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.

Roundstone is a very popular holiday resort renowned among artists and naturalists for the outstanding beauty of the surrounding mountains and seascapes. It has a traditional craft center and local activities include Connemara Pottery, Connemara Jewellery, and Musical Instrument making. We highly recommend a visit to Roundstone on your Guided Connemara Tour

Farming, Fishing,  Forestry, and Quarrying are all carried out extensively in the surrounding area. The village derives its name from the Irish Language  “Cloch Na Ron” or Rock of the Seals

Roundstone has a busy harbor where local fishermen land the day’s catch, featuring a mix of Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, Mackerel, Cod plus a wide selection of other seafood. Roundstone has a good selection of Irish Pubs and Restaurants providing locally caught seafood. As you stroll through the town you will discover some fantastic craft shops and cafés. 

The village was founded by the Scottish engineer Alexander Nimmo who, as an engineer for the Western District, built houses, roads, and harbors throughout the West of Ireland. 

The area is more than an area of scenic beauty but is also rich in points of historical and geological interest. The remains of several early Christian settlements have been discovered on the islands along this coast. At the northern point of Inishnee  (the long island across the bay from Roundstone) are the remains of an ancient monument to Saint Brendan. From the southern point, there is an impressive lighthouse that casts its beacon across Croaghnakeela and St. Macdara’s islands out across the Atlantic Ocean. Two miles north of Roundstone lie The ruins of a 15th century Dominican Priory founded by the O’Flaherty family lie two miles north of Roundstone.

The bell tower of the Franciscan Monastery is an impressive nautical landmark used by local fishermen. Right beside the tower, there is a craft center which is home to Roundstone Musical Instruments. A visit is a must for anyone with an interest in Traditional Irish Music. You will be warmly welcomed by Malachy Kearns or/and his wife Gifty.  Malachy makes the traditional Bodhrán here and you can see, and hear, a fantastic range of this beautiful traditional percussion instrument.

Haven For Art and Artists

Over the years Roundstone village in Connemara has attracted national and international artists to work in Roundstone. Roundstone thus features many famous works of art. In Roundstone itself, you will find numerous works of art in local people's homes and local businesses. There are also galleries such as Yvonne Kings Studio and the Stable Gallery which feature more contemporary art. Artists also exhibit in some of the bars and Hotels.

 

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"Jim was punctual, kind, knowledgeable, and very perceptive in his ability to know just what would appeal to us as a group. While Jim did the driving, we were able to see fantastic scenery. We went places we never would have found, heard unique stories and had a fabulous day!"

Liz D., New Jersey, 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 have travelled quite a bit and taken many tours. This tour is top notch and Jim is a master tour guide. And yes, we fed gorgeous Connemara ponies and adorable donkeys. It's incredible value, makes a great use of your time and is like hanging out with an old friend."

Mfarquar, Massachusetts, USA

 

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