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Highlight reel: traveler reviews & photos from Ireland

Sep 15, 2022 by Jamie Gallerani

Of all the amazing destinations around the globe, Ireland always falls right there near the top. There are those vivid green landscapes dotted with sheep, welcoming locals who speak with a charming Irish brogue, and pubs filled with live music—and pints of Guinness galore.

Can you tell how much we love the Emerald Isle? You will, too! But don’t just take our word for it. Our travelers have been exploring Ireland all year, and have returned with more than a few warm memories. Read on to see some of the top reviews and photos our travelers posted after retuning from bucket list tours of Ireland.

traveler in David in IrelandPhoto and review by first-time traveler Denton, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

Great memories from a first trip

“My trip to Ireland was my first time venturing overseas, so I was nervously excited. This experience completely exceeded my expectations! The stewards of our stay were all-around fantastic, and everything was very well organized. I literally do not have any bit of negative feedback. The land and accompanying attractions were breathtaking, and the photos I’m taking home are priceless to me. Also, the meals were so versatile and the quality was very high. So impressed by this adventure!”

Traveler Denton’s tour rating: 5 stars

Uncover Ireland on tour

traveler in Jeanne in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Jeanne, who traveled in 2022 on our Grand Tour of Ireland

Impeccable service at every turn

“We thoroughly enjoyed our Grand Tour of Ireland, from the jolly welcome dinner until the wonderful last night! Mike, our guide, and Daniel, our coach driver, were utterly amazing at every experience and turn—literally! Their impeccable coordination, scheduling, mindfulness of safety, and professionalism were remarkable. We highly recommend this tour! The sites, exhibits, meals, experiences, and wealth of imparted information were astounding! Thanks ever so much!”

Traveler Jeanne’s tour rating: 5 stars

See Ireland’s highlights

traveler in William in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler William, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

“Great fun for everyone”

“I had little knowledge of Ireland before our tour. Now, I can’t see how anyone wouldn’t love Ireland. Natural beauty, history, or a party, it’s all in Ireland. Get off the computer and GO!”

Traveler William’s tour rating: 5 stars

See Ireland on tour

traveler in David in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler David, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

Surreal landscapes

“It’s hard for me to find the words to describe what I experienced. It was simply surreal. The landscape, architecture, and history of Ireland were amazing and this tour really embodied that in all ways.”

Traveler David’s tour rating: 5 stars

Experience Irish culture

traveler in Stephanie Diane in Ireland
Photo and review by two-time traveler Stephanie Diane, who traveled in 2022 on A Week in Ireland: Dublin, Cork & Galway

Seeing quintessential Ireland

“This was an awesome trip I definitely won’t forget. I’ve learned so much during this trip. Our AMAZING tour guide Ciaran is filled with lots of passion about Ireland. He went the extra mile with everybody in the group, always giving us typical Irish snacks, tips for shopping, or places to go during our free time.”

Traveler Stephanie Diane’s tour rating: 5 stars

Spend a week in Ireland

traveler in Jessica in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Jessica, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland for Solo Travelers

“Ireland for solo travelers is a must!”

“Don’t hesitate to take this trip! Everything was so well-planned, all you have to worry about is showing up on time. :) Our group got along great and we quickly didn’t feel ‘solo.’ Matt, our guide, went above and beyond to make it a memorable tour. You get to see a mix of city, countryside, and castles, with flexibility to spend time together or wander on your own. Looking forward to another trip!”

Traveler Jessica’s tour rating: 5 stars

Travel solo in Ireland

traveler in De Anne in Ireland
Photo and review by two-time traveler De Anne, who traveled in 2022 on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

Live singing? Yes, please.

“Loved our guide—he was funny, knowledgeable, and has a great singing voice. The whole experience was great. Our bus driver was wonderful as well.”

Traveler De Anne’s tour rating: 5 stars

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day

traveler in Diana in Ireland
Photo and review by two-time traveler Diana, who traveled in 2022 on our Grand Tour of Ireland

“A trip down memory lane”

“The evening of Irish dancing was truly a highlight. It was an experience not to be missed. The Arbutus Hotel is a hidden jewel. It gave us the feeling of what life would have been like in Killarney in years gone by. The Dunguaire Castle dinner experience shouldn’t be missed. Thank you, EF Go Ahead Tours!”

Traveler Diana’s tour rating: 5 stars

See all of Ireland

Traveler Alicia in Ireland with friends

Photo and review by first-time traveler Alicia, who traveled in 2022 on A Week in Ireland: Dublin, Cork & Galway

A stress-free Irish adventure

“Everything about Ireland is beautiful! Luscious green landscapes, cliffs, rolling hills, castles, quaint towns, so much history. So picturesque. My favorite town was Cork. Quaint and so beautiful. I will be using EF Go Ahead Tours again. They made it so stress-free. Well-planned itinerary.”

Traveler Alicia’s tour rating: 5 stars

Spend a week in Ireland

traveler in Jess in Ireland
Photo and review by two-time traveler Jess, who traveled in 2022 on A Week in Ireland: Dublin, Cork & Galway

Seeing it all under sunny skies

“We had the luck of the Irish with us on this tour with sunny skies and great weather all week. Ireland is so beautiful. I’m glad we didn’t miss any of the sights. We also had a fantastic tour guide.”

Traveler Jess’ tour rating: 5 stars

Take a shorter Ireland trip

traveler in David in Ireland
Photo and review by four-time traveler Joseph, who traveled in 2022 on our Grand Tour of Ireland

An expert with a sense of humor

“Great tour of Ireland covering many regions and famous destinations. Liam, our Tour Director, did a great job with logistics and was very helpful to the tour members. He was very knowledgeable about the regions visited and had a great sense of humor.”

Traveler Joseph’s tour rating: 5 stars

See all of Ireland

traveler in David in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Phyllis, who traveled in 2022 on A Week in Ireland: Dublin, Cork & Galway

Traveling solo = traveling with friends

“This was my first experience with EF Go Tours and I loved it. This company is so professional. I am a solo traveler and got to know almost everyone in my 31-person group. I did all the excursions and still found the pace perfect.”

Traveler Phyllis’ tour rating: 5 stars

Spend a week in Ireland

traveler in Laura in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Laura, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: A Feast of Culinary Flavors & Local Traditions

“See Ireland like a local”

“EF Go Ahead Tours gave us a Tour Director, Ali—and Ali gave us Ireland with a local’s love for places, events, history, culture, and food!”

Traveler Laura’s tour rating: 5 stars

Get a taste of Ireland

traveler in Amy in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Amy, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland for Solo Travelers

One trip highlight? Making new friends!

“I have dreamt of visiting Ireland for years and Go Ahead Tours made this trip live up to all of my expectations! This was a well-organized tour with an excellent itinerary. The scenery was beautiful and our tour guide, Matt, went above and beyond to make this trip special. Traveling with other solo travelers was a highlight of the trip. We got acquainted so quickly, it felt like spending the whole week with friends!”

Traveler Amy’s tour rating: 5 stars

See Ireland as a solo traveler

traveler in Denice in Ireland
Photo and review by four-time traveler & Group Coordinator Denice, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

“Magical Ireland”

“Ireland is a magical destination with natural beauty everywhere you go. The Emerald Isle should be on every traveler’s bucket list!”

Traveler Denice’s tour rating: 5 stars

Tour the best of Ireland

traveler in Candy in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Candy, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

“All my dreams came true”

“I don’t know how to begin other than WOW. Ireland is everything I had dreamed of. The tour guide Pasqual and the bus driver Gerry were absolutely the best. They were so full of knowledge about every stop along the way. I went with my niece and sister and all we did was smile and have fun. … I have already told everyone I know to contact EF for the best tour of Ireland. We have already booked the Wild Atlantic Way tour for August 2023 and I am already jumping at the bit to get back over to Ireland. So relaxing, friendly, and beautiful. I could keep rambling—that is how wonderful of an experience I had. Thank you for having such a great tour.”

Traveler Candy’s tour rating: 5 stars

Experience Ireland’s beauty

traveler in Megan in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Megan, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

Views that will wow you

“Surpassed ALL expectations! The perfect mix of tours and time to explore on our own. Our tour guide, Matt, made our trip even more spectacular. The VIEWS everywhere were just magical.”

Traveler Megan’s tour rating: 5 stars

Take a trip to Ireland

traveler in Wanda in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Wanda, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

Lovely memories from a wonderful place

“Wonderful country! Wonderful co-travelers! Wonderful time! I found the people of Ireland to be friendly and pleasant.”

Traveler Wanda’s tour rating: 5 stars

Explore Ireland on tour

traveler in Vinodini in Ireland
Photo and review by first-time traveler Vinodini, who traveled in 2022 on Ireland: Traditions of the Emerald Isle

“The heritage of Ireland tour was wonderful!”

“What an amazing tour of the most important places and sights to see in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland! It was a great experience all around.”

Traveler Vinodini’s tour rating: 5 stars

See Ireland on tour

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About the author | Jamie Gallerani
It was Jamie’s homestay in Germany that made her fall in love with travel (and her studies in Florence that really sealed the deal). When she’s not writing and sharing the magic of seeing the world with others, she’s usually on the lookout for her new favorite memoir, testing out recipes at home, or visiting her family on Cape Cod.

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