Ireland’s Ancient East

Custom Tours To Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East, curated by Fáilte Ireland, unveils a visitor experience that goes beyond the ordinary, weaving together the country’s rich built, natural, and cultural legacy. This branded experience, strategically developed to complement the Wild Atlantic Way, invites you to explore key historical sites, many of which are meticulously cared for by the Office of Public Works (OPW). In our partnership with the OPW, we ensure a sustainable and sensitive approach to tourism, allowing you to enjoy these heritage assets in new and engaging ways while preserving their protection and sustainability.

Custom Tours To Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East, curated by Fáilte Ireland, unveils a visitor experience that goes beyond the ordinary, weaving together the country’s rich built, natural, and cultural legacy. This branded experience, strategically developed to complement the Wild Atlantic Way, invites you to explore key historical sites, many of which are meticulously cared for by the Office of Public Works (OPW). In our partnership with the OPW, we ensure a sustainable and sensitive approach to tourism, allowing you to enjoy these heritage assets in new and engaging ways while preserving their protection and sustainability.
Plan Your Tour

Ancestry Tours

Discover the living history of Ireland’s Ancient East with our Ancestry Tours, where engaging world-class visitor experiences await. Our tours are crafted to make Ireland’s rich and historical culture accessible through authentic stories, setting us apart in the realm of unique visitor experiences. Whether you choose a walking tour of Dublin’s historic core or a chauffeur-driven exploration of the city and its environs, each experience is meticulously designed to immerse you in the living history of this vibrant region.
Outside view of Trinity College, Ireland’s most prestigious university
Aerial view of Kilkenny Castle and Gardens by the River Nore

Kilkenny Normandy

Venture beyond the well-trodden paths and explore the wonders of Ireland’s Ancient East with our Kilkenny Normandy tours. Dublin is an ideal location to explore Ireland’s Ancient East, with numerous sites within easy travelling distance of the city. We have devised a number of day tour itineraries in different directions that will bring you to some of the best of them.

Boyne Valley tour

Step back in time with our Boyne Valley Tour, a captivating exploration of historic sites and experiences in Dublin and beyond. With a focus on fostering cohesion and collaboration, we offer both walking tours of the city’s compact historic core and chauffeur-driven tours, ensuring you discover the richness of the Boyne Valley. Our commitment to providing unique visitor experiences aligns with the goal of making Ireland’s Ancient East a must-visit destination for our chosen consumer segments.
Aerial view of the Newgrange, also called Brú na Bóinne, Monument at the Boyne Valley, Ireland.

Wicklow Mountains Tour

The Wicklow Mountains offer a stunning backdrop to hear the poignant stories of the Great Potato Famine. You’ll see the remnants of villages and abandoned farms, which bear witness to the harrowing famine that forced many to seek a new life in distant lands. During our excursion, you’ll also get a glimpse of the lavish lifestyle of the Anglo-Irish elite at Powerscourt House and Gardens, all while surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery Ireland has to offer high in the Wicklow Mountains. Join us to explore history high in the mountains and contribute to the overarching goal of increasing the length of time visitors spend in Ireland’s Ancient East.

What Our Clients Say

Sightseer65462567496
Sightseer65462567496
2023-05-15
Day tour with John We had a full day tour with John and it was defiantly the highlight of our 5 days trip to Ireland, John is very knowledgeable and very familiar with the Irish history, he is very pleasant and will answer all your questions patiently, the ride was very comfortable, there were 5 of us in a 7 seats van, I would highly recommend John to everyone that wants to visit the surrounding of Dublin.
Daniel G
Daniel G
2023-05-14
Great tour in Ireland. Based on a friend’s recommendation, we hired John Ducie as our guide for a 10 day Ireland trip starting in Dublin. John was a fantastic choice! He is a genealogist & historian with years of tour guide experience in Ireland. His professionalism, thoughtfulness, knowledge & passion is unmatched. We were hesitant to plan a trip on our own, but John was such a great asset helping us develop an itinerary & working through logistics over several months. He was available for Zoom calls & was very responsive to texts & emails. His hotel, restaurant & pub recommendations were perfect. He was very flexible & willingly made last minute scheduling changes. He deftly answered all our questions, at times he put historical events in such context that we couldn’t help but be emotionally moved. Needless to say, John has our highest recommendation. Thank you John for a most memorable trip!
Terry S
Terry S
2023-04-27
Great tours awesome guide John is so knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. He is a good driver which mattered to me. The two day long tours with him were the best ever!!
JAH
JAH
2023-03-16
Great Day - Private tours are the only way to go! Book directly with John and you will definitely be glad you did. John was a friendly and very knowledgeable tour guide. When we stopped any site, he told us so much of its history. He even took the time to take pictures of us that we can share with our family and friends. What a great day!
Phil Gilbride
Phil Gilbride
2022-12-06
Private Garden Tour 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 understand the garden's history and fully appreciate what your looking at. John is also a lecturer at the Garden Design Academy of Ireland and is a fountain o horticultural information!!
Tuscanysoccer
Tuscanysoccer
2022-10-31
If you want to experience authentic Ireland and truly understand its history, we give John Ducie a 5 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 experience rather than choosing to see every possible sight -- and John helped us narrow our focus and then shared his expertise on nearly every facet of the country. He recommended excellent restaurants, and also the Castlewood and Heaton's in Dingle, both providing an amazing unique small hotel experience in Dingle, Ireland. IWe stayed at Castlewood, our friends stayed next door at Heaton's -- both are owned and operated by the Heaton family. We reviewed the Castlewood separately and give it our highest reviews -- simply amazing). John's pride in his home country and the Irish shine through, with indepth knoweldge in nearly every facet of Ireland's past and life in Ireland. He monitored the later October weather closely to optimize our experience, well recognizing that experiencing certain vistas required sufficiently clear skies. He adapted to our appetites/culinary tastes, demonstrated extremely safe driving skills, and made certain that we had the level of information we required when deciding whether to forego a particular activity (e.g., did we wish to tour a particular castle or manor?). Thanks to John, we fell in love with this breathtaking country and its people. Indeed, Ireland's beauty is surpassed only by the extraordinary and friendly Irish people who make every visitor feel welcome and at home.
PeterV
PeterV
2022-07-28
Outstanding 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 fountain of knowledge on a vast variety of subjects, ranging from horticulture to genealogy and of course the history of Ireland. Highly recommend John for both is intellect and driving skills around the Irish countryside.
Tourist87226
Tourist87226
2022-05-15
Powerscourt Gardens and Kilruddery House and Garden Tour 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 the experience was excellent, he made each part of the day and every element of the gardens interesting and a great learning experience.
GeorgiaK27
GeorgiaK27
2022-04-20
Private Wicklow and Powerscourt tour 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. He is a wealth of knowledge and we learned about Irish history, politics, society and flora and fauna. We would love to travel more with him when we are back in Ireland which we hope will be soon!
Sarah E
Sarah E
2022-04-20
Fantastic 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.

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As we engage, motivate, and educate the tourism community, our goal is to encourage visitors to venture beyond traditional hotspots, fostering a spirit of shared endeavour and creating awareness of the broader community’s crucial role in supporting the industry. Book a tour now to be part of this immersive journey into the living history of Ireland’s Ancient East.

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