Lake in Ireland

About our Tours

We offer two types of tour vacation

Book spaces on a tour or arrange your own private vacation

We offer two main types of tour, allowing you to book spaces on an existing tour package or customize a private tour of your own. Throughout this page, we will go through some of the questions that guests often ask us about booking a tour. In each case, we will explain some of the considerations for booking spaces on a scheduled tour package versus arranging your own private tour of Ireland.

Irish coastal sunset

1. Book spaces on a tour

Perfect for couples, small groups and solo travellers, shared packages are our most popular tours. Book the tour that suits you best and we'll take care of everything from there. Maximum value, minimum hassle.

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Allihies village in Ireland

2. Arrange your own private tour

Best suited for larger groups of 8+ guests. Tell us your interests and we will design a customized tour specifically for your private group. Great for big families, those with young children, or anyone who wants to explore off the beaten track.

Arrange a Private Tour

When should I tour Ireland?

Ireland is a great place to visit at any time of year, though spring, summer and early autumn are the most popular with first-time visitors. Mid-March is a popular choice because it overlaps with St Patrick's Day, when you can join in with the parties and parades celebrating all things Irish. The warmer summer months understandably attract the most visitors, but this does mean that some of the tour destinations are a little bit busier.

If you book spaces on a tour

Our tours run from March to October. It is rare for first-timers to visit Ireland outside of this time period of longer daytimes and warmer, drier weather.

If you arrange a private tour

On a private tour, you can travel at any time of year. Summer is still the most popular, but winter holidays are also possible. If you have any questions about the weather and daylight hours during the winter months, please just let us know.

Which tours would be best for me / my group?

Our tours are designed to work for all group types, whether you're a solo traveller exploring alone or a 100-strong orchestra. As a rule of thumb, smaller groups (fewer than eight guests or so) can get the best value by booking spaces on one of our scheduled tour packages. For larger groups, arranging your own private tour can give you greater flexibility and, in some cases, offer even better value.

If you book spaces on a tour

This is ideal for smaller groups who are happy to share the journey with other people. Of course, larger groups can simply book the whole bus - and some do! Our tours are always limited to max. 26 guests (leaving empty seats for more space). We also offer mini-group tours for max. eight guests per tour.

If you arrange a private tour

We arrange private tours for all group sizes, whether it's a romantic honeymoon or a grand tour for the whole extended family. We even arrange tours for choirs and orchestras! For a small group, a private tour can't usually beat the rock-bottom prices of our scheduled tour packages which are designed to offer unbeatable value for couples, solos and smaller groups.

Can I book a luxury tour?

Yes indeed! We have a range of tour packages designed to suit all budgets, including luxury options for those seeking a little extra refinement as they discover the treasures of Ireland.

If you book spaces on a tour

Our current luxury tour packages include the Deluxe Irish Castles Tour as well as our popular mini-group tours, offering an exclusive tour experience for max. eight guests.

If you arrange a private tour

The dream option for anyone seeking a true luxury travel experience in Ireland. Tell us what you have in mind and we will make it happen.

How long does a tour last?

The minimum time we would recommend for a tour of Ireland is six days. That gives you enough time to see all the greatest hits of Ireland, while still travelling at a relaxed pace. On these shorter tours, we recommend fewer hotel changes so that you spend less time packing and checking in, more time discovering Ireland. On a longer trip, two weeks usually give you enough time to soak in the best of what Ireland has to offer.

If you book spaces on a tour

We have a range of tour packages lasting from six days to a fortnight.

If you arrange a private tour

On a customized tour with a private driver, you can tailor the duration of your stay to suit your group. Arrive and depart on days that work for your other travel plans.

Child-friendly tours: what if I am bringing the kids?

Ireland offers an exciting journey of discovery to all visitors, whatever their age. For young children, a customized tour with a private driver is recommended.

If you book spaces on a tour

Children aged 8-17 years receive a 10% discount. Our scheduled tour packages do not cater for children aged seven or under.

If you arrange a private tour

Children of all ages are welcome. We can design an itinerary for you which takes allows for extra stops, child-friendly activities and a pace that works for even the smallest legs!

Adults-only tours

When you're sharing your vacation time with people whom you're just getting to know, sometimes it's nice to know that you can still enjoy adult company. That's why we offer an exclusive range of adults-only tours.

If you book spaces on a tour

We offer an exclusive range of adults-only tours, but please keep in mind that there may be children in the hotels and at the tour attractions... Children under eight are not catered for on any of our scheduled tour packages.

If you arrange a private tour

If you're bringing a group of adults, please keep in mind that there may be children in the hotels and at the tour attractions. Please let us know what you would most enjoy about an adults-only tour and we will do everything we can to make sure this is a key feature of your time in Ireland.

Which regions of Ireland should I visit?

Our tours are designed to give a nice mix of Ireland's best-loved hot spots and its best-kept secrets. Many first-timers are keen to experience the Wild Atlantic Way, and questions about Ireland's Ancient East are also very common. The good news is that we can cater for everything. Most of our tours feature the most popular destinations such as Dublin, the west coast and Kerry/Cork.

If you book spaces on a tour

Rest assured that it has been designed to encompass the very best of Ireland. Absorb the rich history of Northern Ireland. Witness the world-famous Ring of Kerry on our Ancient Ireland Tour. Whichever tour you choose, you can rest assured that it has been designed to encompass the very best of Ireland.

If you arrange a private tour

Tell us where you want to go and we will make it happen. Alternatively, we can draw up a suggested itinerary based on what we consider to be the highlights of our home country. We can tailor your tour to your group's interests, age range or any historical connection your family might have to Ireland.

What if this is my second tour of Ireland?

Ireland is so welcoming, its history and culture are so rich, that it is very common for past visitors to come back on a second tour of Ireland. If this is you, welcome home! This time, you might wish to consider a longer tour (including Northern Ireland or even touring Scotland, for example). Let us know about your previous visits to Ireland and we will be happy to advise on which tours might be most interesting to you and your group.

If you book spaces on a tour

With a scheduled tour package, there is a greater likelihood that you will visit some places which you have already seen. For many visitors, that's exactly what they're hoping for.

If you arrange a private tour

Tell us what you loved most about your previous visits to Ireland and we will do everything we can to exceed your expectations. Include the highlights of your last tour, or delve deeper into the richness of Ireland and experience the road less travelled.

Can I also visit Scotland on the same tour?

Yes. Or should we say: Och aye! As Gaelic cousins with overlapping histories and cultures, Ireland and Scotland make a great pairing. We're obviously pretty biased, so we will let you decide which country has the upper hand when it comes to whiskey, folk music or a foot-stomping good night with new friends.

If you book spaces on a tour

Choose our Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour to experience the best of both Celtic nations.

If you arrange a private tour

We can work with you to compose the perfect itinerary encompassing the best of both countries to fit the time span and the budget that you have in mind. Just let us know what you have in mind.

Three promises to you Ask our rivals if they can match these commitments

We're an independent Irish family business, and we believe in the best service for every guest. That's what made us Ireland's top-rated tour operator. If you're not sure who to book with, we encourage you to compare us to our rivals. Whether it's our unbeatable prices, our five-star review ratings, the number of inclusions or simply the amount of extra space we leave on the coach, we think you'll agree that we have an edge on all other Ireland tour providers.

If you are contacting any other tour companies or any re-sellers, why not ask if they can match our small group guarantee? Or will they match us on these three promises?

Dingle View in County Kerry

1. Designed and run by us

Every tour offered by My Ireland Tour is designed, arranged and operated by our small team here in Co. Cork. We don't sell anybody else's tours and nobody else sells ours. No exceptions.

Dark Hedges in County Antrim

2. No Hidden Extras

With My Ireland Tour, there are no sales pitches or hidden extras. Everything is included in your tour price when you book. So your driver-guide is there just to look after you – they won't try to sell you anything.

Westport landscape

3. We are Irish

We're an Irish family business staffed by a small team of local experts – we're all Irish with accents to match. Call us and test our local knowledge, from the best hotels to regional weather conditions and what to pack. Ireland is our home country and we're very proud of it.

Our small groups guarantee Never more than 26 guests per tour

We always keep our tour group sizes small. That's because we want every guest to get the comfort, space and service they deserve. Although many other companies squeeze in groups of up to 50, even the largest of our tour packages are strictly limited to just 26 guests. That leaves empty seats on the coaches. So why do we limit our tours to such small group sizes? Here are six reasons.

Superior Service

Guests consistently list our small group sizes as a top reason why they would book with us again. See our reviews...

More focus on you

With a smaller group, our tour guides have more time to get to know you and your interests.

More Space

We deliberately leave empty seats on our coaches, so you can relax and spread out.

Get Closer

Experience each attraction up-close and personal, with more time to ask questions and see what interests you.

Speedier Check-Ins

Compared with many of our rivals, our smaller group sizes make checking in and out of the hotels a breeze.

More Relaxed Pace

Experience Ireland at your own pace. No rushing to keep up and no waiting around for large groups to assemble.

Thanks for making us Ireland's top-rated tour company

A big thank you to all our past guests who have left so many amazing reviews. With 1456 five-star reviews out of a total of 1495, we are proud to call ourselves Ireland's top-rated tour operator.

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