Our Story

Black Shanakee Logo

About Us

SHANAKEE is a bespoke adventure tour company with story at its heart.

Founded by Samuel Thomas Brett, a third generation storyteller and native of Ireland’s remote and wild northwest, we run tours across the length and breadth of Ireland throughout the year.

“At SHANAKEE we believe that weaving storytelling through the touring experience creates deep connections between people, landscape, culture and history.”

Samuel Brett Signature
Shanakee travels the length and breadth of Ireland, from the lively streets of our cities and towns, to the tranquil tops of our ancient mountains.

Our Tours


10 day Irish Pilgrimage


12 day epic Irish Distillery tour..


Legendary 12 day highland fling

What our customers have to say..

Jennifer & Steve

Jennifer & Steve

You are called for this work, you are magnificent. Thank you for a truly memorable experience..

Jennifer & Steve

Alison Ferrara

Alison Ferrara

Sam, thank you so much for an amazing week. You have set the bar pretty high..

Alison Ferrara

Dick & Dodie

If laughter is the best medicine then you were our Physician. Thank you for putting so much of your energy, knowledge and talents into this unforgettable trip..

Dick & Dodie

Skip & Jean, USA

Thank you for making our trip to Ireland truly memorable. We will think of Ireland in a completely different light from now on. We appreciated your knowledge of history, geology, cultures past and present, flora & fauna and great wit.

Skip & Jean

Kathleen, USA

Thanks for a wonderful tour. We appreciate your extensive knowledge, storytelling and sense of humour as well as excellent driving. You made the trip so much MORE than just a tour.


Barbara & Eric, USA

Thank you so much for this lovely week! We enjoyed every aspect of the trip: Your VERY capable driving skills; your knowledge of the history and geography of this beautiful island; but most of all the magic you brought to this experience through your love of music, art and storytelling.

Barbara & Eric

Linda & Jim, USA

We had such an amazing week and know this experience would not have been as fantastic without you. Your sense of humour, intellect and joy carried us through your country, and you are now part of our memories forever.

Linda & Jim

Martha, USA

I could never have dreamed that I would be able to experience Ireland with such an amazing person… Storyteller, artist, keeper of the heart of Ireland. I love your life’s ambition to record your history and stories and wish you all good luck with that journey. Thank you so much for giving me such a rich slice of Ireland to take home.


Newsletter Signup

Like our story?

Sign up for Shanakee's newsletter to follow our adventures.