Possibly the most off-the-beaten-track adventure offered by Vagabond: you will travel by 4X4 Land Rover tour vehicle, boat, horse, surf, bike and on foot through the northern half of the island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland and the north-west counties of Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, and Mayo.
This is a well-balanced trip with all the scenery, activities, information, and services that you would expect from a Vagabond tour.
Meet at reception of the Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin 4, at 08:20am.
Cross over the border and walk to the summit of Slieve Gullion Mountain for great views over South Armagh.
Average Walk Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes.
Terrain: Path uphill to summit.
Drive into Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland for lunch and then choose from the following options:
Follow the coast road out of Belfast and around the base of the Glens of Antrim - you might well see Scotland on a clear day.
Average driving time: 4 hours 30 minutes.
Overnight in the Londonderry Arms Hotel in County Antrim.
Today your tour will continue North for a really active day on a section of the coastline that the locals will tell you is the most beautiful in Ireland.
Overnight in Beech Hill House Hotel, Derry.
Before leaving Northern Ireland, your group will head into Derry city for the highly-acclaimed walking tour. It is then time to cross back into the Republic and County Donegal, one of the least touristy and the wildest part of Ireland. Voted the coolest place in the world by National Geographic in 2017.
Overnight in Arnolds Hotel, Dunfanaghy.
An active and flexible day discovering one of Ireland’s most remote areas.
Overnight in The Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara
Average driving time 2 - 3 hours 15 minutes.
See Europe's highest sea cliffs, with some of these great options today before arriving at superb Mount Falcon Estate.
Overnight in Mount Falcon Estate
Overnight in Hotel Westport, Westport
Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to the wilds of the west coast and head back to Dublin. But first, a holy mountain, the town of Westport and one of Ireland’s best museums.
Vagabond tours were established in February 2002, the brainchild of Rob Rankin who had been traveling in Southern Africa with his wife, Amy. While there, they saw the safari and ‘overland’ tours that were so popular and realized 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. 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 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.View Profile
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The tours leave from Dublin city center at 08.20am on the first morning and get back about 6 pm on the last day. Vagabond 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.
In 2007 Northern Ireland was named as one of the top ten places in the world to visit by Lonely Planet travel guides. Not surprising 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 20 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. Donegal got on the Cool List by National Geographic this year so Vagabond have decided to spend some more time here to uncover more. 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.
Europe's highest Sea Cliffs
It is a region with a huge amount to offer a visitor and all in a relatively small area. You will have the chance to go for walks, ride a bike or a horse, surf an Atlantic wave, try your hand at fishing or hit a golf ball. The range of activities available is huge and qualified and experienced instructors supervise all. You'll also have the chance not to do the activities and just take it easy while Vagabond we show you around.
Vagabond’s small groups also allow us to stay in small out-of-the-way hotels, offering a warm friendly welcome and first-class accommodation.