Jason DinterUnited States
Wow, if you want a great family tour with 2 young boys then this is it. Derek knows this region and is "his playground." He really went out of his way to make it super exciting for us. Between New Grange, Castles, and complete incredible views of the country side, with no one around then this is for you. Derek, you are awesome and we really appreciate everything in the 2 tours you guided for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again Jason for taking the time to review your tour with me. It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family. I am delighted you all enjoyed the places I showed you on the day. Best wishes Derek
Derek provided excellent pre-tour help, researching family history for us, and modifying the day to meet our needs. When he was unable to accompany us himself, his substitute Martin was equally helpful, even continuing to dig into records on line while we visited the sites where tours were led by on-site guides. We were completely satisfied!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anne. We really appreciate your kind words. We where delighted to try and help you find your Ancestral graves. If you are ever back please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you in anyway I can. Kind regards Derek
Jim BilgerUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour of County Meath with Derek. His knowledge of history, the local places we saw, and current Irish life was amazing. His knowledge of New Grange made that stop great. His van is very comfortable and he really knows how to navigate the Irish roads. Above all his humor, personality, and engagement with our group of 6 made the tour go way beyond the normal tour experience. We highly recommend Derek for any tour you are considering. Jim, Jeanne, Don, Sharon, Paul, and Kerri
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jim for taking the time to review your tour with me. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and if you are ever back please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you in anyway I can. Best wishes Derek
Thomas BartleyUnited States
This was one of three tours we had with Derek. He was highly professional, very well informed, flexible and a very nice guy. We toured a popular tourist site (NewGrange) but also enjoyed visiting some of the lesser known sites such as the hill of Slane and Slane Abbey. Derek's thorough knowledge of each site added texture and context to the experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom. I really appreciate the feedback and I am delighted you enjoyed the tour. Best wishes. Derek
Daniel BartleyUnited States
Another great day with Derek! Highly recommend him as a guide. Loved having Derek as our guide for this tour; he knows so much about the history of everywhere that we went--and places in between too. Derek was great at letting use know exactly how things worked when we got to each location, and he was always right where he said he would be at the end. Connecting and communicating were always spot on. We never had to be concerned about where to be.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for taking the time to review your tour with me Dan. It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family. It was fun to Show you around some of the Amazing places to visit in Co. Meath. Best wishes. Derek
Bette BatsonUnited States
Karen GrossUnited States
Derek met the plan for the tour with promptness, courteousness and knowledge. We saw everything in a very enjoyable day even though traffic getting OUT of Dublin was a bear. I would book with Derek again to see a different area out of Dublin....in fact I will be contacting him again for a tour in 2019!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karen. I really appreciate your feedback and I am delighted you enjoyed the tour. Kind regards. Derek
Roxanne K.United States
As a lifelong resident, Derek knows the area. He planned around the crowds and traffic well, given the late ship docking. He is super friendly and made us feel welcomed. We loved the stories of his youth climbing around (and "having fun") at some of the sites. His van was comfortable and he's a great driver on those narrow, curvy roads.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Roxanne. I really appreciate your kind words about your tour with me. I am delighted you all enjoyed the places we visited on the day. If you are ever back please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you in anyway I can. Kind regards. Derek
Absolute perfection: Derek is a delightful - and resourceful - host & guide. As a lifelong resident of the region, he knows it well, and was able to make spontaneous shifts to our day when crowds and weather intervened. His manner, obvious joy for the topics, and even his excellent vehicle made everything about our last day perfect.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leanna. It was a pleasure to meet all of you. I am delighted you enjoyed the tour. Safe home. I am sure you will be back in Ireland again and if you are give me a shout. Kind regards. Derek
Pauline BurkeUnited States
Terrific tour of sites a little off the main tourist traps. Derek was a terrific host in his own local area, giving us a wonderful mix of history and fun. The weather was great too!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Pauline for taking the time to write a review of your tour with me. I am delighted you all enjoyed your tour. Best wishes... Derek
Todd ThompsonUnited States
Our tour with Derek was very informative and enjoyable. He grew up in the area, and you can tell, he isn't just interested in history, but really is engaged and takes pride in his heritage. The tour was a nice balance of history, beautiful countryside, great food, and Irish stories. He was very easy to work with, reliable, and it was great having someone else drive!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Todd. I really appreciate you taking the time to review your tour with me and if you are ever back I look forward to meeting you again. Kind regards. Derek
Dennis HigginsUnited States
You could not have asked for a more thoughtful, impactful, spiritual visit to Ireland than the time we spent with Derek. His personal history, researched history and just plain love of Meath made us feel a kinship to the land and the people of Ireland. We only wish we had more days to spend with this gentleman to further explore this beautiful land. Arrange your next trip to Ireland with Derek.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Dennis, Derek here. I am delighted both you and your Wife enjoyed your day with me around Co. Meath. It was a pleasure to meet you both and Show you around. I hope the rest of your trip went well. I am sure it Did. If you ever fond yourselves back in the Emarald Isle give me a shout and I would be delighted to show you around again. Best wishes, Derek
Megan C.United States
If you have only one opportunity to get out of Dublin, I would recommend you spend a day in County Meath with Derek. He has a genuine love for his home county and its history and we learned a tremendous amount during our tour. For my sister and I, spending time with him was a highlight of our trip and I now feel like I have a friend in Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Megan, Derek here. It was a pleasure to meet both you and your Sister. I am delighted you both enjoyed your tour with me. It was great fun to show you both around and if you are ever back in Ireland give me a shout. Kind regards, Derek
Susan FinsterleUnited States
What a great, full day of touring beautiful County Meath. Derek did an exceptional job of making sure we took in all this high points, structuring our schedule perfectly and taking us to the best places. We especially enjoyed Newgrange, the Hill of Slane, and the Hill of Tara and Derek allowed us plenty of time to explore. His knowledge is fantastic and really allowed us to appreciate the depth and significance of Ireland's earliest history. Lunch at Maguire's was very good, too!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan. It was a pleasure to Show both you and your daughter around the Boyne valley. Kind regards, Derek
Jose FelipeUnited States
Derek w as exceptional and one if the best guides we have encountered. His knowledge of Meath is excellent and he took us to places we will never have found in other tours. This was an excellent beautiful tour with an outstanding guide. For me, this tour should be in everyone's bucket list.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jose for your very kind review of your tour with me. I really appreciate you taking the time to review your day with me and I am delighted you both enjoyed your day. Kind regards, Derek
Warren H.United States
Derek was terrific! He was prompt, knowledgeable, flexible, fun and an expert driver around the narrow country lanes and high hedges. We highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Waren for your very kind review of your tour with me. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip in Ireland. Kind regards, Derek
Thomas KarschUnited States
Spent a terrific day with our guide, Derek. Incredibly knowledgable and a delightful guy to hang out with for the day. He customized our trip knowing our interests, got us right into theeattractions, and picked a great spot for lunch. The tour was the highlight of our trip. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your very kind review of your tour with me around the Boyne Valley. I am delighted you both had a great time. It was a pleasure to meet both of you and if you are ever back give me a shout. Kind regards, Derek
Derek was fantastic very knowlagable personable and friendly there were four of us on the tour and we had a great day well done derek would definately reccomend you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You KARENE, Thank you very much for your kind Review of your day with me.. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and show you around.. If you are ever back give me a shout and I would be delighted to show you around again.. Kind Regards Derek.
Kevin CoanUnited States
Derek is one of the most genuine, nice, and passionate people we have ever met. He loves Meath, and now we can see why. It is amazing. Derek has probably seen these sites hundreds of times, but you can still see him at awe at every one. He knows the history, he loves it, and he does everything to make sure that you have the best possible tour. We wish we could give him 6 stars instead of 5. Derek, thank you so much for the tour. We will never forget the amazing sites and lovely company. Cheers!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kevin. It was a pleasure to meet both of you and bring you to some of the most beautiful and historical sites in Ireland.I hope the flights went well for you on the way home. Kind regards. Derek. .
Sue WeiermanUnited States
Derek is a knowledgeable and super interesting guide. He is from this area so he knows all the local traditions and stories with expertise. In fact, he is a great storyteller. We enjoyed his prompt and friendly service, his care in taking us to the fascinating sights, his choice in a charming and good place for lunch, and his help with taking pictures! Each of the ruins or passage tomb was a splendid experience. If you visit the Meath country, book Derek!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sue. It was a pleasure to show both of you around the Boyne Valley and I am very happy you enjoyed the tour.. Kind regards. Derek.
Mary GerlachUnited States
Drek did a wonderful day trip for our group of 6. We had neer heard of Newgrange and now will never forget it. We chose to see Trim Castle only from outside. Trip was perfect and would not chang a thing. It is the tour and guide for you if you have been to Dublin. Mary Ann, Milwaukee
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary Ann for your kind review, I really Appreciate it.. I am very happy you enjoyed your tour with me.. It was a pleasure to meet All of you and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your Cruise.. Kind Regards.. Derek.
Derek was very knowledgeable about the places we visited and made sure we saw all the things we were interested in. Our lunch spot was a delight and one of the best meals we had in Ireland. We would be happy to tour with Derek any time
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kim, It was a pleasure to Show you Both Around and I am happy you enjoyed your Lunch Stop. If you are ever back in the Area, It would be a pleasure too show you around in the Future..
Nancy L DeshetlerUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Derek. Our group of seven enjoyed it very much. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Gregory MersolUnited States
This is a wonderful tour and Derek is a wonderful guide. We saw Slane Abbey (closely associated with St. Patrick), Newgrange (an amazing Neolithic site), the Hill of Tara, and Trim Castle (where they filmed much of the movie Braveheart). Some have only limited space, but we walked right in. Derek was a warm, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable host.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a MILLION for the very kind review Greg. I really enjoyed showing you and your family around.. It was a pleasure to meet All of you and I hope the rest of your stay in Ireland went well.
David RikerUnited States
Derek was waiting for us as we left our ship. A very nice young man with so much knowledge of the area and was so accommodating with our group. He even pushed me in a wheel chair to one of the sites on our tour. He took us to a nice little Irish restaurant and filled us in on what had happened in the surrounding areas we had visited and the ones we were going to visit. He was very personable in his demeanor and we felt like he was family! If we ever get to go back we certainly will request him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David for your Kind Review, It was a pleasure to meet all of you and hopefully we get a chance to meet in the Future..
Michael PettyUnited States
Derek picked us up on time, drove us around to all the sites as described. Would use Derek again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and I am happy you all enjoyed your day in the Boyne Valley..
Sherrill TillgerUnited States
Great tour "off the beaten track" just how we like it! Great variety and amazing visits into,the past - - - info, scenery, history with a local flavor... We'd book again in a heartbeat! ST California
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind review Sherrill I really Appreciate it.. I really enjoyed your company and your passion for the history of the area..
Lindy ThomasUnited States
Derek had been answering my emails for months prior to our tour. He was astoundingly helpful in planning the day. He knew just what my favorite things to see were and had tailored the day to suit my wishes. The bad weather could have made the day disasterous, but Derek handled and rearranged things so that we were able to do the places important to us. He was so kind and understanding of our timing. Only a real pro could have made this day happen for us. We appreciate all that he did. Thanks, Derek
Irene SantiagoUnited States
Derek was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. Perfect timing, great sense of humor for the young ones in our tour and a true gentleman. He took us to a lovely place for lunch where our table was waiting, and he even noticed that our bill was a bit expensive due to a mistake made by the waitress, which he fixed for us. I would truly recommend Derek for your tours in Ireland; he is great! We miss you, Derek!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the lovely comments Irene, It was a pleasure to meet all of you and Show you some of the Beautiful Heritage sites in CO.MEATH.. It was also great to Learn more about your familys Irish History.. Please God we will meet again in the Future.