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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I did the Giant’s Causeway Tour. This tour takes you to Northern Ireland and you will visit a few places along the way. Have your camera/phone ready because the views are stunning. I totally recommend this tour, totally worth it!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank arianapasini
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a GLORIOUS trip!!!! Would recommend to anyone traveling to Ireland! If you can request Barry he was an amazing tour guide.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank michaelcG484TN
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did two trips with Paddy Wagons whilst on holiday. First we did the day trip from Belfast to Giants Causeway and then a few days later we did Dublin to Blarney Castle. We found we had the same problems with both trips - we felt rushed at the places we had paid to see, too much time with too little to do in other places and the tours felt disorganized.

The day tour from Belfast didn't get off to a good start. The departure point was given as the Europa Hotel at 10:00. As we arrived there early (around 09:30) and couldn't see any sign of the bus so we nipped into the bus station next door to use the toilets. We came out just in time to see a Paddy Wagon bus that was full getting ready to drive off. Thinking this was our bus we asked what was going on. We were told this one was for our tour but was full and another one would be along in 5 minutes. I was puzzled how the bus had managed to fill up within a few minutes. Turns out they start the tour from Dublin and pick up most of the passengers there. A group of us were left to wait for the next bus. We waited and waited until someone came up to us and asked if we were for Paddy Wagons. Turns out this bus was waiting for us down the side of the Europa Hotel. Meeting point really could be made clearer as its a busy area and so could easily to miss the bus.

Our driver was Barry. Found him to be quite entertaining on the journey but don't go expecting an in depth history of any of the places from the drivers as they are not proper tour guides and do not go with you around any of the attractions (not that you really need them to do so).

The first stop was the dark hedges, aka the Kings Road from Game Of Thrones. We got 20 minutes here. Barely time to get from the car park to the hedges, take a few picture and get back again. Would have liked about 10 minutes longer here so didn't feel as rushed.

Next stop was the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge where we got an hour. Again, would have liked longer here. The rope bridge is at least 10 minutes walk from the car park and you have to queue to cross it in both directions. We didn't get to spend more than 10 minutes on the island before having to cross back and didn't have time to explore any of the surrounding cliff top area.

After having felt rushed at the first two stops we than stopped for an hour at a road side cafe. This wasn't mentioned until about 5 minutes before we arrived and as we didn't wish to eat there (having brought our own food along) it was a long hour. This stop was never mentioned on the online description of the tour or at the start of the day by the bus driver.

Then it was onto the main attraction - Giants Causeway. We got about an hour and a quarter here. There is a National Trust mini bus that can take you from the top where Paddy Wagons drops you off down to the causeway but this was extra and we preferred to walk anyway. There was just enough time here to explore the causeway and the visitor center comfortably before having to get back on the bus.

The final stop was Dunluce Castle. I thought you actually got to go round the castle but no. You just pull up on the road side to take a few pictures. Bit of a disappointing end to the tour. Was back in Belfast for 17:00. Seemed early to finish the tour, especially consider how much we had rushed certain stops but then I suppose it was because the majority of the group had to travel back to Dublin.

Dublin day tour to Blarney Castle started out in the same disorganized fashion too. Meeting point given as Paddy's Place (their office and hostel near city center) and when we got there, we saw a whole line of coaches along one side of the road. None had destinations on the front. Turns out your need to report into their office and wait there to be called. Not made clear when you book the tour.

We had Paul as our bus driver and couldn't find a more stereotypical Irish driver if you tried! Very chatty, full of stories and constantly singing to us!

Its a very long journey down from Dublin to Blarney so there is a stop at the services each way thankfully. Only stop between 10-20 minutes. Just long enough to go to the toilet and grab something to eat or drink if you wish. The bus was also very comfortable and had USB charging points for phones.

The first proper stop was the Rock of Cashel. We got about 45 minutes here which was plenty long enough. Frustrated though that some people were still late getting back on the bus, eating into our time at other locations.

Next stop was Blarney Castle, not what the online description of the tour stated. Online when we booked the tour it said after the Rock of Cashel you got an hour and a half free time in Cork before going to the castle. We planned to use this time to get lunch. However by going straight to Blarney Castle, it forced us to get something to eat there. This meant reduced options for what to eat, higher prices and less time to actually explore the castle. We got just over 2 hours there but made the decision not to queue up to kiss the stone. The queue was over an hour when we looked and would have left us with very little time to explore the rest of the grounds. Disappointing not to have had enough time to do this but the grounds are very nice and would have liked more time to explore them too. We barely got to see a third of it with the time we had there.

After this we then got an hour freetime in Cork but at that time of day (got there about 16:00) there was nothing we really wanted to do, having already eaten lunch and not wanting to go for a drink in the pubs. Paul did suggest various places and things to do in Cork before saying wouldn't have time to do them. Bit pointless stopping there. Most people were back on the bus well before the departure time so think they must have thought the same as us. Turns out the itinerary was altered as they were dropping people off in Cork who were staying overnight to do another Paddy Wagons tour the next day. Irritating that it got swapped round to suit just 3 people rather than considering everyone else on the bus. Could have easily stuck to the advertised itinerary and just had a short detour back into Cork after the castle.

Also worth noting that the bus did not drop us back at the same place in the evening. Was expecting to go back to Paddy Place were we had departed from in the morning but got dropped off in the city center as more convenient for the driver. Great for us as near the restaurant we wanted to go to but not great if you were planning to go back to the original departure point.

Overall, we enjoyed the places we went to but would not do tours with Paddy Wagons again.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Manicrose
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So this was wonderful. Mixed ages/nationalities, extremely affordable. There was a hostel option for backpackers. Includes accommodations and breakfast (if you get the B&B package). Gerdie was amazing. Our bus became awesome friends and it boosted the experience. We saw SO MUCH of Ireland. Gerdie would take time to do more things if they were important to someone in group. Had an unbelievable and unforgettable experience. LOVED IT.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank roguelou18
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brian was my guide on this tour and it was a great time. We stopped at a lot of different spots and Brian was great with providing information as well as recommendations. Brian was a master at driving the tour bus and found a way to make everything fun. I would even consider going back and doing this tour again.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Joseph R
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