When the Wild West Irish Tours website said “expect great things in simple places”, I never imagined that this experience would so greatly surpass my expectations!
First and foremost, kudos to Michael Waugh, company co-owner and tour guide, for shepherding us (sometimes literally through the sheep) on all our adventures. From the planned to the spontaneous, every experience was a joy to the senses, the mind and the spirit. We were provided with knowledgeable guides to inform us about history, from megalithic times, to the famine to the recent past, geography (the beautiful Burren) and archaeology. The arts and culture was represented by the amazing musicians, storytellers and even a little dancing! The accommodations and wonderful Irish breakfasts were delightful! We stayed in three different B&Bs, each one delightful. The scenery was magnificent with beautiful flowers , hills, lakes and ocean. The countryside just as I imagined, dotted with sheep, cows, horses and donkeys.
The people we encountered were incredibly warm. We loved stopping for a cup of tea at the home of Michael’s cousins. There were planned places and time to just roam a bit. Loved the ride in a wagon on one of the Aran Islands and especially was thrilled by the exhilarating boat ride to get there! Most of all, I will always hold dear the friends we made, our tour mates. Because it was a small group, we really got close. Each of us had a story, a reason for being on this adventure.
We came as strangers and left as good friends. Thank you for making this dream come true. If you haven’t already figured it out, We highly recommend Wild West Irish Tours