Believe all of these wonderful reviews! I've taken 2 amazing trips now with Dave O'Connor, and have experienced an Ireland I couldn't have seen any other way. This is unique off-the-beaten path fun and adventure, for all ages and activity levels, with breathtaking scenery and special places to visit all day long. . . and it's perfect for solo travelers.
Dave really goes out of his way to make sure everyone is doing and seeing the things they came for--and to show you an Ireland that even many Irish don't know about! Because Dave takes only a small group, you quickly bond with one another in the van, as you picnic by a waterfall after a road walk or a forest hike . . . it quickly feels like a road trip with friends! The flexibility of being a small group means that some people can hike while others bike. . . there's always something for everyone. And all along the way, Dave shares his rich knowledge of Irish legends, songs, flora, fauna, and history with his trademark humor. You'll laugh a lot!
One afternoon we had our picnic lunch in the picturesque ruins of an ancient abbey. There was no one there but us and the swallows. I felt sorry for the hordes of tourists in their big buses, who would never even know about that ruin, or get to pick local wildflowers while hiking past a fairy ring, up to an ancient tomb. You have to experience Ireland outdoors, you have to "jump in," as the current Irish tourism commercial goes...that's what Wolfhound's all about.
On our last day of the Southwest trip, an important Gaelic football final was taking place, so on the way back to Dublin, Dave took us to a pub where we got to watch it with the locals. This is just one unique experience I'll always remember.
With Wolfhound, you'll stay in beautiful B&Bs or small inns that can't take big groups, situated in the most scenic places! I'll never forget one spectacular road walk that led us down into a scenic valley, where our inn waited for us by a small lake and tiny perfect church. We were welcomed warmly, drinks were quickly in hand, and soon we were enjoying a gourmet dinner.
Dave truly loves his country and relishes exploring it, and sharing it. Because of his thoughtful, insightful planning, all you have to do is show up and enjoy it!
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