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Lady Gregory – one of the founders of Dublin’s famous Abbey Theatre – once said, “I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland.” A land of ancient stories and rugged beauty, Ireland is an enchanting nation bidding you céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes)! Discover the Emerald Isle with Road Scholar, exploring centuries-old castles and hearing traditional folklore as it has been passed down for generations by storytellers. 

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Ireland Educational Adventures

Lovingly known as the Emerald Isle, Ireland is a country where cliffs blanketed in neon green grass meet with the crystal blue sea. Road Scholar offers many adventures in Ireland, exploring centuries-old castles and hearing traditional folklore Irish stories. 

From exploring the British Isles by sea and hiking excursions across emerald coasts to family tours of Ireland through Dublin and Galway, Road Scholar has amazing learning adventures for people of all ages


Small-Group Ireland Tours

Small-group educational tours in Ireland offer more personalized experiences for groups of 13 to 24 participants. The Road Scholar learning adventures above are designed for small groups to enjoy together for a more intimate vacation. 

The Best of Ireland 

Did you know that the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland is rich in prehistoric and medieval remains? You probably already know that Ireland has one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. With the small group Best of Ireland tour, you will take an Irish language lesson at a Gaelic cultural center, spend a whole day on Inis Mor exploring remarkable ruins and relics, and enjoy an exclusive dinner in Glenlo Abbey, to name a few of the adventures. 

The Best of Northern Island

For nine days, you will immerse yourself in maritime history and discover megalithic ruins and preserved castles dotted along the Northern Irish countryside. On The Best of Northern Ireland tour, you will meet the people of Northern Ireland, and learn its history, explore its monuments, and marvel at the green landscapes.


Hiking Tours:

A Wee Ramble in Kenmare

Grab your cup of tea and scone and wear your best sneakers for the Road Scholar Ireland sightseeing tour through green pastures and across emerald coasts.  

In this nine-day tour hiking Ireland’s southwest coast, adventurers will explore Ireland’s seafaring villages and treasured moorlands on glorious footpaths, walking four to eight miles each day. 

Travelers on this Road Scholar tour will call the small town of Kenmare home for the week, where you will set out to find prehistoric tombs, remote islands, and nature preserves. 


Hiking Ireland’s Coastal Northwest 

You have never seen Ireland like this before, up close to the magical landscapes of the northwest coastal region. This Road Scholar nine-day trek takes travelers through Letterkenny at the northern tip of the republic down through Yeats Country to Galway and the Aran Islands. 

Along the way, you will discover the beauty of Glenveagh National Park with its meandering paths and wildflowers, the culture of Ireland’s iconic city of Galway, and explore Ireland’s prehistoric stone forts on the Aran Islands. 


Planning for Your Irish Tours

Now that you know some of our most popular Ireland tours, it’s time to get ready. Whether you’re traveling to Europe or somewhere in Asia or the Americas, planning is often the most stressful part. At Road Scholar, our team helps by taking care of most of the logistics for you, including transportation, accommodations, and your itinerary. However, there are several actions you can take to ensure Ireland travel tours that you book go according to plan. Here’s how you can prepare for your guided Ireland tours:

  • Research Ireland small-group tours: At Road Scholar, we have a wide range of Ireland tours, each offering program participants unique learning and exploration experiences. Before choosing a program, look through each itinerary and filter by activity level, program duration, and more.
  • Keep weather in mind: The Republic of Ireland, as well as Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, can have temperamental weather similar to that of the Pacific Northwest or New England in the United States. Overall, Ireland has a mild climate but does experience frequent rainfall throughout the year. As you consider senior Ireland tours, keep the weather in mind to ensure you choose the most comfortable travel time for your preferences.
  • Currency: Ireland uses the Euro. Before leaving for your Irish tours, inform your bank of your travel dates to ensure your credit and debit cards work, and consider converting your U.S. dollars to Euros to have paper cash on you if a vendor doesn’t accept cards.
  • Packing: When preparing for guided Ireland tours, knowing what to pack is important. To start, always consider the weather when you’re planning on traveling. It’s recommended to bring layers and waterproof clothing, as the weather can be relatively unpredictable. Additionally, pack comfortable walking shoes, as many Ireland tours allow you to explore cities and natural attractions. Other packing essentials include your travel documents and IDs, outlet converters, applicable charging cables, and toiletries.
  • Emergency information: At Road Scholar, our team of experts will ensure a safe and comfortable travel experience. However, it’s still important to gather important emergency information. Save emergency contact numbers and details for your country’s embassy or consulate in Ireland. 
  • Cultural experiences: Ireland is one of our most popular destinations, particularly due to the country’s many cultural experiences. As you plan your trip, ensure it aligns with cultural experiences that might interest you, such as festivals or local events. Additionally, look into the historical sites, castles, and museums that pique your interest to learn about Ireland’s rich history.

Preparing for Ireland travel tours can be daunting. However, with our roundup of tips for planning your Irish tour, you can ensure you find a program that matches your interests and are fully prepared for a memorable adventure. Whether you’re a solo traveler or looking for an exciting family experience, we have an exciting collection of Ireland tours to match your interest.


Experience Travel With Road Scholar

At Road Scholar, we offer a wide range of trips through the great country of Ireland. Through any of our Ireland tours, you will be placed in a cohort of like-minded adventurers. Together, you will enjoy spirited conversations while learning more about the world’s cultures, history, and traditions from local experts. Book your travel and learn more with Road Scholar today.