Ring of Beara Peninsula

Tour the south
3/4 Star Accomodation

Wanting a tour of Ireland but don't have much time? Then join us on this 5 day small group guided tour of Southern Ireland. Travel the back roads, stay in quaint towns & coastal villages & mix with the locals for an authentic Irish Experience.

Giants Causeway

Tour the north
3/4 Star Accomodation
(5 dAYS / 4 NIGHTS)

This small group tour of ireland takes us to north Ireland through scenic countryside to visit the Giants Causeway, Connemara, Carrick a Rede, ancient megaliths & much more! We get off the beaten track for a uniquely Irish experience.


All Ireland Tours
3/4 Star Accomodation
(10 Days / 9 NIGHTS

Combine the best of what The North & The South tours have to offer and join us on this 10 day small group guided tour. Relaxed, flexible itinerary, see the Real Ireland & truly get off the beaten track with your Local, Irish driver guides.

Ashford Castle

Private Tours

Customise your itinerary or select from ours

 Create your own Irish experience. Design your own Itinerary.  You are in control. Group bookings from 2 to 12 people. Choose from our scheduled itneraries and add in your own experiences. Leave the planning to us.

Fáilte - WELCOME

Our small group tours of Ireland are designed for those who want to immerse themselves in the culture & traditions during their trip to Ireland.Wander the backroads through magnificent scenery, stay in quaint small towns in locally owned accommodations as opposed to impersonal chain hotels, enjoy locally produced foods, and visit some of Ireland's hidden sites.

Our small groups with maximum tour size of 12 persons allows you a more intimate, personal and authentic experience.We also offer private tours which can be customised to your needs. Plus all our departures are guaranteed regardless of the tour group size and we have never yet had to cancel a tour.

At Thoughts of Ireland we are passionate about our country, it's culture, the people & it's history. We want you to share this same passion as we take you on 'roads less travelled' imparting our knowledge of the complex history of this small island, immersing you in the culture & traditions of it's people, passing through magnificent scenery, and of course, having some fun along the way too!

Small Groups

Our small groups allow for a more personal & intimate tour of Ireland. We are able to travel to places that larger tour operators cant go and it allows us to stay in locally owned accomodations in smaller towns as opposed to hotel chains. You will be able to mix with the locals and enjoy a 'pint' over traditional music & dance which can be found in many of the towns we overnight in.

Travel the Back Roads

Our local knowledge of Ireland takes you on roads that larger tours cannot operate. It is here you will enjoy the real Ireland. Mixing with the locals passing through towns and villages and scenic drives not normally included on larger tours.

Local Knowledge

What better way to see Ireland than to be guided around by a local. The passion and understanding of the land that comes with having been born & raised in Ireland is something that cannot be taught. We are passionate about Ireland & we want you to share the same passion.


We use modern comfortable mini-coaches on our tours for a relaxed, enjoyable trip around Ireland.


Because we overnight in small vibrant towns, guests will be able to visit the bars, experience live Irish music, chat with the locals and enjoy local foods. We have carefully selected our accomodations to provide locally owned guesthouses, boutique hotels & B & B's in keeping with the destination we are staying. For more information on acomodations that can provide please see our acommodations section.

Carefully planned Itineraries

On our tours it's not about the amount of mileage travelled it's the quality of the mileage travelled giving you the best value for your time & money. We have spent alot of time planning our routes to ensure that we take adequate time to see the destinations that we feel are a 'must see' for any visitor wishing to come to the Emerald Isle. And of course we will take you on the most scenic routes possible to that you can enjoy the magnificent landscapes that abound in this great nation.

Free Time

Our tours are planned so you are not hurried and we aim to arrive at our destination for the night in time for you to mingle witn the locals and enjoy what each town has to offer. Ireland has plenty of pubs that offer good food and music & our tours are planned to stop in towns that are famed for their musical traditions.

Further Information

Please feel free to browse our website. If you need any further information on anything about us or our tours please do not hesitate to Contact Us

Overnight Accomodation

An essential part of any vacation is where you spend your nights. It is during this time that you get to mix with the locals and get a real feel for the magic of the location where you are staying. Our small group tours allow us to stop at locally owned accomodations, many over a 100 years old, for a real Irish experience.

From quiet country sea side towns, to castles & locally owned guesthouses and B & B's we provide a variety of locations where you will have ample opportunity to mix with the locals, experience the Irish or enjoy the peace an solitude of the Irish countryside.

Examples of some of the places we stay include

Overnights Include

Each room has a private bathroom

A Traditional Irish Breakfast is included each morning.

Rooms will have a double bed with private bathroom for those travelling as a couple. For thouse travelling together who are not a couple these rooms will be provided with either 2 double beds, a double bed & a single bed or two single beds. Every effort will be made to accomodate your needs.

The majority of our hotels have a restaurant, free wifi, bar etc.

Travelling Solo ?

If you are a solo traveller please contact us regarding any additional single supplement fees that could apply to your booking. We will try every effort to pair you with another fellow single traveller so that no additional costs apply.

Further Infortmation

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us for specifics regarding your selected tour dates.


Tour operator and founder Mike is a native of Ireland & has travelled extensively throughout his homeland for more than 25 years. He has a passion for history, photography, culture & people. He loves roaming Ireland’s stunning landscapes, having a great laugh with like-minded people and sharing with them his knowledge of Ireland’s history, it's culture and the landscape. He has travelled extensively throughout the United States, Europe & Australia and has a great understanding of the culture of the countries many of his fellow travellers come from.

Having spent two years living in the United States he acquired a greater understanding of many peoples connection with Ireland. It is an ancestral home for a great deal of people. There is a disconnect that needs to healed and explored. For those a trip to Ireland becomes a necessity & it is important that you visit many of the places included on the tour to re-connect with the land. Regardless of having ancestral connection, Ireland has a certain place in many peoples hearts & it is our mission to provide you with a tour that makes you rekindle love with this ancient land.

Mike currently resides at his home near Cashel, County Tipperary & spends the majority of his spare time on his love for photography, playing guitar, reading history, travelling & writing.