The Experience

The Experience with Derek Smith: Your Journey Through Ireland

Welcome to an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes and rich history of the Emerald Isle. With over 20 years of experience as a private tour guide, Derek Smith offers you the opportunity to explore Ireland like never before. We provide a seamless blend of luxury, personalized service, and deep knowledge of the country’s heritage.

About Derek Smith

Derek Smith is not just a tour guide; he’s your gateway to Ireland’s heart and soul. With a profound passion for history and an unquenchable thirst for sharing his insights, Derek has dedicated two decades to perfecting the art of touring. His Mercedes 8-seater luxury van ensures your comfort and a smooth ride while traversing the beautiful landscapes of Ireland.

Customized Tours, Tailored to You

At Custom Irish Tours, we understand that no two travelers are the same. That’s why we take the time to craft each tour to match your interests, needs, and desires. Whether you’re an avid history buff, a nature lover, a foodie, or an adventurer, we have the perfect itinerary for you.

  • History Enthusiasts: Delve into Ireland’s rich and complex history, with Derek as your expert guide. From ancient castles and monastic ruins to the more recent events that have shaped the country, your historical journey will be both engaging and enlightening.
  • Nature Lovers: Ireland’s landscapes are a sight to behold, and our tours can take you to the most breathtaking locations, from the Cliffs of Moher to the Ring of Kerry. Explore the lush green countryside, rugged coastlines, and tranquil lakes that define Ireland’s natural beauty.
  • Culinary Explorers: Sample the best of Irish cuisine and beverages. Derek can guide you to charming local pubs, fine dining restaurants, and bustling markets, allowing you to savor the flavors of Ireland.
  • Adventurers: If you seek a thrill, we have you covered. Discover outdoor activities like hiking, golfing, and water sports in the most stunning Irish landscapes.

Considerate and Punctual Service

Your comfort and convenience are paramount during your tour. Derek’s attention to detail includes:

  • Mobility: We cater to travelers of various ages and mobilities (unfortunately we are not equipped for wheelchairs presently), ensuring that everyone can enjoy the journey.
  • Dietary Requirements: We take your dietary restrictions into account, so you can savor the finest Irish cuisine without worry.
  • Punctuality: Time is of the essence during your tour. Derek ensures that your transfers are seamless and punctual, allowing you to make the most of your experience.

Reviews and Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it. Read what previous clients have to say about their journeys with Derek Smith on our Testimonials page.

Book Your Irish Adventure Today

How can I book a private tour in Ireland with you?

Booking a private tour with Custom Irish Tours is a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a day tour or an extended exploration of Ireland, simply reach out to us, and we’ll promptly provide you with our comprehensive booking terms and conditions. You can make payments using all major credit cards, and with nearly two decades of experience in the tourism industry, you can trust us to make your Irish adventure a memorable one.

What are the most popular destinations for private tours in Ireland?

One of the most common questions we receive, and it’s a challenging one to answer because Ireland has an abundance of incredible destinations. Among our day tours, our 8-hour excursions to Newgrange and Boyne Valley and our Wicklow Mountains tour from Dublin are highly sought after. For extended day tours, the Cliffs of Moher and Rock of Cashel are top favorites, though truthfully, each of our tours offers unique and captivating experiences. For extended tours, the Wild Atlantic Way reigns supreme, offering a wealth of options along its breathtaking coastline.

Can you customize a private tour itinerary based on my interests and preferences?

Absolutely! At Custom Irish Tours, personalization is our forte. With our extensive experience in Irish tourism, we’ve cultivated an in-depth knowledge of the country. We take immense pleasure in crafting bespoke tours tailored to your interests, whether it’s delving into Ireland’s history and mythology, savoring its rich culture, or indulging in its culinary delights.

What types of transportation options are available for private tours in Ireland?

We pride ourselves on providing comfortable and stylish transportation options. For groups of up to 6 passengers, our Mercedes V Class awaits, featuring leather interiors, air conditioning, and climate control. And for larger groups of up to 14 passengers, we collaborate with esteemed colleagues who operate Mercedes Sprinter vehicles with premium interior quality.

Are your private tours suitable for solo travelers, couples, and small groups?

Absolutely. We happily accommodate solo travelers, couples, and small groups, tailoring our tours to ensure an intimate and enjoyable experience for all.

Can you arrange tours for special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, or birthdays?

Indeed, we can curate private bespoke tours for a variety of special occasions. Whether it’s a wedding celebration, an anniversary, or a birthday, we’ll make it an extraordinary and memorable experience.

Do you provide accommodations as part of the private tour package?

If you opt for our services, we can assist you in securing accommodations. Whether you prefer a 4-star hotel, a luxurious 5-star establishment, or even a charming castle stay, our extensive experience ensures that we find the best accommodation options for your needs.

Can Custom Irish Tours cater for people with limited mobility?

While our vehicles are not wheelchair accessible, we are well-equipped to customize our tours for individuals who may have limited mobility. We’ve done so in the past and are committed to making the tour experience accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Do Custom Irish Tours provide Ancestral tours

Ancestral tours have become a significant part of the Irish experience, and Custom Irish Tours takes great pride in assisting countless individuals in connecting with their ancestral roots. There’s a profound sense of fulfillment when we witness the awe in people’s eyes as they visit their ancestral villages, making these journeys truly rewarding.

Our Awards

Travel choice awards

Hall of Fame Trip Advisor 2019 award

Private tour operator of the year award winner 2021/2022 Prestige awards in Republic of Ireland.  
Meath Business and Tourism Awards 2022. 
Small Tourism Award Winner
Meath Business and Tourism Awards 2021. Finalist.  Best Tourism Experience Award.