OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TOURS, Hosted by Michael & Siobhan Reidy
In 2017, we started taking groups “off-the-beaten-track” in Ireland, and had A LOT of fun in the process. We added a Scotland tour in 2020, but Covid had other plans. Our sold-out 2020 tours were cancelled, and for more than two years, Covid restrictions kept us from traveling. But we finally hosted our first post-Covid tour of southern Ireland in October, 2022, and we’re raring to go again…this time heading north from Dublin Airport.
If you want to kiss the Blarney Stone, look for leprechauns, and spend your nights at tourist-only pubs, we are NOT the tour for you. But, if you want to spend time with the locals, see the best sights at a relaxed pace, stay at charming small hotels, and hang out at real pubs and restaurants rather than tour bus mills, we might be what you’re looking for. We spend at least two nights at every stop to help you get a real feel for each area, and we rarely start our days before 9:00 am…we are not rushing around the country trying to hit all the supposed ‘must-sees,” but we will definitely show you the best of Ireland.
TOURS FILL UP QUICKLY. USE THE “CONTACT US” PAGE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO OUR EMAIL LIST TO RECEIVE INFORMATION DIRECTLY…WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!
APRIL 2023 TOUR – “Derry to Dublin”, April 11 – 24
Tour Brochure and application are available on our homepage. Below are highlights:
2 nights at the Bishopsgate Hotel, Derry, Northern Ireland; 2 nights at Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Co. Donegal; 2 nights at the Glass House Hotel, Sligo; 3 nights at The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare; and 3 nights at Brooks Hotel, Dublin
- The little known pre-historic tomb of Four Knocks
- The walled city of Derry, the bogside murals and Free Derry Museum, and a beer dinner at Walled City Brewery
- Fabulous views from the Grianan of Ailech, and a walking tour of the village of Rathmullan, departure point of the Irish Earls known as “the wild geese”
- Glencolmcille folk village and the majestic Slieve League Cliffs
- A two-night stay in a castle hotel in an absolutely stunning location
- Tradtional music and dancing at the Coleman Centre for Irish music
- Strokestown Park House and National Famine Museum
- The fascinating Museum of Irish Country Life
- An afternoon in Galway City
- The remote — but historic and lively — Loop Head peninsula, including visits to Scattery Island, the Bridges of Ross, The Church of the Little Ark, and lunch with Michael’s relations, the Tubridys, at their family pub in Doonbeg village
- A walk in the Burren, north Clare’s otherworldly landscape that features everything from pre-historic burial sites and stone age fields, to deserted famine villages and modern farms…plus alpine and sub-tropical flora, and all with amazing views over Galway Bay and the Atlantic
- A tasting with Ireland’s first modern-day whiskey bonder, Louise MacGuane, on her re-purposed family farm in Cooraclare (very near Michael’s family farm)
- Leap Castle (supposedly one of Ireland’s most haunted buildings) and a visit with owner Sean Ryan
- Kilmainham Gaol; 14 Henrietta Street; Glasnevin Cemetery; and EPIC: the Irish Emigration Museum; PLUS free time to enjoy some the many other delights of Dublin according to your interests
- Great shopping, fabulous food and the best pubs for pints and traditional music
Fourth of July: CLOSED
Memorial Day and Labor Day: CLOSED
Christmas Eve: Last orders at 7:30; CLOSED when it falls on a Sunday or Monday
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: Last orders at 8:30; CLOSED when it falls on a Sunday or Monday
New Year’s Day: CLOSED
ADDITIONAL CLOSURES MAY OCCUR DURING THE COVID19 PANDEMIC. CALL THE RESTAURANT FOR UP-TO-DATE INFO
Stout Fest 2023 – Date TBA, 3:00-8:00 pm
Fingers crossed we’ll have enough staff to bring back the popular event with live music, a limited beer-centric menu, and all 12 taps devoted to the best stouts on the market
Boxing Day – December 26th, 2023
Celebrate the Irish way! Traditional Irish breakfast and live music served up 10 am – 2 pm….fingers crossed!
Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) – TBA for 2023
Whew…You made Christmas happen for friends and family, and now it’s time for your own celebration! The Irish Rover revives a long-standing tradition of Nollaig na mBan — or Women’s Christmas — with a party just for you. Live Irish music by female musicians, drink specials, and a great excuse for a GNO!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY – March 17th, 2023
Tent Party 11 am – 9 pm….Cover Charge $10/person.
Under 21 MUST be accompanied by parent.
OUDOOR ONLY EVENT. There will be NO SEATING IN THE RESTAURANT OR BAR.
Tables inside and outside of the heated tent will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables outside the tent will have patio heaters but no cover in case of rain or snow.
Food & drink (including beer, liquor, wine, soda and water) can be ordered and paid for at the bar. Food will be in carryout containers, and you will be texted when it is ready for pick up. A 20% gratuity will be added to all inside orders.
Beer, sodas, water, tee shirts, and brown soda bread can also be purchased at the outdoor beer truck. Beer Truck sales are CASH ONLY
Reservations, call-ahead seating and online orders are NOT available on St. Patrick’s Day.
2023 Musical Lineup: TBA
Photos by John Nation