My name is Jim Parslow and I am a native of Galway. I am the founder and owner of 'Ireland West Tours' and have been bringing people like you along the Wild Atlantic Way for many years.

I am a keen photographer and have done extensive landscape and seascape photography in the West of Ireland particularly in Connemara, The Burren and Cliffs of Moher and along The Wild Atlantic Way.

In my travels to other countries, I found that sightseeing tours lacked flexibility. As a tourist on coach tours, I found that I had no choice as to where and when I wanted to start my tour and had no control over stops, itinerary or duration. 

I was often disappointed not to be given a little extra time to enjoy a view or item of special interest to me because of a tour schedule. Disappointment often turned to annoyance and frustration when "the schedule" no longer mattered as soon as the driver and/or guide got me to the shop or restaurant that gave him a commission on my purchases.

I found it next to impossible to find a tour that would allow me to see and do the things that I wanted to see and do, or let me eat and/or shop where and when I wanted to.  I guessed that many visitors to Connemara, The Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way would want the freedom and flexibility that I sought on holidays.  I guessed right! 

Ireland West Tours went online over fifteen years ago and has since satisfied many customers in their quest to see places like Kylemore Abbey, Clifden, Connemara National Park, Famine Memorial, Inagh Valley and many places off the beaten track in a leisurely manner personalized to suit the customer.

Because of the success achieved in giving customers what they want, Ireland West Tours has continued to grow and now has several drivers that are trained to bring you on your personalised Tour of where you want to go in the West of Ireland, whether it is to see our historic sites and monuments like Kylemore Abbey, savor our Irish Culture and Heritage, enjoy our beautiful scenery or a combination of theses.  Our experience will help you to get the best experience in the West of Ireland. We hope to include you in the growing number of people who enjoy the experience of the real Ireland with a tailor-made Tour with Ireland West Tours.

 "We hope that you will give us the opportunity to bring you on a personalized meaningful tour of the beautiful scenic and enchanting area that is The West of Ireland. We would love the opportunity to show you places like Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Clifden, Inagh Valley, The Fjord and the Cliffs of Moher. We look forward to bringing you a taste of our unique history and culture."


Read what some of our many satisfied customers wrote about Ireland West Tours:

"We spent a wonderful day with Jim last week and are still raving about all we saw and did in that nine hour period. Jim showed us his favorite spots and told us his favorite stories and took us to all the places that make Connemara special. He played the weather well, saving the most beautiful spots for the afternoon, after the showers and fog had cleared. I know we were on roads that local people have never seen, as Jim showed us so many fabulous places."

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Here is an extract from another one of our satisfied customers:

“We hired Jim Parslow and Ireland West Tours for a day tour of the Connemara region from Galway.  BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT: We really enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend anyone consider visiting the Connemara or other areas of Ireland to use Ireland West Tours. 

A little background my fiancé and I are in our 30s. We wanted to maximize our time and see as much of the Connemara as possible covering the highlights and "get off the beaten path". Jim exceeded our expectations. We covered a wide range of scenery ranging from mountains, castles, meadows, bogs, rivers, oceans, cliffs, lakes, beaches, and a fjord. At times we felt like Jim was the "Mayor of Ireland" because of his connections with the local people and familiarity of the area.“

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An extract from a customer who engaged Ireland West Tours for a multi day tour: 

"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."

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"After debating whether to drive or take a bus tour of Connemara -we found Ireland West Tours. We ended up with one of the best days we had in all of our trip to Ireland. The final treat was a link to the photos he had taken of us, you'll never get that on a bus tour!"

ABCFOX, Minnesota, 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.

"Jim was very informative. I was driven to many out of the way places and the scenery was spectacular. I can highly recommend Jim's tour, his driving, his professionalism and the way he goes about understanding what it is you want to see and experience."

AnnMarie D., Melbourne, Australia


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