About ATGI

We can trace our roots back to 1977, to the establishment of FIGI (the Federation of Irish Guiding Interests). Founded to protect and promote the Profession of Tourist Guiding, Training and Development  and to give Tourist Guides a voice in the Tourism Industry. Along the way we became AATGI (the Association of Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland) and now, quite simply, we are known as ATGI, Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland, a full member of FEG, the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations and we are a full Member of WFTGA, the World Federation of Tourist Guides Organisations. Our name changed but our message remains the same, we are now representing over 520 qualifed and professional Tourist Guides from all over Ireland. 

Our members are professional tourist guides trained to lead, educate, engage and entertain a huge variety of clients across the entire island of Ireland, in over 20 languages. Whether you want to hike the mountains and valleys, enjoy traditional food, drink, music or dance, experience the timeless archaeology, learn about Ireland's role in the world or just connect with your Irish roots... there will be an ATGI guide for you!


Our members, of whom we have over 600 and counting, are:

  • Fully Trained
  • Accredited by the Irish Training Authority.
  • Expert professional communicators
  • Skilled in all aspects of tour management
  • Fully Insured
  • Committed to providing our clients with an unforgettable authentic experience of Ireland
  • Experts in the history and culture of our land
  • Up to date as we provide continuous professional training to all our members

And, most importantly,

  • Fun! The 'Craic' is never far away with an ATGI Guide.