Tailor-made Ireland tours

Local guide

Private Tour

Rachel’s Irish Adventures can take you on a bespoke travel adventure anywhere along the Wild Atlantic Way and beyond.

Let us invite you on a tailor-made tour to experience, discover and taste the best of what Ireland has to offer!

Using her local knowledge Rachel can guide you off the beaten paths and craft a private tour package to meet your needs. Your tailor-made Ireland tour can range from a one-day trip to a three-week holiday.

You’ll learn about the heritage and culture of the region, see spectacular scenery, feast on fine local food and have the craic with fun-loving, like-minded people. And most of all, you’ll get a down-to-earth, warm, personalised Ireland experience like no other.

Rachel in her private tour bus

Looking for private tour to meet your needs?

Ireland by bike

Cycling Mayo's greenway with the whole family

We simply love the bicycle!

Riding a bike is not just a sustainable mode of transport. The bike can give you freedom! Get close to nature, fill your lungs with fresh air and explore at your own pace.

Rachel is a passionate long distance cyclist. She knows every metre of the Wild Atlantic Way and the most scenic roads of Ireland!

With experience and great joy we tailor Ireland cycling tours for every level and every duration.

Whiskey & Culinary

Rachels Whiskey Appreciation Session

Taste the island

Try the catch of the day to taste the wild and free spirit of the Atlantic.
Experience the warmth of an Irish home when your host treats you to some homemade scones.
Immerse yourself in Irish culture while you savour the rich and smooth flavours of the golden liquid which clings so appealingly to the glass you’re holding.

Local cuisine & exploring traditional tastes are a central ingredient for an amazing travel experience. That’s why we thoroughly sample, sip and test our way through Ireland’s kitchens to find the best culinary delights for you!

Walking & Hiking

4 people in front of Wild Atlantic Way discovery point on a private tour

Discover Ireland’s hidden gems

Ireland is a paradise for outdoor lovers & the culturally curious. A casual stroll along the most stunning cliff edges in the world, a hike through unique, unspoilt landscapes or a historic walking tour through Ireland’s charming towns.

What Rachel knows best is how to get off the beaten path and discover hidden gems.

Let us take you to places you would never find without us!

Who knows better than your local guide?

Rachel Nolan

Born and bred in North Mayo, Rachel has blazed a trail around the world in recent years. She’s learned languages, ran races, forged friendships and made memories, but to Rachel, there’s just no place like home.

Spontaneous, energetic, with an insatiable thirst for adventure, you could find Rachel anywhere. Running up Nephin Mountain overlooking Loch Conn, sea kayaking among the rugged, cliff-lined coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way, biking hard in the Ox Mountains by night, or exploring the underwater sea caves at Downpatrick Head? That’s just in one day!

Having travelled the world, Rachel knows how to get under the skin of a place, learn its secrets, and live it like a local.

There is no better woman to create a tailor-made Ireland tour just for you!

Do you want to get off the beaten path?


Belfast guided tour Rachel's Irish Adventures

Cycle along the rugged Wild Atlantic Way, climb Ireland’s holy mountain, fish in the salmon capital of Europe or explore a local island, it’s unspoilt and undiscovered landscape, friendly sheep and mix with the locals for a game of Gaelic football.


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Enjoy an Irish experience 100% local. Sleep in a family run Bed & Breakfasts & miggle with the locals for a chat in the pub. Discover stunning, off the beaten track locations that will take your breath away. Immerse yourself in the Irish way of life!


Picnic table at Belleek woods set with local produce from Ballina, Co. Mayo. Whiskey Tasting by Rachel's Irish Adventures and bicycles from Bikes2Rent in the background.

On the menu: Learn how to prepare Irish soda bread in Marjorie’s Kitchen (Rachel’s Mam), enjoy a private whiskey tasting, learn to pull your own pint of Guinness in a local pub and take time to savour the taste of a full Irish breakfast!


We spent 10 days with Rachel

“Our group of four spent 10 days touring County Mayo and Clare with Rachel. We had a great time exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, Ballina, Sligo, Westport, Galway, Tralee, Dromoland Castle and many points in between. Rachel was excellent at putting together an itinerary that matched the various interests in our group. Her cycling options are wonderful, and her equipment first rate. We cycled, hiked, golfed, visited many historic sites. Rachel has an infectious energy for her homeland’s history, natural beauty, food and drink! When you travel with her , you will truly visit hidden gems, from bakeries, to pubs,beach bars, fish houses…places you would never find without her local knowledge. Best of all, you will learn the secret to making the perfect
Irish Coffee! In a word, a trip with Rachel’s Irish Adventures was for us, Brilliant!”

What we are all about


All our tours are adapted to your desires and budget. We are here to make your Irish adventure a trip of a lifetime! Whether you want a guided, self-guided or mixture of both, we have it covered.

Local specialised guides

Tours are guided by local specialists that are ready to answer all your questions. The atmosphere is fun and the itinerary is flexible to adapt to your needs. All tours can be in English, French or Spanish.

Luxury & homely

Rachel’s Irish Adventures has an 8 seater luxury bus with a trailer for the added extras. All accommodation is specially selected, from boutique Bed & Breakfast to castles, spa hotels, light house experiences.

Responsible tourism

We take you off the beaten path and team up with exceptional local services to offer you the true Irish experience & hospitality. This is more sustainable, keeping jobs in rural areas and using local products.

Families & small groups

We costumise your Ireland tour to fit your group perfectly. What we do best is tailor unique itineraries for small groups. Whether you come with 3 generations of your family, your best friends or as a couple.

Travel & Adventure Blog

Rachel’s Ireland Travel Tips

Here in this blog I put together a few suggestions for everyone who isn’t afraid to get off the beaten path and discover Ireland’s hidden gems. Most of these places are far off the common tourist trail and, if at all, take up only a small side-note in most guide books. The activities only require an open mind and pay off in life long memories.

This is for everyone who doesn’t need to tick the big Ireland bucket list. Your friends and family will probably never have heard about any of these places – they however will definitely want to come after they hear your travel stories.
This is for everyone who wants to immerse into the local culture. You might not meet any other tourists but friendly locals will probably approach you curiously to ask about your story.
This is for everyone who looks for an adventure. The real magic happens when you get out of your comfort zone, ditch the plan and loose the smartphone. Ask the farmer for the way to his favourite local pub and follow the DIY-sign for the coffee and best chocolate cake stop.

Find the best tips for your vacation trip to Ireland with Rachel's Ireland Bucket list

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