When I started planning my third trip to Ireland, I had to consider 3 other people- my husband and 2 friends. I felt a lot of pressure to find just the right trip. I stumbled upon Wild West Irish Tours on the internet. Everything about looked perfect. Small group tour with the personal touch. It sounded like we would get to meet some Irish people- not just visit the tourist places. I worried that it might just sound good and not meet my expectations. I showed it to the others and we decided to take a chance.
My third trip to Ireland turned out to be the trip of a life time. It far exceeded my expectations! We became part of a group of 8 with some of the greatest drivers/guides ever assembled. Aubrey drove us to Sligo. What a trip. He is a delightful Scotch-Irishman with hundreds of stories- got to love Aubrey! The B&B was fabulous. Great people in an absolutely amazing spot- just the view from the window was mesmerizing. Every day was an adventure. Every time I thought the next day couldn’t top the current one, it did. All of the Michael’s (Roberts, Bell, Quirke, Waugh) taught us a great deal while keeping us thoroughly entertained. Auriel (Sea Trails) was fabulous. After a great walk near the ocean, she served coffee and tea from the back of her car. And then there was Martin. Imagine walking through a lovely Irish forest learning about the flora and fauna with the notes from his fiddle turning the whole experience magical. The evening at his home and the group of musicians was the highlight of my trip. Of course I loved the night at Ellen’s Pub, and the castle, the boat trip, driving to Coney Island…… In fact, there was not a part of it I didn’t love.
We took a chance on a tour found on the internet and found a real gem. As the web site says- “Expect great things in simple places.” I would go again in a heartbeat! It truly was the trip of a lifetime.