Killarney Guided Tours
Killarney Guided Tours
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We are an award winning, industry leading provider of professionally guided & chauffeured, small group tours in the SouthWest of Ireland, on The Wild Atlantic Way, in The Ancient East and beyond. Killarney Guided Tours truly believes this is your adventure from start to finish. Understanding your time in this breathtaking land is precious, and that your group is unique, our mission season after season is to tailor your hard earned vacation with your Irish dreams in mind. Specializing in creating customized tours for small groups or solo travelers looking for that one-of-a-kind, private, luxury tour experience a bus tour can't provide, we allow you to set the pace so it will always be "Your Tour - Your Trail". Knowing your group may span generations, with interests as diverse as the landscape of Ireland, we'll handcraft your adventure. Offering an endless range of activities and places of interest, choose Killarney Guided Tours to tour in truly executive, yet relaxing, style.
Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

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2023

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AWHtravel
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Gerard was kind from the first email I sent, continued to be patient, gracious and informative, throughout my numerous questions and emails. My husband and I went round and round: hire a driver vs self drive, for our 14 day trip this past December with our 22 year old daughter. Finally, we decided to go for it...and Hired Gerard? This proved to be the best decision we made,and we will most certainly hire him again for our next trip. Gerard made our trip easy- NO stress, No worrying about driving on the opposite side of the road, wondering where to eat? where to park? navigating the numerous rotaries, etc. He had excellent recommendations, no matter the request. He efficiently made suggestions in changing up our itinerary if the weather was inclement, and always had history to share. Although we could have driven ourselves, we agree that by hiring Gerard, we were able to really enjoy the country side, see things we never would have just going by a tour book, and again- the travel was stress free. Gerard was friendly, fun and always had a tidbit of Ireland to share. This was not a structured tour, but our tour, our way. He always seem to anticipate our needs even before we asked. If you are wavering about whether to spend the money and hire a driver, JUST DO IT! Hire Gerard, you will NOT be disappointed. Thank you Gerard for a lovely trip!!
Written January 9, 2020
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So very pleased to know that what we strive to provide, a stress-free experience from the first call to the last good-bye, is exactly what your time on tour with us was for your family. Your kind words here on TripAdvisor, five-star recommendation and review for our future guests is genuinely appreciated. All of us at Killarney Guided Tours looks forward to welcoming you back on future visits to Ireland. Sincerely, Gerard Scott
Written January 11, 2020
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Jane M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
I will preface this by saying I am a planner, can pack lots of highlights in, rent a car and go! But I was traveling with my adult daughter and wanted us to remain friends while traversing the Ireland we were both dreaming of! Gerard looked over our itinerary, was intuitive about what we both were interested in seeing and let us relax and taught us to “take it easy”! We began our journey with a 6:30 am pick up at Shannon Airport and visited the Cliffs of Moher in the quiet beauty they deserve. My daughter and I would never have been able to navigate the backroads through the Burren to Poulnabrone and the Burren Perfumery without stress! Gerard was patient, kind and witty. He entertained us with stories of the history and places we were seeing, helped with ancestry information and taught us some Gaelic along the way! He is also a first-class photographer and knows where to get the best photos for your memories! We spent 5 days exploring the western and southern coasts, had time to visit and get to know locals and get a feel for “real” Ireland at her best while still seeing the highlights we wanted. We even have a list of book and movie recommendations from Gerard that we are enjoying back home! Can you travel Ireland on your own? Yes. Will it be the best experience? A resounding no! As one planner to the next, give Killarney Guided Tours a ring. You will never regret it! Thanks, Gerard, for guiding my daughter and I through the Ireland of our dreams and letting us remain best friends!
Written September 8, 2022
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Definitely pleased to know you two have remained best friends after touring with Killarney Guided Tours. To know that we played a part in making that happen and were able to deliver a tour that lived up to your holiday dreams is wonderful. Thank you for choosing Killarney Guided Tours and for entrusting you holiday to us. Your five star review here on TripAdvisor is very much appreciated. All the best, Gerard
Written September 9, 2022
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Mona S
Akron, OH16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
I’ve travelled the world in a variety of settings and I’d like to share what made this journey special. First, the friends I’ve known since grade school. Priceless. Second, the destination: Ireland and specifically the Western coast. Third, Gerard and his ability to be the consummate host. Make sure you read as many reviews as you can and you’ll find he has a gift of welcoming you into his country with a love that resides from spending his life there. The easy stuff is punctuality, friendliness, clean cars, good disposition- I’d expect that from any good driver. So what is the differentiator and why did I give 5 stars because I very rarely do- lol! Read on as to why I did…

First, it’s taking the time to understand the needs of your guests in a crafted manner. Our groups interests varied and Gerard quickly ascertained what that was. I love people and love to chat with people and Gerard would say to me… Go in there, you’ll love that person.. and I did.
Second, he created magic. The Mercedes was magically filled with gas for the the entire day. He must have filled up when we were at stops is my guess. When I noticed a rare book he was reading as I love to read, he called a second hand book store and magically the book appeared. When my friends in an off hand remark said I like Oreos, magically a Cadbury with Oreos appeared. When my friend and I both were taking turns sharing a charger, magically a two outlet charger appeared.

But the most important gift I received on this trip is to learn to live in the moment. I’m a planner and thinking about the itinerary and the schedule are how I roll. Gerard taught me to just let it go, we’d get to it all and he never unwavered in his promise on that. On our last day, he was with us till almost 9:00 making sure we weren’t rushed and saw everything. I hope to carry that with me, live in the present and just take it in.

In conclusion, there are lots of drivers out there, the Dave’s of the world so to speak, but it’s the impact we leave on others through our interactions that helps make a journey exceptional. I love people and meeting new people… I cherish authenticity and Gerard was authentic in his desire to make sure we had a memorable experience.

So after all of this blah, blah, blah… I’d simply say.. don’t be a ding dong and book with Gerard. You will not be disappointed.

And Gerard, check out the song by the Beatles .. In My Life… great lyrics that I personally think about when I travel and meet new people.. it would be
great for any musician you may know. 😉
Written July 31, 2022
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Killarney Guided Tours strives to make each tour "Your Tour - Your Trail" from start to finish and it sounds as if we hit the mark for your group. Your five-star review and kind words about your group's experience on tour with us is very much appreciated. Sincerely, Gerard
Written August 7, 2022
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ASwaninNYC
Sunnyside, NY4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Found William via trip advisor and booked a day trip with him to see Dingle. He responded quickly via email and was reasonably priced. When we arrived in Killarney (our starting point), we arrived in perfect time for Storm Ciara! William called us the day before the tour and was fantastic about the weather basically stating let's play it by ear because he didn't want to waste our money. We really truly appreciate this and was above and beyond what he needed to do. We were lucky enough that the weather cleared enough so we could do our trip the next day. William is a wealth of information, keeping the trip informative and entertaining. In my opinion, a private tour is the only way to see Dingle. It is a beautiful region and William is an amazing tour guide showing us all the spots. Cannot more highly recommend.
Written February 17, 2020
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Thank you for using TripAdvisor to leave feedback and a review of your touring experience. While the changing weather has the possibility to impact any visit to Ireland, it's nice to hear it didn't dampen your private tour of Dingle. Sincerely, Killarney Guided Tours
Written February 29, 2020
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lisa p
Edmond, OK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I would rate Gerard Scott and his company Killarney guided Tours as one the best we have taken anywhere in the world. First, he was amazing to answer all of my questions over several days in complete individualized answers, always prompt responses. He provided recommendations I would have never thought of and helped us avoid crowds, not once did he take us to shops for half hour because I let him know we hate shopping!

He was early both of our full days, GREAT knowledge and personality. We learned so much about Ireland's history and culture. those two days were the only way my poor husband got to see Ireland!! I can't emphasize enough you need driver for the unbelievable narrow and windy rides plus the driving on left side. worth every euro you will spend on your trip. Only regret is I would have done more days!!

We first did Dingle Pensulia and it was great experience. Second day was out of Kenmare with Killnary Park, incredible hidden abbey, Killarney Center (DO NOT Miss), Muckross And Ross Castle. He took the time to figure out exactly what types of things would be of more interest to us.

The car was perfect and I'm recommending to all the places we stayed to tell people about Gerad's services, just wonderful experience and made out trip.
Written May 31, 2022
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Ranking you experience on tour with us and our company as one of the best is a high compliment and very much appreciated. Killarney Guided Tours strives to make your time with us "Your Tour - Your Trail" from the first communication until the last goodbye. We are happy to hear we hit the mark. Thank you entrusting Killarney Guided Tours with your holiday and for recommending us to your friends and family. All the best, Gerard
Written June 26, 2022
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Anakenn
Winter Springs, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Gerard was an incredible guide who responded to our requests and made sure we experienced the very best of Ireland. We ate at the best little pubs and restaurants and saw incredible views. His welcoming and friendly demeanor throughout our 5 days was reflective of the spirit of Ireland. Highly recommend.
Written March 20, 2020
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With your trip being a bucket list experience, we are pleased to hear that it lived up to your expectations. We are also very appreciative that you entrusted your five-day, privately guided tour to Killarney Guided Tours. Many thanks for your five-star review here on TripAdvisor as we know so many guests will be planning their own future tours to Ireland again soon. Kind regards, Gerard Scott
Written April 7, 2020
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Caitlin D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
If we could have made a "wish list of qualities" to conjure up the perfect tour guide for our day around the Ring of Kerry, with a focus on family heritage sites, we would have fallen short of what we actually found in Gerard. He superceded all of our expectations! He is kind, professional, knowledgeable, amiable, and he has a great singing voice on top of it all!

He really listened, and tailored the drive to our interests. (To think that I might have missed Kerry Woolen Mills without his guidance makes me want to cry; it was heaven for a knitter!) Instead of a pre-scripted, strictly-scheduled excursion, we had the freedom of wander joyfully, stop for photos of a foal in the blooming flowers, skip ahead where needed. It felt like we were all working together to craft a perfect family history + sites of Kerry day.

He left us just the right amount of privacy to wander a meaningful cemetary, and pointed us enthusiastically to places that held emotional value to us, as well as to the standard tourism sites we shouldn't miss, taking photos, and just in general being easy company. The music fit the emotional tenor of the drive and he gave a wealth of information in casual conversation.

In planning our trip we chose to allocate a larger piece of the travel budget to hiring a private driver in Kerry, and Stephanie at "Infinite Ireland" recommended Gerard. In looking back at the trip, our time with him was a true highlight and absolutely worth it. We will be back someday for the full "Wild Atlantic Way" - a tour with him is worth its own trip to Ireland!
Written June 8, 2024
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Killarney Guided Tours looks forward to welcoming you back for more of The Wild Atlantic Way sometime in the future. Until then, thank you for entrusting your day to us. Our mission has always been to provide tours tailored to your families' unique interests, bearing in mind your available time. Pleased to read we hit the mark. Thank you for your kind, five-star review. Sincerely, Gerard
Written June 8, 2024
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Christina A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Just finished my second custom tour with Gerard and I worry my review will not do him justice! Once again, Gerard created an efficient, comfortable, engaging, and FUN experience for us, this time with a large group of 6. His incredibly engaging personality kept us entertained while traveling, and his keen perception of our varied interests allowed him to quickly pivot plans to ensure that we gained the most from our experience. Plus, he dealt with the 6 of us and our antics with a smile! While I am already eager to plan my next trip to Ireland, it goes without question that Gerard will be a part of it. I would recommend him to any and everyone who is interested in a truly personal trip of a lifetime. (And next time I'll make sure to measure our suitcases!)
Written July 6, 2022
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Thank you for continuing to choose Killarney Guided Tours for your customized, Irish tours. In a very crowded tourism market, one of the highest compliments is to have our guests return and choose to tour with us again. With endless locations to explore in this magical land, Killarney Guided Tours looks forward to touring with your group on a future visit. Your five-star review here on TripAdvisor, for those guests making their touring decisions, is much appreciated. Sincerely, Gerard
Written July 13, 2022
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Debbie D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My family of 5 spent 3 wonderful days touring with Gerard visiting Killarney National Park, Kenmare, Dingle and a stop at the Rock of Cashel on our way back to the airport in Dublin. My teen and young adult children loved the experience as much as my husband and I did! Gerard is a wealth of knowledge and even took us to some places off the beaten path. A short hike to a hidden cemetery and a stop at Inch Beach were particular highlights and things we wouldn't have experienced on our own. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring and experiencing the beauty of the region in the comfort of Gerard's luxury van. Even the rain didn't detract from such a wonderful experience! We look forward to touring with Gerard the next time we visit Ireland.
Written August 6, 2023
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To hear your tour with us was a highlight of your Irish holiday is quite the compliment. Many thanks for choosing Killarney Guided Tours for your family adventure and we will likewise look forward to welcoming you back on a return visit. Sincerely, Gerard
Written September 16, 2023
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Barb B
Bend, OR8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
After spending 2 full weeks with Gerard Scott on a private tour of beautiful Ireland, I feel extremely qualified to write this review. Don’t hesitate to book anything that Killarney Guided Tours has to offer! Even if it is a few days with this knowledgeable and accommodating man, do it! Although we are seasoned in renting a car and setting out on adventures Gerard took the same approach to our trip by listening to our interest and non interest, nudging us a bit when he thought something really was special (he was right) and making us feel safe and secure in our time with him. The importance of having someone with these guiding skills in this post Covid travel time will help ease any concerns you may have about the what ifs.
Thank you Gerard for your commitment, lightheartedness, musical talents, driving skills. Photography and of course, your wonderful stories! We hope to meet again. I will be passing your name on to anyone I know traveling to Ireland. God Bless
Written May 10, 2022
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It was my pleasure to share this truly magnificent country with you all. It is always nice to hear that your decision to tour with us made for an indescribable two weeks. With so very much to experience here in Ireland, Killarney Guided Tours will look forward to planning and providing tours to any of your family or friends wishing to visit, and of course, to welcoming you back on a return visit. All the best, Gerard Scott
Written May 14, 2022
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