The curious adventurer
Discover Ireland  ‘off the beaten path’

. Get off the beaten path and experience local Ireland with Rachel .

Get off the beaten path and experience local Ireland with Rachel

This tour is an open invitation to my beautiful home – the West of Ireland. If you are looking for an active, small group tour of Ireland, to explore lush green fields, the wild Atlantic coast and hidden gems beyond the common tourist trail, this itinerary is perfect for you!

Let me invite you on a private tour to discover Ireland’s West Coast with me, your local guide. Anyone can look up routes on google maps, but I will show you where the real Irish magic happens. This Ireland itinerary will bring you to places where we Irish go to relax, reunite with friends, and enjoy the outdoors. 

I can bring you on guided walks and hikes to the most spectacular places. We’ll explore the highest sea cliffs of Ireland, Achill – the largest of the Irish isles, Ballycroy National Park and the dramatic North Mayo coastline. Let’s get together and sample the smoothest Irish Whiskey, make new friends in the local pub and indulge in fine and homemade Irish foods and treats.

Prices from: €1,950 per person

Based on a group of 6 people (2 people sharing)

Start: Galway

Airport transfer can easily be arranged

8 days

Fully guided, customised & private

Finish: Galway

Adapt this itinerary to meet your needs

Included in your tour




Enjoy browsing through the itinerary day by day, to get a taste of how it will be to discover Ireland’s west coast with your local guide. Any questions?
By all means, I’m delighted to have a chat with you about all possibilities. 

Galway & Connemara

Pick up from Galway in the morning

  • Famine Trail – A walk steeped in history
  • Killary – Ireland’s only fjord
  • Traditional Irish sheep farm

South Mayo

Exploring Westport & surroundings

  • Croagh Patrick – Hiking Ireland’s Holy Mountain
  • Irish Foodie Tour
  • Westport – Ireland’s friendliest town

Achill Island

Experience Irish island life

  • Hike up to Ireland’s highest sea cliffs
  • Irish speaking Gaeltacht area
  • The deserted village – Irish famine history

West Mayo

Rural Ireland – say hello to the wild sheep

  • Ballycroy National Park
  • Blacksod Lighthouse
  • Endless unspoilt beaches

North Mayo

The spectacular Wild Atlantic Way Coast

  • Hike along the rugged west coast
  • Ceide Fields – The world’s oldest Neolithic sight
  • Downpatrick Head & seastack Dun Briste

Ballina & Enniscrone

Historic town & Beach paradise

  • Cycling tour to discover the Monasteries of the Moy
  • Belleek Castle & Dungeons
  • Watersport fun

South Sligo

Follow the trace of the ancient Queen of Connacht

  • Hike around Knocknarea to Queen Maeves grave
  • The Irish surf coast
  • Rachel’s Whiskey Appreciation Session

Mayo & Galway

A full day of history & culture on the way back to Galway

  • Foxford Woollen Mills
  • Museum of Country Life
  • Irish Heritage Farm


I want to ensure your best experience. Therefore, I’ve personally stayed in every accommodation I use in my itineraries. For this tour I’ve selected a mix of cosy B&Bs and unique hotels.

Guided Walks & Hikes

All walks and hikes can easily be adapted in length and intensity. The biggest advantage of a private tour is: You will only do what you really want to! This means you can skip a rest day, add a run, or switch up a hike for a cultural experience. This is your Ireland adventure! 

Irish Food Experiences

Get a taste of the island! Ireland is full of amazing and unique flavours. On this tour you will learn more about Irish Whiskey and how to pull a pint of Guinness. There will be lots of opportunities to indulge on home-made sweet treats, relax back with a hot Irish coffee or to sample traditional Irish recipes. 

Rachels Whiskey Appreciation Session

Rachel's Whiskey Appreciation

Whiskey tasting with personality!

During this fun and interactive experience I will teach you about the art of Whiskey production, the history of the uisce beatha and we will sample different styles of whiskey. By the end of the session you will know which type of whiskey you like and why!
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More Irish Craic for your perfect Ireland itinerary

This tour takes you to Ireland’s surf coast, with ideal conditions for lots of different water sports. Therefore, you can choose from lots of activities to include them in your vacation package.  Otherwise, you can visit the oldest Neolithic sight in the world or follow the trace of your ancestors who left Ireland on the Titanic. All in all, you will learn more about Ireland’s deep history and enjoy the stress-free Irish lifestyle.

Are you a curious adventurer?

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Get in touch and we can start to craft an adventure vacation package to meet your needs!