I have visited over 70 countries on my travels around the world, so you could say I've had my fair share of guided tours at various locations around the world. This trip rated among my top 3 so far. The nature is fantastic and the whole setting with a lovely Irish summer day was spot on. However what really made the trip for my two friends and I was the guide.
We were lucky enough to get a guide/bus driver named Tony for this trip. A fun loving irishman with so much to share. We got stories about leprechauns, giants, old irish history, you name it he knew it. When he was not telling us stories he sold irish songs and was more than happy to engage the whole bus in singalongs to some of the songs. Basically he made the difference between a good and an amazing trip.
When we got to Belfast we jumped on the black taxi tour and that's an oppertunity you should not pass on. We paid 10 pounds per person and got to see Belfast from another perspective than you normally would as a tourist. It's totally worth the money. Infact it would be worth it even if we paid double the amount. My only regret is that we did not get more time to explore Belfast, but you can easily jump on a bus from Dublin and do that another day.More