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About Vagabond Tours Ireland

Vagabond is the perfect small-group vacation for people who don’t want a coach tour but still want to fully experience the grand country they are visiting.

We hope you like our website. It has been designed in the same way as our tours, which are great fun and very informal yet extremely professionally, personally and thoughtfully created. Our tours range from 5 to 12 days in length and combine an imaginative mixture of breathtaking scenery, relaxing exercise, local culture and history and of course cosy accommodation. Instead of buses or minibuses, Vagabond uses custom-built 4X4 Land Rovers, so our group sizes are smaller and more flexible, and we can explore areas far beyond the reach of normal tours. On occasion you’ll leave the road behind and drive along beaches, through rivers or up muddy tracks. You’ll walk in the mountains, kayak in secluded bays, ride a horse on a remote beach; You’ll clamber over ancient ruins, learn about pirate queens, retrace the steps of pilgrims or search for your ancestors.

And at the end of the day, maybe a roaring fire, some music, great food and a pint.

Small Group sizes

With a maximum group size of only 13 people, Vagabond is more like travelling with a group of friends than being stuck on a coach tour. Our groups tend to be made up of individuals, couples and small groups of friends or family. All are very welcome.

Our small group sizes are a huge advantage for passengers in so many ways:

  • Our service is very personal, you even get to sit up front with the driver and have a chat.
  • We don’t have to use large hotels in big towns, but we get away from the crowds and stay in cosy high-quality guesthouses and smaller hotels in some of Ireland’s most remote and picturesque spots.
  • It allows much more flexibility, so if there is something specific that people in the group want to see or do, then we can often arrange it.
  • There is no feeling of being herded around the country. It is your tour, and everyone gets to have input into the trip. Because of this, no two Vagabond tours have ever been the same.

History of Vagabond Tours

Vagabond Tours was established in February 2002, the brain child of Rob Rankin who had been travelling in Southern Africa with his wife, Amy. While there, they saw the safari and ‘overland’ tours that were so popular, and realised that a more adventurous way of seeing Ireland would be a fantastic experience for visitors. Ireland may not have the lions, elephants and deserts of Africa, but it certainly has plenty of great scenery, fascinating history and a few wild creatures running loose too. Just what you need for a good safari.

Since 2002, Vagabond has grown steadily year on year, building an excellent reputation within the Irish Tourism industry and with customers abroad. We have won several awards and have been featured in numerous articles in publications around the world.

The tours are constantly evolving, we put a lot of store in customer feedback and each year our trips have developed accordingly.

ITOA

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In June, 2009 Vagabond was accepted into the ITOA (Incoming Tour Operators Association), which was a great milestone for us.

The ITOA (Incoming Tour Operators Association – Ireland) is a not for profit organization, founded in 1987 and is the professional association for Irish based Inbound Tour Operators, DMCs and PCOs.   ITOA is the largest Association of its type in Ireland and is recognised as such by the Tourism Agencies – Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Northern Ireland Tourist Board.  ITOA collaborates closely with these agencies and is a member of ITIC (Irish Tourism Industry Confederation).  An ITOA member has achieved a professional standard in accordance with the rigorous entry criteria and annual requirements of the Association.

The ITOA website can be found at www.irishtouroperators.com/trade-partners