Ireland is the most beautiful country I have ever visited.
We loved ever minute of our stay
My favorite hotel was Gregans Castle
We had the most perfect driver.Filled with all the information that we would need to truley enjoy our driving tour.
He was polite,patient,and really nice to be around.
My riding was the best I have done in years on a perfect Irish hunter who loved to jump
I have told everyone about you have given your name out to many and I will be back very very soon!
My mother was so happy that she still says she can close hers eyes and for a minute she is back in Ireland
Thank You Thank you Thank you
Patricia-Ann Donohue Louisiana (Apr 23rd 2013)
I would like to let you know that my wife and I had a great time on our exploring Ireland self drive tour.
Everything went very smoothly. Ireland is an extremely beautiful country to visit. All the Hotels that you booked for us were of a very high standard and all the staff were extremely courteous, helpful and friendly.
Our favourite was the Maryborough Hotel in Cork. The Malton in Killarney was also very nice.
We found that the itinerary was very well paced out.We didn't have to rush between stops.
Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday at an extremely competitive price.
Edward and Joyce Spicer Perth Western Australia
Edward Spicer Western Australia (April 8th 2013)
Edel, We had so much fun on our Ireland trip. The self-guided part was a dream come true for me staying at Ashford Castle. The tour was amazing and our guide, Marlene, was the best. Thank you so much to you and Patricia and Exploring Ireland for all your work. . Again. Thank you so much...you realized a dream for me!
Thanks, Mary Ulery
Mary Ulery CA (April 18th 2013)
I just wanted to let you know what a great time we had in Ireland!! Everything worked out so well, and we are so grateful for your help. You made everything so easy!
The hotels were lovely, and the itinerary was delightful. We enjoyed every second. What a beautiful country. You are so blessed!
The only problem is that now I want to move to Dublin!! We had our first tastes of Smithwick and Red Breast - great cultural moments!
Thanks so much!
Becky Kester Dallas (April 21st 2013)
Reporting in to you after our GREAT trip to your beautiful Country! Feel free to
use any of my comments on your website -
You picked out some great places for us to stay - we really liked the Ashling Hotel and
didn't think it was too far out like some people thought - with the LUAS right in front of the
Hotel, we were where we wanted to be in 5 to 10 minutes! Their breakfast was great, and being across from the Guinness Factory and close to the Jameson Warehouse was great. Our favorite
Bed and Breakfast was the Maranatha House in Tower, Blarney, Cork - we had a
great big beautiful room, and it was welcoming quiet. We also loved the Cranmor House in
Trim - well situated, close to the Trim Castle, very well done, very quiet, and the Host and
Hostess there were the best, even taking time out to show us some sheep and donkies
up close. We are already recommending you to others who are thinking about Ireland -
We ran into another American couple that had their trip planned by you - and, we really
like the route you planned out for us, as we were able to see a really different variety of
the country - really, really liked going on the ferry from Kerry to Clare - and, of course,
loved all of the Irish people we met - they were the friendliest and most accommodating
people we have ever encountered!
Thank you so much for everything.
Mike and Helen Reddy
Bonita (San Diego), California, USA
Mike and Helen Reddy California, USA (April 17th)
From the beginning, Michelle really listened to my friend and what we wanted to do while in Ireland.
She very quickly put together an Itinerary for a self drive tour of Ireland with B&B's and car rental. For the next month we worked with Michelle with dates and places we wanted to see and experience...and all the while, Michelle was extremely positive and very accommodating to our requests. Our party of three have been extremely pleased with the help and patience shown and given by Michelle.
Not knowing anything about this company beforehand, we can honestly and highly recommend Exploring Ireland without hesitation to anyone who wishes to tour their beautiful island!
Thank you for planning our two week self drive tour. You listened to our dreams and wishes and after many changes to our original thoughts...you made us feel that any changes made were no problem which made us feel that your goal was for us to be totally satisfied with the tour. We couldn't be more pleased.
Trish MacDonald (April 2013)
This was the best vacation I've ever taken. Partly because of your great work, partly because I was with my husband and son, and partly because I was so ready for this trip to the Emerald Isle. We found the Irish people helpful and kind, even giving up two stools in a crowded pub to my husband and I the night before St. Patrick's Day. Though we kept hearing from the locals of the unusual bitterly cold mid March weather, we were undaunted. We enjoyed the Galway St. Patrick's Day parade, even in the cold and rain. Felt for the parade participants in sandals and short sleeves.
We were enchanted with Ashford Castle. We rode horses, went skeet shooting and were awed by the Falconry experience. We want to adopt Owen (not correct spelling) who walked us through the woods with Killary and Maya, our two lovely Harris hawks. We did connect with the tour folks at the Quiet Man museum and have a wonderful picture of Mike dressed as one of the movie characters. Brandon ordered a delicious lamb shank at the small bar, The Crow's Nest, in the lovely village of Cong. We would recommend a stop at Ashford Castle to anyone and everyone.
Randles Court was pleasant and comfy, public rooms with fireplaces are always a draw. The bar played sports games, so Brandon and Mike were happy. Brandon was very pleased with the Jameson Distillery tour in Midleton. We all received a certificate for the whiskey tasting at the end of the tour and learned many great facts about the making of Jameson, THE best whiskey (with an E) made. We would also recommend the Guinness Experience in Dublin to anyone who enjoys the stout that's "made of more". We have a certificate from the Perfect Pour experience and also really enjoyed our time in the Connoisseur Bar, meeting four lads from Boston.Thank youfor your help in making this an adventure of a lifetime, a memory that will live in our hearts forever. Most sincerely, Kathleen, Michael and Brandon O'Gehrke
Kathleen Gehrke (12th March 2013)
Staff of Exploring Ireland, Wow is all I can say!
Hotels were, pleasantly, what I expected, the meals were very good and plentiful, the tour guide was very informative.
Our driver was excellent, as the roads are quite trim, he kept us safe and sound. This was a good trip to get a feel for the different areas of your Island country. There were many times we wanted to stay longer at a location, but perhaps another time.
Great choice of hotels and B&B for accommodations.
Thank you for a memorable trip.
Michele A. Slauson
Michele A. Slauson Florida ( Sept 2012)
We would just like to drop you a note to say ‘thank you’ to you (and Exploring Ireland) for organizing our dream trip to Ireland. We told you what we had in mind and somehow you managed to put together the perfect itinerary with the right mix of sights and interesting places to stay. Loved being in the castles, but also enjoyed the B&B’s and hotels.
We fell in love immediately with all that Ireland has to offer: the misty mountains, green valleys, beautiful ocean, amazing food, quaint villages, vibrant cities, pubs and music and last but not least, wonderful people.
The trip was 10/10, all that we’d hoped for and more
Thank you so much again for all your patient assistance along the way.
Keep up the great work at Exploring Ireland!
Elizabeth & Michael
Elizabeth Santander Indiana (Sep. 2012)
Ireland was just stunning!! Many thanks to Exploring Ireland for making the trip a success! The accommodations were lovely all around.. very clean, neat, and inviting with friendly, helpful hosts.
It is difficult to select my favorite experience.. but it's a tie between driving the Ring of Kerry and visiting St. Kevin's in Glendalough.
We ended up using the great driving map provided by Exploring Ireland more than the GPS.
Overall an excellent experience!!
Melanie Weaver Lancaster, PA (June 2012)
I just wanted to thank you for all you did to set up our Exploring Ireland Trip. The self drive tour with all B&B's (8 Sept - 22 Sept) was wonderful. We met so many great people and felt welcome just about everywhere we went. Both guests and hosts gave insightful commentary on local things to explore and we were guided more than once to some great restaurants and pubs for dinner in the evenings as well as to some "off the beaten path" places to visit.
I had the best time we have ever had on a vacation.
All of the other accommodations were each unique and special.
All in all we had a really wonderful time. Thank you for all your effort in making this happen for us.
Stephen Black CA (Sept 2012)
I'm sorry it has taken me this long to contact you but I wanted to express how wonderful my trip was to Ireland. The accommodations were all exceptional. In particular my stay at Youghal at the Aherne Seafood and Townhouse (which you recommended as a destination) and, of course, in Wicklow at the estate along the Irish Sea. Both were incredibly unique spots. The food and accommodations at Aherne are truly outstanding! Thanks for all of your help and guidance on putting my trip together. It was a marvelous success and I've told many people about it. In fact, I was doing a travel blog during the entire trip. Many people are excited about coming and for others it brought back memories of having been here before.
All the best,
Doug Slitor VA (Sept 2012)
That was the most amazing trip we’ve ever been on.Everything you arranged for us was perfect so both my husband I want to thank you.
The day we drove around the Ring of Kerry was picture perfect.We had to decide whether to drive Dingle or go to the Cliffs of Moher, and Moher won out.They were breath taking and impossible to photograph and do them justice.
We’ve been raving about you to all of our friends and family so you may get a few more calls from Ontario.
What a holiday,
Thank you both again
Mary McMurran Ontario (Oct 2012)
I just wanted to let you know how great of an adventure our group had in Ireland!
Everyone we came in contact with were super friendly. We made quite a bit of friends in Clifden, and we doubt they’ll ever forget us!
I have recommended your travel agency to many friends & family here in the States! Without your help in planning our places of stay, we would never have thought to see all the places we did!
Again, thank you for aiding in our AWESOME Adventure in Ireland! We had a blast!
Kim Hartman SD (Oct 2012)
We had a marvalous trip !! Our driver was absolutely incredible ! He was a super star- he worked with us and helped us know what we could do and made suggestions based on what we were talking with him about wanting to see - we saw FAR more than we ever thought we would based on his hard work and knowledge!!!
Our hotels were excellent and offered excellent food and service.
Our driver took GREAT care of my father who is 84 and my mother in law who is 74. He made sure they were included and saw as much as they could with out feeling like they were holding the trip experience back at all!!
We came away from our vacation with awesome memories of the land of our heritage with our family together! --- which is everything we hoped for.
Thank you for assistance and patience!
John Walling Iowa (July 2012)
Thank you" for an absolutely marvelous vacation, and also to say how much we appreciated our driver, He went out of his way over and over again to be sure out trip was as memorable as possible, and by the end of our holiday, we viewed him not just as a driver, but as a dear friend. Our travels would not have been as good without him. We will always recommend your company.
Wanted to add an additional comment regarding our hotels. Each one was absolutely amazing and even better than expected.
Once again, thank you for all your hard work in putting all of our trip together. Each one on the trip applaud a job well done!
Brenda Gates IL (July 2012)
Well, my traveling companions and I are back in Ottawa as of last night, Wednesday, Sep. 26th. WHAT A TRIP!!!
My travelling companions join me in expressing our sincere thanks for everything you have done for us! Truly remarkable!
Looking up your site on Google and trusting that you would set up our itinerary to accommodate us was one thing, but to set up our B&B so close and handy to the many wonderful places we saw and many things we did, was just........FANTASTIC!
All four of us were taken by the beauty of your country, taken by the charm of the Irish and amazed by the scenery, the greenery and the pride of the Irish.
THANK YOU!! I for one, will not hesitate to recommend EXPLORING IRELAND to family and friends..
True Irish Experience!
Gordon Hadley Ontario (Sep. 26th 2012)
I have to say that our experience was in fact far superior to our expectations.
the highlights were as follows:
ballynahinch castle and in particular the restaurant where we had the best meal of our lives.
the hospitality of the landlord at Woodlands (if you want a sterile professional environment do not go there, Pat has the most wonderful sense of humour and ensured we were treated like royalty
the hospitality of the landlady at the accommodation at Kilkenny.
The Berkerley where we were upgraded to a junior suite and the food was very good and very reasonable cost
The sun finally coming out at Galway so that we saw the sun go down in Galway Bay at 9.30 pm.
All accommodation was of a high standard and the landlords went out of their way to make us feel at home.
Finally the Guiness at each hotel was wonderful
Gerard and Sharyn McDonald, Tamborine, Australia (June 2012)
Thanks for the email. You want to know how I liked our trip to Ireland? I plan to change my name to Shamus and move to Co. Leitrim next week! Seriously, the trip was absolutely wonderful for my son and me.
First, we were able to find the ancestral home, with much help from a lovely lady who works at Parkes' Castle near Dromahair. She knew exactly where to send us in our search for the old house. After that discovery, everything was a bonus.
We enjoyed exploring around Sligo, Drumcliffe, and Knocknarea. We loved the drive through Connemara, the tour of Kylemore Abbey, the sights in Clifden, and the busy streets of Galway City. Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher are also near the top of our list of favorite places, along with Clonmacnois and several castles that we visited. We enjoyed the sights of Dublin, especially The Book of Kells, the Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse and the Writers' Museum.
I assume that you are interested in knowing what we thought of the accommodations you arranged for us at Exploring Ireland. Every place we stayed was simply wonderful. The B&B's in Trim, in Doolin, in Salt Hill, and in Mullingar were top notch. The people who operate these B&B's were welcoming and friendly. Each one made our stay a pleasure. The Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo and The Berkeley Court Hotel in Dublin were also excellent places to stay.
I commend you and Exploring Ireland for making our trip one that we will always remember. Thank you for all you did for us.
Jim Carroll, Chesterfield VA (May 2012)
Our trip was absolutely fantastic and the places you lodged us at were wonderful. We especially enjoyed the first bed and breakfast we stayed at. The place was beautiful and the woman running it was delightful. I would recommend that place to anyone. Had a little difficulty with the width of the roads but learned to get around very easily. We saw everything we could squeeze in and kissed the Blarney Stone. Thank you so much for all you did to make it happen. You were great and your suggestions were right on target. We would not have enjoyed ourselves as much without your assistance.
Colleen R Oakley, Marlow, Oklahoma (May 2012)
I must tell you everything is first rate. The lodging was amazing. We had such a great time at the castle and everyone was so nice. I actually did get down and kiss the Blarney Stone!!! We enjoyed Dublin also with all the good food, pubs and shopping. The B&B in Cork was really really nice. The owner was very attentive, friendly and helpful. She made us feel right at home. All in all it was actually above what I expected. With all the driving that we did we got to see a lot of countryside. One day we even drove to Dingle and had a really good time there in all the little shops, sights and had lunch. Thanks to you and your staff for making a wonderful trip. It was amazing!
Lynn Sumner, Paola, KS (May 2012)
First, I would highly recommend Exploring Ireland to anyone and everyone interested in getting "it" right. The accomodations were ezxcellent and by mixing it up with the Manor Adare (Castle), Traditional Hotel and Bed and Breakfast, for our very short visit we enjoyed all aspects. It was a short trip. I was not sure if my wife would like the travel (time difference) and the driving involved (my choice,not yours). She loved Ireland, as i hoped she would. We make vacation plans one-two yeras in advance. Next year it is back to the Virgin Islands for us, but in 2014 I believe we may be looking at a 7-10 day visit back to Ireland, this time in the summer July/August and I am thinking Dingle and Galway. We both loved Dingle. I will plan to contact you this Fall or early Winter to get 2014 aligned.
Again thank you for making albeit a short vacation, one of our best
Tim Madden, Wilmington, MA (June 2012)
We are safely home in the states, after a pilgrimage to the motherland that was outstanding in every way. we'll write more later, but we wanted to send a note thanking you for all that you did to make this the trip of a lifetime. every accommodation was perfect. everyone we met during our vacation was a gift and a blessing. even the "variable" weather was a source of humor, good spirit and laughter!
ireland was wonderful. the irish were amazing!
everything came into perfect perspective when our gps led us onto a road that began with a center stripe and two side stripes...that became a road with only a center stripe...that became a road with no center stripe...that became a road with grass growing in the middle. we were so relieved when we came upon a rural postal truck. the mail carrier was happy to help us (a theme wherever we went in ireland)...she told us to turn around and go back down to the town (grange, co. Tipperary)...except the town wasn't really a town...just sort of a post in the middle of the road...but, not to worry, she assured us the road would eventually lead us to a place with good signs, better roads, and on to our eventual destination... and wasn't she telling us the truth!
you set out a splendid itinerary for us...(we logged 2000 kilometers on our rental car)...we never worried about anything that we didn't have a chance to visit...we simply said that we would see it on our next visit...you put us in touch with our irish roots...you guided us around the world's most welcoming nation...we owe you a sincere debt of gratitude...
Go raibh maith agat!
Bob and Ginger Canavan, Andover, MA (May 2012)
I would like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful self-drive tour of Ireland. Your staff has done nothing but go above and beyond the call of duty to help us plan exactly what we wanted to do. Someone was always there to answer our questions, take care of the many changes we made in our plans, helped us out w/ changing the dates when I got them mixed up, and simply doing anything that needed to be done. The personal touch was definitely apparent. And to top it all off, when we had problems w/ our GPS unit, you took care of that for us in getting that fee refunded to us. I would not hesitate to recommend your company to ANYone that is planning a trip to the Old Sod. Thanks to you and your staff for an excellent job and wonderful, personal service!
David and Colleen Smith, Huntington, WV (May 2012)
We enjoyed ourselves immensely! The first day, at the Clontarf Castle Hotel we were talking to the concierge, and he helped us map out our route. (He paid you a compliment, by the way - said the itinerary you laid out for us was one of the better ones he had seen)
Anyhow, we followed the southern coastal routes (N25/N71/N70 mostly) from Kilkenny to Kinsale to Killarney. Then up the N22/N69/N67 to the Cliffs of Moher and into Doolin. Then into Galway, Ballynahinch, and Westport.
Finally, we drove from Westport back to Dublin.
One thing we found amusing was the Irish's apparent fascination with potatoes. All potatoes, all the time - every meal except breakfast. And lots of them! Once I ordered lasagna, and even it was served with French fries! A fried chicken dinner had three kinds of potatoes served with it - mashed, boiled, and of course French fries. We're not used to eating that many starches over here. And the portions were HUGE. My wife ended up ordering children's portions because that was all she could eat.
Let's see, what did we like best? We liked Kilkenny and Killarney. Also a little town called Inistioge just south of Kilkenny, and another one called Clifden between Galway and Westport. And, oh yes, another little town called Clonakilty (found it on the N71 while driving from Kinsale to Killarney).
Really liked that southern Ireland coastal drive!
So, all in all a VERY enjoyable trip. Thank you!
You'll be hearing from us again for sure!
Martin and Vicki Egan
PS - Vicki wanted me to tell you about having to stop and wait for the herd of cows and the mountain sheep wandering on the roads out in the countryside. Got pictures of those as well! My wife was afraid the cows were going to bang up the rental car, but they just went around it. Business as usual for them, I guess....
Martin and Vicki Egan, Brandy Station, VA (Feb 2012)
When our Ireland trip concluded, I was going to write back and advise that I had some bad news and good news. The bad news was that we had departed Ireland. The good news was that we had the most wonderful time while in Ireland, largely in part to the help and guidance of Russell. The package that was put together for us was perfect for the days we had available. Russell did a great job of making adjustments to accommodate our flights and answering all of our questions clearly, taking the worries out of the logistics.
I have to say that we enjoyed staying at each of the B&Bs and would highly recommend each and every one. The accommodations were perfect and the hosts were terrific. This was our first experience with B&Bs, as we thought this would be a nice touch to get a bit closer to the communities we were visiting. We made the right choice with the B&Bs. Clontarf Castle in Dublin was also a truly wonderful experience.
As a result of the 'bad news' mentioned above, we will be returning the Ireland for a little longer stay, and plan to explore more of the southern portion. So far we are planning this for next year; however; who knows something may change and we end up making it over yet this year. At any rate, once we decide, we will be in touch to have you help with the planning.
Again, your help pulling everything together made the trip wonderful. It took the worries out of finding B&Bs with high standards, and gave excellent insights into things to do and see along the way.
Keep up the great work!! Look to be working with you again on the next trip.
Daryl Brown, Tennessee - March 2012
Daryl Brown, Cordova, TN (March 2012)
Thank you for taking us to out of the way places, not accessible to the big tour buses and making the extra effort to make our trip to Ireland memorable and enjoyable. For a price comparable to that of the big tour buses, we were able to experience and learn a lot more with you about IRELAND . Thank you again
Denise & Peter Rankin Vancouver B.C. (Nov 2011)
My name is Patricia Glenn and I am Margaret Healy's mother. I recently had a wonderful trip with nine members of my family. The driver of your Van was Philip Smith. He is the most wonderful Guide I have ever had the privilege to travel with. He has many attributes, among them, kindness, intelligence, love of his job, Historian, patience, protectiveness of the people he is responsible, for. He has that Irish wit that we Americans so love. All in all, it was a pleasure to be with him everyday. I have been around the block several times, being 84 years old and having raised a very large family. Philip was a gentleman in every way. We are indebted to him for a marvelous view of your beautiful country.
Patricia Healy, Wichita, Kansas (Oct 2011)
Just wanted to let you know what a FABULOUS, FABULOUS trip we had! Ireland was beautiful, the people friendly. Doing a privately escorted tour was the way to go. And what can I say about our tour escort, PJ O'Dwyer, tour guide extraordinaire! From Irish history, traditions and lore, to his personal experiences and Irish jokes, he was the best. He took us to out of the way places we never would have seen or experienced on a bus tour. We'll never forget him. Thanks for your help. I would recommend your services to anyone looking for a terrific Ireland tour!
Patricia Brewster, North Carolina (Oct 2011)
Hello. I am writing on behalf of my dad and I , to say that we thoroughly enjoyed being in Ireland. I am glad, and so is my dad, 84, that we were able to do a self driven tour. We were able to set our own pace, stop when we wanted, get going when we wanted, ick our own time and place for meals, and attractions. All the bed and breakfasts were very welcoming, comfortable, friendly, good locations, and great food! Ireland is a terrific place to visit and explore. I am glad that we used your company. I would, and will, suggest to anyone that ask to do the same. Thank you very much. This will be a special memory for my dad.
Michael Maloney, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Sept 2011)
What a truly splendid time in Ireland! Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you to anyone planning to travel to the "old sod".
Charles Hayes, Palm Coast, Florida (May 2011)
I wanted you to know that my sister and I arrived home this Wednesday, and we had a wonderful time. I can't thank you enough. The B&B reservations all worked out beautifully and so did the car. We had great weather and the hosts of the B&Bs couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. I can't really tell you what was my favorite, because it was all so lovely.
Lynn McCall, Holualoa, HI (April 2011)
Just wanted to let you kow the tour was great! Martin was a great driver--and very knowledgeable.
Thank you for all your help.
Janice Barber, Los Alamos, New Mexico (May 2011)
I wanted to send you a thank you for our lovely trip you planned for us in Ireland. We are back home now and we had a wonderful time. Ireland is a beautiful country. The B & B's were the best. We have never stayed in them before so we didn't know what to expect. WOW! They were excellent. The people were so friendly at all of them. They all made us feel welcome and our breakfasts were awesome.
We had great weather and my hubby made out fine driving on the opposite side of the road. :)
Thank you again for the wonderful job you did at planning our Ireland vacation. We had an amazing time. Thank you again.
Sherrie Thorne, Ingersoll, ON Canada (June 2011)
Thank you so much for helping make our trip to Ireland a success. We had a wonderful time and did everything that we had planned and more. The B&Bs were delightful.
Our favorite part was the Skellig Islands trip. The puffins were a bonus. I have always wanted to take pictures of puffins so I was thrilled to see them. We also especially enjoyed the National Museum, Slieve League, Achill Island and Newgrange.
Cynthia and David Dickel, Tallahassee, FL (June 2011)
Just wanted to let you know that everything worked out very well with the car! Also, the B&B's you booked for us were lovely - very good choices!!! and the Ashling Hotel, as well. We had a wonderful time, and thanks again so much for all your help!!
Pat Bayne, Greenwood Lake, NY (April 2011)
Could not have been happier with all accommodations !!!!! Sandy Cove, the view alone is worth the trip, great R&R. Almara house have the best hosts ever and beautiful little house. Castle and O'Callaghan right on the mark. The Glendine house is a big beautiful house, a great antique piece (a little musty, if I had a complaint, great for 1 night, good breakfast)
I want to thank you sooooo much for all your help and if I can recommend your establishment for touring you are the one!!! Could not have done this with out you.
Thanks again, from all of us!!!!
Melanie Tsonos, Nepean, ON (July 2011)
We had a great time, will refer to all family. Thanks so much!
Julie Ronan, Marina Del Rey, CA (July 2011)
We had a great time, thanks much.
Pat was the best and greatly added to the experience.
Frank Zafran, New York (Aug 2011)
Thank you for your timely and responsive attention to our travel plans. We've had a wonderful time in Ireland and will definitely make plans to return as soon as possible! I will also be recommending your service to others - very helpful, time-saving and all the makings of a worry-free holiday!!
Thank you very much!
Christine Zwozdesky, Alberta Canada (Aug 2011)
We have returned home safe and sound and had a wonderful trip. We enjoyed all the hotels and B & B's. We would return to all of them.
The hosts were gracious and helpful.
Thank you for your help.
Jocelyne Laplante, Quebec, Canada (July 2011)
We are back in Vancouver; we had a great time, the hotels were all good esp the castle hotels, and Pembroke which is a very nice new hotel. We were sorry not to have time to see everything, and we are already thinking of our next trip back! I'll definitely recommend you to friends and family; thanks again,
Kim Tung, Vancouver, BC, Canada (May 2011)
Just a quick note to say that my cousin and I had a fantastic time on the trip you organised for us at the end of August. Plus we had, unusually, blue skies and sunshine for the whole trip.
All the accommodation was great and our favourite was Ballynahinch. I would love to go back for a combined visit with the Aran Isles and traditional music around Galway.
I'll be in touch later in the year to discuss this.
Thanks again for all your help.
Nancy Heatley, Bromley Kent UK (July 2011)
I received a phone call from my clients. They raved about their driver and how knowledgeable he was.
Thank you. I will certainly recommend your company again.
Holly Roberts / Team Leader Liberty Travel (June 2011)
Just a quick note to say many thanks for the hotel suggestions and the Kilronan Castle is a must do! for anyone. The weather was a bit blowy in Doolin but we had a great holiday.
I'm sure we do something again in the future in Ireland.
Once again many thanks for your help.
John & Sue Lennon, Swindon UK (Oct 2012)
I just wanted to let you know that we are now back from the best vacation I have ever had! Everything was perfect. We had no problems what so ever. The weather was fantastic. We didn't get rained on once. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The roads were almost deserted most of the time in the outlying areas. The tourist attractions were not crowded at all. The views all over your country were incredible. I tool 500 pictures and could have taken a million. The castles and churches were everything I expected and more. I wanted to say thank you for setting up this great trip. I would go back and do it all again. I am looking forward to returning to Ireland soon!
Carla Elder, Clearwater FL (March 2011)
Sorry it has taken so long for me to thank you for our wonderful trip to Ireland! Everything went so smoothly and it was so relaxing! Easy days, interesting sights and nice hotels in the evening.
I cannot thank you enough for working with me and helping me to get the trip planned so quickly! Mr. Swan was the best! He is a perfect driver: not too chatty, but can hold up a conversation and has a easy-going manner. He was always punctual, polite, helpful ...just great!
If you ever want to put me down as a reference for Exploring Ireland, I would be happy to help your company out in any way.
Next trip, will be the luxury hotels and maybe a castle stay with my husband!
Amy Youngblood, Midland Texas (March 2011)
Immediately upon entering the USA, I felt the need to write you regarding our recent tour. My mother, father, husband, and I cannot thank you enough for organizing such a wonderful tour of Ireland. Everything was perfect, including the lodging, choice of towns for our stay, as well as the sights you had scheduled us to see. My God you live in a breathtakingly beautiful country!!! My camera didn't know which way to point out of the bus. I think it was a general consensus that Dingle was our favorite drive, and Doolin was our favorite little town. Of course, not taking away from all of the other beautiful areas. It was truly a trip of a lifetime, and I cannot thank you enough, again.
This letter would not be complete without telling you what an absolutely fantastic guide we had. I know that selection of these guides is random, however, if you had known me and my family, he was the absolutely most perfect person for us. Paul McGlinchey is an extremely special person. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable about the country he lives in, he is warm, and funny, and an absolute delight to be around. Our trip was truly made more memorable because of him. Too many times, the only feedback people give is negative feedback. I will tell you this trip was just about perfect. You are lucky to have such a wonderful representative of your company.
My sincere thanks and I hope to return to Ireland again.
Pam Ferrante, Sea Girt, NJ (March 2011)
We just got back to the states after a most enjoyable trip to Ireland. We can't say enough good things about your beautiful country and the wonderful people that we met. The itinerary that you set up with places to see and great B&B accommodations was perfect. We are telling friends and family how great it was and how you made it all so easy.
Already talking about what we want to see when we come again! Thank you.
Kathy and Ken Stevenson, Columbia,South Carolina (Apr 2011)
We have finally arrived home and have recovered from our trip. Gloria is now busy re-arranging photos, a big job after a 6 week trip.
This is just a quick note to let you know what a wonderful time we had in Ireland. All of your arrangements were wonderful and we loved all of the B & Bs.
Bruce & Cathy Chapman, New South Wales, Australia (March 2011)
Everything was perfect. Thank you for your help and patience. We hope to return to Ireland.
Jeff Joslyn, Twin Lake, MI (April 2011)
We are now home after a wonderful trip,and really enjoyed our time in Ireland, so a big thank you to Exploring Ireland and yourself for all your help. All the arrangements went without hitch, with all the bookings and arrangements absolutely trouble free. The itinerary we did (Mystical Ireland) was well planned and paced, and we did just about all we set out to do. We are delighted with the service from Exploring Ireland and would be happy to recommend.
Ian Singleton, Victoria Australia (Feb 2011)