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“Wonderful sights of Ireland”
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 31 August 2016

We toured with Jim of Ireland West Tours and are so glad we did. He was prompt and organized. He suggested that we see the Cliffs of Moher from the water, and it was a wonderful experience. He took us to places we would never have seen on our own. The two 18-year olds traveling with us loved it all. Each new experience was their favorite. Thanks so much for a wonderful day.

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Reviewed 6 July 2016

Jim was just wonderful. We booked a full day with a pickup in Galway and a drop-off at Dromoland. We were also traveling with our Son and he dropped him off at the Train back to Dublin. Jim was a great story teller and rather then me having to drive I was able to sit back and enjoy the wonderfull scenery we drove through. He was flexible to our wants and needs and showed us sights there were no way I would find by my self. He was reasonably priced . I would highly recommend him as an alternate to renting a car or even taking a bus tour. And Jim is also a photographer and took pictures of us all along the way as well as pointing out the best places to take photos.

Thank Les57
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

We had been to Ireland several and at the end of a business meeting in Galway we had three days to travel. Rather than renting a car or getting into a bigger tour group, we went out as a couple with Jim Parslow from Ireland West Tours. A great decision. He knows the lay of the land, took us to great places. He also responded to our requests fro particular locations. I am a bird photographer and other than at the Cliffs of Moher (which Jim took us to via boat) birds are difficult to fond in Western and we settled on seeing the Birds of Prey at Allwee Cave. A great decision. Jim said he had not been to the bird show in a while so he called another guide to find the best location for us to stand during the show. It turned out to be back row right and it was a great location. Bottom line, Jim picks you up, drives you around, and by the end of each day we had a great time. Highly recommended.

Thank breeze_of_wind
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

We vacationed in Ireland for our 40th wedding anniversary and cautiously decided to use a personal guided tour service instead of a group bus or driving ourselves. We contemplated driving ourselves but had concerns about driving on the opposite of road and shifting gears on the left, and we read online about very narrow rural two-way roads that can be difficult to negotiate. We are so glad we decided on a personal guided tour with Ireland West Tours.

We spent five days with Jim of Ireland West Tours and are extremely happy with that decision. During our pre-trip planning months before our trip and even before committing to the tour service Jim was extremely helpful in organizing our long list of sites and activities we wanted to do. He took our list and organized it into a logical itinerary without the time constraints of a group bus tour. We had the leisure of staying at sites and restaurants as long as we wanted. There were times when we were relaxing at a beautiful scenic site when a tour bus whisked by, allowing its passengers only fleeting seconds to see what we were experiencing. Jim took us on beautiful scenic routes through the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula and used short cut scenic routes not accessible by tour buses.

Jim knows all the great places to eat, helped us interpret menu items we were unfamiliar with, but everything and every place was our decision. Jim also took complementary photos of us throughout our trip in some of the most beautiful scenic spots and castles.

If you don’t know Ireland then driving yourself would not be a good idea, and a tour bus will limit your time and freedom. A personal guided tour is the way to go and Jim made our tour perfect. He is very professional and knowledgeable about Irish history and the historical sites we visited. Above all Jim is courteous, professional, fun, and keeps you entertained during drives, and he is probably the nicest guy in all of Ireland. He even bartered for me with a shopkeeper. Ireland West Tours is the perfect way to see Ireland.

The Russells

Thank idanr
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

Not wanting to do the typical "bus tour" of Ireland, and not wanting to drive on the left, I booked a tour with Ireland West Tours after great recommendations by Jim Parslow. It was the best decision I could have possibly made for this trip. Travelling with my 19 year old daughter, we were picked up in Dublin by our guide, Paul, and traveled to Killarney, via Rock of Cashel/Blarney Castle. We toured the Dingle Peninsula and on to Galway via the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. We had a day off in Galway and then toured Connemara. I can honestly say there is no better way to see this country, than with a driver. You have control over stopping and staying as long as you like. You can get to places no bus tour has ever been. We hiked to remote churches, visited little known Tower houses/castles...all things that our amazing guide, Paul, was able to recommend. This was worth every single penny, and then some. Jim, you are lucky to have Paul as a driver. Best wishes to you both.

Thank Marsha W
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