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After winning a trip to Ireland and receiving a recommendation to connect with Authentic Ireland, I immediately rang the 800 number for some ideas. Since it wasn't something we had in the works, my wife and I had a number of questions to help us sort out the sudden trip planning. And with two young boys (2.5 & 5 yrs) at home, it was one more thing to consider. We worked with Christina the entire way through and she was so very helpful in exploring all options and offerings to make our trip unique but worry-free. And she has young children, too! We left knowing everywhere we were staying and left our printed vouchers at the desk of each hotel without a care or worry the entire time. We spent our vacation in the southwest region (Doolin, Dingle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry) and it was all wonderful. If we went back, we would spend more time in Doolin since it is so peaceful during the day and lively at night...and so walkable and friendly. We can't even think of a single hassle we experienced during our entire trip. And even though it rained 3/4 of the time, I left thinking that those rainy days may have been the most scenic and awe-inspiring than the sunny days. I'd be sure to use Authentic Ireland again!
Nearly perfect vacation
Our recent vacation in Ireland met nearly all our expectations. The Ireland Adventure tour with CIE tours and the tour guide were fabulous. Stops we most enjoyed were the Cliffs of Moher and Giant's Causeway. Food and accommodations were great on the tour route. Our follow-on self drive excursion did not go as well. The rental car company did not meet us at our hotel as stated, and we received a standard transmission vehicle instead of the automatic that we had reserved. The Hilltop Lodge in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, was by far the best place we stayed. The proprietors, Iris and Ernie, were wonderfully welcoming, the rooms were spotless, and the quiet country setting was calming and peaceful. Our last night was spent in the worst hotel we have ever had the misfortune to have visited, the Clarion at the Dublin airport. Rooms smelled musty and the plumbing was in bad repair. The staff were not very friendly and the food in the dining room was not good and overpriced. Breakfast was horrendous.
Our time in Ireland was better than ever expected. Authentic Ireland did a great job listening to what we were looking for and giving us the peace of mind to not have to think through every detail ourselves. It was perfect. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to stay another month! we really loved staying at the various B&Bs (particularly the Hillgrove House in Kilkenny) and then at the gorgeous Dromoland Castle towards the end of our trip. We loved every minute!
It is impossible to imagine a vacation (holiday) going any better. Authentic Ireland has really done their homework. Everything was simply amazing.
We had a great time. Your planned trip for us was wonderful. I would recommend this to anyone for a first time traveler to Ireland as we were 1st timers. All of our accommodations were great, all the hotel personnel were friendly and nice. It was a Lovely place to visit. we will return some day. Thank you.
This was the first time I have ever used a travel agency and you guys did not disappoint! Nora was extremely helpful and was so wonderful about everything. Every place you guys booked for us was fantastic and everything went off without a hitch. One place you booked us at, Lawcus Farm Guesthouse, was so amazing I almost cried when we had to leave. I very highly recommend them to future travellers! Thank you so much for so a wonderful vacation!!
This was my Mother and I's first time in Ireland. It was extremely helpful in using Authentic Ireland since they were able to guide our trip and journey from Dublin to Shannon. We only had one week and ended up staying in Dublin, Waterford, Kilarney and Bunratty. Only problems were lated with the car...we went to Ireland depending on our obtasning GPS and when we went to pickup car they were out. Using a map created some interesting routes in the end anyhow. We went to towns most have not raveled and met people that did not usually see tourists that made it a bit more fun:) I was especially disappointed since I had inquired prior to our arrival. Also on our last day driving to the airport the brake fluid indicator light and alarm went off....we had no choice to drive really slow ...thank good ness the roads were nothing like Ring of Kerry or Dingle!! Beyond that all rooms were spectacular ...especially the Waterford castle which was a splendid surprise that Aisling worked hard for since Kilkinney Castle was booked. We stayed at Kingfisher for 3 nights and the owners and breakfast was spectacular however be advised that walls there are a bit thin. Bushnell was great hotel and location...wish we had more time in Dublin...oh and Dublin Pass worked fantasticly for the sites we wanted to see. The memories my mother and I made in Ireland will last a lifetime and any quirky issues made us giggle when over and gave us great stories to tell. I would absolutely use Authentic Ireland again and will likely do so when I plan our next trip to Scotland:)
We have visited Ireland for the past 16 years, but this was our first trip with Authentic Ireland and we certainly loved it! From the beginning of my research, Miriam was very helpful and pleasant with the different requests we had. As our trip - 4 persons - progressed, we were absolutely convinced and enchanted by her work and suggestions. The places where Miriam located us were really to our expectations and we had the great pleasure of meeting real an genuine people from the country. This is to say that we highly recommend Authentic Ireland and Miriam for any trip to this beautiful country, we will certainly go back to them for any future trips. All the best for the future!
Maggie couldn't have been more helpful to us in planning our trip to Ireland. She answered all questions promptly and followed up with helpful tips.The itinerary was well organized, and we appreciated staying multiple nights in the same location. The manors and hotels were wonderful, and staff at each one were gracious and helpful. I would recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone planning a trip.
One of the Best Vacations Ever!
Miriam did a fantastic job listening to our goals and putting together a fabulous itinerary for us. The hotels/B&B's we stayed at were great. Denis and Eileen (owners of the Adare Country house) were like family. The people in Ireland were extremely friendly and helpful, the food was fantastic, and the scenery was gorgeous. The directions we were provided with were right on the money. Thanks Authentic Ireland for one of the best vacations yet!
Amazing trip, this was to be my dream trip, we were not disappointed. Miriam with Authentic Ireland was terrific to work with, was always very prompt to respond to every question and email with an 11 hr time difference between us. We described the things we wanted to do and see in Ireland and Scotland to Miriam, and she absolutely came through for us. We had a nice mix of hotels, B&B's, and a castle. We were warmly greeted at every location, everyone was helpful, friendly & received a number of upgrades. Authentic Ireland & all of our hosts provided wonderful information on what to see and do along the way. We could not be happier with our trip, every place we stayed and all of the people we encountered. We will use Authentic Ireland again for future trips to Ireland and Scotland. Thank you Miriam :-).
This was my first time out of the US and I was bit nervous about it all but Rebecca from Authentic Ireland made it very easy for me and answered any question I had. Couldn't be happier with the trip, it was really amazing. Every reservation including the car was made for me, all I had to do was travel around and enjoy Ireland. The castle that she put us in on the last day was so amazing I proposed to my girlfriend there, she said yes :) . I highly recommend Authentic Ireland if you want a stress free, amazing trip. If you go to the Dromoland Castle you have to go see Dave for falconry, truely amazing.
Another great trip
Authentic Ireland came through again with a great line up of B&Bs, and we had a great time. Beautiful sights, great food, friendly people, good pub food and music. Hard to pick a highlight as it was all good!
Ireland 3 Place Stay
My boyfriend recently went to Lough Rynn Castle, Clontarf Castle and Bellinter Manor. There was plently of things to do... Although, Lough Rynn Castle is beautiful and the gardens are amazing, they don't have anything around the area and they promote their sister castle more which has a swimming pool and more of a romantic gothic feel. I have not seen it personally. Our favorite place was Meath at the Bellinter manor. There was shopping, an hour drive to Dublin, great food and history (we visited Tara Hill and Trim Castle- both worth it). All the customer service at each location were amazing and it was worth it to have a car! Food was amazing and the Guinness was better than America's imports. We are looking to come to Ireland again but near County Kerry. Of course, the customer service was pleasant as well and the website was easy to use. Thank you for making this trip enjoyable!
We had an absolutely wonderful trip! Everyone from the moment we landed was so friendly and helpful. We took upgrades on the car for a slightly larger one. We also upgraded our hotel rooms in Kilkenny and Killarney and it was well worth the price of E50-100 for the two and three night stays respectively.
The Cahernane House in Killarney was absolutely amazing! It was beautiful and out upgrade to a suite was well worth it. We stood on our balcony at sunset and watched the red deer come out of the forest every evening! The jaunty carriage ride through the National Park was great fun. The scenes and the castle were too good to miss.
Waterford and Cashel were excellent recommendations for sight or see. We could've spent more time in the town of Waterford . We had no idea how much history was there. Next trip maybe!
Dingle and the Sleaford area on the coast were breathtaking. We did see Funghi the Dolphin, but the scenery was the high point.
The food was good everywhere. We highly suggest Matt the Millers establishment in Killkenny and it was just across form the hotel. Irish musicians played every evening!
I must say, while Castle Dunboyne the last night was certainly comfortable, the service was below what we had recieved throughout the trip. Not rude, just slow and not as eager tho make sure the guests were happy. I'd give them another chance.
This was a fantastic trip and we highly recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone. We had a great experience! Thank you!
What a fantastic trip we had. The hotels were fabulous and all of the extras made our time even more enjoyable. Aisling at Authentic Ireland was so helpful and answered any and all questions that we had before we left. I will recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone who is thinking of making the journey. Slainte. Maggie Meagher
We just returned from a two-week trip, our first with Authentic Ireland. We booked the Castle Special the first week and B&Bs the second week. To our surprise, we were only scheduled one castle. It was quite an experience driving the narrow country roads. Having a GPS is strongly recommended. Getting the version with coordinates would have been even better. All of the accommodations were good choices except for one, Pembroke Townhouse in Dublin. We were disappointed that free Wifi was not available, yet it was provided in the B&Bs and even the castle. Cabra Castle was incredible, and the castle dog, Oscar, an Irish Wolf Hound. The meals, breakfasts and/or dinners, were outstanding wherever we stayed. Fortunately, we were able to check in early at all of our bookings. Unfortunately, we both came down with the flu towards the end of our trip.
Everything went well without a hitch! Ballyseede Castle was amazing.We loved the Dingle peninsula and Blarney Castle.The drive to Blarney from Killarney was absolutely beautiful. Our time was spent mostly in the south west and a couple of days in Dublin so there is still plenty left to see!
Thank you Authentic Ireland for an amazing trip. Your choice of accommodations was spot on each and every place. From the charm of Castlewood Inn in Dingle to the majesty of Dromoland Castle in county Clare, we were never disappointed with the exquisite places and the warm service. Your professionalism and patience was much appreciated as we planned this tour. Thanks again.
No Longer A Dream
We just returned from our Scotland vacation, one I have long dreamed of. The trip was everything I had hoped for, and more. In fact, we are thinking to return in a couple of years to see those things we missed. The trip was so smooth, all the tours and arrangements were flawless. Thank you so much for this awesome adventure.