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We had a great time on our tour yesterday, March 2nd. Our tour was for the Cliffs, Bunratty Castle, and Galaway. Our tour guide (Eric) was very knowledgeable and helpful. The sights were beautiful. Eric made the tour more enjoyable by using personal experience and answering all questions to the best of his ability.
Katherine Keidel March 2013
I wanted to take the time to write and let you know about the outstanding experience we had on our Railtours Ireland - Cliffs of Moher tour. The day was perfect from start to finish as your company clearly takes the time to execute all the details flawlessly. From the easy online booking process, to a seamless meet/greet/boarding process at the train station and last but not least a fantastic lineup for the day. It is a very long day (12 hours) but it flies due to a well balanced and exciting itinerary!
With all that said, the absolute best part of the day was our tour guide, Dave Gallagher! We had a small group, only seven of us, so we all got to know each other and Dave quickly. He took the time on the way out to Limerick to learn about each of us, where we were from, what we had already seen, how many days we were going to be there, what other sights we planned to see, etc. He took genuine interest in us and you could see and feel the pride he had in the country and all it had to offer us tourists. He was informative, funny and conversation flowed so easily as we went thru the day - we learned so much about the different places we stopped at and even the places we were just passing thru en route to our next stop. The group decided to spend some extra time in Galway, so instead of taking the 5 o'clock train home, we took the 7:15 train which added hours to an already long working day for Dave but not once did he hesitate or complain - in fact, he encouraged us to do so even though it was 'off schedule' which was much appreciated!!
Through the course of conversation, Dave found out we had two days that we were still looking to plan. He sat down with us on the train ride home for quite some time and went thru suggestions in deep detail (including helping us look up train time schedules, bus stops, walking directions, pub & restaurant suggestions) of what he thought we would enjoy. It was so helpful and kind - he wasn't trying to pitch us on another trip with Railtours - he genuinely wanted to help us make the most of our time and he did!
Dave went well above and beyond his responsibilities to us as our guide and was a true pleasure to spend the day with. We found many helpful, kind and friendly people while in your country, however, Dave left a lasting impression of the kind of person/tour guide that will keep people coming back for many years to come! Please know that he is an outstanding ambassador who taught us so much about the countries' history, landmarks but mostly about the good hearted honest nature of it's people.
Thanks for a great experience and we hope to book again with you some day.
Trish Maus March 2013
A most excellent trip to Dublin the assistance and help was out of this world. Will be going again for a bit longer in the spring or summer. My many thsnks to Jim who we meet on the train from London to Holyhead, then to Doblin. He was most helpful and informative. Again thanks,
London February 2013
Just to let you know we had a lovely time in Waterford on our tour. Waterford has loads to offer we were busy the whole time. The train ride was very relaxing and we were given a fantastic room in the hotel and had some delicious meals.
Liam, who met us at the train station, was a real sweetheart and very concerned that we were comfortable and knew the process of the journey and knew what to expect when we arrived in Waterford.
Thank you also for your quick and personal email responses.
All the best for a very happy festive season!
Gillian and Ben (and our 2 sons) December 2012
This is to express my appreciation for the one day journey to the West coast of Ireland today.
I would like to send you a quick note to let you know that I really enjoyed the Cliffs of Moher tour with Dave Gallagher on September 29th. This was my first visit to Ireland and Europe - Dave proved to be a very knowledgeable and engaging guide. I learned a lot about Ireland, and will definitely book another tour with your company when I return.
Lingling October 2012
Returned from Dublin on 30 Sept. A great part of that trip were the two tours with Railtours...Connemara and Galway Bay and The Cliffs of Mohr, Bunratty Castle and Galway. The guides were wonderful with open, honest, and interesting dialogue. Brian even sang to me... :-) For me it was nice to get on in Dublin and feel like I was in good hands to get me back. Your ensuring the logistics were set up let me enjoy the experience even more.
Sherri Titus October 2012
At last our photos for you . We are well settled back in London , but fondly remembering our holiday in Ireland. We booked the holiday on the internet , and found the site simple and easy to use . On our arrival in Dublin we were very pleased with the gentleman who met us and escorted us to the bus. He then proceeded to provide us with an entertaining and informative commentry about Dublin all the way to our hotel. The hotel in Dublin was excellent and the proximity to the railway station made transfers very easy.
The whole four day tour was organised with great efficiency, food throughout the tour was very enjoyable --- large portions!!!!. It goes without saying that we found the scenery and landscapes truly beautiful , blessed as we were with good weather.
We would add that your skills as a guide, good humour and patience with the visitors, added enormously to our enjoyment of the tour. We also had a splendid day visiting Connemara , Pat was an excellent guide also. The Killarney hotel was great too, swimming pool very warm, an added bonus.
For you the tours are a weekly event throughout the season , but your knowlege and enthusiasm was shared wih us as though it was the first time for you as well.
Thank you very much.
John and Dorothy Denny. October 2012
I have just filed a review with Trip Advisor, but must tell you what a good time we had on Sept. 19th. We were met at the Connolly St station by Peter. Sadly he was only coming as far as Belfast with us, and then handed us over to Phil. A delightful person, very knowledgeable, hard working and has the patience of a saint with people who are late back to the coach!!!!
It was a long day, but worth it. We hope to do other trips with you next year. Thanks so much.
Cindy Leivo October 2012
My wife and I were recently on the 3-Day tour of Cork, Ring of Kerry, and The Dingle Penninsula (DH03D-BC-1892012).
We enjoyed the whole tour, but wanted to highlight one particular bright spot: Eilish O'Sullivan.
Eilish's responsibility was to meet our group at the Cobh rail station and get us into a taxi/bus in Killarney.
Rather than do the minimum to meet this requirement, she went well beyond.
On the train, she gave each tourist (or group) maps of Killarney, highlighting their hotel or B&B, and where to get the bus for the next day's tour.
She also talked to us individually, asking about our particular interests and what we wanted to get our of our stay in Killarney. She ended up giving my wife and I restaurant recommendations that she thought would suit our tastes (they did!), directions so we could take a short walk in the Killarney National Park and to the Spar near our hotel, and an easy recipe for a delightful-sounding dessert.Due to my wife's illness on the day of the Dingle tour, we were not able to return to Dublin with our scheduled group. We were waiting for a different train the next morning, when we happened to meet her at the station. She remembered us, and was surprised to see us. She seemed quite concerned about my wife's illness, and asked if there were anything she could do to help us out. It was really kind of her. We had everything under control though, so conversation turned to other topics. It became clear that she's quite knowledgeable about the local geography and history. In spite of the fact that our other tour guides were very good, we felt that we would've loved to have had her for all of our tours.
She certainly enhanced our experience in Killarney.
Thanks for your time,
Blair October 2012
Last week I spent a Wanderflug Trip around Killarney, especially the staying in the B&B.
Beauties was very comfortable, quiet, elegant , very good breakfast.
Thank you very much
Hamburg/Germany September 2012
Our tour guide, David Gallagher met us at the Heuston Station where we
boarded the train for the first leg of our journey. Dave gave us excellent
service and went above and beyond for us all, even for the complainers. He
was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of good history and background on each leg of the tour. He also gave us very good directions and went around to each person to try to help them with their individual needs. It seemed like a daunting task to help each of us with our various itineraries. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and Dave made it even more enjoyable with his Irish hospitality.
Dave & Julie V
Portland OR September 2012
A short note to let you know we had such a wonderful time on our tour, September 11, 2012 to the Blarney Castle and Cork. Dave Gallagher was our guide and he provided many laughs and facts. He made the trip that much more memorable. When we visit Ireland again, we will most definitely take another tour.
Thank you for providing us with a fun filled day!
Roger and Jana Bridges
Shahrzad Ansari Koenig September 2012
I write to tell you how much we enjoyed the tour to Northern Ireland provided by Railtours Ireland. Dave Gallagher was our tour guide and he did an excellent job. I purchased items at the brewery but at the end of the day left the bag on the bus. I saw the bus driver the next day and he said that they did find the bag and would send it to their office in Dublin. After our return I called the office several times and Shane was kind enough to help. He talked with Dave and Dave brought the bag to our hotel. I greatly appreciated his delivering the bag as we were leaving the country the next day. I am sure that he did this on his own time. Again, we enjoyed the tour and wanted to make sure that your knew what a great job Dave did.
On Thursday, May 31, 2012 we took the Waterford-Kilkenny one day tour and had a terrific experience. The countrsyide was beautiful and at every spot along the way there was something interesting to look at. Our tour guide, Philip Neil O'Neill was wonderful. Well organized and informative he made the experience memorable and understandable. He provided the proper context to see these places. He is also a wealth of information as he was able to provide an historical context that helped to make the tour a great day. I hope some day to return and look forward to touring with him again.
Phil and Cathy Hanson162 N. Canyon Drive
Bolingbrook, Illinois 60490
I booked a day tour with you all for May 22 2012. I booked the Limerick, Cliffs of Mohr and Galaway Bay tour. I found the guides to be very informative, friendly, and just lovely. I wasnt your typical tourist, Im guessing since I am Black American. The guides made me feel at ease and I had booked all my tours online in the countries I visited in the month of May. I found this one to be the best. Thank you so much for your professionalism. The guides in training were just as lovely.
On my trip to Ireland with my grandma, we had two railtours of Ireland planned. Both times we had Dave Gallagher as our tour guide. Never before had I ever had such a great tour guide as Dave. He was informative, polite, entertaining, and helpful. I applaud you at RailTours Ireland for employing such an incredible guide for us. He really got to know us and helped with anything from restaurant recomendations to personally getting taxis for my 87 year old grandmother (who enjoyed him as much as I did). I hope that you can pass this message along to Dave and reward him for all the incredible work that he has done and is still doing. When I return to Ireland with my whole family, I will take them on the RailTours Ireland trips, and I will be sincerely hoping that we will have Dave as our guide because he is the best guide I have ever had for any trip ever. -James Sullivan
Hello. My son and I just returned from a trip to Ireland, and we wanted to let you know that Dave Gallagher was a great tour guide. We did a three-day trip. Thank you!
We would like to share with you how wonderful Dave Gallagher was as our tour guide on May 22, 2012 to the Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay. He was very knowledgeable and assured that all the people on the tour enjoyed their day. He was also helpful in advising us on our continued travel in Northern Ireland. We hope to make it back to Ireland and hope to be lucky enough to have Dave as our guide again!
Thank you!John & Chris Jarrett
Jacksonville, FL, USA
We would like to thank you for a wonderful tour of the Ring of Kerry. You were welcoming, interesting in the lore of Ireland, caring in the way that you helped everyone by directing us to our final destinations with detailed instructions and so much more! I especially appreciate that you took the time to photograph my daughter and me at the interesting stops as my husband was way too busy taking photos of the breathtaking scenery! We have taken many tours but you out-shined any of those tour directors. We sincerely want to thank you for the wonderful experience and wish you all the best.
We want to thank your tour company for the wonderful Ring of Kerry tour our family took with Dave Gallagher. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, Dave was warm, welcoming and very interesting in his knowledge of Irish history and lore. It made all the places that we visited more interesting. We all understood by listening to him that he truly loves what he does. He took a genuine interest in the people on the tour and even took the time to ensure that at the end of the tour we would all make our connections whether it was by plane, train or bus. The tour day is long to be sure but he was very patient and answered everyone's questions. Because my husband was so busy taking pictures with his new camera, Dave even offered to take pictures of my daughter and I at some of the stops. That was huge on my list. You have done very well to have him on staff. Because the tour was so much fun, I am in the process of trying to get all my sisters to come on tour with me next year!
Please let Dave know how much we appreciate all that he did for us on the tour. I will send you a few pictures, Dave mentioned that you might use them on Facebook. We would be happy to do that for your company.
Thanks again for a wonderful tour.
Jill, Barry and Sarah Beyer May 2012
On April 13, 2012 I took the Rail Tour to Cork, the Blarney Castle, and Cobh. Mr. Dave Gallagher was the Tour Guide. I would like to say how easy it was to identify the Rail Tours check-in area because of the easy-to-identify signage and jackets. Mr. Gallagher took our small group to the train and assisted us graciously all along the way of the tour. He was helpful and informative, polite and respectful. I would like to thank him and your company for a great day! I would encourage anyone to use your services. Thanks again!
Margaret Louise Elpers
I want to let you know what an asset you have in Dave Gallagher! A friend and I were on our first visit to Ireland and booked a tour with your company to the Cliffs of Moher on Tuesday, 3/20/12. Dave was our guide and we were both very impressed with his knowledge, humor and the skill with which he brought Ireland to life for us.
In addition, Dave told us about a tour that was available the next day to the Giant's Causeway. He booked the tour for us and made sure we had all the information we needed for the next day. Truly great customer service.
I also want to mention that our guide to the Giant's Causeway was also a gem! Jim Reed was delightful, a wealth of knowledge and fun to spend the day with.
We were impressed with the experience and the value. We look forward to booking with you again when we return to Ireland.
Joanne AmesMinnepolis, MN USA
Hi. My wife Rachel and I did the DH36 tour last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I wanted to pass along compliments about our guide, Norman, for being exceptional for the entirety of the tour. He was (and I assume still is!) knowledgeable about all things Ireland, has a great sense of humor, and is a true gentleman. Railtours should be proud to have him on staff. We enjoyed our tour very much, and Normal played a large part in that.All the best,
Thank you so much for the tour last week. I found Dave Gallagher, our tour guide, entertaining and quite informed. He was very helpful on the train ride home, assisting everyone with any questions they had.
It was my first visit to Ireland in Jan 2012. I discovered on the internet that only Railtours Ireland offer tours in January. I took the 6 days all Ireland tour.
The tour was fantastic. Everything was excellent. I would like to thank your staff for good job and excellent service.
Railtours Ireland is well organized company with professional and friendly Tour Guides.
Especially I'd like to thank Dave Gallagher and bus driver of my last trip from Dublin to Belfast and The Giants Causeway.
Thanks you very much and keep on doing your grate job.
Greetings from Russia.
I just returned from my first (hopefully of many) trips to Ireland. I travelled by myself and developed my itinerary independently. I chose Railtours for a 3-day/2-night tour and I couldn't be happier. I was so incredibly impressed with the attention to detail, organization, warmth, and sincerity of all the people I dealt with. I could not be more highly complimentary of - or grateful for - my guides on day 1 and day 3 in particular, Marie and Noel.
The behind-the-scenes logistics and coordination that must go on with these tours - especially the overnight ones - I know must be really daunting. Yet it was done so seamlessly, which simply enhanced the joy of what I was seeing and experiencing.
This trip was a life-long dream, and the wonderful experience I had was due in large part to your wonderful organization. Thank you and please convey my sincere and special thanks and gratitude to Marie and Noel in particular.
Montgomery Village, Maryland
Last week, my niece and I took the tour to the Giant's Causeway with the amazing Dave Gallagher. Everything about the day was great, with the exception of the train from O'Connolly Station having mechanical problems creating a 30 minute delay. Railtours Ireland arranged for a minibus to pick up those of us who were delayed and we caught up to the tour coach at the first scheduled stop. The scenery was spectacular and the bus driver, "Big Al," was funny.
When Dave learned my niece would be staying in Ireland for an internship at the Embassy, he took us under his wing. On the train trip home, we were the only returning Dublin passengers on the tour, so he sat with us and gave us terrific advice regarding other tours, where to go, where not to go, and so on. He provided his contact information should my niece need any help or information during her stay.
Consequently, I would be delighted to go on any tour Dave Gallagher was leading. We also enjoyed our tour to the Cliffs of Moher, with Marie as our guide. Dave gave us great advice about where to sit and what to order at O'Connor's pub in Doolin, and he was absolutely right.
Linda A. Hazelton February 2012
Dear Sir or Madam,
My wife and I had a wonderful tour from Dublin to Northern Ireland last week. Dave Gallagher was our tour guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and have some wonderful lasting memories, and pictures.
Dave was most helpful and informative. He made sure all our seats were reserved and, of course, we had the “best seats in the house” on both the train and coach. He laid out the day for us on the train ride with maps and brochures and provided us with loads of great information.
We look forward to another tour with Rail Tours Ireland in the future.
Ivy and Terri Shuman
Hi there, Back on the 5th May 2011 my husband and I did a tour of Wicklow Mountains, Kilkenny and Waterfor Crystal, first by rail, then coach, and return journey by rail.
We had THE most beautiful day, one we remember very, very fondly now back in Australia.
Sorry I have taken a while to put pen to paper only thought about this when I was recommending the trip to a workmate who goes to Ireland in May, 2012.
Congrats to all involved as the people were very nice, helpful, extremely happy which made our day very enjoyable.
Many thanks for the memories.
To Whom it May Concern
I just wanted to tell you that I have had a wonderful time on the tours I booked with your group.
- The Ashling hotel is very nice. The 1st evening I was here (Dec 16) I had an allergic response to something in the room. When I contacted the desk they moved me to another room, no questions asked. Someone helped move my luggage and was assigned to clean the room I had been in. The room they moved me to was an upgraded room at no additional charge. That wasn't required, but was very nice. I slept soundly and did not have any more troubles with my allergies. When I returned to the hotel after my tour on the 19th, I was a little worried about the room they would assign me. But the woman at the desk remembered me and offered to put me in the same upgraded room I had stayed in on the 16th. She offered this without me even saying anything to her about my previous visit. Very good customer service. Very much appreciated. The doorman helped with my luggage and everyone I came into contact here was very pleasant. Thank you.
- The tour guides were great. Marie was very friendly and helpful my 1st day. When I and another woman were late for the bus due to lunch she arranged to have the sandwich wrapped to take with us so that the other passengers would make their train. She balanced their needs with ours perfectly. When her time with us was over, she stayed with us to make sure we were on the train to Killarney before she left to head home. She even waited to be sure we found suitable seats. We were met by a gentleman in Killarney who delivered us to the hotel with clear instructions for the morning.
- The International Hotel was lovely. The most friendly hotel I have been at in a while. The rooms were quaint and quiet. The food was good and the people very nice. My last day at the hotel they arranged to have the night man fix a breakfast for me to take since I was leaving before the breakfast service started. He packed me not only the sandwich I asked for, but included some chips and a sweet treat as well. Very nice man - very thoughtful.
- I don't recall the driver's name for the Ring of Kerry tour, but he was very skilled with the bus and very knowledgeable. He was especially interesting when we came to the national park. I really enjoyed his stories of being a young man and cutting the rhododendron for fire wood.
- Then there was Noel and John for the Cliff's of Mohr tour. What can I say. Very nice men. Very pleasant. And Noel is a stitch! He is such a wit. I enjoyed listening to his stories and was entertained by the jokes he told. Made the trip even more enjoyable. He reserved tables for us so we would have plenty of room to relax on the train. He made sure we all knew where we needed to go in order to get back our hotels. I can't say enough good things about this gentleman. He is such a treasure.
I was leery about booking a trip on the internet, but I must say I was not disappointed in the least. It was a very good way for a single woman to see the sights of Ireland in a short time and in a safe, comfortable fashion. Thank you to you and your staff for making this such a nice trip.
Lori Schemmel December 2011
I have to write and rave about my tours with your company, especially the ones I took with Dave Gallagher. Dave and your other staff and guides made me feel comfortable and included. It isn't easy traveling alone and I never once felt I was alone. From the staff at the station to the bus drivers to to the people in your office. Everything was easy. Even when my tours had to get switched around, everything was flawless! Dave and everyone else went above and beyond to make the experience great. The guides also created a great environment where everyone on the tours came together as one unit and I was able to make so many new friends! Thank-you so much for having such amazing tours and great people. I went on another great tour with another company, but the guide although funny and knowledgeable lacked the fine tuned people skills your staff had. I laughed so much on Railtours from Northern Ireland to the Cliffs of Mohar to Kerry. I would definitely book with you again and recommend you highly. I also want to mention John the driver on my Cliffs Great driver and nice man. Also Noel! He wasn't my guide but took the train over with us on the Kerry trip. He was a pleasure to talked to and helped the long ride go by quickly with his lovely stories! There was also a man in the lunch stop on the Kerry trip, Gerry, who took great care of me even with my special dietary needs. He even gave me extra decaf tea bags to take with me on my travels because he knew how hard that was to find and didn't want me to be without tea. Dave gave me so many great suggestions of what to do in Dublin. He helped me discover Cobblestone near my hostel for great traditional music. He also offered to take pictures of me at stops because I was struggling taking pics of myself. could go on and on about dave and everyone else. So many times people take the time to write about the things that go wrong on their trips. I wanted to take the time to write about the good stuff. Keep up the great work. It is the little things that matter! Until next time...
My wife and I were in Ireland and used Railtours Ireland to book four one day tours. We were extremely pleased with all the one day trips and would like to thank the drivers, tour guides and staff for a job well done. Dave Gallagher and Norman were especially good and made long days very pleasant.Thank you again for making our trip most pleasant.Rick & Sue Gilbert
This past week, my family and I participated in a day trip with your organization to Cork, Ireland. Miceal Bolger, was our tour guide and he did an outstanding job. Not only was he a lot of fun, he was extremely knowledgeable regarding all of the attractions. During my families two week vacation in Europe, he really made this portion of our trip very special.Thanks!
Stephanie November 2011
I was fortunate to join a wonder group of people and an awesome guide (Miceal Bolger) on Tuesday for a tour of Blarney Castle. I don't normally review my tours but in this instance felt I must write to commend you on a very well organized tour and for a guide who not only provided us with the history and context but was amusing to boot. I so fell in love with Ireland and cannot wait until I return when I will definitely book more tours with railtoursireland.
On behalf of my husband and myself, I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help and advice during our travels through Ireland. In addition to our stay in Dublin, we had a wonderful 2-day tour to the Ring of Kerry and a fabulous 1-day tour to the Cliffs of Moher. Dave, your insight and advice on travelling around Dublin, saved us $ and time! It was much appreciated.
This was my second time in Ireland, but the first time using the Irish Rail Tours which I highly recommend! In fact, we have two groups of friends going to Ireland next year and I have already recommended your tours!
Thank you Dave, as well as Edmond and Bob!
Mrs. Jerri KoscieszaOshawa, Ontario, Canada
I was in Ireland for the Solheim Cup in September with my daughter Rachel and granddaughter Mikaela.
My granddaughter Morgan Pressel played on the USA team. We stayed at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.I am sending this e-mail because we took a train/bus tour during our stay and we were so very fortunate to have Miceal be our guide. He was outstanding and made our trip so enjoyable, educational and so very much fun! Everyone on the tour (about 36-39 people) appeared to have a wonderful time.....and I really believe we all enjoyed the tour thanks to our likeable and very knowledgeable tour guide Miceal.
Just wanted to write and tell you about Miceal. We loved Ireland.......thanks for a wonderful time.....but,retaining the Solheim Cup would have made the trip outstanding!However, the Europeans played better....and deserved to win.
Evelyn Krickstein - USA
My mother and I took your tour to Limerick/Cliffs of Moher/Burren/Galway on Wednesday, October 26th and we just wanted to write and let you know how impressed we were with Norman, our tour guide. He made us feel very well-looked after and cared for, going out of his way to ensure we had maps and train tickets after the tour was done. He spent time trying to track down a new memory card for my mother's camera. And he visited with us on the train, providing lovely company and conversation as we travelled both to Limerick and returned to Dublin. We just wanted to let you know we thought Norman is a valuable asset to your company and he enriched out Ireland experience.
Thank you, and thank you to Norman.
Rae and Stacey Sankey October 2011
We recently booked a tour to Galway and the Cliffs Of Moher with your tour company. Our tour date was 12 October, 2011. Our tour was absolutely fantastic and exceeded all our expectations. It was one of the high points of our 10 days in Europe. Of special note was our tour guide, Dave Gallagher. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. From the time we got aboard our train he went by personally introducing himself to every guest on board, giving us information and welcoming us to our tour. The commentary once we switched to coach transport was very informative, enjoyable, and pleasant. Dave really knows his information well. There was no question left unanswered. There is never enough time on a tour, but our time was well spent and divided well. The stops were very enjoyable. Dave was sure to offer to take pictures for us, as well as tending to as many individual requests as possible. Besides making OUR trip memorable and a true joy, he is an asset to your company. On the way home he sat for a while with each group of people on the train discussing the days events, answering questions and just being a fantastic host. We would like to thank him again, and wanted you to know the effect he personally had in making a very memorable day for I and my husband. We would love to come back and be in one of his tours again.
Michael and Lori Richter
Lewisburg, WV, USA
Michael and Lori Richter
Lewisburg October 2011
I am writing to thank RailTours Ireland for a great day on Friday. We took the The Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Caves, The Burren and Galway Bay tour and it was wonderful. Your company made it a very easy day - we found your tour guides at the train station with no trouble - our seats on the train were reserved, both our bus drivers in Galway were friendly and helpful, and again our seats on the train back were reserved (and it was a crowded train). Oh and the most important part --the Cliffs of Moher were just breathtaking.
Thank you for making this trip a very enjoyable one.
Jacqueline Mahoney October 2011
Recently, my friend, Pam, and I were part of your Railtours of Ireland - tour #DH06, departing at 07:00 on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. We are from the State of Michigan in the U.S. and touring Ireland has always been a "bucket list" thing to do for both of us (we are both in our '50's and happy to have been able to check this off our list.....but we'll be back for sure!!!).I want to commend you and your organization for an excellent experience of the tour of of the south and west parts of your country (I was in awe of Bunratty Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher are spectacular!!), but moreover, I want to express my gratitude for the highlight of our tour, which was our tour guide, Miceal.
This employee went above and beyond our expectations in a tour guide! Miceal was not only funny, personable, entertaining, highly knowledgeable, patient, professional and courteous, he has an endearing spirit and a heart-warming soul.There was a young child on our tour (Mikaela), who was 10 years old, traveling with her mother and grandmother from the U.S., and she was the only child on the tour. Miceal made her his "assistant" on the tour and made the tour fun and exciting for a very energetic and "might-be-bored with Medieval stuff" kid. He made her feel important and made her feel special to the tour and its participants.
Miceal's attitude towards this child and keeping her involved with the entire tour was impressive and charming. By the end of the day, the entire tour group was interacting with Mikaela and with each other, and we were all laughing and having a marvelous experience (I even learned a bit about the sport of Hurling!). Most of the tour passengers were from countries outside of Ireland and Miceal made us all feel like we were all "one" on the planet. This man is an asset to your organization and a terrific employee. I am proud to have met him and happy to have made his acquaintance.
I will return to visit Ireland, and when I do, I will book my tours with Railtours Ireland, and I will tell all my friends, co-workers and family, when visiting Ireland, be sure to go with Railtours Ireland, and maybe, just maybe, they'll be blessed enough to have Miceal as their guide and as their friend.Sincerely,
Nancy C. (Dempsey) Denton
5018 Ikram Oaks
Jackson, Michigan, 49201 U.S.A.
Nancy C. (Dempsey) Denton
Michigan U.S.A. September 2011
To just say my brother Sam and I had a great time on our Rail/Bus Tour on Wednesday 9/14/11, would be the understatement of the century! Our Guide Miceal Bolger made the trip entertaining, educational and as he would say FOON for all!!! Miceal created an environment which engendered camaraderie among people from all over the globe. His unique insights into Irish History and society along with his witty comments had us all laughing and cheering together for the duration of the tour. The bus driver John, did a great job navigating the dangerous curves and traffic conditions keeping all of us calm and undistracted. We would highly recommend this tour to our friends and relatives along with anyone who may read this review. If possible, ask for Miceal,(pronounced Mee Haul) You'll have the time of your life!
Patsy and Sam Siciliano
Patsy and Sam Siciliano
New Jersey USA September 2011
My wife and I went on tour with your organization on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. We decided that your fourteen hour tour to the west coast from Dublin would be a great way to learn about Ireland in the time we had.
It proved to be a good decision. We became fast friends with another couple on the tour and thoroughly enjoyed their company. We saw some of the geological features that are unique to Ireland and got a taste of its history through our trip to Bunratty Castle. My wife and I are from Pennsylvania and enjoyed learning that William Penn had been at the castle as an infant. We enjoyed interacting with the Irish people. They were friendly and wonderfully helpful.
Dave Gallagher was our tour guide. Dave was very well informed and proved to be a very gracious host to everyone on the trip.
David was very instrumental in making the fourteen hours pass quickly through sharing his knowledge on the various features that we encountered on the trip and through his interactions with each of us. He made us feel safe and in capable hands.
Thank you for helping to make our initial visit to Ireland one that we will remember as being very warm and positive.
Pennsylvania September 2011
I just wanted to write & commend you for the great work that your tour guides did on my recent trip to Ireland with Railtours. Richard initially and Michael later were outstanding in their ability to keep our group on schedule and to make it very interesting and informative at the same time! They made me feel special and made sure everyone had a great time!
I'll definitely consider using your tours again in the future!
North Carolina, USA September 2011
Greetings from Bethesda, MD! Just wanted to send you a quick note to say thanks for a great experience in Ireland. Anne and I thoroughly enjoyed our Railtour Tours and LOVED having you and Brandon as our guides! Anne crossed into England during her hike on Monday, tonight she is settled in a small town called Alston. I was able to get back to the States on Wednesday after my flights were cancelled for Sunday due to the hurricane here on the east coast. When you seen Brandon please tell him Thanks as well and that I'm sorry I didn't phone on Sunday, but I misplaced his number. Sorry that Donegal didn't fare as well as Dublin in the Gaelic Football match on Sunday, hopefully you, Brandon and your bride had a great day at the match.
All the Best from Maryland!Sincerely,
Bethesda, MD September 2011
We are slowly getting back to our regular job routines after an incredible Ireland trip. Your hospitality and warmth were one of the reasons for our fabulous time. (Your directions out of town and to Kilkenny were perfect)
We absolutely loved your train and bus tour. It was incredible and very moving. We miss the Guinness, the wonderful sites, and the warm and friendly people!
Pat & Pam
San Diego September 2011
Liam, our tour guide was phenomenal and attentive and made the Wicklow mountain experience quite enjoyable and memorable. He also introduced us to Dave for our cliff tour and made sure he took great care of us. He made great restaurant recommendations as well. Both experiences were awesome having experienced the tour via rail and bus. We have beautiful memories and photos and we thank you for making our "Ireland" visit so wonderful !!!
Maxine Weir September 2011
We just finished the Cliffs pf Moher tour and our guide was Dave Gallagher. He was just amazing, so informative, friendly, and just a pleasant personality. It was a real pleasure to tour with him and we all thoroughly enjoyed the tour and it was made really special by Dave...!
Gopi Natarajan August 2011
My husband and I recently returned from a week's vacation in your beautiful country. The weather was wonderful and the people we met were charming! Everyone we encountered was willing to help with directions and suggestions to help make our visit to Ireland as pleasant as possible. We truly appreciated their hospitality.
One of our favorite stops was the Giant's Causeway. I am so happy we were able to visit this national treasure. We had been trying to see as much as possible during our brief seven day trip and we were needing a brake from our hectic pace. The Westin Hotel in Dublin recommended your company and your tour was just what we needed.
Dave Gallagher was an impressive guide! He met us at the train station with a bright smile and warm welcome. Dave stayed with us for the entire tour -- letting us explore at each stop but making sure he was available to answer any questions we might have. He gave each person in the group personal attention. We enjoyed the conversation he shared with us on the train!
We hope to come back to Ireland in the near future and we plan to look up Dave for any other tours we take.
Sheri and Eric Edelmann
Sheri and Eric Edelmann
Ovilla, Texas August 2011
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