Researching your Irish family tree is a richly rewarding venture. Tracking down and seeing, first-hand, the places of interest takes the experience to the next level. Visit ports of emigration, graveyards, locations of birth and churches of marriage... walking the same roads as your ancestors did all those years ago.
To whet the appetite, here are just a few of the most popular historical attractions enjoyed by visitors looking to reconnect with their own Irish history. Your own tour will be completely unique, composed of the attractions and destinations which are most relevant for you and your group.
Whether you're looking for a general sightseeing visit to Ireland or you're hoping to base a tour around the finer details of your family tree, we can help put together the perfect private tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland for you. Or, indeed, if you're just beginning your research and would like to know the first steps, we can get you started there as well.
If you know that you have Irish heritage but you're not sure of the specifics then a sightseeing tour of Ireland, covering all of the most popular destinations, could be the ideal option for you.
Based on what you know about your connection to Ireland, however little, we can design an itinerary which shows you the very best of the country we call home. If you're not sure where to start, just let us know and we can put together a tour package which showcases the very best of the Emerald Isle north, south, east and west. Using our years' experience in creating tours of Ireland we will put together the vacation that would suit you best, from the most cost-effective transport to the best accommodation choices for your group. All you have to decide is how long you'd like to stay in Ireland and the budget for your tour.
If you have compiled your Irish family tree and have drawn up the regions that you would like to visit, then we can help you put together your perfect tour of Ireland. Ensuring that every item on your list is ticked off, in a seamless and cost-effective manner.
The amount of detail you can give us while planning your tour is up to you. All we really need to know is what your budget is and how long you would like the tour to be. If you'd like a fortnight stay but only have three places of interest on your list? No problem, we can join the dots between the locations and offer ideas for other attractions you might like to visit. Equally, if you have a long list of places to visit over a short period of time, we can work with you in finding the most effective way of bringing everything together.
If you are only beginning to look into your Irish family tree and would like some advice on how to take the first steps, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise. While we don't undertake any genealogy research ourselves, we can point you towards some organisations that do. For a look at some of the websites that help you research your Irish heritage, please click here.
After you have researched your Irish family heritage and would like to visit, we can then work with you in creating your private tour of Ireland. If there are locations in Ireland that you would like to visit to further your research, we can incorporate those into your tour as well.
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As an independent family business, we understand that your group is unique and that your genealogy tour of Ireland should be too. Let us know what you have in mind. We will plan a genealogy vacation customised just for you. We offer a very personal service and we will be here to help with every aspect of your visit to Ireland. We will take care of everything for you, including visits to attractions, chauffeured transport and accommodation.
Get in touch. You tell our small team about your ideal genealogy tour of Ireland. We cater for all group sizes, interests and budgets.
We listen and design a customised genealogy tour to match your needs, drawing on years' experience, contacts and local knowledge. We can work within your budget, see what works best for you and quote you a price.
Once you're happy with the design, we'll arrange everything for you. All you have to do is book your flights.
Final step: Just relax and enjoy your vacation. The hard work is done, you can now enjoy everything Ireland has to offer...
Most of our private genealogy tour guests ask us to design an all-inclusive tour, with all the attractions, breakfasts and evening meals included. And it's easy to see why. As well as offering amazing value, our all-inclusive packages give you the peace of mind that everything is budgeted for and that there will be no nasty surprises or hidden costs along the way.
Our private genealogy tours usually include all of these benefits as standard:
Arrive in style, depart in comfort. Your driver-guide will meet you at the airport.
With many years in the business, we can offer the best accommodation choice at the best price.
Our driver-guides are real Irish experts who know how to make your vacation truly unforgettable.
All meals during your stay are usually included. From breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Just let us know where you would like to visit, across Northern and Southern Ireland, and we can organise it for you.
Is there something that could make your memorable journey truly unforgettable? Just let us know so that we can include it in your tour.
It is important to note that My Ireland Tour do not offer genealogy research services and we ourselves are not genealogists. The following websites are examples of services that you might find helpful in your own Irish family research and build a clearer picture of your genealogy - the family names, the places, the history-making events.
Please note; we are not responsible for the content of third-party websites. We do not offer recommendations or vouch for quality.
Adare is a small town in Co. Limerick, known for its quaint and colourful thatched cottages. Adare is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful towns so stop and take in the view. Don't forget your camera today - the perfect chance to capture the essence of old Ireland.
Explore Adare Village along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Take a journey through this once troubled city. See the murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road & Nationalist Falls Road. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast, but the past ten years of peace have returned much prosperity while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.
Originally built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was mainly used for the spinning and weaving of wool. After it closed in 1973, it reopened in 1975 — as an Irish heritage shop.
The Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre commemorates the last pitched battle fought on British soil, in April 1746. Learn more about the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and return the House of Stuart to the British throne.
Located within Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle was built by Captain John George Adair between 1870 and 1873. Having made his fortune through land speculation in America, Adair return to Ireland and began large amounts of land in County Donegal. The castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style and is surrounded by a garden and commands stunning views of the nearby mountains, lakes, woodlands and valleys.
About Highland Folk Museum is a museum and open-air attraction located in the Scottish Highlands. It is designed to showcase the domestic and working lives of the early highland people.
Located alongside the River Shannon in County Limerick, on King's Island. Dating back to 922, to a time when Vikings were the inhabitants of the island (Thormodr Helgason, the Viking sea-king, built the first settlement here. The castle itself was built in 1200, under the instruction of King John of England.
Located close to the Killarney National Park, Moriarty's is an Authentic Irish Gift Store and Restaurant. Hand crafted Irish jewellery, Waterford Crystal and classic and modern tweed fashions and furnishings are all on offer at the gift store. The restaurant is an 85 seater offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Mount Congreve Gardens. Located in Kilmeaden, County Waterford, Mount Congreve Gardens is an 18th century Georgian estate and mansion. It was designed by the same architect that created both of Waterford's cathedrals, John Roberts.
Recently recognised as being one of the top 10 gardens in the world, Mount Stewart is a rich tapestry of planting plant life and stunning walking trails. The house dates back to the 19th century, and was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family.
Located on the grounds of the expansive and idyllic Killarney National Park. Muckross House, and its 11,000-acre grounds, was donated to the Irish state in 1932.
Located on the grounds of the picturesque Muckross House and its impeccable gardens. Take a step back in time and see the Irish farming lifestyle of the 1930s and '40s. A time when the horse was responsible for much of the labour and the weather was the be all and end all in terms of production.
The Quiet Man Museum. A reproduction of the quaint thatched cottage from the John Wayne starring, John Ford directed movie of the same name. all costumes, artifacts and furnishings have been recreated in precise detail, to reflect the setting of the 1952 classic. Located in the picturesque village of Cong, County Mayo.