COVID 19       During this difficult time for us all, we have decided to continue providing Tour Services.    Our vehicles are always regularly serviced and cleaned but we are 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 now that subsequently need to cancel because of Corona Virus, we will refund 95% of the deposit provided we receive a minimum of 72 hours notice of cancellation. We will make the refund of 95% to you, or at your discretion hold the full deposit against a future booking.

Connemara Locations

The beautiful village of Leenane, snugly situated at the head of Killary Harbour, is often aptly described as the 'Gateway to Connemara'. The roads from Maam, Clifden, and Westport meet at this point.  Leenane is a stop on most of our Guided Tours.

On your Guided Tour of Connemara, it is almost impossible not to go through Maam Cross which has a big October Fair where all manner of goods are for sale from ducks, hens, and rabbits to donkeys, ponies, and horses as well as the usual fair day stalls.

Maam is a lovely wooded townland beside some great fishing lakes.  Your chauffeur will take you on your Guided Tour through the ancient woods which give the place a magical feel, overshadowed by the Maamturk Mountains with their numerous pre-historic and early historic sites.

This is just a few minutes from Westport and your chauffeur will gladly bring you there on your guided tour. At the foot of Croagh Patrick is the National Famine Memorial - a brilliantly sculpted 'famine ship'. Incorporated within the rigging are depictions of skeletons. The famine touched all parts of Ireland but nowhere were its effects more devastating than in the west.

Westport lies at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. A visit to the town center is an option when in Connemara on your guided tour. Westport was designed by James Wyatt in 1780, in the Georgian architectural style. Its layout follows a medieval principle of urban design which was introduced by the Normans in the 13th century.

Roundstone is a very popular holiday resort renowned among artists and naturalists for the outstanding beauty of the surrounding mountains and seascapes. It has a traditional craft center and local activities include Connemara Pottery, Connemara Jewellery, and Musical Instrument making. We highly recommend a visit to Roundstone on your Guided Connemara Tour

Make sure that you have your camera charged and plenty of memory as you are about to be guided through one of the most scenic drives in the world! Photo opportunities present themselves at every turn as the Inagh Valley road winds its way through majestic mountains and picturesque lakes. 

On your Guided Tour of Connnemara your chauffeur can bring you to Clifden  Founded by John D'Arcy (1785-1839) was one of the last towns to be built in Ireland. D'Arcy's vision was to create a thriving commercial center in a resource-rich, but poverty-stricken region. 

For centuries Ashford Castle has overlooked the shores of Lough Corrib, as one of Ireland's most magnificent castles and one of the most luxurious resort hotels in the world. 

"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. 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."

Marsha, 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.

"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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