I see many travelers have had the same experience we did. We used Paddy Wagon Tours for a day trip from Dublin to Galway. What a scarey experience, and frustrating!
We were herded onto a bus at 6:00 am by a very young driver who told us little to nothing about what were were seeing. Most others on the bus fell asleep but I didn't and I watched as the driver nearly dozed off several times. It was raining very hard and was very frightening. He drove too fast, had the radio BLASTING through the bus most of the trip and spoke on his cell phone most of the time. We have laws against that in California.
My husband and I were on the tour to Aran Islands. However, when we got to Galway, everyone was ordered off the bus and told where to meet up with another bus for their tour. When we asked about the Aran Islands tour we were told we were on the wrong tour. The driver offered to take out and drop us off at the ferry but we probably wouldn't like the trip out there anyway.
The REAL story was obvious. We were the only ones booked for the Aran Islands tour so they figured they would just (oops) book us on the other tour to Conemarra (sp?) which was actually being handled by Healy tours in Galway. Then they used the Paddy Wagon bus for the Healy tour and the larger Healy bus for another tour. We agreed to take the Conemarra tour if they would reimburse us the difference, which they did. (We should have insisted on all our money back).
We did enjoy the Healy tour of Conemarra. The driver was very knowlegable and friendly.
However, he was not used to driving a standard transmission and I think he broke the transmission when we got back to Galway. Which was actually a good thing. The driver couldn't go more than about 45 mph all the way back to Dublin! (He kept asking if the Healy driver had problems with the bus, we just said no).
We spoke with a woman on our tour who had also booked Aran Islands the previous day and was (oops) put on antoher tour instead.
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