Things We Get Asked
You have some questions we have some answers! Below is a list of some general questions if your question is not answered below or even if it is please contact us for clarity or further information:
We specialise in private tours and small group (up to 8 people) day & multi-day tours – larger groups are catered for on request. Our private tours are meticulously planned around the individual desires of your party.
As our tours are individually customised our tour prices vary depending on a large variety of requests including – Tour Length / Group Size / Accommodation Style / Activities Requested. Our tour prices will include Transport / Driver / Guide / Accommodation and certain selected activities.
Our Currency: In Ireland we have 2 currencies:
The Republic of Ireland accepts €Euro & Northern Ireland accepts GBP£, major credits cards are widely accepted – the exception being American Express. Card transactions use the chip & pin method, but it is still possible to swipe and sign.
We have a huge range of accommodation options from luxury 5 Star Castles to boutique farm stays. Once again this is a completely flexible and customised element of your tour. We find that guests like a mix of accommodation styles so we try to mix up our overnights with a combination of 5 Star / Luxury B&B / Farm Stays. We will always ensure that the accommodation is of the highest quality standard regardless of the ratings.
This depends on the style of tour you have chosen.
Day Tours – The lengths of our day tours will vary depending on the distance travelled and can be between 5 -13 hours long.
Multi Day Tours – The days on our multi-day escorted tours are usually 8 hours and based on a recommended 9:30am to 5:30pm schedule. This is entirely flexible and depending on the itinerary and the group, days can be shorter or a little longer. Some excursions can require an earlier or later start/finish time.
Driving Times – Although our vehicles are of the highest comfort nobody likes driving too long. We try to design our tours so you will have a stop of interest every 1.5 to 2 hours at the most. There will be exceptional circumstances where a drive of 3 hours is required on our longer day tours.
Our weather is famed the world ‘round as being one of constant rain with clouds and dreary shivers. While it is true that something must make the Emerald Isle its lush shade of emerald it is also true that Ireland has plenty of sunshine.
Irish weather is mild, we do not suffer from extreme temperatures or fronts like inland countries or even our Scottish neighbours. The average annual temperature is about 9 °C (48°F) but the summer month’s average lingers around 19 °C (66°F) and the winter a manageable 2.5 °C (38°F). Most likely there will also be rain showers along the way. The rain showers and drizzles often result in incredible lighting and rainbows so the glowing Irish landscapes will be complete for photos.
Something we do recommend is good waterproof walking shoes. Not necessarily hiking boots, just a simple pair of waterproof shoes that you can wear for all occasions. Ireland would not be a particularly formal country in terms of dress so casual wear would be suggested. An exception is when staying in some higher scale 5-star castles. In this case formal dining wear may be required.
Step 1 – We have the canvas; you provide the inspiration and together we produce a masterpiece
Provide details around your length of trip, the number of people and your preferences on attractions / locations / accommodations / room styles, etc. The more information you provide about yourselves and your likes / dislikes the more likely we are to design your perfect tour.
Step 2 – The Personal Touch.
We will now assign your private tour planner who will be your dedicated point of contact for your travels. You will receive an initial itinerary proposal. This will include our costs with full itinerary details including accommodation options and day to day sight-seeing and activity options.
Step 3 – The Nuances.
You give us your feedback and advise us on any changes you wish to make to the itinerary for your perfect trip.
Step 4 – Secure your dates
We finalise all initial itinerary details and request a deposit of 20% to secure your dates of touring. This allows us to proceed with your accommodation bookings if required.
Stage 5 – We confirm the accommodations
We will get back with your confirmed accommodations for your adventure as well as details of room styles and upgrades options available.
Stage 6 – Balance payment and condensed driver guide itinerary.
Approximately 6 weeks before your tour date we will request the balance payment for your tour. At this stage we will then also go through the finer details of your day to day activities using a condensed driver guide itinerary.
Stage 7 – Your Excursion & Memories Begin!
Daily costs will vary depending on individual cases however a rough guide would be as follows… (small variations between £ and € Applies)
Meals (when not included) – Breakfast comes included in our costs / Lunch – Approx £10-£15pp / Dinner – Approx £15-£40pp depending on style of restaurants / Quality Pub Dinners – Approx £16pp
Activities (when not included) – Boat Trips – Approx £20pp / Museums – Approx £4-£7 / Heritage Farms – Approx £8pp / Large Exhibitions – Approx £15pp / Brewery’s – Approx £10pp / Distilleries – Approx £8pp / National Heritage Sites – Approx £5pp / Live Music Shows – Approx £15-£20pp
Entertainment – Pint of Guinness – £4/ Pint of Beer – £4.5 / Pub music – Free / Theatre – £15-£25
All of our tours are individually customised based on our clients requests therefore our tours always vary and every tour is a new adventure. Our only exception to this is our fixed date group tours.
Our website features some suggested itineraries however they are all flexible.
There is no set guidelines for tipping in Ireland. People will usually tip based on the quality of service they receive. A general guideline for top quality service would be 10-15%
Meals – This depends entirely on the quality of service and food. The food standard has greatly increased in Ireland over the last number of years and we know some gems of coffee shops & restaurants around the country. 10 to 15% is a good guideline.
Drinks – Bar staff behind the bar would not normally be tipped. Lounge staff who serve you at your table would be tipped 10 to 15% percent. Once again this depends entirely on the service quality.
Driver Guides – Driver/guide gratuity is never expected but always appreciated. The amount is entirely based on your tour experience. If you feel that your guides have gone out of their way to provide a unique experience a tip of between £30 and £50 per day would be a generous gratuity.
Hotel Staff – A tip for porters & chambermaids is always appreciated but again, this depends on quality of service.
There is a common travel agreement between Ireland & The UK, so a holiday visa for the UK generally applies to Ireland. Visitors from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & The EU can travel without a visa for up to 3 months. Visitors from other countries vary but we are happy to advise on an individual basis.