High School Tour

A highschool trip to Ireland does not have to mean long hours trapped in a coach. Signpost Tours develop itineraries with participating schools that will interest thier students and keep them excited about the day ahead. We immerse students in Irelands past while not ignoring the fact that Ireland has leaped into the twenty-first century, courtesy of the 'Celtic Tiger'.

Declan Burke, the founder of Signpost Tours has been teaching for 13 years and has been group leader on many trips in the US, Europe and Ireland. Each tour is desgned by him, the emphasis being on what the student will take from the trip each day.

We include all the usual attractions, the castles, museums, folkparks and shops but then we add a little more. We always include a farm walk with our own Tom Joyce who talks about his family, emmigration, the famine and the lake monsters found on his farm - it's true!! Take a walk through a bog, climb Croagh Patrick or ferry to the Aran Islands. We include an overnight trip to an Irish speaking island where students hear the native language being spoken. They learn to play the tin-whistle and are invited to join into the local Ceili dance at night.

Declan will work with the group leader far in advance talk to students interested in coming to Ireland. If there is any project work that students are interested in completing while in Ireland, we will try to accomodate this.

I have included one tour on our Student Tour Page to give you a taste of our High School Tour.

We want your students to love the Ireland we know. They will come to Ireland wanting to know the meaning of being Irish and leave with the feeling that they have become a little Irish themselves.

At a Glance

  • 9 Days and 8 Nights.
  • Fully Guided Day Tours.
  • Including Island hopping, City trekking, Farm/Bog walks.
  • Learn the Tin Whistle/Play Hurling/Irish Dance.
  • Meet other Irish Students.

Tour Highlights

Galway City

There’s no better place to start your journey into Ireland’s West than Galway City, the thriving cultural center on Galway Bay where Ireland’s heartbeat pulsates.

Dublin City

Dublin is the capital city and home to almost one-third of the population of the Republic of Ireland. It is by far the largest city on the island and is growing apace with some estimates suggesting that the current population of 1.3 million could grow to 2 million over the next 20 years!

Bog Walk

One-sixth of the surface of Ireland consists of peatlands and bogs and the best & only way to see them is to don wellies! (Wellington boots!)


Connemara is the Ireland of your dreams: lakes, mountains, pretty cottages, fast flowing streams and friendly people, a wild and wonderful place. The name Connemara was originally Conmaicnemara, or "the tribe of Cormac by the sea", given by the ancient Gaelic tribes.

Gap of Dunloe Tour

The Gap of Dunloe Tour is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Killarney and to sample the famous Irish ‘liquid sunshine’. More an adventure than a tour!

Tom Joyce's Farm Tour

Tom Joyce, a sheep farmer from the West of Ireland could easily be the highlight of your holiday in Ireland. Effortlessly and with passion and a cultured intellect Tom will take you on a walking tour that covers millenia of Irish history, his own personal trials and the trials of local people in more recent times- but will leave you with a fondness for both the man and the land he is so connected with.

Trinity College (Book of Kells)

Established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, Trinity College was originally founded as a Protestant College. At its foundation, the college offered free education to Catholics who were prepared to change their religion, and right up until the 1970s...read on!


Killarney Town is a vibrant town in Kerry in the South West of Ireland. It acts as a gateway to the beauty spots of the south west and within easy reach of the Dingle, Iveragh and Beara Peninsulas.


Blarney just 8km (5 miles) from Cork City is set in beautiful wooded countryside, it is an ideal base to visit the many wonderful sights of Cork and Kerry. Steeped in history and magical charm, Blarney village offers the visitor a host of wonderful things to do and places to discover.