Renowned for its warm welcome, literary genius, live music and green fields, Ireland is a small isle with enormous character. It's compact enough to explore easily, yet also incredibly diverse. Taylored Tours has a deep affinity with the island — north and south — and we bring you closer to the landscapes and the Irish people even at its most famous attractions.
Ireland's most popular destinations can generally be found in four regions: Dublin, Wild Atlantic Way, Ancient East and Northern Ireland.
Try kayaking to romantic ruins on the Lakes of Killarney, take a literary pub crawl around Dublin or gain an introduction to Northern Ireland’s political history on a black taxi tour of Belfast. We also recommend getting well off the beaten path in places like the little-visited Beara Peninsula or along the stone-walled roads of the island of Inis Mór. Wherever you go, you'll be welcomed with that legendary Irish charm, regaled with stories and persuaded that the only way to do this place justice would be to plan a return visit.
Whether you wish to travel with a group, hire a private chauffeur, or drive yourself, we’ll help make your trip to Ireland memorable.
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit Ireland is between March and May, and September to November, when it’s not as crowded as it is in summer, or as cold as it is in winter. That said, Ireland has a mild, temperate climate and although it’s rainy at times, you can visit all year round. The changes in weather are not normally extreme.
Summer (June, July and August) is the warmest time of year, when Ireland’s landscapes are at their most vibrant and the days are at their longest. However, it’s also crowded and prices are at a premium.
Some sites close from late October, and temperatures drop, but on average, they remain above freezing even in winter. This can be a wonderful time to see Ireland at its most calm
Exploring the capital of Ireland provides so many opportunities for amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Stroll down Grafton Street, tour the Guinness Storehouse, and maybe swing by Trinity College to sneak a peek at the Book of Kells. While sightseeing is all fun, don’t forget to partake in the amazing nightlife Dublin has to offer. Visit Temple Bar and catch a real “trad session” or some up and coming musicians, all while having a pint of the fabled black stuff.
Breathe in the briny breeze that drifts through the coastal city of Galway. Enjoy live music drifting through the streets, take charming strolls through the town, and maybe take a day trip out to see the stunning Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Walk a little on the adventurous side and enjoy the Galway famous oysters while you’re there too! The City of Tribes has it all – history, culture, festivals and food!
The university city in County Cork - the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland - shouldn't be missed. Get a taste for the local culture and food at The English Market, a covered market dating back to 1788. Take a stroll down the pedestrian-friendly St. Patrick's Street before visiting Cork City Gaol, a former prison with a fascinating history. Just outside Cork City is the famous Blarney Castle where you may kiss the Blarney Stone!
Nicknamed "Marble City" after the local black limestone, Kilkenny is a beautiful medieval city in southeast Ireland. Set on the River Nore, the focal point of this beautiful city is Kilkenny Castle, built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. Tour the lovingly restored castle before visiting St. Canice's Cathedral, Black Abbey and Rothe House.
Nestled along the mighty River Shannon, the city of Limerick was founded by the Vikings around 922 AD. You can feel the history in the streets as you stroll past St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle, two iconic sights. Adding in a thriving dining scene, a famous rugby team and beautiful Georgian architecture, Limerick is a destination worthy of your time.
Visit the city that was built by Vikings as they invaded Ireland. Waterford once had walls surrounding it and was a corner of the Viking Triangle. Today, museums proclaim its turbulent history for all to see, and the most amazing crystal is made there. For those looking to see a bit more into the crystal trade, they can visit the Waterford House of Crystal to get a look!
As the birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic and the gateway to Northern Ireland, Belfast has plenty to offer visitors. Explore the fascinating history at Titanic Belfast, feel like royalty at Belfast Castle, and sample tasty treats at St. George's Market. The UNESCO-certified Giant's Causeway makes an easy and beautiful day trip from the capital.
Connect with your family's past on a 6, 7, or 8-night trip through Ireland. Get the info on your family's heritage during a private consult with a genealogist, then venture through the Emerald Isle armed with a new appreciation for the country. Whether Irish or not, you'll enjoy a peek into your past before you head out for stays in Dublin and charming B&Bs throughout the country.
See the sights of Ireland like never before on this 6-night excursion through Ireland's beautiful countryside.
Irish pubs are the hearts of their communities—a source of camaraderie, stories, and song. Raise a glass (or two!) to rich pub culture and history on this guided tour of Ireland.
Turn your Irish vacation into a staycation. Set up your home base in the lovely village of Adare, then set out on day trips to see some of Ireland's top attractions.
Make the most of every moment of your Ireland vacation—you'll discover all the can't-miss Irish scenery and history on this fast-paced tour.
I love everything about this country: the food, the scenery, the history, but most of all...the friendly people. This is why I completed my training from Tourism Ireland and became an Ireland Specialist. I’d love to help you experience this amazing country. Let’s plan your dream vacation to Ireland!
-Cindi Taylor, Taylored Tours