Tailor-made Tours

Are you interested in Ireland - the music, literature, language, genealogy, eco-tourism, outdoor sports or other areas of interest? 

Why not have our team create a trip to Ireland especially tailored to your group's interests.  We work with educators, group facilitators, academic groups, parents and special interest groups designing custom-made itineraries to suit a whole range of interests, curriculum or time lines.

We build tailor-made trips for

  • Universities & Colleges

  • Faculty-led / Professor-led groups

  • School Groups (Middle and High School)

  • Sports clubs

  • Businesses

  • Special interest organisations

Our team at Irish Gap Year will work with your group to design your own unforgettable custom tour of Ireland based on your particular criteria and budget.

We can provide transport, accommodation, activities, contact with experts in your field of interest, a wealth of local knowledge and a friendly service. We can also provide the group organiser with marketing material to help them recruit attendees.

Our tailor-made tour service allows the group organiser to go FREE for groups of 8 or more people.

Follow your passions

You may not know exactly what you want from a trip. Instead you may simply have a budget and a timeline. That’s no problem.

We can build a trip around a theme, area of study or interest.

For example:

  • Tour the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Irish music & literature
  • Celtic history – the Ancient East coast
  • Outdoor adventure and sports
  • Dispute resolution and peace negotiations – Northern Ireland as a case study
  • Genealogy and finding family connections
  • Early European Christian settlements
  • Irish language immersion
  • Business and sports
  • Modern Irish history, the 1916 Rising and independence

Faculty-led tours, school groups, academic interest group or special interest groups - we aim to provide a professional and friendly serviced with well organised tours and plenty of local knowledge. Our tours always contain a bit of fun and entertainment tailored to the type of people participating - teenagers, students, families or adults.

Here’s how it works

Step 1 - Let’s talk

Contact us by email or telephone outlining your area of interest, the aims of your trip and approximately how many people you expect to sign up. We then arrange to speak to you on the telephone to talk in more detail about your planned trip.  You can call us or email.  See our Contact Us page.

Step 2 – Make a Plan

After speaking to you in-depth about what type of trip you want to organise it is up to us to get working. We will devise an innovative itinerary for your group based on the information you provided and your time and budget constraintsUsing our local knowledge and expertise we aim to build a trip which inspires and excites you.  We will work with you to ensure that the tour is exactly how you want it.

Step 3 – Ready to Go

Once you are happy with the itinerary and cost of your trip it's time to book. We will stay in contact with the group organiser throughout the booking process with regular updates regarding the numbers booking, payments and any other relevant matters.  You can refer to our How do I Book section for more details regarding the booking process.

Step 4 - Enjoy!

Before leaving home you will be provided with an itinerary of your trip and other relevant details.  A member of our team will meet and greet your group at the airport upon arrival.  Let you discovery of Ireland begin!

Why choose a tailor-made tour?

The signature programs and tours at Irish Gap Year may not exactly fit your timeline, budget or interests. A tailor-made tour will be exactly how you want it. We can facilitate trips for academic groups, faculty-led groups, teacher-led middle and high school groups, families and special interest groups.

Our custom tours are designed to take the stress out of arranging your group’s travel in Ireland. Every Irish Gap Year group has their own private transport and local guide and is never combined with other groups.

Our team has a wealth of experience in tourism, hospitality, education and logistics. We aim to provide a thoughtfully-designed, organised and friendly tour for your group. We can offer transportation, arrange accommodation, entertainment and access to heritage sites. We can also arrange specific experts in your field of interest subject to availability. We’re committed to delivering excellent tours to suit a wide range of needs.

Support for the Group Organiser

We know it can be hard work organising a group – big or small. We try to take as much of the pain out of it for you. We can provide you with a private online tour booking system to take payments and constant support and guidance regarding payments, bookings and the itinerary.

As a bonus to group organisers they go FREE for groups of 8 or more people.

Some more Tour Ideas

Some examples of the kinds of experiences we can create

Irish Music & Literature Tour

Traditional Irish music, cosy pubs and great banter (translate: conversation). A match made in heaven! Whether you’re aspiring musicians looking to brush-up on your traditional music, a family looking for a unique musical and literary experience or simply a fan of Irish arts and culture we can bring your group on a tour of some of Ireland’s music and literary hot-spots.

Culture and Heritage Tour

If you’ve an interest in all things Irish why not immerse your group in Irish culture? Groups can explore the history and vibrant culture of Ireland through visiting major heritage sites and meeting locals during the tour. We can even help families with Irish roots explore their own heritage, visiting the towns and places associated with your family tree (history).

Student Tours

We can connect your study group with local historians, native Irish speakers and academic specialists to add an authentic Irish twist to your study tour. Our office team will work with the faculty to customise your itinerary to fit your academic interests.

Corporate Groups

Let us share our team-building and adventure expertise with your group to provide a relaxing and constructive professional atmosphere. We’ve worked with many industry leaders in Ireland over the years to deliver bespoke adventure weekends and cultural tours.

Outdoor Adventure Tour of Ireland

If surfing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, cycling and camping around Ireland’s spectacular Atlantic coast sounds good, then this is the trip for you! As well as accommodation, our expert guides will fill your days with adventure, local history and fun!