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.

Killorglin is a major activity center for Kerry. It also has one of the last Inns started by Charles Bianconi and it is right in the center of the town. It’s called “The Bianconi” and features his famous horse carriages painted on the sign and on the inn. Killorglin Town Hall is held to have been built with the help of Andrew Carnegie.  Your Ireland West Tours driver will be delighted to guide you there.

Killorglin was founded and developed on the beautiful River Laune which is well known for good salmon and trout fishing. The population of Killorglin was just over 2000 in the Census 0f 2011.    This figure swells considerably during Puck Fair.  “Puck Fair is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals, celebrating almost 400 years of documented evidence. Where else but in Ireland would a wild mountain goat be crowned King and reign over a town for three days?  Killorglin – where a goat is King and people act the goat! “

The first day of the Puck Fair is known as “The Gathering Day” which makes Puck Fair the original and oldest Gathering Festival in Ireland. There is a unique coronation ceremony and parade and visitors can enjoy free day and night concerts, traditional music and dancing, midnight madness, fireworks, and the horse fair, all part of the 36 hours of free family entertainment. There is a real carnival atmosphere created by street traders, street artists, craft fair, buskers, face painting, pet show, bonny babies, puppet theatre, and music sessions.

There is a statue that commemorates the goat that is crowned King of the Puck Fair each year. It’s Ireland’s oldest festival and one legend tells that its origins come from a male goat, or “puck,” who was separated from his herd when Cromwellian forces were approaching the area. The appearance of the exhausted animal alerted villages and they were able to protect themselves from attack. Every year a goat is crowned king and a rousing party ensues.

“Puck Fair”  takes place each year in Killorglin on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of August. While the exact origins of the festival are unknown, it was first recorded in the King James Charter of 1613.

YouTube Video             By iToiTravel          Duration  4:12

"After debating whether to drive or take a bus tour of Connemara -we found Ireland West Tours. We ended up with one of the best days we had in all of our trip to Ireland. The final treat was a link to the photos he had taken of us, you'll never get that on a bus tour!"

ABCFOX, Minnesota, USA

 

You can read the full review on 

 

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

 

You can read the full review on 

IRELAND WEST TOURS

Connect with us:
facebooktwittergooglelinkedin
Book Now