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“Best tour guide on the island!”

Thomas Faherty Tours
Ranked #7 of 15 things to do in Inishmore
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Owner description: Take a trip with Thomas Faherty around the island in a pony & trap, and see the beautiful sights of Inis Mor the old-fashioned way. Pony & trap tours are a family tradition and date back to the 1940s. You will hear wonderful stories and interesting island histories, all while taking in the amazing surroundings at a picture friendly pace. Stops are made along the route to let visitors explore. You can look for seals during low tide and hike up to Dun Aonghasa. But what makes Thomas and his tours so different? He likes to point out what other tourists may never get the chance to see, or have even heard about. Like the wormhole. No matter the length of your stay on the island, whether you wish for a private tour for two or an afternoon jaunt for ten, a tour can be arranged. that accommodates to your plans.
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“Best tour guide on the island!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Tomas and WB Yeats are the best. We were the last to depart the ferry and were skeptical about taking a tour of the island. We knew for sure that we didn't want to take a mini-bus tour. So it was quite a treat to be greeted by Tomas who won us over with his smile and enthusiasm for the island. Since Tomas grew up on the island he knows all the best spots. He will even show you the worm hole and then will encourage you to hike to the top of the mountain, where you'll discover even more breathtaking views from the ancient site of Dun Aengus. Thanks for being such a wonderful host. It was a picture perfect day and life doesn't get much better than that.

Visited April 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Great way to spend the day with Tomás and W.B. Yeats”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Although the weather wasn't sunny we opted to get a pony and trap tour for the ten of us.

Tomás picked us up from our accomodation on time and was very polite and cheerful. Both he and W.B. Yeats (the horse!) trotted us up the coast of the island showing us some of the scenery and on up to Dun Aonghasa (a must see fort on the island!).

On the way we had spoken to Tomás about the fact we were interested in seeing that the Red Bull Cliff Diving area too which is The Worm Hole (Poll na bPeist). When he dropped us off at the interprative centre he actually walked the 1km up to the area with us! Just to make sure we didn't miss it.

From there we walked ourselves up to the fort and took photos for an hour or so. We jaunted back then after Tomás showed us some more sites and dropped us off for some lovely lunch at a cafe.

I would definitely reccomend, regardless of weather to take the pont and trap tour. The sides of the trap are all closed in so you won't get wet and he gave us all blankets to keep warm. It's a great leisurely pace to see the Island.

Visited March 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“The Ultimate Inis Mor Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Visiting Inis Mor was the highlight of our month long holiday in Ireland & this was in no small part because of Thomas & Geraldine Flaherty's hospitality. Having looked around TripAdvisor for options on where to stay, we settled on the Seacrest B&B just 5 - 10 mins walk from where you jump off the Ferry. Geraldine & Thomas own both the Aran Pony & Trap & the Seacrest B&B. Thomas runs the Pony & Trap business while Geraldine looks after the B&B side of things. As we wanted to see the island on this traditional means of transport, we thought a combination of B&B & Pony & Trap would be very convenient.

When we arrived by ferry from Rossaveal, Thomas was there at Kilronan pier to pick us up as we stepped off the boat. Once we’d settled into the Seacrest B&B & had a lovely cuppa & some of Geraldine's homemade brown bread & jam, we headed off again with Thomas in the trap. Thomas's trusty steed is a black & white Clydesdale called Johnny, named after Johnny Cash apparently & affectionately referred to as ‘Big John’ or 'Johnny Boy'.

Thomas & Johnny had quite a day planned for us, the first stop of which was the famous Dun Aonghasa Fort. I say first stop, but actually, you're dropped off at the visitors centre, then have to hike the remaining 1km up the hill to the fort over uneven terrain! But don't let this put you off, no matter how unfit you are, for it will be one of the most memorable places you'll ever visit. We spent at least an hour & half visiting the Fort while Thomas waited in the back of the cart & Johnny munched on his bag of chaff. Thomas & Johnny happily waited some more while we called into the nearby cafe with the yellow door, for a bowl of hot soup & a slice of apple pie.

Next stop was Na Seacht dTeampaill [The Seven Churches], the ruins of 5th century ancient monastic site. By this stage it was getting pretty cold although it wasn't raining. Thomas had a couple of blankets in the Trap for us to wrap around our knees which were sufficient to keep us warm. We meandered down around the coast past the seal colony, more old ruins & many more stone fences. Thomas stopped at a couple of scenic spots to take photos of us in the Trap, pretending to actually be steering it ourselves.... however, Johnny wasn't quite that silly and promptly stopped when he realised Thomas had disembarked!

The whole experience of seeing the island on the Pony & Trap was something we wouldn't have missed for the world. Thomas was so thoughtful & professional & ensured we were well looked after. Having spent most of his life on Inis Mor, Thomas was a weath of information about the historic sites around the island. We were pleased to have decided to stay the night on the island as this would give us a chance to go out with Thomas & Johnny again the following morning.

Later in the evening we walked from the Seacrest B&B up the lane to Ti Joe Watty's Pub for a meal & an evening listening to the sole musician there belting out some great old irish ballads.

Straight after breakfast the following morning, we walked across the road to the beach to watch Thomas take Johnny for his morning dip in the sea. Sea water has for centuries been known to provide treatment and prevention of leg injuries in horses, so this is a ritual that has been carried out down through the generations.

Once dried off, Thomas & Johnny were ready to take us off again for another couple of hours around the west of the island to more historic sites, old graveyards, & roadside monuments.

We had elected to take the 5pm sailing back to the mainland which meant we still had 6 hours to wander around the island when Thomas & Johnny left to pick up more visitors from the 11am Ferry.

Carrying on by foot we visited the Aran Sweater Market to purchased a few wee momentos of our stay on Inis Mor. As well as a gift shop, there are also wonderful displays of the history of the Aran Sweater & market, well worth taking the time to check out.

We ended up back at Joe Watty's Pub about 2.30pm to sit in front of a cozy peat fire, have a tasty meal & make use of the free WiFi there. Geraldine & Thomas had kindly allowed us to leave our luggage at the Seacrest B&B & when we arrived back to pick it up, Thomas offered us a quick trip around the island in his car before dropping us off at the pier.

I can't recommend highly enough, the experience that Geraldine & Thomas Flaherty provide for their visitors to the island. Be prepared to step back in time. Let Thomas inform you & guide you around the island he is so proud of. I also recommend that you do as we did - arrive at 11.00am & leave the following day at 5.00pm.

Visited April 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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“Pure Magic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

We decided to visit Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands in hopes of seeing a glimpse of 'old Ireland' and we were not disappointed. If you have a car, you'll need to drive @30 minutes from Galway to the ferry port of Ros a Mhil and then purchase a ticket for the ferry.

We did not have a car so we booked online the night prior to the tour with AranIslandFerries.com. The combined round trip ticket for two adults with an online discount was $53 Euro. What a bargain! The bus leaves Galway at 9:30 am so you have time for breakfast before heading out.

The ferry leaves the dock at 10:30 am and the crossing takes @45 minutes. The ferry is quite large with two decks and a small snack bar.

We were met at the dock by Patrick and his lovely horse Grace. Patrick was born on the island and was a wonderful tour guide in his traditional trap. He never rushed us, showed us all the sights of the island and made us feel so welcome.

It was cold, windy and rainy the day of our visit but that just added to the beauty of this incredibly remote landscape. Stopping for a hot cup of tea and soup halfway through our tour at a gorgeous thatched roof cafe with a roaring fire just added to the magic of the day. And when we were warm again, there were Patrick and Grace waiting for us to continue our tour.

Make sure to visit Dun Aengus, a 4,000 year old fort on the island. It is quite a climb but the spectacular views from the cliffs are worth it.

We said goodbye to Patrick at @3:30 and took some time to browse the small sweater shops. Amazingly the prices were the same or less as the shops in Galway to encourage you to purchase. We then departed the ferry at 5 PM.

We will never forget our day on this island and you won't either. It is pure magic.

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Insishmore "Pony & Trap" tour - like a jaunting car and so fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

My siblings, parents and a few in-laws (ages 30-65) showed up at Inishmore w/o a plan and lucked out when we ran into a man named John and his horse Laura who offered to show us the island. John was the sweetest guide who obliged our every whim, encouraged us to see the "good stuff", and then regaled us with tales of history, daily life on the island, and random jokes/gossip for the 3.5 hour tour. We also stopped by his house to meet his darling wife and see the Aran hats she knits. John knew we were in the market for souvenirs and so timidly mentioned his wife's hobby, prompting us to demand he take us to meet her. We were going to walk off the island with some sort of Aran knit and it was nice to meet the woman who made it rather than buy something from the big, commercialized Aran Sweater Market. Consensus from my travel companions is that the Aran Islands, John & Laura were the best part of the trip to Ireland.

Visited May 2012
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