Secret Ireland: our tour guides reveal all

Tintern Abbey, County Wexford

Discover some of Ireland’s most unique tours and get in touch with the history and heritage of its storied regions

Haunted history, cool filming locations and wind-swept coastlines harbouring a bounty of natural produce. Our witty and enthusiastic tour guides invite you to look beyond the ordinary with their off-the-beaten track adventures…

Hellfire Club, County Dublin; Dublin Castle, Dublin city
Hellfire Club, County Dublin; Dublin Castle, Dublin city

Ghostly wanders in Dublin

Fancy a tour with a paranormal twist? You can get the lowdown on Dublin’s ghoulish past with a Haunted History Ghost Tour by Andrew from Hidden Dublin Tours. Beginning at the 18th century City Hall, Andrew's goosebump-raising tour whisks you through some of the city’s most gruesome history. 

A lot of these haunted tales are still spoken of today, and there’s a sense of respect for eerie stories like these amongst the Irish.

Andrew, Tour Guide, Hidden Dublin Walks

It takes in the notorious 18th century Hellfire Club, whose members dabbled in black magic, the grisly executions in Dublin Castle, as well as the burning of accused witch, Darkey Kelly, whose ghost is said to wander along the Forty Steps on Castle Street, leading to the gates of ‘Hell’ near St Audoen’s Church. Expect to be thrilled with spine-chilling stories and eerie events all the way.

Killala Harbour, County Mayo; foraging on the beach, County Mayo
Killala Harbour, County Mayo; foraging on the beach, County Mayo

Forage for food on the Wild Atlantic Way

Wave-lashed beaches, traditional blacksmiths forges and rust-coloured bogs that hold the key to Ireland’s past – when it comes to uncovering the culture, history and heritage on the Wild Atlantic Way, then Denis Quinn’s Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours is a great place to start. 

Sometimes we cook up our foraged goodies out on the shore. You can't beat the taste of fresh mussels in the glorious sea breeze.

Denis Quinn, Founder, Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours

His Wild Food Foraging Tour offers the best of both the culinary and scenic worlds. Scramble around the crystal clear rock pools and soft sands of County Mayo’s beaches collecting cockles, mussels and winkles, or spend an afternoon hunting for glistening seaweed varieties, including dillisk, carrageenan and nori. After foraging for a while, Denis will then show you how to feast out in the open, too. Then you simply tuck in, while gazing to sea at the seals basking in the sun along Ireland's stunning Wild Atlantic Way.

Murlough Bay, County Antrim; Flip Robinson, Tour Guide
Murlough Bay, County Antrim; Flip Robinson, Tour Guide

Westeros gets real

Want to know what it’s REALLY like being in Game of Thrones®? The excitement of visiting the filming locations of the hit HBO series revs up a notch or two when you’re being shown around by a tour guide who’s rubbed shoulders with the cast. Based in County Antrim, Flip Robinson operates Giant Tours Ireland and he was a stand-in for Hodor in Season Six, when the much-loved character met his tragic demise.

With my style of storytelling I liken the series' theme of 'A Song of Ice and Fire’ with the volcanic landscape of the Giant’s Causeway and the glacial coverage of the many ice ages that followed.

Flip Robinson, Founder, Giant Tours Ireland

Complete with anecdotes from the set, Flip’s tour includes locations such as Fair Head (Dragonstone) and Murlough Bay, the backdrop to Slaver’s Bay where Tyrion and Ser Jorah are discovered by a slave ship and captured. Fantastical fun is an understatement when you discover these landscapes with Flip.

Rathgall Hillfort, County Wicklow; Glendalough, County Wicklow
Rathgall Hillfort, County Wicklow; Glendalough, County Wicklow

Explore the icons and hidden gems of Ireland’s Ancient East

As time travelling hasn’t been invented yet, the next best thing is to explore Ireland’s Ancient East with Driftwood 6 Day Ancient Ireland Tour in the company of entertaining guide and driver, Nick, from Vagabond Tours. Nick will ensure you leave no weathered stone unturned, come iconic landmark or hidden gem – and the stories that unfold on the way.

At Jerpoint Park in County Kilkenny, hosts and owners, Joe and Maeve, take guests to the lost city of Newtown Jerpoint and the final resting place of the one and only, Saint Nicholas (Santa).

Nick, Driver & Guide, Vagabond Tours

From Dublin, Nick will take you and 16 companions to many of the big hitters of Ireland’s Ancient East, including the monastic site of Glendalough, the medieval city of Kilkenny and the picturesque towns of Ballycotton and Kinsale in County Cork. But it’s those secret spots, such as the ancient Rathgall Hillfort in County Wicklow, the beautiful Ros Tapestry and the haunted Loftus Hall that makes Nick’s tour so special and the stories you return home with ever more memorable.

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