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Jim made our trip so fun! We had a 2 year old and Jim was patient and accommodating. He really... read more

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Having decided not to rent a car, my wife and I located Ireland West Tours. It was one of the best... read more

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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Based on comments here, we booked a day with Ireland West Tours. We were so lucky to have Jim Parslow as our guide! Even after also visiting Dublin, Galway, the Aran Isles, Killarney and one tiny village where we searched for ancestors, we still think of that Sunday as the highlight of a 10-day visit. Jim was keenly knowledgeable, empathetic and amusing, as well as intuitive in figuring out what we would most want to see. And afterwards he was kind enough to forward the title of a book we discussed, as well as the rock from the Atlantic fjord I accidentally left in the car, to the next hotel where we staying. Several of the places Jim took us were far off the beaten path and could never have been accessed by a tour bus but provided us with wonderful memories. Well done, Jim!

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Elaine A
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

I called Jim at Ireland West Tours looking specifically for a day touring around Galway to do photography. The minute I mentioned this to Jim, he started talking about light and times of day and I knew I was on to the right person! So I hired Jim for a 12 hour tour, starting at 6.30 am (sorry, Jim! :) ). I was able to tailor the day, as to what I wanted to see and where I wanted to go. As I specifically wanted to do some landscape photography, I trusted Jim with the places he recommended and he did not let me down! There was a plan A, B and C based on the light of the day, the types of scenery he thought I might like and those special spots off the beaten tourist tracks. We went up winding roads through almost unspoiled countrysides, along stunning coastal routes and through lovely villages. Jim was on hand to offer tips and advice as I'm a bit of an amateur. We stopped at any spot I wanted to or that Jim thought might make a nice photo opportunity (he didn't stir me wrong once :) ). The day started off overcast but towards midday, rays of sunshine started breaking through and we chased the light, ending up with sunset at Killary Harbour and Lough Inagh Valley. I could not have asked for a better trip and Jim was a fantastic guide! Along with photography tips, there were plenty of stories about the areas we were passing through and the history of particular spots. At the end of the day, Jim dropped me off at my hotel near Recess, exhausted but absolutely delighted with the day and the some 500 photos I took. Thanks for such a wonderful day, Jim! I could not have asked for a better trip!

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Jan M
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

Jim was wonderful had a great tour of the Connemara back roads one day and then a trip to cliffs of moher the next. rain even held off for us! would definitely recommend this private tour well worth it. And Jim is a really great guide and person!

Date of experience: December 2015
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Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

We have traveled quite a bit and taken many tours. Quite simply, this tour is top notch and Jim is a master tour guide: expertly knowledgeable, flexible, and most importantly, completely invested in you having a wonderful time. He is easy-going, kind and there was never an awkward moment.

We saw so much that we would never see on a big bus tour and certainly would never find on our own (and we are adventurous!) We saw amazingly sights from Maam Cross to a national park to a fjord. And yes, we fed gorgeous Connemara ponies and adorable donkeys.

It was a magical day with a true area expert. Jim gave us great advice for the rest of our trip. Book this tour - It's an incredible value, makes a great use of your time and is like hanging out with an old friend. We will certainly book again to see another area when we return to Galway!

Date of experience: November 2015
3  Thank Mfarquar_MA
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

We hired Jim from Ireland West Tours and were totally delighted with both him and the suggestions he gave us as to what route to take through Connemara! The highlight of our day was seeing the wild Connemara Ponies! Jim had come prepared with apples to feed the ponies just in case we happened upon them. We were able to feed them from our hands as they walked amongst us in a setting that was so spectacular it defies description! Jim was encouraging us all along the way to tell him if we wanted to stop for any reason or to change routes or to extend our day in any way! We added a couple of hours to our tour as the weather continued to be clear. Jim was incredibly charming, very funny, very professional, and very knowledgable about the local history and culture! We were traveling with our 28-year old son who lives/works in Dublin, and the three of us were completely charmed and delighted by Jim! We highly recommend Ireland West Tours and hope to hire Jim again when we go to Ireland next year to see our son. Thanks for making our day so wonderful, Jim!

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Robin S
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