Vagabond Tours of Ireland Whisks Guests to Best-kept Secret on Journeys to Remote Beara Peninsula

On Ireland's southwest coast is "Ireland's Best Kept Secret," according to Travel + Leisure in its May 2019 issue.
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July 16, 2019 - PRLog -- Ireland's award-winning tour company has a reputation for whisking guests into the magic of off-the-beaten-track gems.

Visitors step back into history on the Beara Peninsula on four tours conducted by Vagabond Tours of Ireland. Here on Ireland's southwest coast is "Ireland's Best Kept Secret," according to Travel + Leisure in its May 2019 issue.

"Thankfully, because the roads here are still too narrow for tour buses, the rugged Ring of Beara (peninsula) sees fewer tourists than other parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. However, we still can experience livestock-induced traffic jams," said Rob Rankin, owner with Amy Rankin of Vagabond Tours of Ireland (

Here are some of the many delights Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland mixes and matches into itineraries that imbibe the Beara Peninsula.

-Healy Pass: The name of this serpentine mountain road resonates with Ireland's history. It was built in 1847 in the turmoil of the potato famine to help people get to food sources. It was named for the first governor general of the Irish Free State (circa 1922).

-Uragh (Neolithic) Stone Circle: Standing stones up to 10 feet high from 3000 to 1500 BC.

-Lorge Chocolatier: Handmade chocolates from a native of France who follows that country's chocolate-making traditions.

-Garnish Island: Out in Bantry Bay this island enjoys a micro-climate where a formal Italianate garden of, among others, sub-tropical plants flourishes.

-15th Century Dunboy Castle: This ruin represents a clan (O'Sullivan) that held the reins over coastal fisheries and therefore the livelihood and bellies of local folk.

-Puxley Mansion: The dream is to make this 19th century Victorian manor house near Dunboy Castle into a hotel. Dogging its history is the fact that the IRA burnt it to the ground in 1920. (Jane Eyre and Rochester might well have been at home here.)

-Derreen Garden: Dating to Clan Sullivan that controlled the fisheries, guests today can stroll the paths through this 60-acre estate confiscated by Cromwell's friends in the mid-17th century, a time that marked Protestant control over the then-Catholic population.

Active tours that partake of the Beara Peninsula are:

·         7 Day Epic Irish Food Adventure Tour (

·         12 Day Vagabond Giant Irish Adventure (

·         8 Day Vagabond Wild Irish Rover (

·         7 Day Vagabond World Tour of Ireland (

For details on all of Vagabond Tours of Ireland itineraries, availability and for 2019-2020 reservations, please visit Call toll free (from the US) 1.833-230-0288; in Ireland 00353 (0) 1 5634358; or email:

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