Hiring a Private Driver/Guide in Republic of Ireland

Visitors coming to Ireland on vacation may consider chauffeur driven private tours. Chauffeur sounds a bit fancy but it’s essentially having your own private driver (and guide) during your trip. My passengers often tell my why they’ve opted to be driven around rather than doing it themselves so here are some of the reasons I hear:

  • If you come from a country where you drive on the right hand side of the road, it can be a little scary driving on the left hand side, especially on narrow roads. Being a passenger means everyone in the group can relax and take in the sights.
  • With a private tour you can pick and choose where you want to go and when you want to stop. A reputable tour guide will know all the best sights and attractions, including those off the beaten track, and what time of day to visit them. They’ve also tried and tested lunch spots so you’re not taking a gamble with your money or time. Of course you will give your input on the itinerary but you don’t have to do extensive research and planning.

So whether it’s for a couple of days during your Irish holiday or the entire duration, consider relieving the designated driver from their duties and allow them to relax also.

When hiring a private tour guide within the Republic of Ireland, there are a few things to bear in mind or your own safety.

  • A driver must hold an SPSV licence to transport passengers for a fare and they must also have an SPSV registered vehicle.
  • Unless you are getting a metred taxi from A to B, your driver must agree the fare with you before your journey begins.

As with most tourism businesses in the county, Donegal has the most competitive rates for private tours in Ireland. It’s simply a case of being on a par with a lower cost of living in County Donegal but it means excellent value for the tourist visiting the North West of Ireland.

If you are visiting County Donegal and looking for a private chauffeur guide for any length of time during your trip, I offer bespoke tours of the county as well as simple door to door transfers, e.g. airport transfers. I hold all relevant SPSV and Category B&D licences and my 8 seater Mercedes MPV is fully SPSV licenced. I am also a Fáilte Ireland approved Local and Regional Tour Guide and completed my training at LYIT’s Tourism College in Killybegs.

Whatever method of transport you choose, if you’re coming to County Donegal, you won’t be disappointed. Try to spend less time making arrangements and more time enjoying all that is to offer.