Rope Bridge in Ireland

Visiting Ireland independently works well for some people, but if you feel more comfortable with a guide and driver, small group tours of Ireland are a great alternative.

Information about three of the best companies offering such tours is below. Each company has a variety of itineraries for different lengths of time, and they all cater to various travel styles. As such, it should be easy to find a tour that works best for your trip.

Vagabond Tours
Vagabond Tours is an award-winning tour company that specializes in small group tours of Ireland. Vagabond offers tours with an active, outdoor focus and lots of opportunities for adventure travel in Ireland. Their 12-day Giant Irish Adventure Tour offers an action-packed itinerary with activities like horseback riding and sea kayaking.

They also have a brand called Driftwood Tours, which focuses on discovery. Driftwood offers trips like an 11-day Discover Ireland Tour. It gives a comprehensive overview of the country that focuses on Irish tradition, culture, history, and food. Both Driftwood and Vagabond also offer private tours of Ireland that can be tailored to your specifications.

Tauck Tours
While most of Tauck’s tours are for larger groups, they offer several small group tours throughout the year for a supplement. Their pricing is slightly higher than that of some other companies, but they also include more in the overall price, so the value for money is still good.

Tauck offers a comprehensive 14-day tour of Ireland called The Best of Ireland. It starts in Shannon and covers most of the coastal areas of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Wolfhound Adventure Tours
Wolfhound features small-group tours of Ireland with an active focus. Daily hikes and bike rides take participants through the Irish countryside, allowing them to enjoy it up close. There are opportunities for other activities like horseback riding as well.

There is a lot of flexibility and choice involved in Wolfhound’s tours, so you can make them as active (or not) as you want to. Wolfhound also offers private tours.