Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork.  Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446. The famous Blarney Stone is among the machicolations of the castle.

One might expect Charleville Castle to be in Charleville in County Cork but it’s actually nearly 100 miles away in county Offaly near the town of Tullamore. It’s a Gothic Style Castle but on approach many visitors get reminded of “Little Tin Soldiers”. 

Kilkenny is a Medieval Town in the Southeast Ireland. Its majestic Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by the Norman occupiers. Kilkenny has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churaftedrches and monasteries including the imposing the 13th Century Saint Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican Priory.

Discover real artisanal Irish whiskey distilling at Kilbeggan Distillery - the oldest distillery in Ireland, dating back to 1757. See for yourself the traditional method of mashing in oak mash tuns, fermenting in Oregon pine vats and the new Kilbeggan malt spirit flowing from the 180-year-old pot still.

As you wait in the darkness of Newgrange passage tomb, on the same spot where an ancient people stood more than 5,000 years ago, the first rays of the winter solstice sun glide in to light up the ancient burial chamber. 

The Rock of Cashel is also known as Saint Patrick’s Rock and it is reputed that Saint Patrick converted King Aenghus to Christianity here in the 5th Century.

Countless visitors, over the centuries, have gazed in awe at the majesty and mystery of the Giants Causeway. The Causeway is situated on one of Europe's most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for countless years, stood as a natural defense against many fierce Atlantic storms.

"I called Jim at Ireland West Tours looking specifically for a day touring around Galway to do photography. The minute I mentioned this to Jim, he started talking about light and times of day and I knew I was on to the right person! I trusted Jim with the places he recommended and he did not let me down!"

Jan M., Drogheda, Ireland

 

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Over the years we have had several compliments on our drivers from many of our satisfied customers. Click on the link to "Tripadvisor" below to read, in full, the reviews of some of our many happy customers.

"Once you experience a private guided tour, you will never consider a coach tour again! Jim is personable, knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. After 7 days in Ireland, I can say my favorite memories are those spent on our private tour. Best money spent was with Ireland West Tours."

Miss Wanderlust, South Carolina, USA

 

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