There are many words that come to mind to describe Ireland. Three such words for me are soulful, poetic, and magical. Wild West Irish Tours embodies the soul, poetry, and magic of the West of Ireland. Our interaction with the local people including authors, story tellers, musicians, artisans, an anthropologist, and a naturalist, make Ireland come alive with richness and depth.

We started out as six strangers in a van and ended up having a wonderful Irish experience with Michael and his friends all of whom welcomed us with a smile and a feeling of inclusion. We went to so many places in West: all things to do with Yeats, castles, Lough Gill, pubs, Inishmurray Island, monuments and statues, music sessions, archaeological sites, walks and hikes, horseback riding, story telling, seaweed bath, good restaurants, and good B&Bs with delightful innkeepers. Oh, there was time for shopping too. One can not come home without an Irish sweater. It was an amazing trip, one which we will not forget.

Mostly we will not forget Michael and his tour leaders, who were patient and brought us to the people of Ireland. Ireland is a place that exists in the heart and mind; it calls to us as we sleep; it inspires us to become a part of the timeless enchantment that envelopes what we know of that land. Maybe this is pure fantasy, but any place that can cleanse the spirit and cause the heart to beat faster with devotion, must be termed magical.

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