Driftwood Tour Guides
Every Driftwood tour of Ireland is led by one of our superb team of guides.
They have the best job in the world, roaming Ireland’s stunning landscape, having a great laugh with like-minded people and sharing with them their knowledge of the Island’s history, culture and landscape. People are amazed at the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guides and how much information we pass across to our passengers.
The guides also work very hard to answer your queries, and they make you feel at home throughout your trip. To ensure this, our staff are carefully selected and trained (to be naturally funny and entertaining) to make sure you’ll never forget Ireland or Driftwood.
Meet the team:
Left to right: Mark, Dee, Wendy (dancing), Larry (almost dancing), Emmet, Nick, Mia, Russ and Aidan during pre season dancing training.
Rob Rankin – Founder and owner of Driftwood. Originally from Scotland but has lived in Ireland for many happy years, he started Vagabond after travelling in Southern Africa and thinking that a more active, adventure tour of Ireland would be a great idea. Rob is an outdoor enthusiast and also a keen amateur historian (with an MA in Modern History), so this is the perfect job for him.
Mark, from Naas Co Kildare is a true Vagabond, having travelled and cycled almost all over the world, including Iceland (with his bike) and Antarctica (without his bike). In fact in 2009 Mark embarked on amazing journey to be the first Irishman to cycle around the world, which he duly completed. It was an amazing achievement. Since then he has gone on to get married and become a father and he recently completed the prestigious National Tour Guide Training programme. Mark once had a job as the lion feeder in the circus, a job many would give their right hand for. Mark’s humour, charm and attentiveness blended with his enthusiasm for Ireland (and for most things, actually) will make you feel that you arrived home in Ireland and are travelling with an old friend.
“Dear Mark, Thank you for a wonderful 5 days. You can’t control the weather but you made the best of every day. Vagabond tours are a great way to see the off track parts of Ireland. We really enjoyed the history, the stories and the songs as well as the the laughs and companionship of our fellow travelers. Great tour. Keep trekking, cycling and sharing your wealth of knowledge and love for travel with everyone.”
Ian and Karen Melbourne, Australia.
Wendy is the musician of the team, a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, and when not Vagabonding she works as a musician, and runs a professional music management business (Wendy Jack Music: www.wendyjackmusic.com ) And if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy she is also working on a long-term project restoring a traditional Irish cottage (very slowly). Plus Wendy has a BA Business and an MA International Relations and is also fluent in history, politics, geology, archaeology, myths, legends, fun and adventure, indeed everything you’d expect from an Irish tour guide.
“Just a quick note but thank you, thank you, thank you! We had a wonderful time on the tour. Wendy was brilliant – she was so knowledgeable about the geology, geography and history of Ireland, so much fun and pleasant, so patient and considerate – a really, really wonderful guide.” Colleen Schiefen
Champion sportswoman, world traveller, holder of a degree in Business – Mia has many talents. With a blue-chip company background Mia is extremely professional, and has a wealth of information on Ireland and on life here, which she relays to her passengers in a relaxed and amusing fashion. Mia was recruited through the Tipperary witness protection scheme, and her real name is a closely guarded secret, but she might tell you on your tour!
A guy that people tend to look up to , standing 6’5″ in his socks, Russ is a fully trained ambulance medic, and is also handy enough with a chainsaw (he has trained in horticulture and worked as a landscape gardener). Having travelled extensively through Europe, North America and Australasia, Russ now loves showing people around Ireland and sharing his passion for, and knowledge of, his country. Russ’s calm and professional style instantly makes his passengers feel at home and welcome. We know you will have a great time with the Big Man.