COVID 19       During this difficult time for us all, we have decided to continue providing Tour Services.    Our vehicles are always regularly serviced and cleaned but we are taking extra precautions during The Corona Virus outbreak.  All the vehicle door handles, seat belts, and other points of contact are being sanitized before, during, and after each tour.  Sanitized wipes will be provided for you in our vehicles.    We understand, and appreciate, that many people will have justifiable reservations about booking a tour and yet want to be able to tour with us on arrival in Ireland so we are making temporary changes to our booking arrangements.  We are only taking a deposit of €75 regardless of the size of the vehicle or the duration of the tour. For bookings made now that subsequently need to cancel because of Corona Virus, we will refund 95% of the deposit provided we receive a minimum of 72 hours notice of cancellation. We will make the refund of 95% to you, or at your discretion hold the full deposit against a future booking.

On your Guided Tour of Connemara, it is almost impossible not to go through Maam Cross which has a big October Fair where all manner of goods are for sale from ducks, hens, and rabbits to donkeys, ponies, and horses as well as the usual fair day stalls.


Maam Cross is a settlement on a crossroads surrounded by mountains and lakes and buzzing with local life and character. Peacocks Complex is the hub of activity in this wild Connemara bog, offering sophisticated accommodation and refreshment amidst local activity and customs which have lasted down through the centuries from sheep farmers making deals at the bar counter to sheep and pony fairs outside on the crossroads throughout the year. Culminating in the big October Fair where all manner of goods are for sale from ducks, hens, and rabbits to donkeys, ponies, and horses as well as the usual fair day stalls.

When you tire of haggling for your purchases you can retire indoors to the relaxing surroundings of Peacocks bar, restaurant and hotel.

The area around Maam Cross is largely bogland, a type of peaty marsh from which "Turf" or "Peat" is harvested to provide domestic fuel.  While used as a domestic fuel for cooking and heating, it is also popular in distilling the Irish version of "Moonshine" and known locally as "Poteen".

"Quiet Man" Replica Cottage at Maam Cross

There is a replica of the traditional Irish cottage used in the filming of "The Quiet Man" movie. This classic movie was filmed on location in Connemara and starred John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara with, amongst others, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, and Victor McLaglen in supporting roles. The Quiet Man was directed by John Ford who won an Oscar for best director. Admission is free.

 

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"Jim was very informative. I was driven to many out of the way places and the scenery was spectacular. I can highly recommend Jim's tour, his driving, his professionalism and the way he goes about understanding what it is you want to see and experience."

AnnMarie D., Melbourne, Australia

 

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