Desmond Tours
Desmond Tours
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City ToursHistorical & Heritage ToursSightseeing ToursBus Tours
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
About
It's simple - we offer bespoke, fully customizable tours around the island of Ireland. Our passionate local tour guides will show you all the highlights as well as Ireland’s best kept secrets, whilst you travel in comfort and style in one of our Mercedes vehicles. Get in touch with us now and we will help you create memories that will last a lifetime!
Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland

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Travellers' Choice
2024

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musicgirl2014
Philadelphia, PA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
We had a fantastic week-long trip to Ireland with Des as our tour guide. His deep knowledge, wit, enthusiasm, and love for what he does make him a wonderful tour guide. He added places to our itinerary that became our favorite places of the trip. We felt well-looked after the entire time. We can't say enough good things about Desmond. Highly recommended!!
Written 14 July 2024
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Misty M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
I promise you that Desmond Tours is the best. They customized three days of Ireland for our family and our friends. Desmond was delightful and the perfect tour guide. He can really balance the trip and read the room with all ages. We were all SOOOOOOOO sad at the end of our time together. We all want to go back. We went on to England and France. Each experience was compared to our time in Ireland with Desmond. NOT THE SAME. Great Value with top service. I can not recommend Desmond Tours enough.
Written 13 June 2024
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Hello Misty, Many thanks for taking the time to post your review - we were thrilled to read that you recommend Desmond Tours so highly and are delighted to hear that all members of the group wish to return. We hope to see you back in Ireland soon again and wish you all the best!
Written 27 June 2024
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IslandgirlNY50
Islip, NY21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
My husband, myself and my sister just returned from a 3 day trip with Desmond. We were looking to see the ancestral towns of our grandparents and a few highlights in those areas. We visited Longford, West Meath, Kilkenny and Waterford. What a great trip! Desmond was amazing! Some of the areas were way out in the country on small narrow roads but Desmond was able to find the small churches where my grandparents were baptized. It was exactly what we were looking for, a private tour in which we picked the areas to travel to. Des was so informative, fun and easy going. Pointed out many interesting sights and tidbits of Irish history along the way.
We also loved working with Luisa who was so helpful in all our planning of the trip. She made it so easy!
We highly recommend using Desmond Tours!
Written 12 June 2024
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Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed review. We are always happy to help with queries on ancestral tours and love using our local expertise. No road is too small, no address is too remote ;) We were delighted to hear that you also enjoyed your pre-tour contact with Luisa and hope to be able to welcome you on our tours again sometime.
Written 13 June 2024
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Ronda G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We’ve been home from our dream Ireland vacation for a week now, and I’m still processing everything we were able to see and do! Ireland was everything we had imagined and so much more!

We had the absolute best time with Des from Desmond Tours! We were in Ireland for 2 weeks, spending 10 days touring with Des. From the very start, working with Des and Luisa, I knew we were in great hands. Des made sure we got to all the areas on our “must see” list as well as several hidden gems we didn’t even know about, taking our already amazing trip to the next level. When we ran into a bit of an issue at one of our lodgings, Des jumped in and took care of everything. When we were unsure if our Skellig Michael landing tour would take place, he reached out to the tour company giving them his number for updates. When we walked into a place, he seemed to know everyone and we were always well looked after. Any concern would be met with “it’s all good,” and he was always right!

It was so great not having to worry about driving, and still having the freedom to go where we wanted. It took a very short time for Des to learn what our travel style was and the things we were interested in, and he made sure our trip was something we’d never forget. We could not have asked for a better driver/guide turned friend, and can’t wait until we see Desmond again.

Dreaming of an unforgettable Ireland vacation? Make it a reality with Desmond Tours! Led by the experienced, passionate, and hilarious Des, you'll delve into the heart of Ireland's charm and magic, discovering iconic landmarks and hidden treasures alike. Don't settle for an ordinary trip – choose Des and create memories that will last a lifetime!
Written 10 June 2024
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Dear Ronda, Thank you for this glowing review - we are so happy to hear from you again. What a wonderful couple of weeks it has been! We would be delighted to welcome you to Ireland again and look forward to looking after you again in the not-too-distant future ☘️
Written 13 June 2024
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jennifer S
Boston, MA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We just returned from 8 days in Ireland guided by the inimitable Desmond. He truly elevated the experience and made it very special for us. I was traveling with my nuclear family--my brother and I took our parents, who are in their 80s, for a now-or-never kind of trip, and Desmond handled everything with aplomb. He made sure that everyone was comfortable and cared for and had an unerring sense of humor that made the days just fly by.

We had a loose itinerary, but Desmond filled in so many details with unexpected stops and restaurant recommendations that became high points of our trip. For example, we never would have known about an Irish singing and dancing performance that we attended at his recommendation. I was worried it would be an overpriced tourist attraction, but the performers were world-class, and it truly was a highlight! Des has great relationships with local businesses and restaurant owners and can provide access to experiences you otherwise might not have. He also is extremely well-versed in the history and culture of Ireland, and we learned so much from him in our days together.

If you are considering a trip to Ireland, don't hesitate to book with Desmond Tours for an unforgettable experience.
Written 9 May 2024
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Hi Jen, We love 'elevating experiences' and are always happy to recommend highlight and hidden gems to ensure our guests have a great experience. Many thanks for reflecting on your tour experience and for sharing it here on TripAdvisor. Hopefully we can look after you and your family some time again. Best wishes to everyone ☘️
Written 13 June 2024
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Mary H
Thompsons Station, TN19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Desmond was the absolute best guide/historian/driver in Ireland! His sense of humor and knowledge and professionalism made our trip the absolute best! Des made sure all of our bucket list items were met and then some! Book early,..,you’ll be so glad you did! Trip of a lifetime thanks to Des ☘️☘️❤️
Written 19 April 2024
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Dear Mary, Love it! Best tour guide is something I don't hear every day, so many thanks for your kind words and for sharing your experience with others here. We love creating bucket list trips for our clients and hope we can do so for you again some time in the future. Greetings from Kilkenny ☘️
Written 13 June 2024
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Karen
Las Vegas, NV22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Des gave us a very personalized trip taking us to off the beaten path sites and every suggestion was perfect! His wealth of knowledge regarding historic information was priceless! He was hands down the best tour guide we have ever had and highly recommend Desmond Tours!! If I could give ten stars, I would!
Written 10 April 2024
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Hello! Thank you for your 10-star review - how wonderful! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review. All the best from Kilkenny ☘️
Written 13 June 2024
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Joanne F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Our trip was magical! We traveled to and through four different cities, Dublin. Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny and their surrounding areas. Desmond was an amazing guide. He was entertaining, enlightening and enriching. We learned about Irish history, culture and economics, all with great stories and good humor.We would do it again in a heartbeat.
Written 13 November 2023
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Hi Joanne, We would be delighted to look after you and your family again - what a wonderful week we had! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. Please come again :) Best wishes from Kilkenny.
Written 15 December 2023
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Julian P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Thank you for this incredible tour!
After a very friendly arrangement, where we could express our wishes, we as a group could put the complete tour in Desmond's hands. With a modern bus, we drove to different destinations. From the beautiful Slieve League Cliffs, over the green inland, to delicious restaurants, churches, fields, beaches, pubs, .....

So it felt right away like you were getting to know the country through the eyes of a local. Time to relax when you need to relax, interesting information about anything you are interested in or have never heard of. Desmond was able to answer even the simplest questions with exciting, informative stories. Definitely worth a trip.

Thanks to the whole team. It was really fantastic.
Written 13 October 2023
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Hi Julian, You are most welcome! We were delighted to look after you and your friends and are glad to hear you enjoyed your custom tour with us. Thank you again and we hope to look after you again in the near future!
Written 15 December 2023
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Kiiks R
Essen, Germany2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I had a wonderful time in Ireland with friends and Desmond Tours.
Des gave us a very warm welcome and showed us the area around Denegal. We saw beautiful landscapes with spectacular cliffs, we went for a whiskey tasting, visited a historic village, visited beautiful beaches and felt the water of the Atlantic, had, had wonderful evenings in the pub with live music and good food and of course we saw lots of sheep every day! Des told us a lot about Ireland, the history, culture and places. His knowledge is very impressive and he has a very pleasant voice and an entertaining and loving way of telling stories. He organized the tour very well and was very flexible. We still had the opportunity to express our wishes and adjust the itinerary. We didn't have to worry about anything and could just enjoy the trip.
As a group, we had a lot of fun together with Des and Luisa (his wife) and a fantastic time.
I'm already looking forward to the next adventure with Desmond Tours and my friends. I can highly recommend a tour with Des. It will be an unforgettable, beautiful trip.
Written 12 October 2023
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Hi! Thank you so much for this review and many thanks for recommending Desmond Tours to others - it means a lot to us that you enjoyed your time in Ireland with us. Best wishes from Luisa and Des in Kilkenny!
Written 15 December 2023
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