Looking for a chance to explore Ireland at your own pace? Where you won’t have to keep worrying about missing the tour bus or be forced to plan your itinerary around group activities? Where you can work with your own schedule, to sock in the sights and sounds just the way you want it? You can – and with a knowledgeable local guide all through, bringing the history and stories of places you visit to life.

Why Choose Private Guided Tours?

First of course is the flexibility. Want to linger a bit longer at that Insta-worthy castle or take a spontaneous detour to a little-known local café? Go right ahead! Not being stuck to the set timetable of a group tour, means you can really make the most of the places that tickle your fancy.

Moreover, every experience is more intimate and personal. As you wander through the rolling green hills or explore historic ruins, the guide accompanying you will have all the tales and folklore about the area – and even show you some secret spots, to make your trip that much more special.

And let’s talk comfort – from the luxury car to moving around with an itinerary that’s just perfect for your plans. Whether you’re here for a quick three-day break or a leisurely two-week exploration, all the nitty-gritty details taken will have been taken care of for you.

Top Destinations for Ireland Multi-Day Tours

Dublin and Surrounds

A private guided tour of the capital allows you to explore landmarks like Trinity College, where the home of the illustrious Book of Kells, and the historic Dublin Castle. Shake things up at the lively Temple Bar area, known for its pubs and vibrant street life – a blend of ancient and modern.

Beyond the immediate city centre, you have the likes of the coastal suburbs of Howth and Malahide that combine both scenic beauty and give you a glimpse of Dublin’s maritime heritage. Check out the cliff walks, grab some seafood, and also visit the restored castle at Howth.

If you’re up for it, include the Wicklow Mountains in your tour. It provides a stunning backdrop to Dublin’s south, with the region even being called the ‘Garden of Ireland’. It’s the go-to spot for nature lovers. Add the peaceful monastic ruins at Glendalough and gardens of Powerscourt House to your plans while here. 

The Wild Atlantic Way

Stretching over 2,500 kilometer it traces the contours of Ireland’s western coastline from the rugged capes of Donegal down to the shores of Cork. Your tour can begin in the north where Donegal’s imposing sea cliffs and secluded beaches await. Continue to the wave-lashed coasts of Sligo and Mayo where you have the likes of the ancient Neolithic fields of Ceide Fields awaiting you.

Heading south, you’ll enter the mystical Connemara, where a maze of loughs and islands meets the grandeur of the Twelve Bens mountains. You’ll soon find yourself in Galway, a bustling cultural nucleus, then weaving through the limestone landscapes of The Burren in County Clare, and reaching the iconic Cliffs of Moher, a must-visit for any traveller.

Further south, the scenic drives through Kerry and Cork offer more than just eye candy. Here, the dramatic headlands and quaint villages are perfect for activities like whale watching as well as castle exploration. 

The Ring of Kerry

Here you have a 179-kilometre loop that’s a mix of the rugged Atlantic coastline and mountain scenery.

Starting in Killarney, right next to the famous Killarney National Park, you’ll be surrounded by incredible natural beauty. The park is filled with old woodlands and calm lakes. Hint – pass by Muckross House and Ross Castle.

As the tour takes you along the Ring, you’ll come across the vibrant village of Kenmare, a real treat for foodies and welcoming locals, as well as charming towns like Sneem, with its colourful buildings and laid-back vibe. You can also pass by Waterville, a cosy seaside resort known for its golfing heritage.

Near Valentia Island, the coastline serves up some of the most striking views where the ocean crashes against massive cliffs. From here, you can also see the Skellig Islands, famous for their ancient monastic sites and Star Wars films.

Northern Ireland

The capital, Belfast, has its maritime roots – most famous being the Titanic Belfast exhibition. Here you’ll learn all about the Titanic, from its building to its fateful first voyage. Another favourite spot is the Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage site, with its 40,000 basalt columns created by ancient volcanoes, comes with some myths that just add to its allure.

A tour can take you to the dramatic ruins of Dunluce Castle, set along the North Atlantic coast. And for some breathtaking ocean views, make your way across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge—a top pick for anyone touring this rugged part of Ireland. Also, schedule a visit to the Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim to experience a 400-year-old whiskey-making legacy.

The Ancient East

This is an area stretching from Boyne Valley all the way down to the sunny South-East, all with their own stories and a history that goes back over 5,000 years.

In the Boyne Valley is the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of Ireland’s High Kings. Not far from there is Newgrange, a Neolithic passage tomb that’s even older than the pyramids and famous for the magical way it lights up during the winter solstice.

Further south lie the counties of Kilkenny and Waterford. Kilkenny Castle that goes all the way back to Norman occupation, while Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, founded by Vikings, has plenty of mediaeval architecture. The region also offers serene landscapes and gardens, such as those found in Altamont Gardens​.

Customizable Itineraries and Activities

So many places to visit, and much to do. On Fáilte Tours Ireland’s private tours of Ireland, you can take your pick – including how much time to spend at each location, with expert advice from our local guides. We also offer thematic tours tailored to specific interests such as genealogy, golf, or photography, enhancing your experience with focused activities that are meaningful to you.
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