CORONA VIRUS      COVID 19

During this difficult time for us all we have decided to continue providing Tour Services as long as possible during the current outbreak of The Corona Virus.

Our vehicles are always regularly serviced and cleaned but we will be taking extra precautions during The Corona Virus outbreak.  All the vehicle door handles, seat belts and other points of contact are being sanitized before, during and after each tour.  Sanitized wipes will be provided for you in our vehicles.

We understand, and appreciate, that many people will have justifiable reservations about booking a tour and yet want to be able to tour with us on arrival in Ireland so we are making temporary changes to our booking arrangements.  We are only taking a deposit of €75 regardless of the size of the vehicle or the duration of the tour. For bookings made on or after March 19th, 2020 that subsequently need to cancel because of Corona Virus we will refund 90% of the deposit provided we receive a minimum of 72 hours notice of cancellation. We will make a refund to you, or at your discretion hold the full deposit against a future booking.

A Tour that offers a lot of variety. Galway... Moycullen... Oughterard... Maam Cross... Recess... Clifden... Sky Road.. . Letterfrack...Connemara National Park. . . Kylemore Abbey... Leenane... Killary Harbour ... Maam Valley... Maam Cross... Return to Galway

You can decide, on the day, how you want to use your precious holiday time. You can spend a lot of time exploring the grandeur of Kylemore Abbey and its walled gardens or just have a quick look and move on to stroll through Connemara National Park or take the scenic coast road to Ireland's only fjiord at Killary Harbour. 

Brief description of Tour:

We leave Galway and head on the leafy road to the village of Moycullen and continue with views of the Corrib on to Oughterard the largest town on the western side of Lough Corrib. You can visit Aughanure Castle, built circa 1500 and the home of "The Ferocious O'Flahertys". One of the O'Flahertys, Donal of the Battles, married the famous Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley also known as Grainuaile.

When we head towards Maam Cross the rugged landscape of Connemara unfolds. The effects of the Ice Age are clearly visible. Majestic mountains rise from a land that contrasts sharply between boglands and rock. Maam Cross has, at times, been described as "The Piccadilly Circus of Connemara". Cattle fairs are still held here and there is a 60 foot Viewing Tower that gives breathtaking panoramic views.

We continue on to Recess passing through more beautiful and rugged landscapes until we reach Clifden, the largest town in the Region and considered to be the Capital of Connemara.

Clifden was founded early in the 19th. Century by local landlord and sheriff, John D'Arcy The town nestles on the edge of the Atlantic and has a suberb backdrop of mountains. Clifden has many fine Restaurants and Pubs that cater for diverse tastes. From here we go to the Sky Road, a seven mile exhilarating drive with views including D'arcy Castle, and the Islands of Turbot and Inishturk.

We continue on to Letterfrack which was founded by The Quakers and is right beside Connemara National Park where you can see the famous Connemara Pony. Only one of two horses to jump a clear round in the entire 1968 Olympics was a 14.1 half bred Connemara pony called "Stroller".

 

Our next stop is at Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful building in the neo-gothic design built by the English business man, Mitchell Henry for his wife in 1868. The Abbey is now home to The Benedictine Nuns and you can enjoy their excellent home cooking while visiting the Abbey and the restored Victorian Gardens.

 

 

Next we head towards the village of Leenane and the beautiful Killary Harbour. Leenane played host to the filming of John B. Keanes play "The Field" in the early 1990's directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Richard Harris. You can visit many of the Pubs and Shops that were used on the set. Leenane lies at the head of the picturesque Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord and is sheltered by mountain walls.

From here we head through The Maam Valley with the Maumturk Mountains on our right and Joyces Country to our left. We pass through much of the landscape where John Wayne and Maureen O Hara were filmed in the making "The Quiet Man". There were many events recently to celebrate the 50th. Anniversary of the filming of this screen classic. Maam Valley brings us back to Maam Cross on our way back to Galway.

 

The return journey brings you back through what was the first twenty five miles at the start of your tour, but it often looks so different from the other direction and driving in to the setting sun

The above itinerary covers the main route and does not include the hidden gems that we have discovered over the years.

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" We had a wonderful experience trying to find relatives. We had a private tour guide, Patrick, who took us to the end of the farthest peninsula. found distant cousins and in the end found dad's second cousin. He was professional and courteous."

Patty M, Texas, USA

 

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Satisfying the customer 

Over the years we have had several compliments on our drivers from many of our satisfied customers. Click on the link to "Tripadvisor" below to read, in full, the reviews of some of our many happy customers.

"We got recommended to contact Jim to take us to all the beautiful places this region has to offer. Well, that was the best piece of advice we could have gotten. He not only will drive you around, but also will teach, explain, comment and inform you about many, many different issues."

Alfrdo G., The Hague, Netherlands

 

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