The vacation was wonderful! We especially enjoyed Clontarf, Lough Eske, and Perryville House. The Malton was really nice and we enjoyed it as well. I enjoyed each place we went, and thought that it was a good representation of Ireland. Also, the two days in each place was perfect. We didn’t have a chance to see everything, but we saw almost all of what we wanted too. I would definitely recommend Shamrock Vacations to any of my friends or family that want to plan trip to Ireland. Thank you very much for the wonderful vacation!
Catherine Worthen, TX
We want to let you know how much we all enjoyed our trip to Ireland. The scenery was spectacular and the sites were memorable. Thank you for organizing this trip for us, and for setting us up with Pat Griffin. He was a most attentive driver and very respectful. He provided us with background information on all the sites. Patty even made sure we were aware of where to eat and catch music before he dropped us off at our hotel. We enjoyed his company. All in all the trip was enjoyable and memorable. We will be recommending your services to friends/family who might be looking to make the trip.
Arlyn & Nancy Birkholz, MN
We had a fantastic trip, all of our accommodations were really excellent. From Trinity Capital Hotel in Dublin, and onward everywhere we stayed we were treated well, and were centrally located. I will say my two favorites were Perryville House in Kinsale, and Ballyseede Castle. Thanks to Shamrock Vacations for an excellent vacation. We definitely plan to use your services again.
Tim Budd, MA
We had a wonderful time in Ireland. The hotels were great, and all the arrangements you made were spot on. I will admit that I was nervous about doing this all over the internet, but everything worked out beautifully. We would use you again in a heartbeat!
Dan O’Fallon, MN
Firstly, let me say thank you so much for all of your hard-work planning our vacation. It was absolutely immaculate. I miss Ireland everyday. I brought some Irish turf peat home with me in hopes the scent would ease my longing, but it is just not the same! The trip was really, truly magical, and wouldn’t have been the same without your help. All of the places we stayed in were absolutely stunning, and had great service. We managed to get locked inside our room in Waterford castle. I attributed this to jet-lag and old keys, but was told later by a lady that it was likely the Waterford Castle ghost, and that a lot of strange things tend to happen there. I loved it.
While we simply didn’t have time to do all of your recommended stops along the way, the ones we did do were fantastic, such as the Black Taxi tour in Belfast. If I ever know of anyone planning a trip to Ireland, I will recommend Shamrock Vacations for sure, for sure
Cassandra Steiner, ON
The entire trip was amazing. There was so much to see and seemed like not enough time. It is hard to pick a favorite day or thing. We went to Carrigafoyle Castle and found the Ballylongford Cross at the National Musseum. The boys caught a fish with Frank at Ashford Castle and the Chef cooked it for us as an appetizer. We rode through the Irish countryside and Larkin and Charles golfed at Doonbeg. Our mission to get Sam to Gus O’Connors for his 18th was a resounding success and was one of the highlights of the vacation. A night Sam will ne’re forget. We ate a lot of great dinners. Our driver, Des, was a great asset. So much history and knowledge that made the trip so much more meaningful and efficient for time.
Linda Cook, AB
Thank you so much for the best vacation of my life. The tour was so informative, the guide, Frank Foster, was so friendly . The hotels were so beautiful. I want to extend my sincere thanks for all the hard work you put into making my bucket list complete. Thank you from the bottom of my Irish heart.
Nancy Ristigian, HI
Our trip to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland was just wonderful. The team at Shamrock Vacations did a superb job of locating ten beautiful and well appointed hotels for our 15 day visit, securing the nine passenger van when no one else could obtain the same and booking our ferry crossing into and returning from Scotland. It just couldn’t have been better.
The selected hotels all had outstanding breakfasts and excellent dinners as well. The rooms were just as you had promised and we enjoyed them all. They were all centrally located near the tourist sites we selected to visit. We were very fortunate to have great weather during the 15 days with only a little rain, which didn’t restrict our activities or travels.
All the people we encountered in the three countries were gracious, friendly and very helpful when we needed the same. We enjoyed many pubs in the small towns and villages we visited on our travels. We were fortunate to have been visiting such a pub to see Katie Taylor on TV, at the Olympics, win her semi-final fight and also the win that gave her the gold metal. What fun!
Ireland was all that the tour books said it would be, only better and the shades of green clearly seemed more than the 40 that every one claims you will see when you visit the green country called Ireland. Northern Ireland and Scotland are also beautiful and well worth visiting.
I want to thank you once again on behalf of all six of us for your efforts to make our trip exceptional and wonderful as you certainly succeeded in doing. The van you were able to secure provided us extra room for our luggage and plenty of space for each of us. We sang your praises to all hotel personnel and to everyone who asked with whom we had booked our tour. We will continue to recommend you and your firm to anyone seeking assistance in planning such a trip. One day we may return and we certainly will use your services again.
Bert & Deanne Caster, CA
I travelled with my teenaged daughter and cannot say enough great things about our experience with Shamrock Vacations. Without question we would use them again and recommend their services to anyone planning a trip to Ireland. Their professionalism, attitude and attention to detail is beyond reproach. Our trip could not have been more perfect. They worked with us to get us exactly what we wanted and truly listened to what we wanted. This was not an “off the shelf” trip. The trip truly catered to our specific requests. Their knowledge and advice is superb. They were always available to us. Responsive and caring.
Lori Sullivan Antolovic, TX
A tremendous thank you to the team at Shamrock Vacations. Their help in planning for our vacation ensured that this was one of the best ever for us. We always wanted to go to Ireland but there’s just so much to see and do and we had a limited amount of time. The team at Shamrock provided sage advice on what to see and how long we should stay at various venues and helped us priortize our visit. As a result, the trip was magnificent. It was just the right pace and the hotels were fantastic. We didn’t have any issues at all and everything went very smoothly. Ireland is a stunningly beautiful country that is rich in history and has much to offer. The best advice they gave us was to go to the Blarney Castle. We had considered not going because we weren’t interested kissing the stone, but Genevieve suggested that the castle was worth the trip. That castle and its grounds were stunning! And thankfully we avoided the long, touristy lines to kiss the stone. And every hotel selection was top notch and welcomed us with open arms right away. I would recommend Shamrock Vacations to anyone going to Ireland-it’s well worth the price.
Rebecca Duffy, WA
The team at Shamrock Vacations was fantastic during our trip planning. They recommended and booked perfect hotels for us on our anniversary trip and helped us choose an itinerary that was tailored perfectly to our needs. We combined just the right amount of driving with the right amount of luxury accomodations with the right amount of sight-seeing. Ireland is a stunning country and we know it wouldn’t have been so easy without the support of the team at Shamrock. Josh Duffy, WA
The trip was in a word – WONDERFUL!!! Or should I say GRAND, BRILLIANT!! We had the best time. Our driver, Dan Cooper, was great. A 20-year veteran of the tour bus routes, he provided us with a trip to remember. And I have to say, it was so nice to not worry about getting lost or driving on the wrong side of your roads! Our favorite places to stay were Dromoland (of course) and The Malton Hotel in Killarney. We really appreciate the time you took to put the trip together, and especially the last minute changes due to my mistake making the flight arrangements. I have already recommended your agency and will continue to do so. And you can be sure, if I have the opportunity to return, I will be contacting you.Thanks again!
Liz St George, MA
I wanted to let you know that I had a very enjoyable and worry-free vacation thanks to you and your company. From the time I was met at Shannon Airport by Gerry to being chauffeured to my destination at Lisdoonvarna by my guide Steve, I had a wonderful time!! Gerry was so nice and helpful with information about things to do in Killarney and its environs, as well as handling my luggage.And I have to give a special comment about Steve who was my guide from Kennedy Coaches. He was prompt, courteous and went out of his way to make my trip fun, interesting and comfortable. He is a fountain of information and history of Ireland, told at appropriate moments during the tour so that it was never too much or boring. In fact I’m so glad I had this tour first before meeting the Irish artists at the painting retreat, so that I knew what they were talking about and could join their conversations!There was nothing I didn’t like about the tour, so I really have no negative comments. The Fairview in Killarney was a great place to stay – perfectly located and lovely amenities. The service was also impeccable. They arranged a cab for me to go to Muckross House, where I had a wonderful time hiking the National Park and lake, as well as a tour of the house and gardens, all of which were spectacular. I loved Ross castle and the lake where it’s situated, as well as Killarney itself. But I especially loved the jacuzzi tub in my room which I really needed after all that walking!! Last but not least the Fairview breakfasts were excellent.Other highlights included the tour of Galway which I especially enjoyed, as well as the shopping!! And Connamara I loved – that was hauntingly beautiful. All of it was made the better by Steve’s commentaries. One of the gems of the tour was Mount Falcon, which is truly exquisite! What a beautiful estate – the house and grounds are magnificent! Had many beautiful moments by the lake and walking the trails bordering lovely pastures inhabited by playful horses. The staff was pleasant and helpful, the food superb. Not to mention my wonderful room!!Kylemore Abbey was also a great choice worth a visit, and the smaller towns along the way, such as Cong, Adare, Westport and Leenane on the fjord. I truly loved it all!! My only regret is that I didn’t have more time to spend exploring other regions as well. That just means I’ll have to come back!To sum it up, I had a wonderful tour. Not only were the destinations fabulous in themselves, but I felt safe and cared-for while being a single woman in a different country, and all of that added up to a worry-free vacation!! I can’t thank you enough for arranging everything for me, especially since it was rather last minute. You are so pleasant to deal with, and your suggestions were spot-on as well. I will definitely recommend you and Shamrock Vacations to anyone going to your beautiful country.Warmest Regards,
Sharon Errickson, NJ
My wife, Sally, and I had a great time in Ireland. Although much too short to see everything, we enjoyed getting a taste of a beautiful isle!!! We appreciated the opportunity to stay in places that were harder for us to book without your assistance. Waterford Castle will always remain a special time for us. Des Prior, our driver, was very interesting and knowledgeable. When our flight from JFK to Shannon was delayed 3½ hours it was great to see him waiting for us. We very much enjoyed the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and Cobh. On our own, we had a great Dingle Peninsula tour and Killarney was ideal to get the flavor of Ireland. Thank you for arranging our early morning transfer from Waterford Castle to Rosslare. Thanks again for working with us to make a great trip and making it work for our condensed schedule.Best wishes,
David Hill, PA