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Tours of Derry

Derry, United Kingdom
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About Tours of Derry
Hi I was born and raised in Derry’s Bogside and one of the city’s longest established tour-guides and resident red head! I’m an accredited guide with 19 years’ experience and have had the opportunity to guide thousands of visitors around my beautiful city and throughout the north of Ireland. This is not just a job to me, my biggest passion is home. I love to talk about this place and share what our great country has to offer. “Tá grá agam don teanga.” I love the Irish Language! I’m a fluent Irish speaker and was one of the first generation of children to be educated through the medium of Irish in the city during the modern language revival in the North of Ireland. I have a great love and passion for Gaelic culture and my tours usually end up in a seisiún or two! My tours focus on our countries history, culture, and politics but I also put across my own personal experience having grown up during “the troubles” in the north of Ireland.
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SteveHunter33 wrote a review Jul 2021
Dunfermline, United Kingdom76 contributions27 helpful votes
Great day enhanced by our knowledgeable driver/guide Stephen The weather helped but I would recommend you make sure you have good footwear
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Miles wrote a review Mar 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana1 contribution
Being a university student studying the Troubles, I was blown away by the knowledge and experience of Ruari. He answered every question with extreme detail and used his own experiences to illustrate the climate and history of Northern Ireland. He treated much of the tour as a conversation that was extremely enjoyable and informative. We encountered several logistical issues due to unforeseen circumstances but Ruari handled them with remarkable flexibility and patience. I was blown away by the trip and every part of the tour exceeded my expectations.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Tours Of D, Owner at Tours of Derry
Responded Apr 1, 2020
Thank you so much!
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Matt Wells wrote a review Mar 2020
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I first met Ruairí in Derry in May 2019 and began working with him in August to plan a tour for 12 university students from the States in March 2020 who were taking a course on the modern history and politics of Northern Ireland. Throughout the whole planning process, he accommodated our changing needs, responded quickly to questions, and made me feel very comfortable about how the trip was going to go. As the trip got closer, I found that I wasn’t too nervous about it because I felt like we were going to be in good hands. I was right. From the minute Ruairí met us in the hotel in Belfast until we said goodbye in Derry, he provided my students with his insight, experiences, good humor, patience, and tips on where to go to really immerse oneself in the life of Belfast and Derry. Because he grew up in Derry and knows so many people who were willing to meet and talk with my students about their experiences, Ruairí was able to make the history my students had read in the weeks before come alive. And because we were traveling at the point where the coronavirus began to spread across Europe and the US, we experienced a great deal of uncertainty in our last two days about whether we would have to re-arrange our schedule or abandon parts of it. But Ruairí calmly adjusted, taking us off of the beaten path to a few beautiful out-of-the-way places in Donegal that we otherwise would not have been able to see. I know that there are a number of options to choose from for instructors who are bringing students to Northern Ireland, but I could not have been more pleased with what Ruairí was able to provide for my class. And I now consider him a friend and I look forward to bringing over more students in the future for him to show around his beautiful homeland.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Tours Of D, Owner at Tours of Derry
Responded Mar 26, 2020
Aw thanks Matt! What a lovely thing to say! You guys where an amazing group to work with!
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Jax C wrote a review Mar 2020
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I cannot thank Rauri enough for the experience he was able to provide to both my classmates and I! This was my first time visiting Ireland, and Ruari blew me away with his knowledge of Ireland's history along with many important sites along the way. Ruari's big smile and witty jokes are sure to keep you entertained along the way! Ruari was able to pack a lot of fantastic information and sites during the tours, but what stood out to me most was that no matter how packed the agenda was for the day, Ruari always took the time to address all questions and personal thoughts along the way! It is truly amazing all the information and love that Ruari has for his beautiful home country! If you are spending anywhere from a day to a few weeks in Ireland and want to learn everything, there is to know about Ireland... RUARI IS YOUR MAN!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Tours Of D, Owner at Tours of Derry
Responded Mar 24, 2020
Hi friend Thank you so much for that lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! I love my town and my country so my job is a pleasure
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BenD wrote a review Mar 2020
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I was completely blown away with this tour, and Ruari being the best, most electric tour guide of all time only made it better. Ruari knew every answer to any question along the tour, and he did it in a very personable manner as well as showcasing his great sense of humor and knowledge. When you think of the ideal tour guide, Ruari is your man. He was extremely flexible and understanding to all situations and circumstances. Ruari always brought a positive, uplifting attitude and involved all members along the tour. I will be forever grateful and appreciative having Ruari as our group's tour guide, and thank him for the ultimate experience.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Tours Of D, Owner at Tours of Derry
Responded Mar 20, 2020
Aw thank you so much!
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