- Local tour guide Pat O'Mara made this an exceptional experience. He is knowledgeable, witty (dry humour), flexible, genuine, and a great all-around human being. Ask him about meeting Seamus.
- Activities were flexible. People on the tour could do different activities at the same time depending on interests and abilities. For example, in Westport, some of us shopped and explored the town, some hiked the shorter/lower trails of Croagh Patrick, and some went for the summit.
- Small group meant we could make friends with our tour group buddies! Pat was adept at helping all the personalities meld, from the quiet small-town Canadians to the big New York personalities.
- The bus was roomy and comfortable. Small enough to traverse little roads and stop at off-the-beaten-track attractions.
- Overland Tours themselves were flexible and accommodating as well. When booking the tour, flight schedules were such that we had to arrive in Ireland a few hours after the tour started. Overland was understanding and reassured us that meeting up with the tour group later was not an unusual request. (Actually finding the group/guide was a different story, see below)
The just OK:
- Some of the accommodations were just alright in terms of how comfortable the beds were. Otherwise though the B&Bs that we stayed at were cute and very friendly.
- For those with modified schedules (e.g. arriving late), it would have been helpful to have more communication re: our modified start time from Overland. We ended up contacting Overland via emergency channels when we realized the night before our arrival in Ireland that we didn't know who our tour guide was or where exactly to meet them. It all worked out in the end, however.