Unique Guided Tours of Ireland - Experience the Real Ireland

Exceptional Tours: Entertaining & Scholarly Guide Dave Hogan

“Irish Byways takes touring Ireland to the next level!”
--Jim Brooks, Editor, THE IRISH GAZETTE - TheIrishGazette.com

Dia Dhuit!

WELCOME TO IRISH BYWAYS LLC TOURS, born on the Irish soil! 
Led by Masterful Guide, Dave Hogan, you will get off the bus and onto the back roads for an intimate encounter with Ireland both past and present. Meet with local artisans and knowledgeable local guides, delve into Irish legends, and end your days with the sounds of traditional Irish music.

THE IRISH GAZETTE ANNOUNCES OUR 2018 TOURS with a full page article written by our Guide in the March 2017 issue.


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Tour One: “Landscape & Lore, Music & Myth:  Exploring the Wisdom Years” Depart USA Monday, May 14 to Arrive Ireland May 15 and Return USA May 25
A few openings remain on this tour which is limited to 15 travelers. Guide Dave Hogan is with us on part of this tour, other local guides are employed on this tour.
Guest Author accompanying this tour is Dr. Barbara Boyd, author of The Wisdom Years: A Lifestyle Decision, with Dr. Tom Boyd

Details:"Landscape & Lore, Music & Myth” is our best known tour:  This tour includes counties Clare, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon and includes extensive exploration of “Connemara”, a spectacularly wild and mostly still untamed region with stone fenced patchwork fields, bogs, burren, mountains, valleys, lakes and streams.  Travelers will visit Bronze Age stone circles, cairns, dolmens such as Paulnabrone and also ancient monastic ruins.  Key cities and villages include Ennis, Galway City, Clifden and Cong as well as Roundstone and Doolin.  Leisurely time is given in the city of Galway, Claddagh Village, Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, Maamturk Mountains, Connemara National Park, 13th Century Cong Abbey, Monk’s Fishing House, Cliffs of Moher, Brigit’s Garden, Clonmacnoise and Rathcroghan.
After each day’s journey Author Dr. Barbara Boyd with Dr. Tom Boyd, will invite us to explore the topic of The Wisdom Years for those who dare to accept the challenge of aging rather than give way to the darkness and despair of growing older.  Each of us will be given a copy of her book, “The Wisdom Years: A Guide to Intentional Aging” as we explore together intentional, purposeful, passionate living. Each day will flow with a rhythm of study and sightseeing as we walk the expansive panoramas to absorb the life and land of Eire and what it has to teach us about living well.

Dr. Barbara Boyd is recently retired from teaching in the field of world religions where she led trips to multiple countries to study the culture, religions and landscapes of varied lands. She is also working on her first book of poetry and has just completed the book on “The Wisdom Years”
Dr. Tom W. Boyd is recently retired from teaching Philosophy for over forty years, focused in world religions and ethics. He is the author of “Lusting for Infinity: A Spiritual Odyssey” and is currently working on two other books.
Both are frequent travelers and walkers in various countries as they search for meaning and mystery among the ripe cultures of peoples different and distinct from ourselves.

Tour One Fee: $3200 plus airfare and insurance (Travel insurance must be equal in coverage to the Platinum Level through Travel Guard.)
Most travelers choose to arrive and depart Shannon Airport

Tour Two Details—This Tour by Group Request: “The Land of Saints, Scholars & Musicians”
This tour is centered on the fabled south west of Ireland, visiting Counties, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork; dominated by the estuary of the River Shannon, the longest river in Britain and Ireland. This rugged quadrant of Ireland, with is wild bogs and mountains of Old Red Sandstone, has a long history of monastic and earlier archaeological settlement.  We will explore , megalithic sites as well as ruined monasteries and round towers, some on islands, in search of what essentially connected these monks to the land.  The peninsulas of west Kerry bring us into connection with a rugged wildness that has its epitome in Killarney National Park.  The towns of Ennis, Kenmare and Killarney all bear witness to the roll of agriculture, landlords and tourism is shaping the character and economy of this lovely corner of Ireland. And finally we discover one of Ireland’s rare gems, the Gaeltacht, and area where the Irish language is the first and everyday language of the people.

Tour Two Fee $3500 plus airfare and insurance (Travel insurance must be equal in coverage to the Platinum Level through Travel Guard.)
Most travelers choose to arrive and depart Shannon Airport

Irish Byways LLC makes possible an uncommon cultural experience into the heart of Ireland…
... in contrast to fast-paced and lower priced site-seeing tours!

We are dedicated to excellence and making memories to last a lifetime!

- an entertaining and scholarly tour
- professional bus transport
- experienced and personable tour managers travel with each tour
- a more personalized experience because we limit our tours to 30 travelers
- a tour schedule prior to the typical tourist season so your experience of Ireland is more authentic
- a much more relaxed often “off the bus” adventure filled with Irish stories, humor, music and dance arranged by our brilliant guide
- the opportunity to personally meet with and hear from the best of local musicians, local guides/storytellers, and artists
- access through gates into uncommon places in the countryside and on boat to two islands off the coast of Ireland
- Your own time on evenings to explore charming villages and roadways and meet with friends at the best of local pubs
- Tour itineraries that reflect the vast richness of Ireland’s landscape, lore, music and myth with an appreciation for its saints, scholars, poets and musicians.

AND rather than a different hotel every night we extend our stay at several quality B&Bs set in beautiful Irish landscape with day trips out from those central locations.

Irish Byways builds traveler confidence into each tour by providing personal pre-tour access to tour managers and at your request, you may have conversation with previous Irish Byways travelers!

A tour with Irish Byways LLC is a special experience.  This company puts together the very best people to give the visitor to Ireland a real sense of the land and its history, culture, and present energy.  Time is a magical commodity, respected and relaxed, without any feeling either of hurry hurry or of pointlessness.  The guides know the land and its lore, and they know how to share these openly and comfortably with others. --Anna H., University Study Tour traveller


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