We just finished the 5-day South West Ireland tour with Liam and it was amazing. This was our second Rabbie's tour (we did the 3-day Isle of Skye several years ago) and there was the same high standard of knowledge, care, and comfort from our guide. Even though a few restaurants and attractions were closed temporarily or permanently due to Covid, Liam called ahead and had a backup option, a backup to the backup option, and a backup to that! We never felt like we were missing out. In fact, he had such good relationships with locals that we got to see things we normally wouldn't have, like a lamb born the night before and a not-well-known holy well!
Highlights for us were: Blarney Castle especially the rock close and poison garden, the Dingle Peninsula, sheep herding demonstration with Brendan, the Burren Perfumery which had a great tea room and garden, Leamaneh Castle, Killbeggen Distillery and so much more. Really, there was something for everyone, and Liam did a great job of tailoring the trip to our preferences and that of the small group. I am SO GLAD we didn't rent a car and let him do the driving. And the storytelling. And the timekeeping! The professionalism from Liam and Rabbie's is unparalleled.
A few hotel/restaurant recommendations on the route - In Galway City: Corrib House Guest House and Kirby's for dinner. In Killarney: the International Hotel, Kitty O'Ses for seafood, Murphy's Ice Cream, Killarney Brewing which also has wood fired pizzas, and The Lane for cocktails and food. In Dublin: Stauton's on the Green and Buswells for hotels, and then Darkey Kellys for pub food/Irish music, Burdock's for fish & chips, Murphy's Ice Cream, Vintage Cocktail Club for drinks, and Music Cafe for coffee/tea/people watching.