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It's hard to tell what I loved the most about Ireland, but I guess Connemara could be just it: my favorite place in this country! The nature is stunning, with such bright colours for winter time! It was lovely to see the wild horses and sheeps, and Kylemore Abbey is fantastic even if, unluckily, I booked exactly in the time when they were working on it so a big part of it was covered, still amazing though!
A great day-trip, with very a very friendly Driver/Guide. If youre interested in the movie The Quite man, this will be a great trip. One suggestion, arrange it so that you're left in Cong Village overnight, if not longer. Arrange your own housing in the village, and arrange for a Quiet Man tour. This is a bucket list item for my return trip in the Summer of 2018. Stop in the pub at Lydon's Lodge for a pint of the black. Make sure to stop through The Dying Man's House. Access is free, with a donation box.
A must do for anyone interested in the more traditional part of Ireland. Amazing landscape!
Lucine G USA
Great guide, a lot of nice sightseeing nature green mountains and Atlantic shore and beaches
Great day in spite of the rain. Michael was a very entertaining driver. Great scenery.
Rosemary F USA
Drivers were curteous and helped to make sure we got to our connections in Galway
If I was reviewing the tour itself -- meaning where I jumped on the tour bus in Galway, saw the sights, and returned to Galway -- this would be a 5 star review no doubt. Our guide was incredibly informative and hilarious. He told us all the dos and donts and lots of anecdotes and jokes in between stops. Kylemore Abbey never disappoints this was my second time to see it and you get a solid two hours there. Just enough time to look around, take pics, eat a little lunch, and peruse the gift shop. The stops in Cong and the fjord were also a lot of fun.
Where there was a little confusion was the shuttle service from Dublin to Galway. I wasn't completely aware that this was separate from the tour. I get on the bus with my mom, and no one really explained that we were getting on strictly a transportation service from point A to point B -- so we were a little unsure. All was good when we were transitioned to the tour bus in Galway, but arriving when we did, we were the last to get on, therefore we couldn't sit together. Not a huge deal, but worth mentioning. The biggest issue I had was returning to Galway. We were told to go to the bus station at a certain time but didn't have a ticket or a tour guide with us, so we weren't sure if we would have to pay or if we were getting on the right bus or not.
All ended well -- we made it. But the confusion was unsettling for a bit.
The way before our tour finally started has been a bit exhausting and all in all not well planed, but the tour itself has been amazing.
Our tour guide Michael told us a lot about the area, stories about the families and the names. He was a lovely and funny tour guide and got us safely back to Galway.
We can recommend this tour
While I'm fine with long driving days, visitors departing from Dublin beware it's a three hour bus trip to Galway first might've been 2 if we didn't circle the city for an hour to pick up one more passenger, transfer to another bus, to drive for a further 2-3 hours. While there are a few short photo stops on the way, it was not worth the long drive, especially since Kylemore itself was partially covered in scaffolding not the fault of the tour itself of course. And on a personal note, I don't like being constantly fed with information. I like to sit back and visually enjoy the scenery. The driver/guide was an absolute goldmine and wealth of information and it appeals to many particularly for the older generation, but not for me. The transfer back to the bus to head to Dublin was painful in the sense the grumpy driver did not allow any toilet breaks despite asking him when I boarded.
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