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Review of Ireland West Tours

Ireland West Tours
Ranked #10 of 40 Outdoor Activities in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Ireland West Tours provides the perfect solution for those that do not want to have the restraints of a Coach Tour but don't want the strains of a self drive tour. We provide private personalised tours where the customer gets to choose the timetable, itinerary and pace of the tour. We bring you to see the real West of Ireland and we bring you to places where the tour buses don't go.
Reviewed 25 March 2015

We hired Ireland West Tours because we did not want to go on bus tours, so we decided to have our own driver to take us wherever we wanted to go.
Jim helped us make the best itinerary according to our needs and comprising all the places we were interested to visit, he was awesome.
Paul Hehir, our driver was the most pleasurable person to drive throughout Ireland with; he explained everything to us and took us to all the places we wanted to see, if you asked me for just one word to describe Paul, it is Excellent, but my husband and I know he went. beyond excellent. All we have to do is to thank Paul for all he did for us.

Date of experience: March 2015
2  Thank chiquitacoyne
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Reviewed 3 January 2015

We have just returned from 3 wonderful days touring around western Ireland with Paul and we loved every minute of it. We wanted to see as much of western Ireland as we could without having to take a tour bus or drive ourselves around, and we knew right away that we had made a good choice by working with Jim and Paul.

Jim organized our time in Ireland, booked very nice accommodations for us, made suggestions as to how we could organize our time in the most efficient way and set everything up for us. Paul then met us at our B&B on the first morning, welcomed us and listened to us as we listed what was and was not important to us on this trip. To say that Paul was our driver and tour guide for the next three days does not do it justice as he was so much more than that. He is so knowledgeable about all the areas we visited, he spoke of the history of the areas, the political and social backgrounds and the natural wonders we saw.

Paul was very patient with all of our many questions and his quiet demeanor and good sense of humor made it easy for all of us to talk with him and ask questions. He was as good at talking with our young adult children (20 and 16) as he was at talking with us parents. Being able to talk with people of all ages and of varying interests is a talent and Paul is a master at it.

We saw so much in our 3 days, the Connemara area on day one, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren area on the second day then on to the Ring of Kerry on day three. We never felt rushed or boxed into a set agenda and when we wanted to get out and hike around an area or linger a bit longer, there was never a problem with that. I can't think of a better way to see western Ireland than touring with Paul, and I know all four of us feel so lucky that we were able to do so.

Date of experience: December 2014
3  Thank norbertsmom
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Reviewed 16 November 2014

My husband and I toured for 5 days with Ireland West Tours and had a fantastic time! We were so happy with our decision. We felt like we were able to pack so many wonderful places into 5 days -- Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, and so many other small places that the buses would never go and many locals probably don't even know about. We ate all of our lunches in small pubs and restaurants filled with locals. We toured 2 days with Jim and 3 days with Paul. So many good memories! Thank you Jim for organizing!

Date of experience: November 2014
5  Thank RebBradAnd
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Reviewed 1 November 2014

We spent two days touring with Jim, but it was more like your knowledgeable family member showing you his local sites. Other than the obvious attractions such as Cliffs of Mohr, Jim took us off the beaten track to such sites as a fairy ring complete with the real history of these sites, to a small water fall where we watched salmon trying to jump up stream and then on to a post-lunch walk on a deserted beach with beautiful clouds overhead and then a quick stop in Connemara at a statue built for absolutely no reason. We had two wonderful days seeing some of the best of Ireland. Jim took into account my husbands love of golf, so we had lunch at a golf course on the ocean, and because he's a local he could share current history with us. He was also great at sharing gaelic and telling us what the words meant as well as helping us pronounce them. I thought we might be done with Ireland after 4 trips, but Jim showed us that there's still lots more to see, and we'll be back with Jim as our guide. Well worth every Euro spent!

Date of experience: October 2014
3  Thank Janice M
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Reviewed 21 October 2014

Thanks to Tripadvisor we were so fortunate to find Jim Parslow and Ireland West Tours. Jim took my husband and I on a full day tour of the Burren. He was very personable, knowledgeable, and willing to accommodate any wishes we had. We especially enjoyed a quick stop at a local cheese/fudge shop - in fact we still have a little of the fudge in our fridge. We look forward to getting a copy of the photo's he took. I would highly recommend this private tour. Well worth the cost!! Michelle & Art, Hawaii, USA

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank Michelle G
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