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.

Muckross House is a Victorian Mansion set against the panoramic beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three famous lakes.

The Mansion was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the artist Mary Balfour Herbert.  Many of her lovely water colours are on display in the house. This was the fourth house that successive generations of the Herberts had occupied at Muckross over a period of nearly two centuries. The well-known Scottish architect, William Burn, was responsible for the design of the building. Construction commenced in 1839 and was completed six years later.  Originally it was intended that Muckross House should be a bigger, more ornate building. The drawings for a bigger servants' quarters, stables, orangery and summer house are believed to have been altered at Mary's request. Today the main rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the nineteenth century wealthy. In the basement one can imagine the hustle and bustle of servants and housekeepers as they went about their daily tasks.  Many visitors draw parallels and similarities between Muckross House and Downton Abbey

The house is surrounded by extensive and beautiful gardens which were undertaken in preparation for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. The Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and the Stream Garden were developed later on.

"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 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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