Rachael’s Introductory

We welcome Rachael Sharkey, our brand new Social Media Specialist! Here is her Introductory. ” I am fortunate enough to have grown up in a Gaeltacht area located in County Donegal in the North West of Ireland. A small parish where everyone knows one another. No matter where you go, you will be greeted with … Continued

Thoughts from a Two Time Wild Westie

When my husband and I signed up for our second tour with the Wild West Irish Tour group we imagined that there was NO way it could match the amazing time we had on our first tour. Happily, we were wrong!!  Our first tour was the Wild West Signature Tour which I have already reviewed. … Continued

Wild West Irish Tours: Upcoming Irish Festivals Automn 2019

The Wild West Irish Tours has two extraordinary events coming up and we want to see you there! Mark your calendars for the Maryland Irish Festival, the largest indoor Celtic festival in the country, as well as the spectacular Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games! Featuring craftsmen and musicians of all manner of Irish … Continued

Halloween Folklore in the Wild West of Ireland

To get you in the spirit, we thought we’d share with you a few local folklore legends that reflect the spookiness of Halloween. Our Halloween, after all, has its gnarled old roots in the rich historic traditions of Samhain. Here are three Halloween beings you might encounter when the veil is thinnest at this time … Continued

Four Fantastic Film Spots in Ireland

For film fanatics, we share the four fantastic film spots in the Wild West of Ireland. Full of memorable places from movies & TV, whether you’re an action fan or someone in need of a fantastical escape, there’s something here for everyone. You might want to take off your 3-D glasses for this one – … Continued

Moher and More

It feels like the edge of the world sometimes in the Wild West of Ireland. The landscape edged with oceanic foam. Dramatic drops off into the sea framed by stone made famous by film, song, and story. One of the most spectacular sights along the wild Irish coast are the Cliffs of Moher. A few … Continued

Christmas in the Wild West of Ireland

What makes the Christmas season merry and bright in the Wild West of Ireland? Everyone loves to celebrate their Christmas traditions. Sometimes it’s mistletoe and tinsel. Other times its specific dishes served for holiday meals. Maybe it’s story time around a roaring fire with the family or friends. While Wild West Irish Tours gets cozy … Continued

Casting Stones: a personal Account

  Many thanks to tour participant Nancy Fitzgerald for this elegant piece about her experience on one of our very own tours. Reproduced with permission below. Originally featured on September 29, 2018, in Commonweal Magazine.   Across the Burren I climbed, through the morning’s gray west-of-Ireland drizzle. With half-a-dozen fellow pilgrims and a guide named … Continued

St. Patrick’s 2019

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! Can you believe how fast the year is flying by already? We’re fast approaching a time of alleged leprechauns [an American invention, though], rainbows, and symbolic horseshoes – at least where I’m from. Hope you’re excited to celebrate whatever way you and yours do best – Wild West Irish Tours … Continued

Wild Living With Livestock

When traveling through the Wild West of Ireland, one probably expects to see sheep, it’s true – but did you know that sheep are known to cause “traffic jams”? Or that they come in an array of colors not unlike a living, breathing rainbow? How about the cows of the Irish countryside, and of course, … Continued

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