Vagabond Tours of Ireland | 7 Day North by North West
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7 Day North by North West Tour of Ireland

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“Vagabond tours exceeded my expectations in every way – it was absolutely the best way to see Ireland, in my opinion. The history, culture, and sights we were able to see by going “off the beaten track” were amazing. From start to finish, everything was taken care of. I didn’t worry about anything while I was on tour. My guide was laid back, funny, and of course very knowledgeable, and with only 10 of us on tour I honestly felt like I was traveling with friends after the first day.”

North by North West Tour, Rachel K, June 2014


About this Tour

About this tour

A terrific tour that covers the northern half of the island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland, the north west counties of Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo and then the westerly Counties of Mayo, Galway and Clare. On the way the route includes highlights such as Connemara, The Burren, the Cliffs of Moher. This is a really a well balanced trip including all the scenery, activity, information and service that you would expect from a Vagabond tour.

The tours leave from Dublin city centre at 08.30am on the first morning and get back about 6pm on the last day. So we would advise arriving at least the night before and if you would be planning to fly out on the last night, then not to book a flight before 9pm.

Northern Ireland

In 2007 Northern Ireland was named as one of the top ten places in the world to visit by Lonely Planet travel guides. Not suprising really when you consider the great scenery, fascinating history and political situation, the activity options and the genuinely warm welcome. Plus, of course, for many it is a completely new area to be explored as the peace has unfolded over the last 15 years.

Northwest and Western Ireland:

Heading across to the north-west imagine a country of wild moorland, rugged mountain ranges, dark and mysterious lakes, spectacular beaches, hidden villages, rebel castles and prehistoric forts. Vagabond will take you to places that coach tours of Ireland simply cannot reach, and the small group sizes on the tours give us greater flexibility to tailor-make the vacation to suit each group.



Revel at some of Europe’s very best scenery, including:

  • The Glens of Antrim
  • Walk in the Mourne Mountains (Sleive Gulliam)
  • Galway’s Connemara region
  • The wild moorlands and mountains of County Mayo
  • Ireland’s wild and rugged Atlantic coastline
  • The Burren limestone plateau


Enjoy some of Ireland’s most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:

  • The Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope-bridge
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Discover the Game of Throne locations we visit.


Enjoy some fantastic activity options

  • Walking and hiking through some of Ireland’s best scenery
  • Learn the ancient art of “Vagaball”!
  • Horse riding on the beach
  • Optional trip to the Aran Islands


Wonder at some of Ireland’s historical treasures and experience the rich historical past of the region, from stone age man to the modern age.

  • Clamber over the cliff-top ruins of Dun Luce Castle
  • Climb Knocknaree Mountain to Queen Maeve’s tomb
  • Ancient neolithic stone circles, celtic ring forts, castles, monastic sites and pre-christian tombs
  • Take a black cab tour of the fascinating Belfast city
  • A walking tour of Londonderry/Derry city


Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the Irish people in locations such as:

  • The vibrant and buzzing Galway city


Some fun little side trips:

  • Relax in a hot, rejuvenating seaweed bath
  • Visit a working sheep farm for a demonstration of working dogs and also sheep shearing


And at night:

  • Live music and excellent food in some of Ireland’s best pubs and restaurants.
  • Overnight in quality, locally owned guesthouse and small hotel accommodation in small, friendly local communities.
  • Spend a night in a castle


Price per person: €1319 (based on two sharing) Single supplement: €220

What's included?

    • Off the beaten track adventure in Vagabond 4X4 tour vehicle.
    • Services of highly trained professional Vagabond tour guide
    • 6 nights accommodation (1 night B&B, 4 nights Hotel and a night in a castle!).
    • 6 full Irish breakfasts.
    • Train journey to or from the south west of Ireland.
    • All relevant taxes.
    • Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit
    • Loads of laughs

    Most daily activities and visits, including:

    • Fantastic guided walks
    • Entrance to most of the historical and archeological sites along the way
    • Demonstrations of local craftsmen at work

    AND…Your departure is guaranteed once we have confirmed your booking (we have never cancelled a tour, thats a promise)

Optional Extras

    • Lunches and evening meals
    • Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
    • Horse-riding – €30 for an hour
    • Sea-Kayaking – €45 for three hours
    • Day trip to the Aran Islands –€20
    • Black Cab taxi tour of Belfast – GB£10
    • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery – GB£7.50
    • Walking tour of Derry – GB£4
    • Dunluce Castle – GB£2
    • Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge – GB£5.6
    • Boat trip to Slieve League Cliffs – €20
    • Hot, relaxing sea-weed bath – €25

We try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a small part of the daily activities on tour. Most of the historical sites we visit are free to enter, as of course are the walks and beaches. The additional activities we do offer are ones that have proved to be a big success with customers over the years.

Departure Dates

When do we leave?

Please see below for the list of departure dates currently available for this 7 day North by North West Tour.  If the dates you are interested are not available, please contact us as we may be able to release some places or schedule in another tour.

May 2015

  • Monday - 4th
  • Monday - 11th
  • Monday - 18th
  • Monday - 25th

June 2015

  • Monday - 1st
  • Monday - 8th
  • Monday - 15th
  • Monday - 22nd
  • Monday - 29th

July 2015

  • Monday- 6th
  • Monday - 13th
  • Monday - 20th
  • Monday - 27th

August 2015

  • Monday - 3rd
  • Monday - 10th
  • Monday - 17th
  • Monday - 24th
  • Monday - 31st

September 2015

  • Monday - 7th
  • Monday - 14th
  • Monday - 21st
  • Monday - 28th

October 2015

  • Monday - 5th
  • Monday - 12th
  • Monday - 19th

May 2016

  • Monday - 2nd
  • Monday - 9th
  • Monday - 16th
  • Monday - 23rd
  • Monday - 30th

June 2016

  • Monday - 6th
  • Monday - 13th
  • Monday - 20th
  • Monday - 27th

July 2016

  • Monday - 4th
  • Monday - 11th
  • Monday - 18th
  • Monday - 25th

August 2016

  • Monday - 1st
  • Monday - 8th
  • Monday - 15th
  • Monday - 22nd
  • Monday - 29th

September 2016

  • Monday - 5th
  • Monday - 12th
  • Monday - 19th
  • Monday - 26th

5 stars, based on 5 reviews
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