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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…

2016 Press Mentions

U.S.A.  Today

Published in USA Today. Travel writer Everett Potter interviewed Rob Rankin (owner of Vagabond Tours) on the myths surrounding group tours.

New Driftwood Tour of Northern Ireland

In 2016, we introduced a brand new 6 Day Driftwood Northern Island Tour. There has been a lot of interest in this tour, particularly from several big publications in the U.S. including the L.A. Times , Chicago Tribune & N.Y Times!

2015 Press Mentions & Awards

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 The article is about what to expect when you visit Ireland and debunks out of date perceptions.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.





On the  24th April 2015, Vagabond Tours of Ireland took home the prize of: Best Adventure Experience 2015 at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. The biennial ceremony showcases the country’s most successful and innovative tourism products, services and experiences.

We were delighted to receive this award and be recognised for our efforts in this area. As we have always strived to deliver exceptional adventure tour experiences for those who come on tour with us. None of this would of been possible without the hard work and effort from our amazing tour guides, office staff & suppliers.


Trip Advisor Cert of Excellence 2015 Vagabond Tours of Ireland -  Review


We are delighted to have received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor 2015.  These certs are awarded to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers. We’d like to say a big thank you to all our passengers who took the time to leave such great reviews on Trip Advisor & helped us earn this award.


Other Press Mentions in 2015

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 Tours of Ireland on TVVagabond: As Seen on TVVagabond 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 Tours of Ireland featured on Vadafone adVagabond 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 (Rob and a Vagatron) were then photographed standing in a river for four hours (Rob even had make-up on), plastered all over the national press, radio, and bus-shelters. We have also been filmed for online advertising and have 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



More Press Mentions!

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Sunday Independent – 18th March 2006

Land Rover Owner International Magazine – February 2004

Irish Entrepreneur Magazine – July / August 2003

AMEX Travel & Leisure Magazine – November 2002

Award Winning Tours

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

2006, Dave O’Connor
2005, Mark Connolly

Vagabond Tours wins the Irish Welcome Awards

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

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

Venturepoint Enterprise Awards Finalist, 2003

Venturepoint Enterprise Awards Finalist

Dublin Tourism, the Official Dublin Tourism Authority Member

Dublin Tourism, the Official Dublin Tourism Authority Member

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