History and Heritage
Our Ireland tours are jam-packed with incredible sights, sounds and stories that paint a vivid picture of the island’s past. The enthusiasm of our knowledgeable group leaders will bring its history to life, whether you’re remembering the crux of kings at the site of the Battle of the Boyne or the twentieth-century tragedy of the Titanic, at Belfast’s Titanic Museum or at the ship’s fateful departure point, the town of Cobh.
The island isn’t just held dear as a tourist destination for many of its visitors, but also as an ancestral homeland. You will get a fascinating insight into Irish emigration with a visit to the Ulster-American Folk Park, as well as moving accounts of social history at the Connemara Heritage Centre and the Isle of Doagh Visitor Centre. If the countries have personal significance to you or your ancestors, our tours of Ireland allow you to connect with its colourful history.
Authentic Irish Charm
Irish cultural charm does not just lie frozen in the past; our Ireland tours include visits to thriving hubs of traditional industry and creativity. A trip to the Irish National Stud in County Kildare is a fantastic day out for horse enthusiasts; a private tour of the stables and the museum is followed by a chance to explore their astonishing Japanese Gardens.
Northern Ireland shows its keen contemporary culture in the vibrant cities of Belfast and Derry. A Black Cab tour on our 12-day holiday gives you the chance to view some of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals. If it’s liquid tradition you’re looking for, a tour and tasting at the Old Midleton Distillery will introduce you to the wonderful world of Irish whiskey.
At Back-Roads, we pride ourselves on handpicking authentic, individual accommodation in every location you visit. Our tours of Ireland feature overnight stays in ivy-clad country houses and boutique city bolt holes, allowing you to sit and soak up the Irish atmosphere at all times.
Breathtaking Natural Beauty
What makes a holiday with Back-Roads special is our philosophy of taking the road less travelled. We always navigate the scenic route in our compact and comfortable mini-coaches, allowing you to admire your picturesque surroundings rather than a featureless motorway on our Ireland tours.
If you’re a nature lover, make sure to have your camera at the ready on either of our Ireland tours. From the breathtaking geological wonders of the Giant’s Causeway in the north to the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks – the country’s highest mountain range – in the south, our tours of Ireland feature a plethora of stunning natural scenery. A particular highlight of our Corners of Southern Ireland itinerary is a boat trip along the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, which tower 700 feet up from the crashing waves below.
If you’re a lover of Celtic culture, Irish industry or Gallic geography, our small group tours of Ireland are sure to make you fall in love with the Emerald Isle.