport. A 2 hour lesson including board and wetsuit hire costs only €30… and although it can take a bit of practice, for many people it is one of the highlights of their trip. (Don’t let it put you off though, most people don’t surf on tour!)
There are a number of optional boat trips available, from a one-hour visit to Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle bay (€15) to an awe-inspiring day on the Skellig Islands, one of Ireland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – €75 May, June & Sept, €80 July & Aug.
New to Vagabond in 2017, traditional Naomhóg rowing. A traditional fishing vessel used in Kerry for centuries. An hour and half lesson around Dingle Bay costs €25. For more on Naomhóg rowing, check out the video below.
The pace of the Vagabond Adventure Tours
The Vagabond adventure tours follow slightly faster-paced programs, they are not rushed, but are perfect if you like to keep on the move.
Activity Difficulty/Suggested Fitness levels
All activities on a Vagabond tour would be considered to be ‘easy to medium’ on a difficulty scale. Walks are always on marked paths, though the ground may be broken and there will be inclines. The duration ranges from 1 – 2.5 hours on average.
In terms of fitness, we suggest that you are able to easily walk for 90 minutes to be able to get the most out of your adventure. It is also worth noting that adventure activities aside, the average day on a Vagabond adventure is a generally active and energetic one. There are numerous stops and smaller walks, and we like to keep the tours moving along – so this is definitely the tour for people with the energy to keep going all day.
If you think this all sounds a bit too energetic, then we would suggest you have a look at the less active Driftwood Journeys of Discovery