About John

Discovering Ireland Tours

We specialize in tours that are all about stimulating your interest in all things about Ireland and the Irish people while at the same time making sure you have the very best experiences and memories to take home. We also know that you are on holiday and will make sure that you connect with the real Ireland while enjoying yourselves

Member of The Approved Tour Guides of Ireland (ATGI)

Errigal Mountain peak
Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Extended Holidays of Ireland

Private Guided Tours for the Thinking Traveler

We are licensed to transport you throughout Ireland and will happily bring you on a wonderful bespoke holiday anywhere you fancy. Email us for suggested itineraries

We are happy to tailor itineraries to suit your individual preferences.

Our tours are lead by Failte Ireland (National Tourist Authority) Approved Tour Guides who are also university educated historians.

Professional Genealogists and Family Historians

We can work with you to produce expert Genealogical Research for your Irish family and devise an itinerary for your holiday that will bring you walking in footsteps of your ancestry. Tours are very personal and focus on understanding the meaning of being Irish as well as exploring your own family history. We also understand that researching family history may only be part of the reason for visiting Ireland and that you will want to take in all the sites and experiences that make a visit to Ireland so special. We are well qualified to guide to all of these as well.

National University of Ireland Professional Certificate in Genealogy and Family History (The highest level academic qualification in Ireland in genealogy)

Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

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Mercedes-Benz Viano


Transport is by Mercedes Viano Limousine (seats 5-6) . Larger groups can be transported by arrangement by minibus, email for a quotation.

Sightseeing Day Tours From Dublin

Extended Tours of Ireland

Pick up can be arranged from your cruise ship or hotel. We offer wonderful day trip itineraries that take in the best that the area has to offer.

John Ducie

As as well being an experienced guide John Ducie is a native of Dublin with a passion for his country and explaining both it and its history to visitors. He has had a life long interest in cultural and natural heritage of all kinds and really knows his way to all the best and most interesting places.

John retired as Properties and Conservation Manager of the National Trust for Ireland in 2012 to devote himself to a full-time career as a tour guide and is a officially recognized Irish Government Approved National Tour Guide, holds a National University of Ireland Professional Certificate in Genealogy and Family History and is licensed to drive up to 16 people in both limousines and mini buses.

In the past he has chaired the Heritage Gardens and Designed Landscapes Committee for ten years, has served as Vice Chairman of The National Trust for Ireland, President of the European Network of National Heritage Organizations, a member of the Executive Committee of the International National Trusts Organization and the Council of Europa Nostra (the pan European Heritage Alliance). He is a founder member of both The Irish Garden Plant Society and The Tree Council of Ireland.

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John Duice National guide certificates


Hons. Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship with First Class Honours

Failte Ireland Tour Guiding and Tourist Management Certificate with Distinction

The National University of Ireland Certificate in Genealogy with first class honours (ordinary degree level certificate awarded after three years study, level 7 QQI)

Graduate of The National Botanic Gardens in Amenity Horticulture.

Member: Approved Tour Guides of Ireland (ATGI)

Member: Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)

What our customers say

  • star rating  We did a one-day tour of Killruddery and Powerscourt gardens with John as our guide. John's knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious and insightful. You really need a guided tour to... read more

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    December 6, 2022
  • star rating  With 5+ days touring Ireland with John, you'll gain an authentic understanding of Ireland's history, while also fully experiencing the country's culture and beauty. We preferred a more immersive... read more

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    November 1, 2022
  • star rating  Our party of four booked a full day tour of Powerscourt and Glendalough, including a drive through Sally Gap and terrific lunch at a beautiful Irish pub. John is a... read more

    July 28, 2022
  • star rating  A group of us with an interest in Gardens took a private tour with John to visit Kilruddery and Powerscourt Gardens. With John's expert knowledge of both history and horticulture... read more

    May 15, 2022
  • star rating  We had a fabulous day with John driving south from Dublin through beautiful coastal villages to Powerscourt and then up into the Wicklow mountains with the final stop in Glendalough.... read more

    April 21, 2022
  • star rating  Day with John was wonderful. His horticultural knowledge and historical knowledge were fascinating. I would highly recommend and would definitely ride with him again on my next trip to Ireland.

    Sarah E
    April 21, 2022
  • star rating  We had a fabulous day with John driving south from Dublin through beautiful coastal villages to Powerscourt and then up into the Wicklow mountains with the final stop in Glendalough.... read more

    Cory K
    April 21, 2022
  • star rating  The McAllister Family is so grateful to have been connected with John via Approved Tourist Guides Ireland (ATGI)! John transported us from Dublin to Kerry with stops including the Rock... read more

    November 10, 2021
  • star rating  Great day with John Ducie. I’d describe him as passionate and knowledgeable, what else could you want in a tour guide!

    Very well spoken, and easy to understand (hard... read more

    September 5, 2021
  • star rating  My wife and I just finished an 8 day tour of Ireland with John. We saw Ireland from coast to coast with so much in between! Be it... read more

    mark d
    September 26, 2019

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