Now, I know what you’re thinking–why would I take a tour? I’d rather just tour by myself. I get it. I’m the same way. Tours are usually ridiculously expensive, leave too early, are too long and you’re on a bus for six hours out of eight. However, there are a few tours you can take that aren’t so lame and tiring. I found while in Ireland, it’s nice to have someone else drive and figure out all the plans for the day rather than you. And guess what, there are a number of tours that are actually, quite fun.
If you’re staying in Dublin and want to see the Cliffs of Moher (and some extra spots in Ireland!), MacCoole Tours is a blast. You leave Dublin around 7:30am (I know what I said before about early starts!), but you can sleep on the two hour drive to Galway. When you get to the bus station in Galway, I recommend heading to the coffee shop, Badger and Dodo, across the road for a nice coffee before the bus departs for the day. On the tour, you’ll get to explore a 300 year old family farm, a fully guided mountain walk in a UNESCO geopark, a two-hour visit to the Cliffs of Moher, and free time around Galway city.
Voted one of the best tours to take in Ireland, My Ireland Tour has a number of tours that you can take. The tour I recommend? Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour. It’s a 10 day tour of the best hot spots in Ireland with only 26 people allowed per tour. Travel to Dublin, Galway, Killarney, The Ring of Kerry and Cork. Meals, hotels, and transport is all included in the price which is quite a steal, if you ask me.
The people who run Paddywagon are a dream. They have one day tours, weekly tours, and even a Christmas tour–because who wouldn’t want that? The daily tours are extremely reasonable and the tour guides are always a blast. I’ll be hopping on their bus in a few short months to adventure around Wicklow and Kilkenny (P.S. I Love You anyone?) and I cannot wait.
What are some of your favorite tours to take while abroad?