COUNTY WICKLOW, Ireland, April 10, 2018 – Clients sometimes ask Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland whether they should travel to Ireland or to Scotland, and what would be the major distinctions between the two?
Vagabond owner/founder Rob Rankin says, albeit with a dollop of blarney, the first question needs to be dismissed as a minor first-world-only dilemma as both represent popular vacation destinations. But what facts might be important to holiday planning travelers when considering the differences between a visit to Ireland vs Scotland?
These questions set Rankin to thinking about just what is different between the Emerald Isle, where he and his wife, Amy Rankin, maintain their small group tour company, and that landscape across the Irish Sea where he was born.
“We think it’s a question that needs serious consideration and good advice to ensure that travelers make the right decision and come to Ireland. There isno doubt that Scotland is nice enough, but Ireland is totally awesome!” says Rankin.
When asked to defend himself, Rankin turned to the experts, “ourselves,” to approach the problem scientifically and analytically, whilst leaving national pride to one side.
In coming to his earth-shattering-conclusions, Rankin notes, “Firstly we have to admit that Scotland and Ireland share some great features that make them both world-class tourist destinations. For example: the friendly Scottish and really, really friendly Irish people, the fascinating histories, the Celtic heritage and the beautiful scenery.” So, on what criteria does Ireland win out over Scotland?
Editor’s note: All the foregoing was written by a Scotsman. But, the other 80% of his family are Irish, and just like St. Patrick, Vagabond’s staff are working on his conversion.
About Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland
Since 2002 Vagabond Adventure Tours has been creating opportunities for visitors to embrace Ireland by walking, biking, horseback riding and kayaking its lands and waters, imbibing history and culture along the way. In 2013 the company was honored by National Geographic Traveler with a Top 50 Tour of a Lifetime distinction. In 2015 and 2017 Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland was named the “Best Adventure Experience” at the Irish Tourism Awards. In 2017, Vagabond became Ireland’s first tour operator to achieve Ecotourism Gold Level Certification and in 2018, Vagabond Tours won The Green Tourism & Entertainment category in Ireland’s most prestigious Green (business) Awards.
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