Welcome to Irish Byways LLC

                          (Photo: Lough na Fuaich)
Dia dhuit agus failte – “Hello and Welcome”

“Landscape & Lore, Music & Myth” with Guide, Dave Hogan , arrive May 6 and depart May 16

Irish Byways LLC is an innovative tour company born on the Irish soil. We have been touring Ireland for over 10 years.  Our distinguished guides are passionate about providing an authentic experience of the Ireland we hold dear to our hearts. Our captivating adventures via professional bus transport and ferryboats take you not only to top rated sites but  deep into the back roads of Ireland, opening doors to significant historical and cultural sites seldom seen.

It is our intention to inspire and connect you to Ireland’s landscape, the spirit of her people, their history, culture, brilliant music and storytelling. We create memories to last a life-time!

Eco-tourism is our priority!  We support  Brigit’s Garden in Rosscahill and plant trees in the west of Ireland to limit our carbon-footprint.

Music & the Arts are a central focus of all our tours and in Hudson, WI we recommend The Phipps Center for the Arts  and in Minneapolis, MN we support Theater Latte Da.


“The Galway Theater Festival” is part of our “Landscape & Lore, Music & Myth” Tour: We have secured three of our ten overnights at the Salt Hill Hotel in  Galway City  during the Galway Theatre Festival!  The festival features a week of exciting theater, circus, spectacle, and storytelling, showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city. It aims to bring a fresh and lively program of performance to the streets and venues of Galway, evoking a raw energy and adventurous spirit in the audiences.

“This is a genuine adventure in antiquity to modern day Ireland.  Every era was interpreted and imagined by the knowledgeable professor, Dave Hogan!  He is the ultimate student of Irish music, revival of Gaelic language, Irish Stone age history, medieval architecture and beyond.  Your appreciation is elevated for all things Irish!  The travel experience is well organized.  Lodging was in restful settings, especially evenings at a working form.  The Irish pubs are unique.  They are great places to listen to Irish music whether you drink Guinness or not.  We enjoyed the Irish food, just think Shepherd Pie.  The schedule allows time to independently explore.  We enjoyed every minute!”  – Marilyn & Marshall Burke, Hudson, WI

“Sonja and I enjoyed the Ireland trip immensely. It was all and more than you described and guide, Dave Hogan, was like taking a college course on Ireland, but much more fun. Sonja and I would recommend this tour to any one. Thank you for taking such good care of us! “ -Randy Barrows, Cambridge, MN

“An Irish Byways Tour is one of those magical, mystical events that happens perhaps once in a lifetime. If this tour is even remotely possible for you, then take it — into the heart of the Irish culture, history and folk arts.” — Dr Barbara Boyd, Professor, University of Oklahoma

CONTACT US: Travelers join us from all over the USA. Our office is located at 889 Grand Avenue in St Paul, MN and 1122 Helen Street, Hudson, WI. Meetings are by appointment only.  — Tour Managers, Carolyn Germaine & Randall Ryder

2019 Tour: (FAQ: Travelers depart day before arrival in Ireland – most flights are overnight from USA

“Landscape & Lore, Music & Myth” with Guide, Dave Hogan , arrive May 6 and depart May 16

Tour Cost: $3500 plus Airfare and Travel Insurance.  Tours limited to 36 travelers.

Discount: You receive $100 off your tour cost for every person you bring to our tours.



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