My husband and I had talked for a few years of visiting Ireland and what a beautiful trip we had.
A friend of ours suggested Wild West Irish Tours, they did not disappoint! It was decided the best tour for us was the Causeway Coast Adventure. Our tour van held no more than eight people plus your tour guide/driver. There were six of us so it was perfect! I realized over the days it is the best way to tour. We went on roads that a regular tour bus would not be able to drive on. We saw places we would not have been able to see traveling by bus.
For three of our nights we stayed at the Yeats Lodge. Once we arrived, we were met by Epi the donkey. He is such a friendly donkey and will let you know he is around. There was also Molly the border collie. The owners, Geraldine and Michael were such gracious hosts. The accommodations were so warm and comforting. After coffee or tea, we would have a traditional Irish breakfast and/or cereal, fruit, biscuits, your choice. We admit the weather was not the best all the time but that is why Ireland is so green. We came back in the evening to a nice fire. One night we watched a young woman perform what’s called Seannos dance, an older style of traditional Irish dance. Four nights we lodged at the Trean House. Wonderful place. This time we were greeted by Finn the Irish Setter. Joyce and Mervin, the owners, are warm and very hospitable. Again, the wonderful Irish breakfast. There was tea and coffee waiting in the mornings and a warm fire going when we returned in the evenings. The Trean House is within walking distance to the beach. Finn will lead! He was great. Even though he would run ahead, he periodically stopped to make sure you were back there. When you are ready to return back to the B&B, no worries, Finn sees to it that you make it back.
During our time in Ireland, we visited castles, went on a boat tour, even went to the graveyard were poet W.B. Yeats is buried. We also decided to go horseback riding on the beach. Whether you are a beginner or expert, they have the horse to suit you perfectly. Most of us were beginners or had not ridden for years, needless to say we had a leisurely walk on the beach.
Our guide drove us out to Coney Island once the tide went out. Obviously, your time is limited on the island because of the tide. Really, how often can you drive out to an island but can only do so when the tide is out?! What fun.
One of our visits was with Joe the border collie and his owner. Joe is an amazing dog and to see him work with the sheep and herd them all by the different sounds of a whistle was something special. I could have watched that much longer. With over 12 million sheep in Ireland, you need those dogs.
We all decided to partake in a seaweed bath. If you have never done this, I would highly recommend it. Everyone has a separate room and you soak in a hot tub with…seaweed. The oils soak into the skin and will last until you get back to your climate, for us Washington State. We had one man in our group, my husband, and he really enjoyed this stop.
We also visited the highest marine cliffs in Europe. A few of us walked further up on the trail but realized we were walking into the clouds. Spectacular! A ring fort, a Distillery and Ireland’s most northerly point.
We saw so many fabulous sites it is hard to name them all. Also, I cannot say enough positive things about our accommodations. Both were so warm, which includes the owners as well as the B&Bs themselves. It was nice to travel in a small group. We were able to readjust our itinerary if need be. The food in Ireland is fantastic. The people are extremely friendly. If you have any questions, you just ask and will receive a friendly, knowledgeable response! Our tour guides were spectacular. I would highly recommend Wild West Irish Tour for your travels to Ireland!