How to Plan the Best Family Vacation in Ireland

Vacations are precious. Especially annual family vacations. It can be a challenge to please everyone, so we have some top tips, recommendations, and essentials to help you organise the trip of a lifetime to suit everyone — from Granny to the tiny tots.

Overland Ireland has created this helpful guide to help you plan your ultimate family trip to Ireland. If we inspire you to book with us, take a look at our small group tours of Ireland and our custom Ireland tours. Your Ireland family tour could be only a few clicks away!

The Ideal Ireland Family Tour Means Finding Something for Everyone

Rock of Cashel

Family holidays are no longer just Mom, Dad and 2.5 children. We are seeing family groups of all shapes and sizes arranging tours to Ireland. We welcome the challenge of creating a perfect Ireland family vacation to include grandparents, cousins, in-laws, outlaws and step families. Every combination is unique and requires special consideration when travelling to the Emerald Isle. At Overland, we offer such a wide range of experiences we can guarantee that everyone on tour will go home with a massive smile on their faces.

Choosing Family-Focused Accommodation in Ireland

With a small family group, we can arrange the best tried and loved local accommodation. We love introducing families to our guesthouse accommodation providers. They are the most welcoming hosts and we can privately book their rooms for your clan. Kids can bunk together while parents have their own private space to unwind after a day of incredible experiences together. No matter what the combination is, we will have you covered. We also stay at fantastic hotels on your family holiday. We can even put you up in a castle!

Family-friendly Food and Entertainment in Ireland

Food and entertainment is probably one of the best things about an Ireland holiday and we have happily done all the tasting and testing to make sure you  go to the best places! Our local guides know all the best eateries, night time hotspots, traditional pubs and quirky shops! Ireland has come on leaps and bounds in the gourmet food scene. You don’t come to Ireland for the food but we promise you won’t be disappointed. Everyone and all dietary requirements are catered for. Our guides will give you fantastic recommendations everywhere you go on your family trip to Ireland.

Create Lasting Memories of Ireland

Group on tour

An Ireland family tour is all about creating memories. Without the distractions of home life, everyone can focus on having fun, bonding and creating lifelong memories with each other. We create an easy pace on tour. We take away the stress of organising locations to visit, rounding up the group each day, chauffeuring the group to and from experiences and enlightening them with entertaining stories and history of Ireland. You can leave all responsibilities at the door and let us whisk you away on a stress-free family tour of Ireland.

Celebrate an Occasion in Ireland

We cannot think of a better way to celebrate a special occasion than with a family activity holiday in Ireland. Whether a child has just graduated or Grandad has reached a milestone birthday, life should be celebrated with your nearest and dearest. Plan this special occasion together. Family members can come from the four corners of the world and meet up for a small group tour in Ireland.

Budget for a Family Trip to Ireland

It is important for families to have a budget in mind for their holiday. We are mindful that every family is different and we will tweak itineraries when planning Ireland family vacations. Our tours typically include more activities and experiences as part of the package than any other tour company in Ireland. We don’t want guests to have any hidden costs when they arrive. This makes for a more enjoyable time for everyone as there’s no anxiety about hidden additional costs.

Exciting Experiences on your Family Vacation in Ireland


The aim when planning the perfect family vacation in Ireland is to make sure everyone is entertained and smiling throughout. All our experiences can be enjoyed at your own pace and are mostly suited for young and old alike. We love how family members surprise us when we organise a group activity. Mum becomes more daring when challenged by the kids, Dad shows his clumsy side, and Granny and Grandad are content to get either stuck into the action or take part as a happy bystander or chief photographer! Our motto is that it is your holiday and you should do it your way!

We choose experiences and activities you won’t get at home that are both challenging and fun and, most importantly, inclusive of the entire group. Before you come, send us everyone’s bucket list. We will schedule it all into the itinerary even if it is burying Dad in the sand or getting a giant ice-cream cone! We will make sure it is the best beach and the most delicious cone Ireland has to offer.

Planning for Travel Time in Ireland

Kylemore Abbey

On an Overland Ireland tour we keep travel time to a minimum. Ireland is a fairly compact country and you can cover a lot of ground in a short space of time. Because we have small groups, we can go off the beaten track and every day will be an epic adventure discovering the nooks and crannies of this wonderful country.

Families appreciate the short distances when travelling with younger kids. They want to be in the great outdoors and we love showing them all the hidden gems.

 So all you have to do to plan your perfect family vacation in Ireland is pick your favorite family members and get in touch. Ask us to create an incredible itinerary especially for you!

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