Tom’s Ireland Tours 2018

Inishfree Tours with Tom
–In late June-early July 2018, Tom will again be hosting two (2) musical tours of Ireland west coast. The first tour will head north up the coast and include Counties Donegal, Mayo and Clare (with possible stops in Counties Sligo and Galway) before ending up in Co. Clare, and the second tour will take our familiar route to Counties Cork, Kerry and Clare.

–*We are now taking reservations for Tom’s 2018 Ireland tours. If you are interested in joining one of them, please email us at ireland(at)tomkimmel(dot)com…

—Please note that Tom’s 2016 and 2017 tours filled up many months in advance, so do contact us asap if you’re interested—even curious. These Inishfree Tours have become very popular and will sell out.

*Dates for Tom’s 2018 Tours
—Tour #1 will run June 27-July 6, 2018 
—Tour #2 will run July 6-15, 2018.

Tour #1 is a new route being added by Inishfree Tours this summer (2017). As soon as we have a firm itinerary for next summer (2018) it will be posted here. It will likely include stays in Counties Donegal, Mayo and Clare.

Tour #2 will visit Counties Cork, Kerry & Clare, following the route described below. 

Hello Friends & Fans,

photo: Dana Cooper

In the summer of 2018 I’ll again be hosting two tours for Inishfree Tours exploring Ireland’s gorgeous northwest and southwest. To register or gather more info, please email us at ireland(at)tomkimmel(dot)com… or by clicking HERE.

Many an Irishman and Irishwoman will tell you that the wild and unspoiled west is the real Ireland, and it’s a great joy to share it with friends, fans and family.

*The first tour will run June 27-July 6, 2018…
…and the second will run July 6-15, 2018.

Our first tour is a relatively new route—very exciting for me personally—that will explore Ireland’s northwestern counties, beginning in County Donegal. As it’s recently been added to the Inishfree schedule, our itinerary for 2018 will be refined from this summer’s (2017) experiences.

As with all the tours, however, we’ll spend 3 nights/days in each of 3 locations, with the last leg of our tour being in beautiful County Clare.

On 2018’s second tour, we will follow a scenic route through counties CorkKerry and Clare. We’ll assemble near Shannon one day before our tour bus hits the road. We’ll then be three days based in or near Skibbereen (County Cork), then three days in or near Dingle (County Kerry) and three in Doolin (County Clare).


Skibbereen, Co. Cork

An Inishfree tour is no ordinary tour where you rush with a large group of tourists from town to town so quickly you forget where you are. It’s a small, personal tour that is centered on the splendid nature, arts and culture of Ireland—especially the amazing music. We’ll be stopping in local pubs and venues for backroom sessions where virtuoso Irish players will enthrall us with their whistles, fiddles, pipes and bodhrans (Irish drums). These tours are unique, and you will get a real taste of Irish life at an Irish pace.

Damn good bunch

I have made many visits to Ireland over the past 25 years, and I’ve truly fallen in love with its vibrant earth, sea, sky and people!

By day we may visit castles or abbey ruins, stone circles and fascinating archeological sites, stopping along the way for a pub lunch or shopping in a fishing village or mountain pass cottage, all the while taking in the breathtaking Irish scenery.


And at night… we’ll be wining, dining and listening to some of the most soulful and inspiring live music you will ever hear.

We’ll be guided (and chauffeured) by sure-handed, knowledgeable and entertaining Irishmen who love sharing their country’s soul and charm—and we often pick up the odd local guide for specialized talks and walks.

Finally, let me say that one of the advantages of touring with a small group like ours is the flexibility it offers, and that flexibility is one of the reasons our tours are so special. While we will follow a schedule for our daily plans, it’s always possible that Irish weather or other circumstance won’t permit an activity. If that’s the case, there will always be an equally excellent option at hand. And speaking from experience, it’s often that our an Irish “Plan B” is something we wouldn’t have missed for the world!
Sheep dog

Note that these tours are small—only 24 people per tour—so they generally sell out
 early. To register or gather more info, please email us by clicking HERE.

To view a Tour FAQ page, including pricing, click HERE.

Sláinte! (To your health!… in Irish)


PS  If you’d like to see a few photos taken on the tours, click HERE.

PPS  I’ve written stories and poems about unforgettable experiences I’ve had in Ireland. If you’d like to read my favorite, click HERE.

photo credit: Amy Sandeen (Tom with guitar). All other photos: Tom Kimmel.