Ireland off the beaten path

Welcome to Rachel’s Adventure blog
about Ireland, Travel & Outdoor fun

Iszy and Rachel working on trailor-made Ireland tours in a beach hut in Thailand

Rachel is a passionate outdoor enthusiast who loves travel, culture and hardcore adventure. Together with her partner Iszy she runs the tour company “Rachel’s Irish Adventures”. Their tailor-made Ireland tours offer a unique experience to culturally curious visitors. As an experienced local guide, Rachel takes her visitors to discover the hidden gems and unspoilt natural wonders of the Emerald Isle. Rachel’s Irish Adventures is the best address for everyone who wants to experience Ireland off the beaten path, beyond the common tourist trail but close up with the local Irish culture.

Rachel & Iszy are world explorers with all their heart and happily spend their “off season” discovering new places & cultures and learning more about the unknown. Their own style of traveling – that is reflected in Rachel’s Irish Adventures tours – is about discovering the real nature of a destination and deeply immersing in cultures, to get to know the local people and learning from their way of life. It’s about collecting experiences rather than ticking boxes.

This blog is a colourful mix of the best ‘Ireland off the beaten path’ – travel tips, Rachel’s passion for whiskey, outdoor sports, endurance & adventure racing and random fun stories & thoughts of two happy world wanderers.

Gratitude changes everything

Looking back on 2020 most of us will agree that the year went different than expected. The global health & economic crisis changed everyone’s plan and deeply impacted our lifestyle. As a small Irish tour company ‘Rachel’s Irish Adventures’ was hit hard by the pandemic. Our season was almost fully booked with tailor-made tours for overseas clients. Only 5 days before the arrival of our first guests Ireland went into lockdown. For the rest of the season nothing went as previously planned.

During this time of sudden changes, uncertainty and fear, we made it our personal daily challenge to keep up the positive mindset by being actively grateful.

We practiced yoga, tried to be mindful and did lots of breathing and journaling. One of the results is this little wrap up of 2020 in a personal gratitude-blog.

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Rachel’s ‘Ireland off the beaten path’ – Travel Tips

Ireland is a magical place filled with a vibrant culture and breath-taking scenery. The island is the perfect playground for those interested in culture, nature and the great outdoors. In this travel blog, I collected tips on my favourite places to visit in Ireland and on how to get under the skin of the country. Are you ready to explore Ireland off the beaten path? Join me to experience, discover and taste the best of our beautiful green island!

Challenges & Races

Taking part in events offers a focus, a challenge, an excuse to take an exotic adventure holiday and is the ultimate way to get off the beaten path to discover new cultures, landscapes & countries. It forces you to dig deep and get to know how to surpass your limits, how to be comfortable being uncomfortable but most importantly it creates amazing lifetime bonds with lots more like-minder nutters!
We did this in the pitch dark!

Travel adventures around the world

Traveling and exploring is our passion. We love to discover the unknown, experience foreign cultures and make friends all over the world. In this blog you can read up on some of Rachel & Iszy’s random adventures like cycling around Cuba or doing a Yoga Teacher Training in India. 

Louts Oasis Yoga shala

Whiskey in Ireland

Ohhh how I just love Whiskey!

Having worked with Jameson for several years in France and Ireland, I was injected with a passion for this pure ‘water of life’. Since then, I offer consultancy & contract work to start-ups in the drinks industry and I also host private Whiskey Appreciation Sessions. In this blog, I share with you my passion for whiskey in this dynamic and exciting industry.

Changing roles in today's society

A recap of 2019

2019 comes to end and what a blast this year has been. It was packed with adventures of all sorts. I had the most amazing people on tour with me in Ireland and discovered unique places all around the world. Check out my 12 months in 12 pictures – blog to see my 2019 highlights of being a tour guide, adventure racer and world wanderer.


Rachel in the media

One for the family album. A collection of links, newspaper articles and interviews. Rachel, typically Irish, loves the good old chat. Check out a lot of random craic around the travel in Ireland, the bicycle, outdoor adventures and Whiskey passion.

Rachel Nolan with Team Ireland AR on the front page of the Irish Sun