Daniel KrysztofiakUnited States
Barry was awesome - excellent historical knowledge and a great tour guide. Avoids the touristy places...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Daniel. Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of your tour. It is very much appreciated. I delighted all of you enjoyed your day on the Ring of Kerry, despite the weather not being helpful at times. I absolutely enjoyed my time with all of you. I was fascinated by your previous experiences of Ireland and all of you were very well acquainted with contemporary Irish affairs, and the history behind it. If any of you are back this way again please look me up. Thank you again. Barry
Kathleen McKeeUnited States
Barry is a superb tour guide. His knowledge of the local area and the history of Ireland made our trip to Cobh fascinating. Barry was also extremely accommodating to our desire to make a stop along the way to Fermoy and Ballyhooly to meet with a genealogist who had information about our family. He is an excellent driver - competent, calm and safe. Our tour with Barry was a highlight of our trip to Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kathy, Toby & Mary Jo. Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your tour. I'm delighted to read you all enjoyed your day in Co. Cork, and I think you did learn much about your ancestors in the Fermoy area, and you enjoyed the afternoon in Cobh. For me, It was delightful to spend time with three lovely ladies, and we certainly did discuss history and contemporary politics in detail!. Thank you for the opportunity to tour with you, and please come back again!.Best wishes, Barry
Don ConnollyMercer island, WA, United States
Excellent communication with Barry before arriving on a cruise ship due to changing arrival/departure times! Barry was great to work with in tailoring a tour to hit the high points we were interested in plus a few extras we hadn't thought of, while meeting our time restraints. Excellent knowledge of the area and entertaining presentation style. Very clean and comfortable vehicle. Highly recommend Barry as a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Don, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. I really appreciate that. Im delighted all of you enjoyed your day. It was a pleasure for me to spend time with all of you, albeit I wish we had more time. And I must credit you with bringing such good weather!. I hope you got an insight into what the southern coast of Ireland has to offer and that you all come back again sometime to explore more of this scenic area. Best wishes to all of you and thanks again, Barry.
Pauline H.United States
What a great day we had touring around some of the back roads of Ireland and still visiting some of the tourist sites. Barry was waiting for us when we exited the ship with a spotless and very comfortable vehicle for our group of 6 adults. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Barry and will book him whenever we visit the area again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Pauline, Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of your tour. I absolutely enjoyed my time with all of you, the day went so quickly with our various discussions on current affairs. Pauline, you certainly did your bit praying that the rain showers would be minimal, which they were. Overall we had a great day. Best wishes to all of you and please come back again sometime, it would be a pleasure to meet up with you again. Safe home and thanks. Barry.
Jeffrey LevyUnited States
Barry is an excellent tour guide. We took a private tour of County Cork to see my mother's ancestral home area. He was very impressive with his knowledge of the area and very accommodating to our needs. He told the best stories and his knowledge of the history of the area was exceptional. We had a group that ranged in age from 19 to 85 and he was able to relate to us all. I would highly recommend him for any type of tour that you are looking for in Ireland. Thank you Barry O. - Jeff and Lisa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeff and Lisa, thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your tour. It is very much appreciated. I'm delighted you all enjoyed your tour, in particular your mother, and I know how important it was for her to visit the coastal area which was her ancestral home. Only today your group came to mind as I was actually in the same area. It was a pleasure to spend time with all of you, unfortunately we only had limited time, but please come back again sometime. Best wishes to you all, Barry.
Ann CollinsUnited States
Barry could not have done a better job or provided a more perfect tour of the Ring of Kerry and sheepdog demonstration! Our group of 5 all are so different in interests and ages but Barry was able provide lots of interesting background and color about Ireland, history, the areas we visited etc. Barry is such a professional in that he knows how to pace the day, knows exactly how to time the stops, choose where to eat, how much to interact etc. Our day with Barry was a highlight of our 9 days in Ireland!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ann, thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. I thoroughly enjoyed my day with all of you on The Ring of Kerry, and it was a delight to spend the day in your company. We certainly got into 'history' especially in the Skellig Area. It was my pleasure to tour with you and I'm delighted to hear all of you enjoyed the day. Please come back again sometime, there are many more interesting places to visit in Kerry. I would be thrilled to meet up with you again. Best wishes, Barry.
Pete DaltonUnited States
Barry is a terrific tour guide! He took us to places and on routes that the cruise ship tours could not offer. He was on time, very courteous, and extremely knowledgeable about the area and the sights. Our family was very impressed with his tour. We highly recommend him for other tour opportunities.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Pete. Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a review of your tour. Im delighted to hear that all of you enjoyed the day and the sights in the areas of West Cork and Kerry. I also enjoyed the day discussing contemporary and historical matters with all of you. As is always the case Shore Tours give a glimpse of the area where your ship docks. Please consider coming back again to this area to explore further what this area it has to offer. Best wishes to all of you. Barry.
Maria KellyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Maria, Thank you very much for posting a rating for your tour. Im delighted that you enjoyed the day to Co. Clare. It was a pleasure for me to spend the day with you and your group. I hope you enjoyed your overall trip to Ireland and the Adare area in particular. Please pass on my best wishes to all of your group. Come back to Ireland again sometime, there is much more to see, particularly in the South West Region. Thanks again and best wishes, Barry.
Nancy H.Saint Petersburg, FLORIDA, United States
Barry took us on a wonderful tour to Waterford. He was prompt, professional, informative and a pleasure to tour with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nancy. Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your tour. It was a pleasure to spend time with you and your group. I too very much enjoyed our trip to Waterford and our discussions on the way about contemporary politics and history. I’m sorry we had not more time to see other interesting places of interest. Please come back again to this side of the world. Enjoy the rest of your vacation. Best wishes, Barry.
Suzanne RichardsonUnited States
Excellent guide, highly recommend. Barry, thank you for our wonderful day seeing the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, especially the stark and haunting Poulnabrone Dolmen. We enjoyed our added spin through Limerick, too, seeing where you grew up and went to school. Thanks also for your insights on Ireland today ; politics, religion, the economy, and public opinion. They added a great deal to our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Suzanne. Many many thanks for taking the time to submit a review of your tour. I delighted both of you enjoyed your tour to Co. Clare. We certainly had a detailed conversation on geo political and contemporary issues in Ireland and in your home country. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and all the issues we discussed. Thank you for touring with me. I certainly hope that both of you will come back to this side of the world again. Best wishes, Barry.
Kathryn BowringUnited States
Our guide Barry was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. We saw a lot of the country side. I think it would have been helpful if he had shown us a map of where we would be going so that we could picture it ahead of time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kathryn, Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of your tour. Im delighted you and your group enjoyed the tour. We certainly discussed a lot of geo politics and history during the course of our travels. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I was with you and your group. It was a pleasure to spend time with all of you. I know you enjoyed the scenery we encountered during our travels, I take your point about a map. Thank you for touring with me and enjoy West Cork! Best wishes, Barry
Paula LiguoriUnited States
We had an amazing time with Barry! Lots of lively, fun, informative conversations -all while taking in the beauty of Ireland as we traveled to Molls Gap, Ladies View, and Ross. We loved the jaunting car trip, the boat ride, & savored lunch at a beautiful, elegant hotel where staff was witty & fun! Barry is the perfect guide! We always felt safe & in very capable hands. He also took great care of my in-laws who had mobility issues. Very thoughtful too! We definitely need to book you again soon Barry!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Paula and Tom, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your tour. I delighted you all enjoyed your day albeit we had a limited time to experience what Killarney has to offer. You certainly made the most of that time. I thoroughly enjoyed the day I spent with the four of you. I would be delighted to meet you again and show you more of this beautiful region. Thank you for touring with Tours by Locals and looking forward to seeing you in the future. Best wishes, Barry
Thomas SalinasUnited States
Barry was informative, enthusiastic and jolly good company for our trip around the ring of Kerry. When weather was becoming an issue, Barry had quick alternatives and work-arounds to make sure we had the best experience possible. When we get back to Ireland, we will be looking him up for any free day we have! Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Tom and Leslie, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your Ring of Kerry Tour. Im delighted both of you enjoyed your tour, and let me tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your company. It was a very enjoyable day out for me too!. I particularly enjoyed our conversations about contemporary matters. Please do come back, I look forward to meeting up with both of you again and showing you more of the stunning scenery we have in this area. Best wishes, Barry
Andrea StraffiUnited States
Barry was AMAZING! So knowledgeable about Ireland's history and folklore!! He showed us the major tourist attractions as well as some places only locals know about and we loved every minute of it! We were 3 couples and everyone gave Barry 5 stars!! We won't hesitate to use ToursByLocals again in the hopes that ALL YOUR GUIDES ARE AS WONDERFUL AS BARRY!! Thanks for an amazing vacation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Andrea, Thank you very much for posting a review of your tour. I had 11 lovely days touring Ireland with you, Dan, Dawn, Ernie, Judy and Bob and I made friends with six fantastic people as we toured the highways and byways of Ireland. I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed my time with all of you. Im delighted you enjoyed the tour, all of you contributed to making it a success, and we had a plenty of fun and laughs on the road. I have one parting message to you...Please Come Back!. Best Wishes Barry
Robert CoganUnited States
We found Barry to be knowledgeable and pleasant. We especially loved the 9/11 firemen's memorial that he took us to.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Greetings to the Cogan's Thank you for taking the time to post a review. It is very much appreciated. I absolutely enjoyed our short few hours together, our wide discussions on history, politics and current affairs. I particularly enjoyed our lunch in the lovely village of Glandore. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your cruise. Come back again soon and we will resume our extensive conversation on geo politics etc. Best wishes, Barry
Jen MorelandUnited States
Beautiful country! Barry was very helpful in making suggestions prior to our trip, which really helped us to plan our time. The directions he provided for train stations and times made pick up and drop off seamless, which, for travelers, is a little pot of gold in and of itself! The tour itself was great, very laid back and relaxing. At the end of the tour Barry also helped us map out which tubes in London we would be using- little did we know that that map would be our guide for the rest of the week!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello to all the Moreland's, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. Im delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour and overall your trip to Ireland and London. I absolutely enjoyed my time with all of you and it was a pleasure to show you around the south western part of Ireland. Im also delighted to hear the 'tube map' was helpful when you went further afield. Please come back this way again and see more of our scenic country. You will always be welcome!. Best wishes, Barry
Robert CoatesUnited States
Our second day of touring with Barry was equally as enjoyable and interesting as the first day. So many great things to see and learn about with Barry providing expert guidance about the area. My family will long remember these tour adventures.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your fantastic review. Thankfully the weather was more favorable to us on the Ring of Kerry route. In particular, I know you were very impressed with your visit to Mhckross House. My overall wish for all of you?: please come back again!!! Thanks for everything, Regards, Barry
Robert CoatesUnited States
Great tour with Barry providing in depth knowledge of the area showing us many interesting places on the Dingle peninsula. We all enjoyed our day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello to all the Coates Family, Many thanks for taking the time to post of review. I’m delighted you enjoyed your day. It was a pleasure to spend time with all of you and I very much enjoyed the day I spent in your company. In particular, it was very interesting to discuss various aspects of Irish history, and i was very impressed with your knowledge of historic events this side of the Atlantic. Best wishes to you all, you all were great ambassadors for the State of Connecticut! Regards, Barry
Miriam MuscarolasUnited States
We toured the Ring of Kerry with Barry on our first full day in Ireland and feel so lucky that he the one day available in his schedule. Barry is engaging and very personable. The day breezed by. He briefed us on history, politics, the economy and the Catholic church, and much more. He instinctively knew when to provide more in-depth info versus just the summary version. We feel that we truly benefitted from our time with him and left more knowledgeable. Thank you Barry! From Grant and Miriam
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Miriam and Grant, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your tour. I’m delighted to read that you enjoyed the day. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with both of you and we certainly did discuss in detail many aspects of history and politics. Our time together discussing these matters was too short!. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation in Ireland. Please come back again sometime and we will resume our discussions! (With a bit of scenery thrown in)!. Best wishes, Barry
Clay JonesYork, SC, United States
I was really impressed with Barry O's knowledge of Ireland's history and the events that make it so unique. We arrived with an incomplete itinerary and ask Barry to fill it in, he did with some of the most beautiful and interesting sites that otherwise we would never have seen. The special magical mystery tours were some of our favorites which took us to sites off the beaten track that added so must . I would highly recommend Barry O to anyone that wants an informed and personable guide for Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello to my friends from the 'south', I spent six lovely days with all of you and yes, I too felt (and know) I made lovely friends. Having six days gave me a chance to get to know all of you. Im delighted you enjoyed your tour, you all contributed to making it a great tour, I really enjoyed every moment of it too. Thank you for taking the time to post of review, and thank you for the laughs and fun we had. And you kept me on my toes as regards Irish history!!!!. Come back soon!!!!!. Best Wishes, Barry
David HanleyUnited States
This was a great tour and we are so glad we choose to use Barry. Being able to enjoy the tour without have to worry about driving was great. Barry was a wealth of knowledge and very engaging. We avoided some of the "tourist traps" and we're able to customize the tour to our liking. On a personal note Barry went above and beyond a tour guide to help me with a minor medical issue after the tour. I recommend Barry to get the most of your trip. David & Lorraine from Boston Ma. USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your trip. I am delighted you enjoyed your day on the Ring of Kerry. I was a pleasure to spend time with all four of you and from my perspective I really enjoyed our discussions on politics and other contemporary issues. The weather also made the day great. Best wishes to all of you and be sure to come back! Regards Barry
Kevin R.United States
Barry was professional, friendly, patient and very, very knowledgeable. The connection between he and my family was instant. After spending the day with him touring the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Ring, it was like leaving an old friend. The day was the highlight of our trip, and for this we are grateful to Barry. He seemed to know all of the best stops — places the bus tours do not go — and we never felt rushed. When we return to Ireland, a must do will be another tour with our old friend Barry O.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Greetings Kevin and the Rudge family, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the day I spent touring with all of you and I’m delighted you all had a wonderful day. Please do come back and tour more of the dramatic scenery this part of Ireland offers. Best wishes to you and your family and hopefully we will meet again, Regards, Barry
Keith WilsonUnited States
This was an excellent tour. Barry was outstanding. He gave a very thorough overview of Ireland's history, culture and economic status. The Irish countryside, Blarney castle and the village of Kinsale were the main highlights of the tour and were all great to see. Barry also took us to a very moving memorial to the firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11. Our family was very pleased with Barry and the tour and consider it a highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello to The Wilson Family Many many thanks for your review and thank you for taking the trouble to post this review. I thoroughly enjoyed my day with all four of you, in particular our discussions about politics and current affairs. Please come back again sometime...and we will try the whiskey tasting at Midleton!!!. Best wishes and thanks again, Barry
Annette GallardPoint Clare, NSW, Australia
Couldn't have wished for more! A great tour & an amazing knowledgeable & friendly guide. We travelled with Barry for the day around Cork and the beautiful countryside. We wanted to see as much as we could as Ireland is one of my favourite countries. Barry did not disappoint taking us to the most beautiful & memorable places. Thank you Barry for our fantastic day spent exploring your great country. We truly enjoyed and would have no hesitation in recommending Barry to take you on your tours in Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Annette, Geoff, Margaret and Doug, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review of your tour. It was a pleasure to spend time with all of you and I’m delighted you enjoyed your day in the West Cork area. I thoroughly enjoyed my time showing you this lovely part of Ireland. Please come back again sometime!, Best wishes, Barry
Barry is a very personable well informed tour guide. He made sure to find out what might interest us and stop at beautiful sights on the way. Be sure to ask him lots of questions and you will leave him feeling like you really got to know Ireland. A great host for the day:)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for taking time to post a review. I'm delighted you enjoyed your day and that you experienced some of what South West Ireland has to offer. I enjoyed my time with both of you and I hope you return to Ireland again in the near future. Best wishes to both of you. Barry.
Laura ArmstrongUnited States
We absolutely loved our tour of the RIngs of Kerry and Skellig Ring with Barry O'Rourke! Barry is extremely knowledgeable about Ireland's deep history and culture. What we particular liked was that he would offer as much information as we wanted. He kept us away from the tourists so we had a more private experience. He is quite personable and we highly recommend Barry of Tours by Locals. Thank you for a great day, Barry!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Laura I thoroughly enjoyed the day I spent with you and your group on the Ring of Kerry. Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to spend time with you and I enjoyed our discussions on history and modern politics. Please come back sometime! Best wishes, Barry
Lynn DelaneyMilton, VERMONT, United States
Barry was the second driver assigned to us by Tours by Locals when the first driver was unable to take my husband and I on a private tour of the Ring of Kerry. We felt as if we had won the lottery with Barry. He was punctual, well-read, a great conversationalist, knew his history and geography tying it in with current events, and chose an excellent restaurant for us to have lunch. The eight-hours we were together flew by. By the end of the trip we felt we had made a friend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. The eight hours absolutely flew for me too and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with both of you. We certainly discussed and dissected a wide range of issues!. I’m delighted to be able to call both of you my friends. Please come back again!!. We have much more geo politics to discuss!.
Charles T.United States
Barry gave us a very nice tour even though the weather was awful. Seeing Blarney Castle and the beautiful gardens around it was very nice. My wife has a mobility problem, but nevertheless she was able to climb up 5 flights of very difficult stairs and even kiss the Blarney stone. That was one of the highlights of our entire trip. Barry is extremely knowledgeable, personable and gave us an excellent tour. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to spend the day with both of you. Even though the weather was 'awful' you never complained and embraced all we could see on our route, and to top it all, you mastered the Blarney Stone. Thank you for choosing a Tours by Locals and myself for your tour of the Cork Area. Come back again!!
Chiara WrocinskiUnited States
Barry was an amazing tour guide. He was punctual, kept his vehicles pristine, friendly and informed without being overly talkative as some tour guides can be. He was incredibly easy to work with and responsive in setting up our tour. He was wonderful with my 8 year old daughter and was flexible throughout the day so we could spend more time in the areas we wanted to explore. On top of it all he was exceptionally pleasant and a testament to the famed Irish hospitality. We can't wait to go back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chiara. It was a pleasure to spend time with the Wrocinski family, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you and our conversations about history, culture and indeed life in general. Please do come back..there is always a welcome here for you. Regards, Barry