Travelling to countries or places for personal or business purposes has become a social, cultural and economic phenomena according to the UNWTO. People can experience new cultures, languages and see the world from a different perspective as a result of travel. Working within the tourism industry as a tour guide can offer an extremely fulfilling career, meeting different people and engaging with those from a wide range of cultures, languages and religions.

Portobello Institute offers you the opportunity to study for an accredited nationally recognised tour guide award. Courses are available to study through flexible blended learning with a blend of in-person familiarisation trips and online lectures that you may choose to study at a time suited to you.

Whether you are beginning your career or already working in the industry and want to advance your career, we are committed to supporting you to follow your passion and fulfil your potential, offering you the course for the career you want.

If you are interested in pursuing education in tourism, speak to Brandon McLean at [email protected] , call him on 01-8920035 or book a one-to-one career consultation with him at a time that suit you by clicking here.

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Tour Guide

This QQI Level 6 course in tour guiding gives you the opportunity to train and qualify as a national tourist guide.

Success Story

"I loved the course. I am definitely more confident again in my knowledge after refreshing"

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Cathy Whelan – Refreshing Her Knowledge as a Tour Guide to Open New Opportunities Cathy Whelan – Refreshing Her Knowledge as a Tour Guide to Open New Opportunities
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"The course was a great resource for someone stepping into the Irish tourism sector, the materials provided were excellent"

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Sonia Beck – Transitioning from European to Irish Tour Guide with Portobello Institute Sonia Beck – Transitioning from European to Irish Tour Guide with Portobello Institute
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At 63 years of age, Noel Quigley knew that his time in full-time employment would be coming to an end soon and retirement was a quietly

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Noel Quigley – Becoming a Tour Guide at 63 ‘Exceeded my Expectations’ Noel Quigley – Becoming a Tour Guide at 63 ‘Exceeded my Expectations’