Michael picked us up at 8 a.m. at our hotel and we were off in his very comfortable car to visit Newgrange, Monasterboice, Hill of Tara, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle plus drive-bys of The Battle of the Boyne site and Drogheda. As we left the hotel, he asked us what we were most interested in so he could customize the trip.
Because of the early start we were on the first bus at Newgrange! Michael greeted many of the people who worked there, told us where to go and guided us efficiently through the beautiful visitor center and out to the bus.
I wasn't too excited about visiting the Hill of Tara because I had read that it was sorta like a golf course, but Michael made it come alive with his personal tour.
We are studiers when we travel so some days we don't cover much ground, but Michael kept us on a steady pace for the entire day. I was able to take lots of pictures, my husband was able to look at lots of green things and talk history and we just had a delightful day tooling around the countryside. He was such a gracious host that he didn't fall down laughing when I asked him without thinking if the slits in the Trim Castle walls would have been for guns! He politely chuckled and suggested arrows!! History is not my best subject, obviously, but it was "craic" with our patient guide.
It was 17:45 when we returned to the hotel, so it was a full day tour.
If you have ever gone to visit a friend or relative in a far away place, and they took you sightseeing for a day, well then you know how it felt to be out with Michael - except you have to pay for his services! I highly recommend spending a great day in Ireland with Michael Fox.
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