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We are an Irish, family-run tourism company specialising in bespoke, private guided travel. We combine our expertise with a passion for experiential travel and surpassing client expectations to design unique travel experiences.

Shane Leahy
Director & Tour Operator
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With our private travel expertise and valued relationships across the country, we combine the best 5-star luxury hotels, boutique guesthouses and private rentals with curated local experiences, all hand-picked for you. Add our spacious, luxury vehicles and professional, personable Driver Guides and you have a unique team that delivers a truly special experience or occasion, planned to perfection. From 2-day tasting trails to 14-day ancestry adventures, we deliver it all in style.

We invite you to reimagine your holiday or staycation as a time when you can relax and reconnect on your journey as well as at your destination, safe in the knowledge there is a professional at the wheel in every sense.

Shane Leahy
Director & Tour Operator
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Tours

We delight in experiential travel. These itineraries are designed to start to inspire you, but we will a create tailor-made, travel experience just for you.

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A Week in the Sunny South East

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Horse Country Tour- Horse Racing

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Spring into 2023 with an Irish countryside tour

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Tour Ireland’s Relais & Châteaux® Properties

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8 Night Highlights Tour of Ireland

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Gastronomy delights on the southern Wild Atlantic Way

By Road, Sea and Air. A Truly Luxury Tour of Ireland.
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Wild Isles with David Attenborough. A True Look at Ireland’s Wildlife Spectacles.
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National Heritage Week
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Immerse yourself in the centre of the world racing industry.
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Autumn shades, crackling fires and pumpkins galore.
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Hidden Ireland…..A Road Less Traveled.
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Michelin Star Dining And A Celebration of Irish Ingredients.
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Big Family Gatherings. Our Guide To Kerry’s Luxury Rentals
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Fish, Chips and Sea Views.
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Castles of Ireland .Rentals, Trips and Experiences.
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The Land of Folklore, Fairies and Mythology
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Uniquely Irish Festivals and Fairs
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Buisnesswoman of the Year Awards Tipperary 2022.
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Mutton Lane. A Cosy Cork Favourite.
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A Royal Visit to Cashel
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The very Irish Coffee
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We’re hiring! Apply to join our team now
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Nollaig na mBan: an Irish tradition on January 6th
Nollaig na mBan: Why January 6th is a day to celebrate women of Ireland
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Ashford Castle, Mayo, Ireland
Ireland’s top hotels and cities ranked by US travel bible
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Bloomsday in Dublin
Bloomsday: The day James Joyce, Leopold Bloom and ‘Ulysses’ are celebrated
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Private Ireland Tours – What to Expect
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The 10 Best Beaches in Ireland | Ireland Chauffeur Travel | Your Private Guided Tour of Ireland Specialists
The 10 Best Beaches in Ireland – according to Lonely Planet
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Our Top Picks of Luxury Private Rentals on the Wild Atlantic Way
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Our Top Picks of Luxury Private Rentals in Dublin
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Saint Patrick's Day 2020
So just who was Saint Patrick?
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Is Pancake Tuesday an Irish thing?
Is Pancake Tuesday an Irish thing?
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Our Top Travel Predictions for 2021 and Beyond...
Our Top Travel Predictions for 2021 and Beyond…
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Savour the Best at Ireland’s 2021 Michelin Star Restaurants
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celebrate missed occasions with these private rentals
Celebrate those missed occasions with these Luxury Private Rentals
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Our Top Picks of Private Rentals in Ireland
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How to make the perfect irish coffee this Christmas
How to make the perfect Irish Coffee this Christmas
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Did you know St Nicholas is buried in Ireland?
Did you know St Nicholas is buried in Ireland?
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Lonely Planet names Burren Ecotourism Network ‘Best Community Tourism Project’
Lonely Planet names Burren Ecotourism Network ‘Best Community Tourism Project’
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EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum Ireland Chauffeur Travel
Irish Museum named Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2020
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5 Movies with 'interesting' Irish Accents
5 Movies with ‘Interesting’ Irish Accents
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Dublin friendliest city in Europe
2 Irish cities named friendliest in all Europe by Condé Nast Traveller
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Why are there so many redheads in Ireland?
Why are there so many redheads in Ireland?
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Halloween with Ireland Chauffeur Travel
Did you know that Halloween originated in Ireland?
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Why do you drive on the left in Ireland?
Why do you drive on the left in Ireland?
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Molls Gap, Ring of Kerry
8 places in Ireland feature on new ‘Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List’
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The Most Beautiful Hike In Ireland?
The Most Beautiful Hike In Ireland?
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Autumn in Hayfield Manor with Ireland Chauffeur Travel
Exclusive Luxury Autumn 2020 Packages with Hayfield Manor
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Rathbarry church & graveyard, Castlefreke, Cork
The story of Ireland’s tallest High Cross
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Wicklow Lighthouse in Ireland
8 Beautiful Lighthouses to Inspire a Romantic Trip to Ireland in 2021
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Autumn in Ireland.
Fall for Ireland: Why the Emerald Isle is at its best in autumn
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Oyster Season Begins in Ireland
Oyster Season Starts in Ireland
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The Top 10 Hotels in Ireland for Interiors lovers
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Great Taste of Ireland's Breweries
The rich history of beer in Ireland
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Irish Independent media coverage of Ireland Chauffeur Travel, July 2020
Award-winning Travel Editor calls Ireland Chauffeur Travel a ‘bubble of luxury’
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Best beaches in Ireland
Ireland’s best and most beautiful beaches
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On #InternationalDogDay, meet Mutti, our Chief Play Officer
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Luxury private rental post-lockdown in Ireland
Luxury Ireland rentals for your post-lockdown celebrations
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Luxury private rental Walden Lakehouse
Idyllic Ireland getaways -perfect places to reconnect with friends
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Longueville House
Private rental spotlight: Longueville House
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Wineport Lodge Athlone
The Best Outdoor Dining spots in Ireland
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Spike Island
‘Hogwarts-like’ discovery at Ireland’s Alcatraz
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Donegal airport
Quarantine in Ireland – what you need to know
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Killaloe
Taking to the water to go kayaking on Lough Derg
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Ireland’s top hotels and restaurants revealed
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Surfing in Lahinch with Ireland Chauffeur Travel
What is it like to surf in Lahinch?
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Tracing your Irish Roots with Ireland Chauffeur Travel
Podcast – Tracing your Irish Roots
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President's Residence
Virtual Tour of our President’s Residence
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Healy Pass
7 of Ireland’s most dramatic mountain pass roads
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Ireland Chauffeur Travel has completed the COVID-19 Safety Charter
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Food Experiences In Ireland
Podcast – Gourmet Food In Ireland
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Dream of staying in an Irish castle? Here are the top 10
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Ireland’s 8 most scenic coastal driving routes
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Ashford Castle, Mayo, Ireland
Lockdown in an Irish castle – a love story!
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Matt Damon’s Luxury Private Rental Available Now
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White Rocks Beach
Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Beaches In Ireland
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Ashford Castle, Mayo, Ireland
Ireland named as top bucket list trip by Forbes
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Golf Vacations in Ireland
Podcast – Golfing in Ireland
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Learn how to make traditional Irish Scones
Learn how to make traditional Irish Scones
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Behind the Wheel Podcast with Ireland Chauffeur Travel
Our New Podcast – Behind The Wheel
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Filming of 'Normal People' in Sligo
Watch ‘Normal People’ behind-the-scenes in Ireland
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Video – Ireland from the Sky
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Virtual Tours of Ireland – Museums & Galleries
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Virtual Tours of Ireland – Family Adventures
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Ireland Chauffeur Travel Guide to Ireland's National Parks
Our Guide to Ireland’s National Parks
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Irish Stew Recipe
Our Favourite Irish Recipes
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Our Favourite Irish Books
Our Favourite Irish Books
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St Patrick’s Day – Movies to Watch
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Christmas Gifts
Gift Ideas for someone planning a trip to Ireland
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Thanksgiving In Ireland
What’s Thanksgiving like in Ireland?
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Top 10 Places in Ireland associated with St Patrick
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Stories

Ireland: The land of storytellers

At the heart of Ireland Chauffeur Travel is a passion for Ireland and for her stories. The master storyteller brings the land to life and you can learn about Ireland through works by our literary heavyweights, such as James Joyce, Brendan Behan, Edna O’Brien and Maeve Binchy. We also invite you to explore our stories, where we will introduce you to charismatic characters; tell you stories of Ireland past and present; and share our touring tales. We hope to inspire you to travel and explore - whether in the comfort of your home or in the comfort of our care in Ireland. 

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Fleet

Travelling with Ireland Chauffeur Travel means you will travel in style and comfort in our fleet of luxury Mercedes and Range Rover vehicles.

You can relax in the safe, reliable and capable company of your Driver Guide who will share their knowledge and local tips as they expertly drive you around Ireland's country roads.

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Meet our experts

From the moment you start your journey with us, you will be looked after by our passionate and informed Travel Advisors. Our unmatched Driver Guides delight in showing our clients the very best of Ireland.

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Shane Leahy
Director & Tour Operator
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Orla Kelly
Sales Director & Office Manager
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Martin Wilde
Senior Driver Guide
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Robert “Bob” Noonan
Driver Guide
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John O’Sullivan
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Alma Creed
Client Relations & Experiences
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Testimonials

I feel compelled to take a few minutes and thank your team for our wonderful week in Ireland.

It's been a few days since we returned home from Ireland. In the midst of the usual post-vacation catch-up, I feel compelled to take a few minutes and thank your team for our wonderful week in Ireland. Alison Lonergan and Eric Lye did masterful work planning and hosting my wife, Tammi's surprise 60th birthday trip.

I have been working with Alison since October. She first planned a trip for six (Tammi & me, our two children and their spouses). Then after I moved dates and added Tammi's sister and her husband, Alison replanned it for eight without so much as batting an eye. [I think you met Terri and John when they stopped in to load a wheelchair from your depot.] As requested, Alison booked hotels within walking distance to pubs, cafes, restaurants, shops -- just perfect locations. Even with John's limited mobility, he was able to venture out and experience the local fare. When I later asked for a manor house stay, Alison suggested and booked Ballynahinch Castle. We all loved the two nights there!

Alison was very helpful with our restaurant bookings as well, recommending a mix of traditional and "foodie" fare at stops along our tour. She worked around limited opening times and confirmed every reservation ahead of our arrival. We didn't experience a single hiccup the whole week! Dinner at Davy Byrne's on Tammi's birthday (the day we landed), was a terrific start. Their staff had as much fun helping us celebrate as we had pulling them into the revelry. Of note, on a Monday in Kinsale, Max's is an excellent choice. Chef's food was outstanding, paired with Ann Marie & her daughter, Siobhan, as delightful hosts.

Alison was also instrumental in securing an 11th hour booking at Old Head Golf for my son, Jonathan, and me. Reserving a 7:15 tee time, she enabled us to delay our group departure from Kinsale by only an hour. Teeing off first that day, we were assigned their most senior caddie, Ian. He saved us at least a half-dozen strokes and lost balls. I was told to expect Pebble Beach on steroids. Old Head didn't disappoint... just spectacular! Checked off a Bucket-list item and made an unforgettable father-son memory.

Next, our whole family was thoroughly impressed with Eric Lye, our Host & Coach driver. What an amazing font of Irish history and culture! We have had guides accompany our travels around Europe in the past, but we've never experienced a host as prepared, well-versed, informed in ancient/medieval/...contemporary micro- and macro-history as Eric. At no point did we feel like we were being lectured. Instead, we revelled in entertainment from a master storyteller who would engage in conversation as shallow or deep as we wished to go. And delving into local culture, Eric would regale us with humorous stories and jokes to fill travel time, including those involving his family.

Tuesday evening in Killarney, we asked Eric if we could detour the next day to Ross Castle, the 14-17th century home of our son-in-law, Trevor Donahue's ancestors. Eric drove us there first thing the next morning. On the way, we were surprised to find that Eric had read up on Ross Castle history the night before, and was ready to inform of its historic past. He answered all of Trevor's questions.

Eric battled a cold the back half of the week, but he gutted his way through it and never let it affect his driving or guiding. He's a special, special ICT resource... Ireland's English national treasure! We miss him already.

So thanks again to your team for a wonderful trip. We'll be talking about it for years to come.

Slainte!

Eric Stahre on behalf of Tammi Stahre, Jonathan & Lindsey Stahre, Trevor & Katie Donahue, and John & Terri Fitzgerald

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Travel should be inspiring, exciting, intriguing and relaxing

We believe in going the extra mile to ensure our clients build lifelong memories (and we love hearing about them!). We pride ourselves on our reliability as well as our creativity, ensuring that you create your own "Story of Ireland"

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