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.

" We had a wonderful experience trying to find relatives. We had a private tour guide, Patrick, who took us to the end of the farthest peninsula. found distant cousins and in the end found dad's second cousin. He was professional and courteous."

Patty M, Texas, USA

 

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Satisfying the customer 

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.

"We got recommended to contact Jim to take us to all the beautiful places this region has to offer. Well, that was the best piece of advice we could have gotten. He not only will drive you around, but also will teach, explain, comment and inform you about many, many different issues."

Alfrdo G., The Hague, Netherlands

 

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