Wee Jim's tour brought Northern Ireland to life for us. He was the perfect guide: brimming with local knowledge of the landscape, folklore and political history. He was gracious with his time and attentive to our particular interests. He took us to little known spots and managed to avoid the tourist hoardes, offering a very personalized and engaging experience. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to tour Northern Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Steve I really enjoyed your party’s company
Darin BergsteinCHARLOTTE, NC, United States
Wee Jim was great! We had a fantastic day in Northern Ireland and got to see so much. Jim is knowledgeable, professional and provided us a great experience! We had comfortable transportation and Jim took us to all his special spots on the Northern Coast of Ireland. AWESOME!
Jolie FredetteDowners Grove, IL, United States
If I could place a 10 star I would! What an amazing day, Castles, waterfalls, fairy trees, lost Viking/ cursader graves, the hedges, and gaint causeway. Taking care of my 103 year old father, sharing poetry with us. Ending the day at the museum "War Years Remembered". I cannot thank you enough for a day that we will never forget, Ken, George, and Jolie l.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Absolutely a pleasure and Davy from War year remembered was delighted to get an opportunity to talk to an actual www2 veteran Thankyou for you service sir A great day all round wee Jim
Vic VanaudenhoveUnited States
Great guide. Extremely knowledgeable. History, poetry, story telling all great. Got to places no buses could ever get close to. Would recommend "Wee Jim" to all. All of us had a great time and got to see the beautiful countryside. The ladies also got a chance to pose with the "Game of Thrones" crown. He took us to the shop that designs a lot of the jewelry for the show.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks vic I enjoyed your company And your party’s conversation a great day out
Carole PetersonUnited States
James was so fun fun we did not even notice the weather (most of the time). He took us to places we would never find on our own which is why Tours by Locals is the best. He listened to what were interested in and took us there. We loved our time in Northern Ireland and we saw things others would not even think about. And the little inn he took us too was the best food on our trip, including the cruise ship. We would go back there!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow thanks
Wee Jimmy is an absolute delight! Our only regret was that we didn't bring a tape recorder to memorialize his monologue of history, fables and puns. We recommend spending a full two days with WJ and be sure to include time to wander the backroads. May the fairies be with you, our new friend. Breathe in, think thin!!! Leslie and James, Zurich
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankyou I really enjoyed your company Leslie and James have a great cruise and I’m so glad you enjoyed your day wee Jim
Joseph RandUnited States
We spent almost 12 hours with Wee Jim today, and he was non-stop entertaining and enlightening. He adapted to our interests, and had stories, songs, and history about everything we saw. His good humor and enthusiasm was contagious, and everything you would want in a tour guide, with a well-suited vehicle that had good visibility. Joe E Rand
Becky GabehartUnited States
Wee Jim was PHENOMENAL, MAGICAL, AMAZING, etc. Jim listened to us and showed us parts of Ireland geared to our likes. He made sure that he showed us as much as possible, while at the same time, letting us spend as long as we wanted in various places. I am SO glad that we decided to go with Jim, as he provided the best tour that I have EVER been on. He would quote Irish poems and sing Irish songs while taking us to the places that the songs were about. If you get the chance to visit Ireland, USE JIM!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Beckie this time of year it gets dark early had it been may /June !! It gets dark at about 1130 so I'd have got the high cross in The recipe for the holy water is as follows One shot of holy water ( whiskey does at a pinch lol ) One shot of liquid ginger Large spoon of honey Add a slice of ginger with cloves stuck in it Top up with really hot water ( make sure the boss shares lol ) I've been trying to send you pictures However the computer says no Message me on Tbl website to start a new string tks
Richard FullerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard
Karen JonesUnited States
We "took a chance" and booked our first tour through Tours by Locals for our Belfast stop on the Regal Princess transatlantic. Chose Wee Jim (James D) as our guide because we liked his profile. This was the best decision of our entire cruise. Wee Jim is a wonderful host and showed us so much more than we could have imagined. We saw our must sees Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Distillery and special sites such as Cairncastle St Patrick's church/cemetery where we were blessed with rainbow. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Karen at least you know now what sailors wear earrings and what Spanish sailors carry in their pockets Lol yes a great day out
Lance OharaUnited States
Wee Jim knows Northern Ireland, knows the people and knows the sights! We booked Jim for the Giants Causeway tour as well as to see the Game of Throne sites. Jim delivered on all and then some. He took us off the beaten path to see the sights that you wouldn't get from a bus tour. He took us to various haunts that showed he knows the land and the people. It was a full day from 8am to 6:30pm. We all had a great time on Jim's tour and would do it again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hope you got to see the Ulster museum guys and enjoy Edinburgh Thanks
Leonidas DowlenUnited States
My wife and I had a great tour of North Ireland because of our wonderful guide Jim. He showed us many quaint villages and farms on the way to the Giant's Causeway. The scenery mixed with the history and folklore made for a delightful day. He is a definite 5 if that is the highest category.
Wee Jim worked extremely hard to give us an excellent day totally tailored to our wishes. The scenery was excellent and the pace perfect. As well we learned so much! I would highly recommend Jim and we will be back to have a more extensive tour of Ireland with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Margaret it was a pleasure to present my wee country to you
Linda NapiorskiUnited States
James might be the best guide that I ever had. He was funny, informative and we saw so much of Northern Ireland that I could not believe it. I would highly recommend him and ToursByLocals without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Linda wow !
Kathryn MedlerUnited States
We had an absolutely fantastic time with Jim! I don't think that we were not an easy group to take on a tour--I brought my elderly mother with limited mobility and my three boys (ages 12-23) who need "wiggle room". Jim managed to keep everyone happy and interested and our tour was the highlight of our trip. I had both my mother and sons independently commenting about how much fun that day was and how great it was to get to see the things that Jim took us too. I highly recommend it. Thanks Jim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks guys you're an absolute pleasure to guide! What about that castle at kinbaine??? The guys enjoyed the exercise, lol
Stephen BarryUnited States
Our day with Jim was nothing short of remarkable. Jim knew we had a less than stellar experience on a prior coach trip and he went above and beyond to make certain this tour was enjoyable and memorable. Jim made a point of determining in advance our must see items and then he filled in the day with many sights and experiences you could never discover otherwise. His pride in his home showed as he entertained and educated us on what everyone agreed was the highlight of our family vacation to Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankyou so much for the feed back and the wee note Stephen I hope you have gotten over your illness And are back to full speed Regards to Nancy,Mark Angela, Grace and Brian and it goes without saying if you’re ever back this way please look me up ( theirs so much more to see it’s ireland)
Stephanie HammerlyUnited States
We had a tour with Wee Jim out of Belfast on July 31st. We would give him the best rating: 5 out of 5. We had a blast with Wee Jim as he showed us the countryside of Northern Ireland. He listened to what we wanted to do, told many wonderful stories and was easy to be with all day. Wee Jim has a wealth of knowledge and we learned a lot while we were enjoying the sights. I highly recommend this tour! You might even see a fairy!
Judi P.United States
Wee Jim was great took us to several off the beaten path sites Many laughs very knowledgeable. Loved touring with him. Think thin breathe in
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks judi !!
Ron C.United States
Wee Jim really goes out of his way to make the day very enjoyable. We would definitely use him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cheers Ron I enjoyed your company Thank you
Our group of 6 was met promptly at the arranged time and we set out for a grand trip of the North. We are very happy with Jim, our guide. He took us to some out-of-the-way spots and to some popular tourist spots. All of Jim's suggestions for sights to see were well worth it and gave us a good appreciation of the beauty of Northern Ireland. He went above and beyond to ensure we had a memorable trip. He was very mindful of us getting value for our money. We all would recommend Jim as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pleasure!! It keeps the leprechaun out of mischief lol and it was the most you guys would see of the forty shades of green without a helicopter lol you want to see fermanagh lol
Sharon CallisonUnited States
Wow! What a fantastic day my family of 6 had with Jim! This was absolutely the highlight of our 16 night tour of the British Isles! Jim entertained us while educating us. He showed us big things and smaill things on and off the beaten path.My personal favorite was the burial site of an ancient warrior. The site was a very short walk thru brush, under a tree, and marked with a very old stone with a sword/cross primitively etched in. Jim told stories of history and lore. All of the family loved Jim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a privilege presenting my wee country to you guys Sharon and I hope it sparks the desire to return and experience my wee ireland again someday thanking you for your kindness wee jim
Sherry SmithUnited States
This was the best private tour that our family has ever taken! Jim was phenomenal. We easily met him at our cruise ship port and he immediately began identifying what our interests and preferences were. Then we were off for the most exciting day that we could ever ask for. Jim was delightful, intelligent and accommodating. I highly recommend Jim for your day tour needs while in Belfast and trust me when I say you will not be sorry! He is very personable and I can't wait to come back and see him again.
Jane CastorUnited States
Jim is an excellent guide! He is an amazing storyteller in the Irish tradition and we thoroughly enjoyed the cultural information he shared. The scenery on the Antrim coast is beautiful and the Giants Causeway is not to be missed! We met a local family who raise sheep and they gave us a demo of their amazing dog at work. Outstanding! Thanks for the truly memorable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Absolutely a pleasure thanks Jane
Christine AdlerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: If Every star is a loaf on my table Then May your giving hand always have strength thank you
Raymond WuUnited States
Jim gave us a great tour to Giant Causeway and the countryside after a city tour. We are impressed by Wee Jim's enthusiasm in making the tour fun. For example he prepared Irish hats for us to use when taking group pictures. He is a good singer and story teller.
Brian KlineUnited States
We were on a British isles cruise and everyone felt this was our best day. Jim was a big part of making it a great day. Jim is a wonderful storyteller and the music as we traveled about was wonderful. You can tell Jim loves Belfast and sharing its beauty. We were able to get in all the sites we wanted to see and Jim took us to some other great stops. We had the best scones of our lives. We hope to get back one day and will definitely book with Jim our next time in Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You guys were a pleasure to tour Brian ( but you couldn't call this work lol ) thank you we would love to see you guys return to Ireland
JoAnn SmithUnited States
Jim is very informative and humorous at the same time. Very nice person, very eager to accommodate every inch of your itinerary. I would contract with him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you JoAnn
Maureen MooreUnited States
Fantastic Tour!!!! Wee Jim was wonderful! We knew that we wanted to see the Giant's Causeway, and left it up to Jim to show us the wonders of the north coast, well we got the tour of a lifetime! We explored old churches, fairy trees, a wizard's grave, amazing views, met sheep, and hiked in the Glens; then had a private guide show us the Giant's Causeway. Wee Jim has a passion for his home and it's history, and it shows in his tour. He gave us a wonderful day, and wonderful memories!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maureen thank you so much for a wonderful day Out usually when people think of ireland they fly to Dublin and stay south I'm sure you will agree The north of ireland is a hidden secret Thank you wee Jim
Absolutely fantastic. Wee Jim was wonderful. We sent him the itinerary that we were self driving and he adjusted his tour accordingly. No rushing at all. Jim is a delight and there are times he just breaks into poem or a story for us. Be warned... no story ends well in Ireland...:D. (Except this one.. Jim is fantastic and we have no reservations recommending him to anyone. Two adults, two teenagers Jim was engaged the entire trip. Thanks so much. We hope to meet you (and Mark) again someday
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marnie thanks for your kind remarks the day Went too fast and their is still so much to see If you guys are ever back this way please get In touch and of course if you ever need a wish hung On a fairy tree just say lol thank you again for some Great company wee Jim ps I do hope you enjoyed your Time in Derry
Mary AtkinsonUnited States
We had never booked through Tours by Locals and decided to give the company a try. We are so glad we did. We chosee the Giants Causeway Coastal Tour and had the great fortun to have selected James (Wee Jim) as our driver and Guide. He was kind, punctual, and a great driver. He is a truest fascinating historian, filled with facts, trivia, poetry, and as it turns out a great singer too. He even made it a point to share the natural flora and fauna along the way; best guide and tour ever! TKS Jim!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Very touched Thank you I'm so glad that you enjoyed your trip to ireland and especially enjoyed visiting The northern tribes lol. Thank you, Mary, once again for your most excellent company.
Elizabeth RiceUnited States
Wee Jim entertained us with song and poetry, took us to the fairy kingdom sites of secret wells behind small doors and wishing trees in graveyards, whisked us to historic sites and several game of thrones filming locations including The Dark Hedges. And helped us find our ancestral farm in Toome, County Antrim. He finished the tour with an incredible lunch at Castle Leslie. He is a wee gem.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Elizabeth I enjoyed the ONeill sisters company And what about benny singing that song at your old homestead A magic four days in ireland regards to the girls Wee jim
Paul MontyUnited States
You want James to be your tour guide! He was so much fun and so very knowledgeable! We loved the history lessons as well as all the amazing places we visited. Especially the Fairy Tree. Thank you, James, for the amazing day - and though I did say "how interesting" many, many times - I promise that I really was very interested! LOL!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul it indeed was an interesting Day out lol
Sandra CuttlerUnited States
Jim (wee Jim) was friendly, funny, informative, poetic and everything you would want in a guide. He also sang wonderful Irish music. He took us to Places that were off the beaten path and were very interesting. Jim had a great knowledge of history, fairies and leprechauns, current events and local lore. We were very happy that he was our guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to show you my wee country, and this was helped by your great enthusiasm and sense of humour. I hope that if you should visit again, you will consider the North of Ireland as a choice as there is so much more to see. Thank you again for your feedback. All the best Wee Jim
Eric EricksonUnited States
Wee Jim is highly recommended. Our tour with him was excellent. Our 8 hour tour lasted 11 hours and included both great stories and information on the Belfast Area. He was very helpful and even hooked us up with a private guide at the Giant's Causeway. We had an excellent tour with him and would recommend him to anyone looking for an all day tour from Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Erik, I thoroughly enjoyed showing you the Viking rune stone on the day, and your company was great. Thank you for your very positive feedback, and I hope that you would consider using Tours by Locals again.
Marjorie BellringerUnited States
Wee Jim is the most fabulous tour guide and we would need at least a 10 star system of rating to do his excellent service justice. The time spent with Wee Jim will forever be the best part of our trip to Ireland. His local knowledge was essential to making our stay in Ireland a trip of a lifetime. Had we been in Ireland on a longer stay we would have been thrilled to spend the entire time with Wee Jim. We can not say enough to recommend his outstanding guide services. Wee Jim is the best!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankyou Marjorie very touched glad you and Jim Got home safe - but guys stay off the food Chain lol Please feel free to get in contact again if you are back This way I really enjoyed your company guys ! Wee Jim ps just met a leprechaun dancing around A standing sporting a very trendy silver necklace lol
Amy B.United States
James was a very knowledgable guide . We spent the day visiting all the important sites in Belfast. He had planned a great day and we enjoyed it. His flexibility in accommodating my husbands needs due to mobility issues was exceptional
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Amy thanks for your kind feedback I also enjoyed The wee day thank you
Maxine BaerwaldtUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maxine
Stan BradleyUnited States
Jim is as knowledgeable as he is friendly. He goes out of his way to show you his Ireland while covering items on you list.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I left your marked map into your hotel. It shows you the route you took. Also markedin it is the location of St. John's church, Donegore the Ferguson graves and four mile burn for Susan. Glad you enjoyed your day Stan.
Todd JohnsonUnited States
This tour was the best part of our Northern Ireland visit. James was an outstanding guide and shared a bit of history, humor, legend, or folklore at every turn on the tour. He went out of his way to ensure we saw the best there is to see and was patient as we snapped pictures to remember every moment. During our lunch break, he went out of his way to help our daughter find a bottle of Irish whiskey to bring back home as a gift. We will remember this day forever. Thanks so much James!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Todd hope the bottle of redbreast goes down well In the Windy City lol hope you guys consider The unspoiled north of ireland in the future Good luck to your baseball team in the coming Season
Stephen HalesUnited States
"Wee Jim" was a fabulous guide. We emailed back and forth in the months before our tour, and he put together a day on the Antrim Peninsula that we will never forget. He was knowledgeable, fun, amusing, and he timed out day perfectly. He understood our interests and we saw places we could not have found if we'd been on our own. We would love to return and spend more time with him. Tours by locals has always maximized our visits wherever we have used your guides. We love introducing others to your service.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sir Thank you feed back like this makes the job for me thanks The best part of the day for me was when I was asked Twice " how did you find this " " brilliant ! " Stephen if you and your good lady plan a return give Me a shout and I will assist as far as I can ( go north lol ) Enjoy Dublin and the national museum ,safe home wee Jim
Byron ThompsonUnited States
Great guide provided us with a day to be remembered. Super!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What can I say ? Thank you Byron most kind I'm glad you enjoyed your day
Diana LawsonUnited States
Wee Jim and the driver arrived in a colorful flurry of infectious enthusiasm and humor. Jim has a rich knowledge base of stories, songs, poems, and history. They brought us to coastal places of unusual and dramatic beauty that we never would have seen otherwise. They truly represented Irish hospitality and we would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to see some of the real beauty of the land of Ireland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Diana great wee day and it was Crac lol
James is just great. He has the gift of story telling that really is unique. Loved all the off the road places he took us that only a true local would know, away from crowds. Amazing places and the history to go with them. He went out of the way and we highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your company safe home guys and I hope you will come back to ireland Soon ps Mark sends his regards from the causeway "Shalom " !!!! wee Jim
Tim SantanaUnited States
Jim is a wonderful guide. The day we were going to the Causeway the Queen was going to be there, so Jim suggested we hurry to get there to see the Causeway before the Queen arrived. He arranged for another guide to show us the Causeway who also was wonderful. Jim took us on a marvelous tour down the Antrim coast. He seemed to know most everybody along the way and we stopped to visit with some of the locals a couple of times. We had a wonderful day. (We also got to see the Queen.)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cheers great day out !!
Marcia D.United States
Wee Jim was superb! Knowledgeable from every perspective, and with a great sense of humor. He loves his country and brings its history to life. Thank you, Jim!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marcia a good day out
Stanley LockeUnited States
"Wee Jim" was a fantastic tour guide. He took us to places and showed us things that no one else on our cruise ship can see. He can go where no motor coaches can go. And he stopped at the most beautiful and unusual spots and we were the only people there. If you go to Belfast and you use tours by locals you must ask for Wee Jim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stanley for you kind words so glad you enjoyed our Wee day out
Judy S.United States
Wee Jim was the best guide ever. He made every effort to give us a true experience of his beautiful country in our limited time ashore. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you guys - the weather was disappointing And we didn't need the Liverpool boat lol
William SchwartzUnited States
Fantastic!!! James is what a guide should be! He was informative, friendly, humorous and he has a library in his vehicle to answer any question. We had an absolutely wonderful day with James. I can't give a higher recommendation than I give to James. Anyone traveling to Belfast really should try to hire James for a truly great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks ! Very touched by your kind review William Please get in touch if your vacation takes you to ireland In the future ��
Fred WittUnited States
We loved this tour with Wee Jim. He took us places we never would have seen on our own, but was very responsive to our requests. He never rushed us and reminded us that this was our vacation. He entertained us with wonderful stories and Irish music. He also gave us great advice for our own touring which we were to begin by car the next day. He was a great, safe driver. Thank you, Jim, for everything!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed my wee island Fred glad your home safe And every now and the. Think about returning lol Thank you
Dianne BettsUnited States
Traveling the back roads of Northern Ireland was a fantastic experience with Jimmy while he told the history, sang the songs and recited the poems of the area. We saw the major sites, Giants Causeway, Bushmens Distillery, rope bridge and much more. His "wee" bus was just perfect for the 3 of us. Jimmy accommodated our desires in every way. What a great way to end our 2 1/2 weeks in Ireland!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dianne thank you for your most kind remarks I enjoyed your company and would Hope you would recommend TBL in future to anyone traveling to ireland or Anywhere in the world thank you again wee Jim
Carmen D'AmicoUnited States
Jim made us fall in love of Belfast. It was more than we expected: history, culture, music, and laughs. He showed us beautiful places, and told us wonderful stories. We got the chance to listen to Irish music and enjoyed a delicious authentic Irish meal. My kids learned so much with him about Ireland, that they can't wait to go back. Jim is so knowledgeable. He is really the best!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks and any chance of some photos of that four leaf clover you guys found ? I did not realise how rare that really is !!! It really was a great day out Carman thank you wee Jim
Pam HolderUnited States
We had a three day tour with James. I can only say it was one of the best private tour experiences we have had. We told James that we had three must sees - the Giants causeway, New Grange and the Titanic museum. James took it from there. He adjusted our tour to the most recent weather forecasts, showed us other points of interest to include standing stones, old churches, castles and great photo opportunities. His van was quite comfortable and he even recited old Irish poems!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks pam I enjoyed the wee jolly with you guys too if you are ever Back this way please look me up Wee Jim
Diane BofferdingUnited States
Jim was on time and waiting for us at the port when our cruise ship docked. Jim had a lot of knowledge about Belfast. He was proud of the beautiful landscapes he was showing us. He told us a lot about the history of the area. Jim was willing to show us any place we wanted to see. We had a very nice day with Jim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Diane
Sharlene JordanUnited States
Our day with Wee Jim was definitely the highlight of our two week vacation in Ireland. We left our tour to spend one day with him, and we are so glad we did. We wanted to tour County Antrim, the home of our Irish ancestors, and we were amazed by how much of the area and its history he shared with us. His knowledge and love of County Antrim were very impressive, as was his singing ability. I brought a list of possible sites we would like to see, and he went out of his way to show all of them to us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you i am so glad you had a great day out I do hope it will encourage you guys to vacation Here in the future and of course if you do please Look me up wee Jim
Barbara HarmonUnited States
We feel like we had the Luck O' the Irish having Jim as our guide. He was full to the top of his Leprechaun hat with information, songs, and poems. He answered all of our questions and catered to our wishes. At the end of the day my face was sore from laughing. I sincerely think that Jim enjoyed sharing his time and knowledge with us, that it wasn't just a job for him. I know we made a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks barb you and Gina were great thank you
William (Bill) KacerUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Wee Jim. He was professional, entertaining and very knowlegable. The day was perfect and a the highlight of our British Isles cruise. If you want a real feel for Ireland and it's people spend the day with Jim. Dont' hesitate it's was wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you bill I am so glad you guys enjoyed your day Wee Jim
James PhebusAnniston, AL, United States
This tour is a must! James(wee Jim, as he called himself) was an absolute delight, with a world of facts about everything we saw, plus stories, fairy tales, legends, and plenty of information about Northern Ireland. Atrium coast, Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Rope Bridge, and plenty of backroad scenery created a full day, but absolutely worth it. Again, "wee jim" made the tour very enjoyable. My wife and I both highly recommend it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you James you are most kind ! I am so glad you enjoyed your day
Karen BrubakerUnited States
James or Little Jimmy was great!!! Very knowledge. Took us to Giant's Causeway along with some other beautiful sites. I will definitely recommend Little Jimmy to friends and family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks karen
Oleg VishnevetskiUnited States
Simply outstanding! This tour was the best part of our whole 3 weeks trip, thanks to our wonderful guide Jim! He really made the history come to life through interesting commentaries and stories.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Oleg its feedbacks like yours that Keeps bread on the table lol I hope you will return to the north of ireland As there is so much more to see and do Thank you for your company on a great day out
Cheryl AventUnited States
Our family of six just returned late last night Aug. 13th from our 12 day British Isles cruise. We can't stop talking about the fabulous tour of the Belfast, Great Causeway area, we had with wee Jim, (James D). The knowledge he has on the history, folklore, current events etc. is incredible. He even recited poetry and of course our two 11 yr. old granddaughters were fascinated with the fairy and leprechaun stories. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a better guide then wee Jim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Cheryl it was a pleasure to present my ireland to you And I am so glad you guys enjoyed your tour as much as I did Ps if it gets the kids reading WB Yeats that not a bad thing lol
A wonderful tour guide. Great knowledge and stories to entertain!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your rating Frank and your great company on the day I hope you guys had a great vacation
Mary Ann RossUnited States
Wee Jim, we enjoyed your tour enormously. Lynn was thrilled to see the castle of her ancestors and the lovely countryside was amazing. We also enjoyed the time spent in Belfast itself and your comments on the history of their troubles through the years. Lunch was good as well. We will look you up should we ever return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Please do !! I enjoyed your company and it was a pleasure Carrickfergus castle 1178 ad and the man to Google is Sir John de Corsey He built everything Norman in Northern Ireland thanks again guys
Peggy GarrettUnited States
My daughter and I were in Ireland to attend a friend's wedding and wanted to see Northern Ireland as thoroughly as possible between the wedding events. James was the perfect answer! James was accommodating and pleasant. Listening to his wonderful Irish tales and Irish music was just what we were looking for. James has a wealth of historical information about the land and the origin of the customs and beliefs. We enjoyed every moment of our day. Brilliant!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Peggy it was a good day out glad you enjoyed our wee jolly Wee Jim
Thomas UrbanikRound Rock, TX, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thomas at request of your must sees I upgraded your tour ( at no extra cost to you at short notice on the day ) To include venues well outside the city Thank you for understanding and appreciation the extra time and effort involved In this Thank you wee Jim
Gail Z.United States
Wee Jim made our visit to Belfast! He is an excellent tour guide! Hands down he was the highlight of our tours during our time in the UK! He has great stories to tell, lots of information, is pesonable, and took us to places we would not have been able to see if we had scheduled a cruise ship tour. He also was flexible with the schedule - geared the tour towards both teeneages and adults, and help the teenagers captive with his stories about the many area of Belfast. He's great!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gail there is still so Much to see and I really did enjoy Your company wish krista and leaghana the best of luck with their studies Wee Jim
Phyllis JonesUnited States
The tour was exactly what we (group of 4, aged 19 to 73) wanted and more. Jim took us to all the spots we requested and many others. We were very impressed with his knowledge of the history and folklore of Northern Ireland. The entire day was full and we came away with many memories and pictures - from Carrickfergus, the Fairy Tree, to the Giants Causeway, and so much in between. We also appreciated his suggestions for pubs with traditional music and lodging in Belfast. I wish we had more time in the city
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Phyllis it was a pleasure presenting My wee country to you guys I hope you got to See the museum level two and I you will consider Returning to ireland thank you
Dorothy T.United States
Wee Jim was a wonderful tour guide in Belfast. He made our trip very memorable and we will never forget our time with him. He went above and beyond a regular guide. He is knowledgeable, kind, and very humorous. We won't soon forget our time with him and all that he showed us and did for us. Thanks Jim, we will return to Northern Ireland because of you and your kindness!! Your Texas Friends
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dorothy I enjoyed you company (Dianne ) Glad you got home safe guys Wee jim
James S.Cnton, MI, United States
Went above and beyond call of what we wanted. Showed us where our ancestors were from from little villages to cemeteries.Showed us sights that were impressive. Was very funny and told us some Irish stories. Certainly highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you James I enjoyed your company it was a great couple of days
Linda TurtonUnited States
Wee Jim was fantastic. He gave our group a five star tour of Northern Ireland and the game of thrones. He was a delight to tour with. I would highly recommend him for small party's of six or less. Thank you for a wonderful time wee Jim. Linda
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Linda you guys were a delight to have and I hope you will consider toursbylocals on your travels in future and of course look me up if ever you are back this way there is still so much more to see wee Jim
Maxine BaerwaldtUnited States
Jim was a phenomenal tour guide! He picked us up at our ship on time and had a large, very comfortable van that sat all 5 in our family very comfortably. He took us on a great tour that included many beautiful and interesting places in the countryside of Belfast. We got to see an amazing location with many rushing waterfalls and we enjoyed coffee and delicious scones at a local inn. Our tour of the Giant Causeway was excellent. We ended the tour with a 'banaffie' pie of bananas & toffee!
Paul RichinUnited States
James was terrific. We toured for a whole day and thouroughly enjoyed all his wonderful stories. He made everything interesting and we would definitely tour with him again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul
Mary HarrisUnited States
Jimmy went above and beyond on this tour. He has an indepth knowledge of all things Irish! I had three teenagers with me and he kept them entertained and interested the entire day. We really felt like we say everything possible on the tour from Derry to Belfast!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mary thank you and we were really lucky with the weather too I hope the jet lag is not too bad if you guys are back this way please look me up wee Jim
April BishopUnited States
We can not write enough good things about our fabulous tour guide. His love of Ireland came through in all the places, stories, poetry, food, and flowers that he shared with us. As a party of six ranging from 20 to 54, he picked wonderful places to go so that everyone enjoyed it thoroughly. From waterfalls to a Game of Thrones location, Banofee Pie to a priest hole, and whiskey tasting to ancestral homes, he made us all fall in love with Ireland too. He went above and beyond our expectations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: April thank you so much You guys were great company good luck and if you are ever back this way please look me up wee Jim
Greg BoalUnited States
Jim was AMAZING! He took us to places the normal tours would not go and we saw so much of the beautiful interior instead of just the coastal area. The stories, songs, and courtesy he showed was worth every bit for this tour. I would definitely recommend any tours with Jim.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Greg you guys were great company
Lisa MastrianniUnited States
What a wonderful day!! Jim was a joy. The trip was great and very informative. Jim is very knowledgeable on the area with its geography and folklore as well as where scenes are filmed for G.O.T. Even the restaurants and pubs we visited were great. This is such a beautiful day trip everyone should do it and be so lucky to have Jim show you the way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lisa glad you guys had a good day out also the wee man with the horse sends his regards lol
Gregory FranzenUnited States
Jimmy made the experience unforgettable because of his knowledge, energy, and pride in Northern Ireland. His entertainment via music and poetry was enthralling. Jimmy is one of the very best guides we have ever had!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Gregory I am glad you enjoyed your visit
Roger BarnaUnited States
Wee Jim aimed to please and succeeded. In addition to guiding us to Northern Ireland's greatest sites, he also assisted me with my genealogy search for my Scotch-Irish ancestors. Before the trip he contacted local genealogists for information, gave me a number of Irish web links to check, and took us to the old home areas to see where they lived. History came alive. Along the way he gave us many Irish stories, poems, and songs - all in his delightfull brogue. Our best trip yet!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rodger and Lynn I enjoyed your company my pleasure thank you for letting me present my wee country to you wee Jim
John BowersUnited States
We had such a great day with wee Jim. He picked us up from our cruise ship and took us on a customized "Game of Thrones" and general sightseeing tour. Even though it was a rainy day, he did his best to find the perfect dry spots to get some awe inspiring photos. He played some fun Irish music, recited poetry, and told Irish folk tales that kept us entertained between the sights. We look forward to returning to Ireland one day and seeing our new friend, wee Jim!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John yes It was a nice day out I am looking forward to meeting you guys again if you are back this way
Kathrine PriceUnited States
Jim is an excellent guide! He knows so much about the history of the area. He took us through the city, the country side, and along the coast. Stopping at a wonderful village along the coast for a memorable lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kati and mike thanks I really enjoyed your company yes a great day out ! what about those rainbows did they come out on your photos? happy birthday guys thank you wee Jim
Jim LeonardUnited States
Jim was a wonderful tour guide. He was very flexible and went the extra mile in every way possible. The sites were tailored for us and he quickly understood the type of tour we really wanted and customized the sites during the tour. We highly recommend tours by locals and Jim. We will definitely use him next time also.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you jim did you get the genealogy information I have sent
Carlene CristianiUnited States
I enjoyed the day - finally have some understanding of the unrest in Belfast - sometimes Jimmie was a little hard to understand for me, not his fault, but sometimes I did feel like we kept going around in circles in Belfast
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Belfast accent sorry but then its tours by locals lol the city is small and you do have to go back on yourself to avoid traffic I will take this on-board and try to tweak this however a great day out but Belfast is mostly one way traffic
Nancy GreenUnited States
This is on behalf of my clients. James was driver and guide. Most satisfactory day. I mentioned the synagogue and he immediately called the rabbi and arranged a time to go and meet the rabbi in the synagogue. Visiting congregations while traveling is a learning experience. Alas,the congregation in Belfast is shrinking (not unusual these days). Our guide also told us that many young people of different backgrounds leave the city after high school and settle in London, Australia and elsewhere.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: shalom ! glad you enjoyed your wee day Nancy !thank you for your company on the day if you are ever back this way please let me know there is so much more to northern Ireland to see thank you once again wee Jim
Allison WoodUnited States
"Wee Jim" was absolutely the best! He was so funny, animated, and passionate about his homeland! A native of Northern Ireland, he seemed to know EVERYTHING about it. Also, we had a few points of interest we wanted to see, he no less took us to them in our limited amount of time, but he added a few well kept secrets that were awesome!!! They were better to see then our points of interest! I would recommend anyone to take a tour with Wee Jim! He has a great voice too! ;)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you it was an absolute plesure plesure presenting my wee country to u guys allison you were a joy to tour with thank you wee jim
Tanyia Lee CeremelloUnited States
James provided an abundance of character, flexibility and cultural information relative to my genealogical pursuits. The wealth of information shared was integral as I continue my genealogical exploration of my Irish/Scottish ancestors. The time was well organized in orienting me to the history, flora, fauna a demographics of my Irish heritage. The day flew by so very fast. I was thankful the sun set so late, because I was still eager to explore more of the Belfast countryside/city. I will be back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: TANYIA THANK YOU THE DAY WAS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN 'GREAT COMPANY ' THE DAY WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH AS I STILL HAVE LOTS MORE PLACES , STORIES AND POEMS UNFORTUNATLY I HAD A TOUR THE NEXT DAY AND HAD TO GET BACK TO BELFAST SORRY AS I WOUKD HAVE LOVED TO SHOW YOU NEW GRANGE PERHAPS NEXT TIME GOOD LUCK
Kelli RiggsUnited States
No trip to Northern Ireland would be complete without touring the land with Wee Jim. He is the epitome of an Irish gentleman. His passion and love for his homeland comes through in every story, limerick and song. His knowledge Ireland's history is unsurpassed. We have been to N. Ireland many time before so Wee Jim had the challenge of showing us places where we've never been. Not only did he succeed, he exceeded all of our expectations. It was a magical day that we will always remember.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kelli you and your wee group were a delight To present my country too please feel free to get in touch if YoU guys are back this way good luck and thank you wee Jim
Our guide was David Y., we couldn't have asked for a better guide. He was very knowledgeable & accomodating. Thank you so much David.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you guys glad it went well always happy to help i have passed your regards on to David with a well done
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: It is ToursByLocals policy that in the case where the guide actually giving the tour cannot be the person shown on our website, the customer is told before booking and agrees to the change.
Howard YaffeUnited States
James is outstanding, he knows how to cover a lot of area in a short period of time without seeming to rush. We were six Americans spending the best day of our cruise because of James' insight to the Belfast area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you howard I enjoyed your company and it was a plesure to present my wee place to you guys
Jim was a great guide and very knowledgeable about the sites, the history and the culture. We could not have asked for a better host in our time in Belfast and Northern Ireland. We covered not only the main sites but lots of hard to find gems.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thdnk you I really enjoyed showing you guys my country I do hope you will let me know if you are back this way
Anita H.Sun City West, AZ, United States
What an incredible day! We had so much fun. His personality is so delightful and we so enjoyed his story-telling, singing, and poetry. His depth of knowledge and passion for his city was evident in every word and action. We (four of us) would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you i enjoyed your company and it was a brill day to be out !
Frances FoxUnited States
I had two tours to rate and both were 5 stars and both guides did a wonderful job.
Bob ShulmanUnited States
Wee Jim did a great job under the circumstances! The weather was horrific, but he showed us the back roads and history of Ireland. Very informative and helpful. Even visited local pubs which was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bob Thank you The answer to the question is the town of glockamara is a mythical village in southern Ireland i did not know and had to ask Darby O gill lol glad you guys found it entertaining despite the weather
Donna McIntoshUnited States
We had a lovely day in Belfast with Jimmy. He was at the pier waiting for us with a big smile and we got going right away. He was thoroughly knowledgeable about the area, which was beautiful despite the rain, and had some great stories. He was very accommodating to what we all wanted to do, while still showing us so many beautiful sights, including the Giant's Causeway, Ballygally Castle, the Bushmills Inn (where we had lunch), and a few others. Thanks for a great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankyou you guys were great company if you are back here again please let me know wee jim seamus og
Jennifer ToddUnited States
Jim showed us his Ireland...he was on time, pleasant and willing to share what he knew of the area. His knowledge was extensive and he was always professional. He knew how to tailor the trip to what we wanted to see and even with winter hours we were able to see so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much (i still feel i owe you a castle !!) i have your map of the trip i will post it to you if you wish please let me know thank you again wee Jim Seamus og
James tried so hard to arrange our 13 peoples in 2 Taxi Van, due to the local authority gave him the wrong information (wrong arrival time 11:00 am). But he managed to get his two friends and two Taxi to pick up us on time. We are really thank his effort. We are very impressed the beauty of Belfast. Make our this family re-union with so many memorable photos and peoples. Regards Jean
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your kind understanding in this case jean the ship came in early with no notice and at this time on a sunday nothing is open in belfast so the plan went out the window wee jim
Steve RoachTemple, TX, United States
We asked James to guide us from Cobh, Ireland to Dublin, Ireland. This area of "The Republic of Ireland" is not his area of knowledge. I would limit his tours to Belfast and Northern Ireland. I believe James can do better than he did. I don't believe he is a "Blue Badge" licensed tour guide for Northern Ireland. I would believe your Tour Guides should be licensed if that area requires it. We want you to pay James the money he is due. (Richard Liddle - London guide) is a terrific guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sir thank you i would have scored it a lot lower however fairness in the case of this tour is a two way process comparing like with like - the company on the tour,the distance traveled,the duration, route taken To go on holiday in Ireland you must first leave London England -or even the Republic of Texas my tours take you off all motorways and paying motor way road tolls was a first for me I will of course take your comments and act on them accordingly
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We have asked James to respond to Mr. Roach's concerns.
Robert BoysenUnited States
Excellent. Listened to our wishes and satisfied most of them. Guide could have talked less and also led us a bit astray on a coast walk.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you for your feed back as you recall the planned route for the walk was changed due to rain in the morning (gobbins cliff walk ) the Torr head walk was marked with yellow markers (you could not have got lost even with a map lol) i would like to reassure you the leprechauns knew were you were at all times and were watching over you due to insurance considerations that is how i knew were to pick you up thank you once again wee Jim
Brian SudyUnited States
James was an excellent guide. He has a lot of energy and really keeps things moving. Unfortunately he did not keep track of the time, so we had to race to get back to the ship, which was very stressful.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We've spoken to James about this - the group got separated and it was a challenge to round them up. He now takes a complimentary cellphone to give to travelers who want to go off on their own for a bit.
Wee Jim gave a great pesonalized tour meeting our specifications ... times, things to see, stories, back roads, good information,and found us great music. Found him very down to earth and wonderful personality. Was NOT happy with the b&b in Derry as considered it very expensive (100 pounds). Had paid 50 pounds per night in Orkney for much more. Prefer to stay in b&b over hotels. Wonderful way to see your lovely country!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad you both got back safe and sound please wish john a happy birthday for me in September i am sorry the b&b in Derry disappointed i will look at others for a choice in the future. laurie it was good to meet you both and of course if i visit doggy dos and doggy donts vancover i will look you guys up lol
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: The B and B was recommended by Jim and booked separately by the travellers, not through ToursByLocals.
Judith GarberUnited States
Wee Jim delivered all we asked for and much more! We had a wonderful, interesting and very enjoyable day visiting Belfast and all the sites in and around. Outstanding and highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judith i do hope you will visit N Ireland in the future there is so much more to see good to here that you guys got home safe. wee Jim