CORONA VIRUS      COVID 19

During this difficult time for us all we have decided to continue providing Tour Services as long as possible during the current outbreak of The Corona Virus.

Our vehicles are always regularly serviced and cleaned but we will be 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 on or after March 19th, 2020 that subsequently need to cancel because of Corona Virus we will refund 90% of the deposit provided we receive a minimum of 72 hours notice of cancellation. We will make a refund to you, or at your discretion hold the full deposit against a future booking.

Connemara Locations

The beautiful village of Leenane, snugly situated at the head of Killary Harbour, is often aptly described as the 'Gateway to Connemara'. The roads from Maam, Clifden, and Westport meet at this point. 

Maam Cross 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 is a lovely wooded town land beside some great fishing lakes. The ancient woods give the place a magical feel, overshadowed by the Maamturk Mountains with their numerous pre-historic and early historic sites.

At the foot of Croagh Patrick is the National Famine Memorial - a brilliantly sculpted 'famine ship'. Incorporated within the rigging are depictions of skeletons. The famine touched all parts of Ireland but no where was its effects more devastating then in the west.

Westport lies at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The town centre was designed by James Wyatt in 1780, in the Georgian architectural style. Its layout follows a medieval principle of urban design which was introduced by the Normans in the 13th century.

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 centre and local activities include Connemara Pottery, Connemara Jewellery and Musical Instrument making.

Make sure that you have your camera charged and plenty of memory as you are about to go on one of the most scenic drives in the world! Photo opportunities present themselves at every turn as the Inagh Valley road winds its way through majestic mountains and picturesque lakes. 

An Clochán or Clifden, founded by John D'Arcy (1785-1839) was one of the last towns to be built in Ireland. D'Arcy's vision was to create a thriving commercial centre in a resource-rich, but poverty stricken region. 

For centuries Ashford Castle has overlooked the shores of Lough Corrib, as one of Ireland's most magnificent castles and one of the most luxurious resort hotels in the world. 

"My husband and I spent only a little over 24 hours in Galway. Jim who drove us through some of the most amazing landscapes we've ever seen. He was happy to stop whenever we wanted to take it in, and took some great photos for us as well. I would definitely recommend Jim."

Amy, Florida, 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.

"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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