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.

Dingle is the only town on the Dingle Peninsula, it nestles on the Atlantic coast about 30 miles southwest of Tralee and 40 miles northwest of Killarney. It’s most famous resident is an adult Bottlenose Dolphin named Fungie who has been courting human contact in Dingle Bay since 1983. 

A whole industry, including boat trips, has built up around Fungie.

Dingle was developed as a port following the invasion of Ireland by the Normans. By the thirteenth century more goods were actually being exported through Dingle than Limerick  In 1257 an ordinance of King Henry III imposed customs on exports.  Importing wine was a major business in the area by the fourteenth century.  The 1st Earl of Desmond, Maurice FitzGerald, imposed a tax on this activity circa 1329.  By the sixteenth century Dingle was one of Ireland's main trading ports, exporting fish and animal hides and importing wines from the continent of Europe

Dingle had particularly strong connections with Spain and in 1529 Thomas Fitzgerald, 11th Earl of Desmond and the ambassador of Spain signed the Treaty of Dingle.  Dingle was also a major departure port for pilgrims to travel to the Shrine of Saint James at Santiago de Compostela.  Dingle parish church was rebuilt in the sixteenth century under "Spanish Patronage" and dedicated to Saint James. 

The commerce and prosperity of Dingle was increased when it was listed as one of fifteen towns or cities which were to have a monopoly on the import of wine in 1569.

Dingle is still prosperous with a thriving tourist industry and has many fine restaurants and pubs offering great food and some first class Irish Traditional Music.

"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.

"We spent a wonderful day with Jim and are still raving about all we saw and did, as Jim showed us so many fabulous places. Your day will be very well spent if you can schedule Jim to show you this beautiful section of Ireland!"

Kathy J, Florida, USA

 

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