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Press and awards

 National Geographic Tours of a Lifetime Vagabond tours are delighted and thrilled to announce that our 8 day ‘Wild Irish Rover’ tour has been chosen as one of their ’50 Tours of a Lifetime 2013 by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.As Norie Quintos, executive editor of the magazine wrote, “ The tours we selected capture that spirit of exploration,they push the boundaries of mainstream tourism, whether taking travelers to the far corners of the globe, or helping them dive deep into the culture of familiar destinations.”This is a huge honour for us and we would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to our success over the years: Our customers, our team, our suppliers and also friends of Vagabond who have all made a massive input. And not to mention National Geographic Traveler for considering us.We are the first Irish company to be chosen as one of the ‘50 tours of a lifetime’, and this just adds to our sense of achievement. We feel like we have won as Oscar…

Five myths about Ireland


We are thrilled to get a fantastic write up in USA Today by Everett Potter! The article is about what to expect when you visit Ireland and debunks out of date perceptions. Rob(Vagabond Tours) quoted as a pioneer of Adventure Travel in Ireland. Titled: Five Myths about Ireland, you can read the article here.


Recent Press Mentions

Travel Age West: Adventure with Vagabond Tours of Ireland – 16th March 2015

Travel Pulse: Vagabond Explores Ireland Off the Beaten Track – 16th March 2015

Houston Style Magazine: The Wild Atlantic Way; the Longest Coastal Route in the World Experience it with Vagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland – 17th March 2015

Everett Potter’s Travel Report – Discovering Ireland with Vagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland – 17th March 2015

Vagabond: As Seen on TV

Vagabond tours was recently featured on RTE 1′s highly acclaimed entrepreneurial show, Higher Ground, which follows the progress of, and gives mentoring to, a series of start-up companies around Ireland. Each episode also features a case study of an established business with similarities to the featured start-up enterprise. Vagabond was used as the case study of an established tour-operator, as the film-makers mentor and follow the progress of Paul Harmon, who is setting up an electric bike touring company in Westport. Hopefully Vagabond has been able to pass on a few helpful hints to Paul to assist in getting his business off the ground.







Vagabond the Supermodel

In 2010 Vagabond was contacted by Vodafone (Ireland’s largest mobile phone network) because we had been chosen from their 100,000+ Irish business users to be featured in their new ‘business dreams’ campaign. We were then  photographed standing in a river for four hours (Rob even had make-up on), been plastered all over the national press, radio, and bus-shelters. We have also been filmed for online advertising and been included in their direct mailing campaign. The message is that with Vodafone anyone’s business dream

can come true, and our business dream is that our passengers go home loving Ireland as much as we do. We think you will.

Click here to see the Vodafone poster and Vodafone advert as featured in the Irish Independent


Click the links below for more press clippings


Three Time Winner ‘Merit Award’ Failte Ireland Irish Welcome Awards
2006, Rob Rankin

2006, Dave O’Connor
2005, Mark Connolly

Winner ‘Best Customer Focused Company’ Shell LiveWIRE Young Business Awards, 2003

Venturepoint Enterprise Awards Finalist, 2003

Dublin Tourism, the Official Dublin Tourism Authority Member


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