Irish Essence Tours
Welcome to Irish Essence Tours. Browse our selection of tours. Remember that we can custom make any tour for you so just click on the enquiry button to send a mail through to one of our helpful Travel Advisors.
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Self Drive, Chauffeur or Coach Tours
We offer a selection of Self-Drive, Private-Chauffeured and Coach Tours. Once you enquire, we will send you the catalogue that you require. Our catalogues are carefully prepared with lots of interesting facts about Ireland - you'll thoroughly enjoy browsing them! We can also post a catalogue to your address, just state your preferences in your enquiry.
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How are we different/better than other Tour Companies?
We are located in Ireland.. we know the Country inside and out. All of our Travel Advisors are fully experienced, trained and willing to work with you on a personal level that few other Tour Operators offer. There will be no auto-responders from our Company. You are speaking with a REAL person from your first point of contact! Our response times are quicker as your custom is important to us so we have advisers working the hours that suit your time-zone.
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Discover the rugged beauty, rich heritage and enchanting culture of Ireland through our ‘Ireland’s Heartland’ self-driving tour
Discover the rugged beauty, rich heritage and enchanting culture of Ireland through our ‘Ireland’s Heartland’ self-driving tour

Self Drive Tours

Discover the rugged beauty, rich heritage and enchanting culture of Ireland through our ‘Ireland’s Heartland’ Private Chauffeured Tour.
Discover the rugged beauty, rich heritage and enchanting culture of Ireland through our ‘Ireland’s Heartland’ Private Chauffeured Tour.

Private Chauffeured Tours

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Coach Tours

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Ireland’s Heartland; Self-Drive Tour Summary Day 1: Dublin Day 2: Galway Day 3: Clare Day 4: The Midlands and Return to Dublin Day 5: Departure Discover the rugged beauty, rich heritage and enchanting culture of Ireland through our ‘Ireland’s Heartland’ self-driving tour. What better way to explore all the intricate nooks and cranny’s of one of the world’s most scenic countries, than by hitting the open road at your own pace and in the comfort of a private car. This tour encompasses some of the greatest attractions in Ireland, from the pulsating capital city of Dublin, to the quiet and calm corners of the West coast. Taking you through the heartland of Ireland, you’ll experience first-hand the legends, iconic sights and hidden gems that make Ireland so loved and famed across the globe. Day 1: Dublin Highlights • Trinity College • Book of Kells • Chester Beatty Library • Temple Bar • The Guinness Storehouse • Old Jameson Distillery • National Museum of Ireland • Christchurch Cathedral • Kilmainham Gaol The cultural capital of Ireland and the stage of countless chapters in Irish history, Dublin is renowned for its rich and fascinating history, lively arts and literature culture, a buzzing social scene and a host of interesting characters from all over the country, and the world. The city is anything you want to make of it; it’s just waiting to be uncovered by curious visitors eager to explore. Whether your interests include shopping in some of Europe’s best malls and stores, or taking a quiet stroll down narrow cobblestone streets to discover boutique restaurants and pubs bursting with character, Dublin is the perfect place to begin your journey through this fascinating small country. Take a walk through Ireland’s rich history, from the historical and spectacular grounds of Trinity College, containing the world renowned Book of Kells, to the beautiful Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle. Discover the hub of Ireland’s social and arts scene along Temple Bar’s winding streets, delve into the methods used to create Ireland’s favourite drinks, Guinness and Jameson whisky, or walk through history at the haunting Kilmainham Gaol. You’ll never be stuck for something fun and interesting to do in Dublin, come rain or shine! Day 2: Galway Highlights • Galway City • Galway Crystal • Kylemore Abbey • Galway Music & Theatre Venues • Dunguaire Castle • Aran Islands On Ireland’s most famous coast, sits visitors’ most beloved city of Galway. Steeped in a long tradition of music, art, literature and sports, Galway is home to an eclectic mix of old traditional souls and bohemian youths. In Galway, everyone is welcomed with friendly smiles and open doors. Visit the weatherworn coast, where the great Atlantic crashes onto the shores, and batters the steep cliff face. Drive along miles of ancient stone walls, fields and mountains speckled with the bright outline of grazing sheep, and smoke rising from country homes signifying a warm welcome. The west coast of Ireland is pure magic; breathtaking landscapes, incredible sights and some of the friendliest people in the country (but don’t tell the rest of them that we said that!). Day 3: Clare Highlights • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park • Cliffs of Moher • The Poulnabrone Dolmen • The Burren • Jane O’Brien’s Ennis Walking Tour • Doolin Village Experience timeless beauty along Clare’s stunning coast. No other site in Ireland personifies the sheer grandeur and fierce power of Ireland’s natural scenery quite like the Cliffs of Moher. Their magnitude and splendor have enchanted visitors to Ireland for decades. After being windswept atop the Cliffs of Moher, warm up your hands (and feet) to the beat of the bodhrán in one of the legendary traditional Irish music sessions which Doolin village is renowned for. You’ll quickly realize that it’s impossible to resist the infectious beat of wonderful live Irish music. The Burren, a unique and treasured landscape of exposed limestone slabs, is an other-worldly sight along Clare’s rugged coast. Walk for miles atop the hard, limestone slabs and wonder whether it was nature, or magic that created this beautiful landscape. Day 4: The Midlands to Dublin Highlights • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site • Fore Monastic Site • Belvedere House & Gardens Making your way through the heartland of Ireland, the midlands offer up a surprising mix of medieval history and modern-day splendor. Stop for a cup of tea and a walk around the impeccably manicured gardens of Belvedere House, and immerse yourself in a fascinating era of Irish history almost forgotten at Clonmacnoice Monastic Site and Fore Monastic Site. Finish off the day by heading back to the bright lights of Dublin, for your final night in Ireland. Day 5: Goodbye Ireland Get ready to depart Ireland after an exhilarating and memorable 4-night self-driving tour of some of the most beautiful and iconic sights in the country. We’re sure you’ll never forget your incredible experience driving through the magical and mysterious lands of the Republic. Just remember, before you leave, you’re always welcome back home to Ireland!

Meet Our Team

A little bit about the company…..

Irish Essence Tours was developed after the owner spent many years working in the Travel Industry organising tours of Ireland for clients. During her time working with other Companies, there were many things that came to mind that could be done differently and in turn, would really benefit you, the customer.

A high level of personal attention is important us at Irish Essence Tours and we want clients travelling under the care of our company to feel thoroughly taken care of. We strive to take care of as much as possible for our clients so that planning your trip to Ireland is effortless. We take the time to build a relationship with our clients, one that will last a lifetime. The time and effort that we have put into our itineraries, selecting accommodations and attractions will be apparent when you are enjoying the trip of your dreams.

We will get back to you on the same day that you first place your enquiry with us and we are always available on the other end of the phone. There are no automated responses with our company. We sow the seeds for an authentic trip from our first point of contact with you and by the time you leave our emerald isle, the essence of Ireland will be rooted for all eternity, deep in your heart.



What Our Customers Say

This truly was a trip of a lifetime for us. I find myself looking at it and sighing, wishing we could be back there! We couldn’t have asked for a better trip and we’re already planning our return for 2015. The level of personal attention you devoted to every little detail will never be forgotten – we raised many pints of Guinness to Irish Essence Tours and to you Deborah on our trip!
─ Martha & Jim Foster and Bitsy & Bob Morales, Texas
Working with you, Deborah, to create our journey was a pleasure. From the start, you were knowledgeable and returned inquiries in a timely manner. Your insight of Ireland travel also directed us extremely well with our sightseeing choices. It was important to me to be able to speak with a live person. Otherwise, I would not have had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful person, an outstanding representative of your company.
─ Franny Kreisberg, New York
I had to write to you on this, our last day of our trip as I want to express how happy we are with everything you prepared for us. Irish Essence Tours has blown away all of our expectations for our trip to Ireland.
─ Cadence & Nicholas Sanders, Georgia, U.S.A.
Dear Deborah, We are sending this message to you, hoping that you can post it on your website so that other travellers may know what a terrific job you did for us in planning our recent trip to Ireland. In every respect, we loved the tour you planned for us. We loved where it took us; we loved what we saw, the beauty, the tranquillity, and the history of your magical country. We loved the accommodations, the B&Bs, which you thoughtfully arranged for us. We enjoyed the restaurants and pubs, many of which you recommended. Lastly, we loved the people we met. In all our travels, we have never visited a country full of warmer, more polite, welcoming people. And, you Deborah, represent Ireland, and its' people, at its' finest. Our dealings with you, your willingness & patience to listen to what we wanted, and your prompt responses, could not have been better. It was a real pleasure doing business with you. Thank you so much Deborah for the trip of a lifetime. Allen & Marilyn Herman Cincinnati, Ohio, USA September 2014
─ Allen & Marilyn Herman
I have never thought I could see so much from just a week. Thanks to Irish Essence that was made possible. Not only did we see so many exciting and beautiful places, it was also affordable. This company is extremely professional, helpful, and also and friendly. three characteristics one would certainly look for when booking for a holiday. Most importantly, it is a reliable company. thanks and kind regards, Natalino Malta, Spain
─ Natalino Meli
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