Don CherinSan Rafael, CA, United States
Gerard is a lovely man who took very good care of us. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to share the Cork region with you both .The rain and strong winds, we could have done without . Thank you again and safe cruising on the Irish Sea .
Joni MarcusUnited States
We really enjoyed our traveling through the country side of Ireland with Gerard. He was very easy to chat with and had interesting stories to tell about the sites and just good natured conversation. He took us to some remote areas that we would have not experienced on our own. If you have a particular interest in something, he can research a good spot to see. I would definitely recommend using Gerard for touring!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joni Thank you for your review. I am delighted you enjoyed the backroads of the West of Ireland . Sharing our stories and history was fun . Not to mention our lovely sheep and donkies . Thank you for touring with me . Gerard
Cheryl LebensUnited States
Absolutely awesome!! This was our first trip to Ireland and we had limited time. Gerard knew how to help us make the most of our time. He was friendly, flexible, knowledgeable...not to mention a great driver and photographer!! His love of history and the country are contagious and made our trip a time we will always treasure and not soon forget. We can't wait to come back...thank you Gerard!! We'll see you next time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Cheryl and John for such a wonderful review . I am delighted that you captured some super photographs along the lovely coast . I do look forward to your return visit and I know that Adare Manor was a highlight for you . Thank you again - Gerard
Terry JohnsonUnited States
First class tour with a first class driver. The highlight of our trip to Ireland!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Terry Thank you so much for your review . I had a wonderful day sharing the beauty of Ireland with you both. Gerard
Fred PetersenUnited States
Gerard is a fabulous guide. Select any tour from his list and you will not be disappointed. Also, he is quite flexible and will develop a tour to meet your interests. He is most personable, has great vehicles and I will never go to Ireland again without spending time with Gerard. Book your tour with Gerard and you will love your trip to Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Fred . Thank you so much for the great review. I think, I have most of Ireland covered and I try to develop the tour with the guests interests in mind . As we go along the roads and chat about things ,I quickly learn what people like and then change the tour to make it as enjoyable as I can . Everyone is different and so every tour is different . The route may be much the same but Ireland has so much to offer . Thank you again I hope to see you soon with the entire family, I will get the coach ready .
Lisen SypUnited States
We had absolutely the best guide; Gerard tailored our tour to the weather forecast and we ultimately went on a totally different route than we had anticipated-- and it was perfect. Gerard is lovely- interesting to chat with and just so friendly. He took us over the Connors pass which was spectacular and something we could never have done on our own, and rounded out our tour of the Dingle peninsula with some highlights of the ROK. Truly amazing day and we hope to tour with Gerard again! Lisen & Mitch Syp
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely review . Yes we had to work around the Irish Weather and tour as far away from the rains as we could . The day worked out great . Thank you and see you with the family this summer I hope . Gerard
Marc SomersUnited States
Gerard is a very knowledgeable and accommodating travel companion. Having spent his entire life in Ireland, Gerard's depth of geographic and historic knowledge is prodigious. My wife and I felt very at ease touring the Cork area with Gerard and we plan to book him next year on out return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your wonderful review . I do look forward to your return trip and I am working hard on new places to explore . Ireland for a small island has so much to offer . Gerard
Dana FinkelsteinUnited States
Gerard was an amazing guide, who provided top shelf service. Loved touring with him, to Kylemore Abbey, Connemera, Cong, Adare, Cliffs of Moher & The Burren and wonderful other sites we were not even scheduled to see! He had great tips for us every where we went and was very generous with his Irish history and up to date information! Gerard was so passionate and knowledgeable about the areas we visited, he made the trip a memorable one we will always cherish.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your great review . It was lovely to meet you both . GERARD
Shara WehuntUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your 5 Star rating .
James AchenbachUnited States
Amazing tour guide. Excellent knowledge and very personable. We booked him as an excursion from our ship. He was very conscientious of our time frame and had us back to our ship in plenty of time. He showed us some of the most amazing sites in Cobh, Ireland. He is a must!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you James for your great review . I am delighted you enjoyed your tour and I look forward to sharing more of Ireland with you into the future . Gerard
Kevin K.Henderson, NV, United States
We spent 3 days with Gerard; what an amazing adventure and an incredible guide. We presented Gerard with a pretty impressive list of sights we wanted to visit; and we were able to see a large number of them (several were just not feasible). What a I really loved was how he shared quite a few spots that we have never heard of and they ended up being a highlight to our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you so much for your lovely review .I was a joy to share part of Ireland with you both . Thank you also for your private comments and please enjoy the Kerry Gold Butter every day . Gerard
Joanne DuncanUnited States
Gerard was a great guide. He took us to the Killarney National Park and Kenmare. We were able to see so much and he gave us plenty of history as we went. He knew good places to eat and shop as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review . The Killarney National Park is worth a day on tour, as is the lovely town of Kenmare . I look forward to sharing a great deal of Ireland with you on your return visit . Gerard
John LeavensUnited States
Gerard was a wonderful guide! He was always prompt and made sure we always knew exactly when and where we were going and meeting him. He showed us all the places we were expecting and several smaller places we found beautiful and interesting like the perfumery and Finian's Well. He answered all our questions and showed us a great time watching hurling. We had two wonderful days learning and laughing with a very nice gentleman!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your wonderful review . We all learn from each other on tour and it was a joy to share some of this wonderful island with you both . Gerard
Pam FerrisUnited States
Gerard was a wonderful guide. He went above and beyond to do such nice things for us. I will tell all of our friends to take his tours when they come to Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you for taking time to review on Tours by locals . It was a joy to share a little bit of Ireland with you all . Thank you for the laughs along the way . GERARD
Robert TempleUnited States
Gerard was wonderful! So calm and professional and so very informative. He made our trip to Cobh fantastic. We had a group of 6 including 2 teenagers and 2 grandparents and he was perfect for us all. Extremely professional and I recommend him highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review . I am delighted you enjoyed your tour and I look forward to a return visit to enjoy a little more of the Island of Ireland .
Brenda VogelUnited States
Gerard was a wonderful guide and an absolute delight! He took me, my husband, and our daughter all over the Dingle peninsula, including little, off-the-beaten-path places that were so special! No motor coaches! All the sights are spectacular and Gerard was knowledgeable, funny, and flexible. He is a very safe and competent driver. Because of his commentary, his knowledge of the area, and his confidence on the road, we were able to sit back and soak it all in. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your wonderful review . Dingle listed as one of the most beautiful places in the world is a dream to guide on . Every bend of the road leads to a new world . I hope you and your family will one day return to Ireland so much more to explore . Thank You . Gerard
MaryJane Holton SimonCanada
Gerard provided us with a wonderful tour of the Beara peninsular, The Gardens at the Island of Garnish,a taste of Killarney and the Kerry area...Taking us to places a little off the beaten track ,he provided us with a day to remember.Gerard is personable and upbeat, loves music and incorporates it into the day, he is informative and was responsive to our needs and requests. He drives a very comfortable & well maintained vehicle. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely review . The area we toured is a very special area and for those who want to get away from large coaches this is the place . I hope your review will encourage more folks to enjoy this wonderful part of Ireland . Gerard
Sharon LeonardUnited States
At Gerard's suggestion, we travelled to Killarney since the town celebrates the USA 4th of July with a parade and festival. We also visited Killarney National Park (jaunty rides and petting zoo) and the nearby Ross Castle - one of the favorites of our trip! Gerard is exceptional with children - we had 4 energetic kiddos ranging from 4 - 10 and they were constantly entertained - especially with Gerard's outstanding rendition of Molly Malone. We could not have asked for a finer day in beautiful Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: July 4th has become a great day to spend in Killarney . The Parade and all the fun sites to see . I must learn a few more songs . Thank you Gerard
Sharon LeonardUnited States
Our expedition included The Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Cave, Burren National Park, and the very popular Chocolate Mountain. The drive along the Atlantic Ocean was spectacular. Gerard is exceptional with children - we had 4 energetic kiddos ranging from 4 - 10 - they were constantly entertained - especially with Gerard's outstanding singing. They haven't stopped singing "Molly Malone." Relax and enjoy the sites in his comfortable Mercedes van - Gerard handles the narrow and windy roads with ease!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely review .It was a joy to share this part of Ireland with the family . Gerard
Winston Gaffron JrUnited States
Our experience with Gerard was great. He was very knowledgeable regarding the history and area and quite accommodating to our needs.
Julie SeavelloUnited States
This tour with Gerard was the best day of our entire trip! He took us on a beautiful drive around the Dingle peninsula and then added some highlights of Killarney that we would never have otherwise seen. He was patient, funny, and kind. He gave us lots of time for breaks and set us free to find a beautiful lunch in Dingle town. He shared great insights about Irish history, culture, and music. He is a professional musician with a lovely voice. We highly recommend his tours; you'll have a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your wonderful review .Ireland is a place apart and it was a pleasure to share a part of it with you alll . Gerard
Maryellen DonnellanUnited States
We had 2 WONDERFUL DAYS touring Ring of Kerry with Gerard. He is warm, friendly, easy to be with & very knowledgeable about Ireland. Tour favorites were the places Gerard took us that coach tours never go, or we'd never have found on our own. You can visit Kerry's main sites on a big bus, or experience Ireland as its meant to be seen: with warmth, hospitality & laughter as you view its stunning landscapes, explore its hidden gems and learn about its history and culture. We highly recommend Gerard!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely review . It was a joy to share this lovely part of Ireland with you both . You planned your tour with care and getting to see Skellig was a highlight . Kerry and Cork and just super places to explore and I do hope you both will return in 2019 . Gerard
Paul DoughertyUnited States
We really liked Gerard - he's friendly, knowledgeable...oh - did I mention he can sing? Truly great to book with and he worked with us to create a trip that was memorable for us. He arranged for weather in the 30 Celsius range, and then having a 7 year old - he knew of a great petting zoo and other activities that avoided tour busses and truly gave us a local feel for Kerry, Skellig, and Dingle - glad we got to spend 2 days with him and wish we had more! Truly professional and a joy! Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your great review . I do acknowledge the time you spend creating the review . Your private note outlining those hidden gems was great . I do hope to see you back soon Ireland it is a great place. I think from your review you may have wished to hit the 5 stars but it can easily happen that some folks just hit 4 or even 1 when in fact the review clearly outlines the opposite. Thank you again . Gerard
Diana TittleUnited States
Our group recently enjoyed a three day tour in Ireland with Gerard. Our tour included the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and the Burren. We could not have been more pleased with his services. He is knowledgeable, thoughtful, witty, fun and in every way helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review . I loved the Sing Song all the way - just a wonderful group of people . GERARD
Harry B.United States
Gerard was an excellent guide/historian! We had been to Cork before and wanted something different this visit. Gerard accommodated our wish. First off was a ride through the countryside to Kensale. Our time was spent shopping, visiting a Pub for a pint, and brief stop at the city's museum. The "Remembrance Garden" for the 9-11 firefighters who lost there lives should be included on any tour to the area. The history of Michael Collins and Ireland's freedom fight was most enlightening. A great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for a great review . I was delighted to share the Cork area with you . It makes such a difference when guests engage in the history of Ireland and we all learn by discussion . Gerard
Sally RyanUnited States
Amazing! Personalized the tour to the scheduled forecast taking advantage of the clear day to get us to places almost inaccessible when fogged/rainy and making sure that we still had great views on the "soft" day as well! Personal knowledge of the area and the people REALLY added great depth! Already recommending friends and family to use Gerard in the future and you should too! These two days were the highlight of a 14 day trip full of great experiences!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for this review . It is so nice to be considered the highlight of a tour over such a long tour period . I look forward to sharing Ireland with your friends and family . Gerard
Jane BaileyNorfolk, VA, United States
Our Ireland trip was superb! The man who made this trip a truly lasting, memorable, experience is Gerard! He went far beyond my expectations for a tour guide. He has impressive knowledge of his beloved country and made everyone feel as though this was the first time he had ever shown these beautiful sites to anyone. He is very professional and we feel comfortable with his easy manner and sense of humor. His confidence gave us confidence to explore new places, to appreciate a different culture. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jane Thank you so much for that wonderful review . Ireland is just getting to know itself, we explore new places all the time . A small Island but so much to see and do . Thank you . Gerard
Peter MangoneUnited States
Gerard was outstanding. He was a terrific host. Very knowledgeable. He helped design a wonderful itinerary for my mother and I during a memorable trip to the Southwest of Ireland. I would work with him again at any time. I can't say enough good things about the experience we had with Gerard helping guide us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Peter great to hear from you . Thank you so much for your review as I know you have more than busy life . It was a joy to share the South West of Ireland with you and your mother . Thank you Gerard
Aleksandra CoricUnited States
BEST TOUR EVER! We saw that all of Gerard's reviews are good but we were still blown away by our two day tour of Ring of Kerry/Dingle Peninsula. He took us to the best spots and we loved them all. He is incredibly kind, fun, and knows so much about Irish history. A bonus: he takes great photos so nobody is left out. Our tour with him was the highlight of our trip and we can't wait to come back. Really recommend booking with Gerard, every other tour we've done doesn't compare.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you so much for your kind review . I enjoyed my days touring and I had a great laugh . Sharing about ones country is what tour guiding is all about . Those photos are super and a memory for life . I look forward to your return visit, I think it will be soon . Thank you again give my best to all . Gerard .
Pamela HearonUnited States
Jack & I had the best time with Gerard S. He was informative, a great sense of humor, on time, laid back, not intrusive but most of all showed us the Ireland that we wanted to see. We are already planning our 2nd & 3rd trip to Ireland and we are hoping that Gerard will do us the honor and continue to show us the beautiful country of Ireland!! Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely review . It was great to chat as we went along those country roads of Ireland . I look forward to your next visit and I look forward to sharing another part of Ireland with you both . Gerard
Elissa Piano-FlaskaUnited States
Spent 5 days with Gerard Scott in total and could have spent 5 more! Perfect from start to finish!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review . I look forward to seeing you during 2018 . Gerard
Elissa Piano-FlaskaUnited States
5 days with Gerard. Perfect from the start in Dublin to the very end! The drive to Ashford Castle was interesting as we saw sights along the way. Then Killarney 3 nights and back to Dublin via Blarney and Kilkenny. He made everyday special..even the day it rained the entire car trip! Once he gets to know your likes and dislikes, he tailor-makes the trip even more special. He even surprised us one night and took us to a Celtic dance show..which was a highlight! Gerard makes you want to come back!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you . This was a busy 5 days and we saw a great deal of the country . I am ready for at least 5 more days . Gerard
Edward RichburgUnited States
Gerard is an excellent guide who quickly and efficiently adapted our tour to our interests. He is extremely knowledgeable of the area's points of interest. He is very patient of persons wanting to stop immumerable times to take pictures. We had a wonderful time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review and 5 star rating .This is a lovely route and the more photo stops the better . Thank you Gerard
Nicolette StullUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your 5 star rating . Gerard
Carol Blessing_FeussnerUnited States
Gerald was the real deal and we felt extremely fortunate to have him for our tour of the Ring of Kerry. His vast history and knowledge of the area were exceptional. He took us to "nooks and crannies" others touring might miss and that was a large part of our experience. Ireland is breathtaking and more a state of mind than just looking at sites and going into pubs and shops. He gave us that and we loved it!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you so much . We had a lovely day all four seasons in one day . I am so happy your days were a joy in Ireland . GERARD
We were a party of 6 friends in a cruise that arrived at Cobh, so we hired Gerard for a guided tour to Killarney, and back to the ship in time. This region is very beautiful and it is a good place to visit. Also all the countryside during the trip was beautiful. We were fortunate that is was also a sunny day... Gerard is very proud of his Country and make sure that we enjoy the trip, so it was very pleasant. He is very punctual, arrived exactly in time and took us to the ship with enough time to board.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review . Killarney and the National Park has so much to offer . I look forward to a return visit to Ireland . GERARD
He is the best. Friendly. Funny , knowlegable. Absolutely fantastic
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jose Thank you for your review . I am delighted you enjoyed your tour . I look forward to seeing you next year " more shopping " Gerard .
Roxanne KellerUnited States
Gerard is a knowledgeable, friendly and humorous guide. It's always great to hear history and fun stories from a local perspective.
Jeffery HallUnited States
Gerard was super friendly and did a good job showing us Blarney Castle and the area surrounding Cork.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review . It was lovely to share this lovely part of the country with you . Gerard
Suzanne BurnsCumming, GA, United States
Gerard was fantastic! His knowledge of the area and recommendations were spot on. He took us to places we would have never found on our own, especially the 9/11 memorial in Kinsale. Gerard was easy to work with, had a fantastic sense of humor and made our trip to Cobh so memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind review I am so happy you enjoyed your day . I do hope you make it back to Ireland very soon . Gerard
Lisa KanengiserUnited States
Gerard's expertise as a tour guide was readily apparent throughout the trip. That, and his keen sense of humor. He constantly entertained us with geographical, historical, and local information throughout the drive. He was also very flexible to our likes and suggestions. We look forward to another adventure with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review . It was great to share part of this wonderful Island with you . I look forward to seeing you in the future . Safe Travels Gerard
Allyson SpeaksUnited States
This was a full day in the Killarney National Park which is like heaven on Earth. Girard was very knowledgable about the area, easy to understand, a good driver, and very considerate. This tour was top notch. Everything was organized for us from the jaunting car to lunch to the boat ride so we didn't have to worry about a thing and just enjoyed ourselves. If you are in Killarney, this is a must do and Girard is the perfect guide to take you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind review . I agree this is a super tour of the entire Killarney Valley. It was a pleasure to share my local area with you . Gerard
Linda BalokUnited States
A highlight of my trip to Ireland was my private tour of the Dingle peninsula. Gerard personalized the tour in the moment, taking into account our weather for the day and my interests.Seeing up close prehistoric monuments/ structures along the Dingle peninsula was breathtaking.The vistas along the Wild Atlanta Way-outlier islands, lush green hillside littered with stone walls and the Atlantic were extraordinary.Gerard's sense of humor, wit and delightful conversation made an 8-hour tour a real pleasure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Linda . I was great to share this lovely place with you. Dingle is a special place it just has everything and everyday brings something new . Please share the beauty of Killarney , Dingle and Ring of Kerry with all your friends . I look forward to touring with you in the future . Gerard
Deborah Wong-HoyingUnited States
Gerard provided a custom 6-hour tour of County Clare for my husband & me. We had a WONDERFUL time visiting sites in this beautiful area including the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren (Poulnabrone Dolmen). Given our short stay in Ireland & my interest in souvenirs, Gerard took us to Ennis to shop in the charming boutiques and to the famous Blarney Woollen Mills. He is so friendly & knowledgeable & even sang a lovely Irish ballad to us! We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Gerard! You will have a grand, relaxing time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much . I had a lovely day and I hope to see you in Killarney this Sumer . Gerard
Tim MorrisseyUnited States
Very good tour. Knowledgable, comfortable. Can't ask for more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review . It was lovely to share a wonderful part of Ireland and I hope we all learned from our time together . Safe Trip Gerard
Mark WheelerUnited States
Gerard was very friendly, professional, and knowledgable. Very much enjoyed our time with him touring the beautiful Kerry and Dingle peninsulas and learned much about Ireland. His vehicle was incredibly comfortable for 4 people. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review . I was delighted to share both the Ring of Kerry and Dingle with you . The vehicle I use for 4/5 persons is a Mercedes Viano . I use a BMW 7 series for max 3 persons . I look forward to seeing you on a return visit . Gerard
Bonnie EllisUnited States
Our Killarney/Galway experience would not have been the same without Gerard as our guide/driver. He is knowledgeable, personable, and shared interesting stories and anecdotes throughout our 4 day trip. We ventured off the beaten path numerous times and enjoyed sites that would not have been possible if on a standard bus tour. If you want to make your trip to Ireland unforgettable, arrange a private tour with Gerard. You won't regret it! :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely review . I love sharing this great country and I have learned so much from those that travel to see the beauty of this land . All the Best Gerard .
A wonderful 5 day tour with Gerard S. Great photo opportunities provided. Suggestions for meals and activities. Comfortable transport and terrific music. Gerard was fun, knowledgeable, interesting,always punctual and accommodating of our requests. Would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review . I am so happy that you enjoyed your time in Ireland . We are finding new places to explore all the time . Gerard
Laura SchupbachUnited States
Hands down, the best money EVER spent. I would NOT go to Ireland without a local tour guide (specifically Gerard)to drive while you take in the sights. He was a wealth of knowledge, friendly, thoughtful . . Our guide went out of his way to make this the most memorable trip for me and my family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the great review . It was a joy to tour with you and your family . Gerard
Joe TraumUnited States
My wife and I toured with Gerard two separate days -- to the Ring of Kerry and to the Dingle Peninsula. He couldn't be more knowledgeable or more personable. We saw things that were far beyond what our guidebook pointed out, and he never rushed us through a site; in fact, on a couple of occasions, he turned the car around because he thought that the earlier view would be better for a photograph. We had a truly extraordinary experience and highly recommend Gerard for anything in the Killarney area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the wonderful review . I hope we shared a great part of Ireland and I look forward to your return again someday . All the best and safe travel Gerard
Michelle ShermanUnited States
Our day trip to to Cork, Kinsale and Cobh Village was outstanding! Gerard is so personable, and he has great knowledge of the area! We saw so much in one day! His Irish intelligence, exposure to the famous Irish comedian, and great music in the car was so fun for our entire family. I would recommend Gerard for sure! We hope to get back to Ireland again soon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely review . It was a pleasure to share a little bit of Ireland with you . See you soon Gerard
Patricia (Patsy) KressUnited States
He was very good about letting us see what we wanted to see, and knew the area well. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you for your review . I enjoyed and learned so much on our lovely tour of West Cork . Gerard
Jane CasavantUnited States
What a perfect day in the Dingle Peninsula. Gerard was a terrific guide for the day, making suggestions as we went along and adjusting to the weather. We saw the area in a way that we could never have discovered on our own, seeing the hidden treasures of Dingle and learning so much. Very comfortable luxury van for 4 people. Friendly, great sense of humor, flexible, knowledgable, all in all five stars! Highly, highly recommend..even if you think you know the area, this is a marvelous tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jane Thank you for your lovely review . I enjoy Dingle so much I am often found there exploring even on a free day . It was great to share a wonderful place with a group of friends . We will reserve the fishing pole and the credit card experience for St Patricks Day . Enjoy the rest of your holiday and safe travel . Gerard
Stanley LockeUnited States
Gerard is a superb tour guide. So knowledgeable and extremely courteous and polite the whole day. It was evident from the time we got in his car that he was a wealth of knowledge in the area surrounding Cork. If you visit this area ask for Gerard you will not be sorry.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review .I was delighted to share a part of Ireland with you. I look forward to touring with you again sometime . Gerard
Eric BowlesUnited States
Great tour... and a great guide! Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review . I enjoyed sharing a special part of Ireland with you . I do look forward to providing a full land tour in the near future on your return visit . Gerard
We saw so many beautiful areas and learned so much from Gerard that we would have never seen or learned on our own. Gerard provided us an itinerary based off of what we we had planned of what we should do when we got to the next areas of our travels. We followed them exactly and it made for a wonderful trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great review . I had a wonderful day and I hope you find time to return to this wonderful land again . Gerard
Doran DonovanUnited States
Gerard is a wonderful driver/guide. We were researching family history and he was happy working with the individuals from the historical society, in having them join us for 2 days. Gerard is very professional and has a nice van. He takes great pictures and is happy to share them with his clients. tours by locals was very easy to work with. One can actually talk to a live representative! A great time. Would recommend Gerard and tours by locals. donovan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for a wonderful tour. I felt like I was on holiday and had my own private guides with Susan and Doran . I was delighted to share some great photos from Castles to a Blessed Well. West Cork is a wonderful place and I hope you return to this wonderful part of the Country again . Thanks Gerard
Lori B.United States
Our tour with Gerard was the highlight of our trip! He was extremely proficient but was charming & engaging as well which made our tour memorable. He recited stories of the area & would even safely stop the car along the way anytime we would want "just one more photo". As for photos, Gerard led us to several sights that we wouldn't have noticed for some spectacularly scenic shots. Gerard was knowledgeable & professional yet entertaining enough to leave us with fond memories of Ireland. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely review.Over the years I have grown to love this country even more . My camera has in a way made me explore the back roads of Ireland . I was delighted to share some of the hidden gems and now they are your memories forever . Thank you again and I hope you return to this lovely land again someday . Gerard
Barry KneiselUnited States
Hi - my daughter and I just completed a four day tour with Gerard. I have done several of these tours with a private guide or organized tour and Gerard clearly stands out as our best overall all experience. I would highly recommend him to all. Gerard was not only an enjoyable person to spend 8 hour with each day but saved us a lot of time and money. At the start he directed us to take a train vs private driver for a simple leg which saved us hours and hundreds of Euros.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barry Thank you so much for your lovely review . You both were a joy to be with on tour . The tour starting in Cork ending in Galway or Limerick area is a great idea in that you tour those areas of great scenery an interest . I look forward to meeting the rest of the family for the return visit . I think the adventure tour based in Killarney would be perfect .Thanks again see you soon . Gerard
We had a great time with Gerard and being with him certainly made a great difference. He knows everything, showed us some very nice places in the Killarney region and then drove us to Dublin in a very comfortable car.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for spending your time with me . Dingle is a wonderful place and a great place to visit winter or summer . As it is part of the Wild Atlantic Way a great place to explore . I am delighted you were comfortable in the Mercedes Viano it is a lovely touring vehicle and very suitable for up,to,5 persons . Thank you and see you soon to explore the West Coast of Ireland . Gerard
Paula ReardonNew York, NY, United States
Thank You For A great Trip to the Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head Gerard!The pick up on time! The Car is Fantastic!We are 2 friends from NYC with a love for photography and landscapes! Ireland is beautiful.Gerard is a great guide!-funny,Excellentl driver and very knowledgeable as he is from Killarney and will dazzle you with tales of the area.I loved The Beehive huts,Inch Beach is gorgeous a la Ryan's Daughter,The sheep,the heather on the hillside-My best to the "Trump of Dingle" and John -we will be back-
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you for the lovely review . I am delighted you enjoyed your tour . It was great to have such great company for the day . See you soon . Gerard .
Marnie WalshUnited States
My tour experience with Gerard was fantastic! He is full of knowledge and the experience exceeded all expectations. Our tour of the Dingle Peninsula was one of the happiest days of my life. I thank Gerard for his information and help. I would love to return to SW Ireland and have Gerard be my guide on more Irish adventures. He has a great personality and is also multi-talented with his music and photography. A tour with Gerard will make anyone's tour very special and meaningful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely review . " one of the happiest days of my life " that makes me so happy . It was a lovely day and a joy to share this wonderful place . Gerard .
Nancy CameronUnited States
Mary ReeseUnited States
Our tour was a visit to Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, Gap of Dunloe, and the lakes of Killarney. This was a great tour and overview of the Killarney countryside. We spent just enough time at Torc and Muckross so we could focus on the horse ride through the Gap and boat tour back to Ross Castle. Beautiful sites and was a highlight of our trip. Gerard is a fantastic guide with lots of information on the area. Definitely a must do!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good Morning Thank you so much for your kind review . I hope you review will help others to follow your route and enjoy this wonderful place - Killarney . Thanks . Gerard .
Jeffrey LangerUnited States
Gerard was very informative, cooperative and made our day visiting Cobh very pleasant and enjoyable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you for your review . I am glad you enjoyed your tour .Hope to see you in Ireland before long . Gerard .
James HetheringtonUnited States
Gerard is very personable. He was on time (to a "worry wart", that is vital). Very knowledgeable. I personally, and we (seven) as a group would recommend him most highly. Next trip.I will certainly look into scheduling tours through "tours by locals".
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you for your review . I hope your review will help other guests during their stay in Ireland . Ireland is a great country to explore . Hope to see you soon when visit and get to see Killarney , the Ring of Kerry and Dingle direct flights to Shannon . Gerard
Mary LaFaveMinnneapolis, MN, United States
Gerard was an amazing tour guide -- full of knowledge, humor and an amazing Irish singer. We had a fabulous day touring and enjoying Kinsale. I and my 3 other travel mates recommend him highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the lovely day we had . I hope to see you in Killarney and you are ready to explore the South West of Ireland .
Would highly recommend - Great knowledge of the area and extremely engaging with members of our party of 6. Provided flexibility during the day to optimize our experience while ensuring we got back to our ship on time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for a lovely day . I hope you will return to the country in the near future . See you at the airport ..... Gerard .
Michael D BrunoCincinnati, OHIO, United States
A very nice man who we had a great time exploring the Dingle Peninsula and asking many questions about the beautiful country of Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dingle and Slea Head a must when you visit Ireland another great day . Thank you . Gerard .
Michael D BrunoCincinnati, OHIO, United States
Beautiful weather, lovely countryside and a very nice,knowledgeable man who was fantastic at showing us Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you so much for your kind words . It was great to share the beauty and I hope you captured some great images to keep for ever . Thank you Gerard .
Jim MarcotteUnited States
Gerad was fantastic. We saw some of the major attractions and he took us on some back roads to sites that we would have never seen. He is very knowledgeable. Highly recommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi thank you so much for your comments . Dingle is a great tour of course everyone should watch the movie Ryan's Daughter before or after the tour . Explore the Blasket Island Story . Dingle the home of the Ogham . Thanks . Gerard .
Mary M.United States
This was our first experience using a local tour guide and we can't praise Gerard highly enough. He's a witty, considerate, knowledgable gent who was eager to share his beautiful country with us. He just has a facility for being with people. Gerard created a memorable day for us as we toured Dingle and the Slea Head.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you very much for your wonderful review . I am so happy you enjoyed the beauty of Dingle and Slea Head . Hope to see you next year to enjoy some other great little hidden gems . Thank you . Gerard .
Tracy GieserUnited States
Gerard, our Ring of Kerry driver/guide, was absolutely wonderful and I would highly recommend him to anyone! What a kind and hospitable man! He was a wealth of knowledge and from what I hear from the locals, he's a great singer and owns a B&B (although he didn't tell us that - LOL). He's also extremely professional! He's a very charming man! Apparently, he went back to college to get a degree in tourism/hospitality! He must have been an excellent student because he was fantastic as a guide!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi I will have to get after Kevin in that wonderful Hotel The Aghadoe Heights, he has to be the local. I am so happy you liked your tour and you never said a word about the tour of the chocolate factory and all the free tasting we did . I love sharing this great country and each and everyday I see something new to share . You know I also learn so much from those I tour with ,a great experience. Thanks Gerard .
Jean LinkUnited Kingdom
The weather was not very cooperative on the day of our tour so we ended up modifying the tour that morning. We still went on the jaunting car ride but then skipped the boat ride and headed to Dingle for a food festival that was going on that day. Gerard was very accommodating....stopping for photographs and modifying the tour...we had a lovely day despite the weather. The vehicle we rode in was larger than we needed (16 passenger?) but was very comfy and the driver Anne was very sweet.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jean thank you so much for your comments, yes we had a lovely day and I was so happy that we could fit in the jaunting car in the Gap of Dunloe . Dingle and Slea Head was great on the Wild Atlantic Way great waves over the Blasket Islands .I am glad you liked the comfy coach and even allowed for a little nap when required . I look forward to seeing some of your wonderful photographs that Nikon D7000 I want one now ! Thanks again and see you soon I hope . Gerard Now the movie just a reminder Ryans Daughter
Beth GrahamUnited States
This tour earns five stars for several reasons: the charming guide, Gerard S, picked up our group of four promptly at the dock in his comfortable Mercedes. A life-long resident of Killarney, he knows his beautiful territory from A to Z; he is professional and courteous; and, his being a former, now-retired, police officer offers an added sense of competence and safety. Also, he is an excellent storyteller. Not only I, but our entire group could not recommend Gerard's tour more highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your wonderful review . I am so happy you have shared your experience with others on this great booking site . I am delighted you liked Kenmare ,Killarney and the National Park I do hope we meet again on your return trip to Killarney where you can explore the entire County of Kerry and even visit the Cliffs of Moher all from one great base in Killarney . Thank you again Gerard .
Lori HamiltonUnited States
My husband and I spent three magical days in southwestern Ireland with our tour guide Gerard! Gerard is very knowledgeable and took us to the places that we were interested in experiencing since this was our first trip to Ireland. We really appreciated his flexibility and thoroughly enjoyed his company. If we get back to Ireland, we will definitely request another tour with Gerard. Touring with with Gerard is highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good Morning from Killarney . This is a note to all guides . Lori and Scott were just super .I learned more in 3 days from the art of dancing to wine making . We had a wonderful tour of beautiful Killarney and Dingle and beyond . Thanks Gerard
Jan Ellen ShawgoUnited States
Dear Gerard & Ann, Our Ring of Kerry Tour was everything we had hoped for and more. What a delight to be able to sit back and enjoy the scenery rather than worrying about driving and directions! We enjoyed every minute. Your expertise in choosing the right stops was greatly appreciated. Thank you for seeking our input as to where to stop and what to do. Ann, your driving was excellent! :) We made a fantastic choice in taking your lovely tour. We have memories to last a lifetime. Kind Regards, Jan Shawgo
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I thank you so much for your lovely rating . It means a great deal to other tours by locals travelers before they book . We did have a lovely tour and the group make it fun . Thanks and hope to see you in the future . Gerard .
Dominic BrunettiUnited States
Gerard was an excellent tour guide. He met us on time from the ship, and tailored the tour to our small groups preferences without issue. He kept us entertained on the drives between towns with traditional Irish music and comedy (as well as excellent commentary). Plus, he's one heck of a singer! Ask him to do "Danny Boy" for you and I'm sure you'll agree! I highly recommend Gerard. Thanks, Gerard and hope to see you again soon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you for the great review . I loved touring with your lovely group . All the best and don't forget your trip to Killarney next time . Gerard
Diane FitzpatrickUnited States
Gerard was great. He was able to provide us with ample time time to see all that we ask. It was the best tour of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you so much for your comment "best tour of our trip" it is lovely to read that . Thanks and I do hope to see you when you return to Ireland . Gerard .
Patrick LillyUnited States
Gerard is 'the' guy to go to. He listened carefully to what I am interested in and constructed the perfect tour for me. He's very charming in that Irish way, and a pleasure to be around and he knows when to stop talking, which most guides don't. He went out of his way to pick me up the next day to make my solo adventures much easier on me. I offered to pay and he said no, which is really refreshing. He also made great suggestions on how I could spend the rest of my time in Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Patrick Thank you for a great review . I hope you enjoyed your tour of the Gap of Dunloe and Lakes of Killarney. It was great to show you Dingle one of the places that I love . Great tour and great company . Enjoy the rest of your tour of Ireland and I was happy to help with your "must see places in this great Island of Ireland . Gerard
Elizabeth PittmanUnited States
Gerard took my mom & I on a tour from Killarney through the area around the Dingle Peninsula. He was very knowledgeable about the area, listened carefully to the preferences we articulated & was delightful company. His familiarity with the area allowed him to take us to a few of the lesser-travelled spots in the area, we appreciated this part of Ireland so much more because of his suggestions & careful use of time. He was absolutely wonderful, we'll always remember our lovely day with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for this great review . Dingle is one of my favourite places outstanding beauty on the Slea Head Drive . Getting to know how a small group of people lived on the Blasket Islands . A wonderful place to share ! Hope you watched the movie Ryan's Daughter Thank you . Gerard
Cindy W.Aurora, COLORADO, United States
Gerard was very attentive to what we wanted to see and do. He was friendly and knowledgeable about what the area. He was also flexible with the unique sights and lengths of time we wanted to spend at each location. Thanks Again!!!!!! :D
Richard I.Franklin, TN, United States
Great tour of Cobh! Our family of five (including 3 teens) enjoyed all the sites. We really liked going to the zoo! Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review . I have decided to make the Zoo and Wild Life Park a tour option . It's a great stop something different . Thanks for spending time with me . I do hope to see you in the future . Gerard
Darrel WhiteUnited States
Gerard was a great guide and we reaslly enjoyed our day with him. He was knowledgeable, funny and friendly. It was a great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I loved touring with this group and learned so much. Thank you for exploring this wonderful part of the world . Hope to see you soon in lovely Killarney for an extended stay . Gerard
Meredith QuirkUnited States
Gerard did a fabulous job! He showed us everything and really made the day enjoyable for us. He was very flexible and showed us the things we were interested in. I would recommend him to anyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thank you for your kind review it was lovely to show you the highlights of the Killarney Valley . All the best Gerard
Catherine PattersonPortland, OR, United States
Gerard is the best! I was on a tour of the Killarney National Park with my group instead of at my hotel where we'd agreed he'd pick me up, but after a phone call from my tour leader it was no problem for Gerard; he was at the park in minutes and off we went to North Kerry, which has been my lifelong dream to see. We visited Ballybunion and also the Bromore Cliffs. where my grandfather left in 1887, and ate lunch at Hanrahan's Restaurant, I may be related to the owners. Gerard showed me the best time ever.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review . I loved touring with you . You passion and great history of Ireland your love of your people it was beyond belief . Looking forward to seeing you in 2014 .
On this fourth day, Gerard was our guide. When poor weather prevented us from seeing the Cliffs of Mohar, he should have mentioned that there was a visitors interpretive centre that we could have visited, which would have salvaged something from the day. At other stops, he did say to take our time but we did not feel that he meant it. The tour was supposed to end at Rossaveal but ended in Galway instead because he had an evening engagement. He was very pressed for time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry to hear that you were disappointed. We had a very full itinerary, it was a very foggy day and to compensate the fog at Cliffs, we went to Doolin for lunch and shopping and remained there for 1.5 hrs. It was my impression that seeing Galway was a higher priority. The tour was actually scheduled for 7 hours and we ended up spending 9 - which is the driving limit for licensed drivers in Ireland. That may have contributed to your sense that I was pressed for time .
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: The review above came as a shock for Gerard and for us, mainly because his reviews prior to this were mostly 5 stars. His guide support manager discussed the matter with him and they discussed ways of avoiding situations like that.
On this third day of our tour with Ann, we were sorry to have her leave us as we had enjoyed her company. We especially appreciated her guidance and encouragement at the Listowel Races. It was such fun. Unfortunately, we did not win.
On this second day of our time with Ann, we liked the fact that she was willing to talk about her life in Ireland. It gave us a glimpse into the lives of real Irish people. She was very outgoing and had a friendly, bubbly personality. She also had good firsthand knowledge of all the locations.
The night before we were supposed to be picked up, our original guide Gerard left an unexpected message to the effect that instead of the agreed upon 9 a.m., "someone" would be there for us at 11 a.m. When the time came, Ann appeared. She was a fully qualified tour guide, did a great job of showing us around and gave every impression of being willing to bend over backwards to please us and accommodate our needs. We were a little surprised though that Gerard was doing another tour instead of ours.
William Van VleetUnited States
Excellent and well informed tour guide. Gerard tailored the tour to our interests and provided great insights to the areas visited. His knowledge and passion for all things in County Kerry is impressive. We highly recommend him for any future visitors.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good Evening Thank you for your kind comments . Hope your doing well . Gerard .