Tipping a Private Driver Guide | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 174

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Hello from Bushmills – the town, not the distillery (though I was there earlier).

Bushmills Distillery, Northern Ireland

I am on day 2 hosting a small group tour for a women's tour company from the US. This is something new for me. I designed their Ireland tours last year, and this year I was asked to serve as host, as well.

So if you know any groups that need an Ireland tour designed I would be honored if you would mention my name as an option.

Today's questions come from Joel Richards, who was very complimentary when asking for advice (thanks Joel – I'm so glad you're enjoying the podcast!).

Ireland Private Driver Guide

Having your own private driver sounds like a brilliant way to travel around Ireland. How many people could go? 

I have a question Regarding Private Driver Guided Car. Would you be expected to tip the driver every day? Or would you tip him at the end? Is the tip expected? If it is expected what would the range be?

These are two really terrific questions.

Private drivers can be hired for as many people as you wish to bring.

I have assisted solo travelers, couples, and family groups both small and large.

The Ireland driver guides I work with have a wide variety of vehicles, from 4 door sedans (or saloon cars) to Turas mini coaches which can comfortably seat up to 16.

Larger vehicles are also availabe if needed.

As to tipping tour driver guide, for groups of 10 or fewer I recommend €100 per day. For groups larger than 10 people I recommend €10 per person per day.

Tips are usually paid out at the end of the tour, not daily.

While giving your driver guide a gratuity is not expected it is encouraged, especially if the driver is also acting as your guide, handling bags, and assisting with any reservations.

Read this for more information on hiring a driver guide.

Into the North

The first two days of this tour took us into the North of Ireland.

We crossed Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, stood in awe at the Giant's Causeway, spent an incredible few hours at Glenshane Country Farm {podcast episode 97}, walked through the Dark Hedges, and tasted whiskey at Bushmills.

Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Northern Ireland
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Northern Ireland
The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
Glenshane Country Farm, Northern Ireland
Glenshane Country Farm, Northern Ireland

If you are looking for an itinerary that ticks these boxes (and more) be sure to download the free Ulster Overview itinerary.

Thanks to those who ordered a copy of the My Ireland Vacation Planner and Journal. I picked up a special gift for you today and it will be tucked in your order when I return home.

If you are ready to begin your own vacation planning and want to know more about this special offer listen to episode 173 and place your order before October 7.

Do you have an Ireland travel question? I would love to answer it on the podcast! Email your questions to jody@irelandfamilyvacations.com – write Podcast Question in the subject line. And be sure to let me know if I can use your first name and the first initial of your last name when I share the question.

Jody Halsted
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