Private Guided Tours of The Ancient East Ireland


Tour Details

In a one week long tour all or any of the following can be included:
For longer tours of more than 7 days any of the extended tour options listed can be combined depending on your time available and energy levels.

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As one of Ireland’s very few fully approved national tour guides with all the required licenses to drive small private groups around all the sites it will be my pleasure to accompany you on your Irish adventure. You will see much more in your short time with someone who can give you all the information, background and understanding of the rich culture, landscape and history of Ireland while being right there beside you. No long queues in large buses. A real connection with the places you visit and tips for all the best places to eat and stay.

Tours are normally in my own Luxury Six Seat Mercedes Limousine with air-conditioning and complimentary water on board. For larger groups a bigger vehicle can be arranged.

  • The Dublin City Highlights Tour. A drive around Dublin’s historic city sites and sights.
  • The Wicklow Mountain’s National Park with its stunning scenery at Glendalough and the famous Sally Gap and Guinness owned lake.
  • Powerscourt Gardens. Voted the 3rd Greatest Garden in the World this is a very special experience and a must see on any Wicklow tour.
  • The National Stud & Japanese Gardens Co Kildare. The Muesum of the Irish Horse as Ireland is famous for its horse breeding and The Japanese Garden is a very beautiful garden designed by a genuine Japanese Master in 1904 .
  • The Rock of Cashel. The ancient seat of the Kings of Munster this stunning fortress site which was originally a monastery founded by St Patrick it has a ruined cathedral and the famous Cormac’s Chapel, the last remmanent of a Irish Kings Palace on top of a rocky hill in the central plain.
  • Waterford and the Copper Coast
  • Kinsale and the Old Head of Kinsale. One of the most historic towns and a spectacular landscape which hosts possibly Ireland’s greatest golf course creation.
  • Kilkenny Irelands best presevered medevial city.
  • Wexford and the Hook Penisula
  • Malahide Castle built by the Norman French in 1174 and occupied by the same family until they left in 1974 it still has it’s original contents in tact. Surounding the castle there are also wonderful gardens famous for exotic plants
  • Howth a little fishing town north of Dublin city and a great favourite for seafood restaurants with a walk along the pier, There are spectauclar views over Dublin bay from it’s headland.
  • Newgrange is a 5500 year old Passage Tomb and World Heritage Site older than the pyrimands at Giza.
  • The Boyne Valley, Irelands Royal Valley and heartland of the Irish Nation with its ancient passage grave tombs, the ancient capital at Tara and the largest Norman Castle built in Ireland.
  • The Cooley Peninsula home to the epic tale of the “Táin Bó Cúailgne” also known as “The Cattle Raid of Cooley”, which depicts Cúchulainn’s defence of Ulster against the invading armies of Maeve of Connaught in an attempt to covet “Donn Cúailgne” – “The Brown Bull of Cooley”. This epic tale alongside those told of Fionn MacCumhaill (who rests on the slopes of Slieve Foy) are among the best known stories from Ireland’s wealth of myths and legends among some of the best scenary in Ireland.
  • Monasterboice hosts two of Ireland’s most iconic High Celtic Crosses.


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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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.

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    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

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    April 21, 2022
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