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Independent Vacations of Ireland
For your Independent Vacation of Ireland we can offer all of the flexibility & freedom that an independent vacation of Ireland should offer. Be it accommodation in an irish Castle Hotel, Self Drive Tour, Private Guided/Chauffeured Tour or warm and friendly Irish B&B's, we will ensure that your vacation in Ireland lives up to all of your expectations. Tell Us What You Want!!
Our self drive tours make travelling around Ireland an effortless and enjoyable experience. Each of our vacation packages come with a personal travel advisor and backup service. Within our self drive tour catalogue you will find a wide-range of tours that take in all areas of Ireland. This includes a number of specialist driving tours to cater for all your vacation tastes, such as the Gourmet Tour of Ireland, the 3 Centre Tour of Ireland and the Irish Pub & Folk Tour. To ensure your trip is a memorable one, we are happy to customize any of our self drive tours to suit your individual travel requirements, tastes and preferences. We are confident that you will not find a more comprehensive offering of driving tours around Ireland. We recommend that you begin your tour selectio...read more
Here at Irish Tourism we enjoy exploring Ireland with our families and we think that you and your family will like it too! That is why we have created this fine selection of family centered tours. Touring Ireland with kids will be the family vacation of a lifetime. Ireland is a land of magic, folklore and fairies with the odd leprechaun thrown in for good measure. The climate of Ireland lends itself perfectly to chasing endless pots of gold at the end of countless rainbows and exploring the myriad castle ruins that dot the island of Ireland. Unlike the historic buildings and monuments in many countries that remain off limits to human touch, the ancient landmarks of Ireland are begging to be explored by inquisitive minds both young and old. Vacationing in Ireland with kids however isn't on...read more
If so, Go-As-You-Please Ireland B&B Vouchers are for you. The ideal alternative for the independent traveller, Go-As-You-Please Ireland B&B Vouchers provide total flexibility, offering the most affordable choice of accommodation.From as little as €43 per person, these B&B vouchers of Ireland offer the most affordable option while touring Ireland. You receive open B&B vouchers that can be used at over 1,600 B&B Ireland, Irish Tourist Board approved B&B accommodation throughout Ireland. You can pre-book any of the B&Bs before you depart home or simply book each night when you are here in Ireland. It is a good idea to pre-book your first night and it is advisable to pre-book Dublin B&Bs 3/4 weeks in advance. While the approved B&B's are covered in full...read more
Castle hotels Ireland offer you the chance to take a step back in time and enjoy the unique luxury and history of a castle stay during your vacation in Ireland. Browse our hand-picked selection of magnificent Irish Castle Hotels, each offering its own unique style and grace. Castles in Ireland are renowned the world over for their warm Irish welcome and idyllic Irish surroundings, which when combined with stately luxury and superb cuisine, will make your stay in Ireland an unforgettable vacation experience. Each of our Irish Castle Hotels boast wonderfully decorated, ornate rooms capturing the glory and mystery of times past. Our Ireland Castles offer all the modern comforts of a luxury hotel, without compromising on the medieval ambience you would expect when you decide to stay in a renow...read more
Our Ireland country house selection consists of charming Luxury Hotels and boutique properties. Understated elegance and informal luxury with Ireland country house appeal is the hallmark of these beautifully appointed manor house hotels. Each of our manor house hotels are graced with ornate architectural and period features, antiques and collections of fine paintings. Set in picturesque Irish countryside, rambling estates or smart city and town locations, their elegance and comfort are only surpassed by the genuine hospitality and warmth extended to each guest at these Ireland country house hotels. The Burren is one of Ireland's surprises for the discerning traveler. This Ireland country house is situated amidst a special area of limestone mountain scenery, with a distinctive beauty and ho...read more
We know that thinking of perfect gift ideas for loved ones can be a chore so why not take the stress out of gift buying with an Irish Tourism gift voucher. An Irish Tourism Gift Voucher is the ideal way for friends and family to join together to give the gift of an unforgettable vacation in Ireland. Our gift vouchers can be purchased up to any amount, they can be used for 3 years from the date of issue and can be used against any Irish Tourism service including self-drive tours, escorted tours, private group tours and tailor made vacations. Please use the form below to send us a gift voucher request, please make sure to include your own contact details so that our sales representatives can contact you for all the necessary information. ...read more
We enjoyed our trip to Ireland immensely. The hotel accommodations were all very nice, including the breakfasts. The locations worked out well, allowing us to walk to some destinations in each town.
One suggestion regarding the car rental: Driving in Ireland was very nerve-wracking, mostly due to the narrow roads (not to mention driving on the "other side" and the roundabouts). We purchased extra insurance, which was a very good idea as I put a large scratch on the side of the car, running into a wall on the Ring of Kerry. We lost the deductible (250 Euros) but it would have been much worse had we not purchased the extra insurance. I would recommend adding that into the car rental cost and giving the customer the option to decline - that way they are at least alerted to the possibility of incurring damage and what it will cost if they do. I am glad that we considered the possibility, but I think others may not. Also, I think the car rental companies should put strip of molding on the doors so that repairing something like a scratch could be done more cheaply. They told us the body work would be expensive as the scratch went across the two doors - but if there had been molding on the door, it would have been much easier and cheaper to repair.
The GPS was very useful. However we were not able to enter the coordinates, which was used for most of the hotel locations. We asked someone at a hotel for help and he wasn't able to enter the coordinates, either. Full addresses for the hotels should be included with the vouchers. We ended up finding the hotels by "trial and error" once in the towns.
I think that's about it for the "ugly". Most of the trip was beautiful and I would recommend your service to others traveling to Ireland.
Attached is a picture of me with the dancers statue in front of the Bru Boru Cultural Centre, near the Rock of Cashel.
Feel free to use it on your website - and let me know if you do.
All the best...Anne Stratton
Anne Stratton, Bethesda, MD, USA