Where do I start!
First, I am the winner of the 2018 Maryland Irish Festival Wild West Irish Tours raffle, and in so many ways, with this trip I won so much more! It was the trip of a lifetime for sure, and certainly one that memories were made forever. I have always seen pictures of Ireland and thought how beautiful, and in person, it is even that much more beautiful.
We arrived in Dublin two days before the tour began and were able to explore on our own. Dublin is wonderful and a must-see for sure, but once you see the countryside of Ireland, oh my, your heart is attached forever and you will want to go back.
We were picked up by our tour guide Senan and whisked away with our four other fellow tour mates, whom we had never met before, but by the time the tour was over, we felt like family! That is the beauty of Wild West Irish Tours. Smaller tours that allow you the time to meet people, make connections and see so much more that you would never get in a large group tour.
We headed to Sligo where we were taken to our B&B and greeted by the most wonderful host Geraldine. She also happens to be the one who pulled my winning ticket! If you get the chance, I’m telling you, book this tour so you can experience the views at night from the lodge of Benbulben mountain as the daylight fades away.
Each morning Senan picked us up to take us on our adventure for the day. To name a few places we visited, the ones that stick out for me the most are Slieve Liag in County Donegal, the highest cliffs in Ireland. Walking up the side of the cliffs and being able to see so much was absolutely breathtaking.
Hiking down into a Fairy Glen, or up the side of the Knocknarea mountain, it truly does hide another world. You have to see it to believe it. A beach with ancient fossils is beyond breathtaking. These are just a few of the places we saw on our tour.
I cannot thank Michael Waugh and his team enough for this trip. They truly make every effort to make your time there enjoyable. You will see so many amazing sights that will leave your heart wanting to go back. You will meet so many wonderful people as you travel the Emerald Isle.