Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Shannon-and-Ennis-Ireland by Tour Guide James (Guide #8595)


Deborah Grimmelmann

United States
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Tour: #108637, Daily Rate for Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Aug 23/18

James was very knowledgeable about the sites and history of Ireland. He was very flexible and accommodative to our wishes. We really enjoyed his commentary. We would recommend him to others.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Debbie and Kurt. Your knowledge enhanced my job, making it a great Itinerary, and day out, for all 3 of us.

Jeremy Proffitt

United States
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Tour: #108637, Daily Rate for Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Aug 17/18

James did an amazing job with our interesting request of getting a ride from Shannon to Dublin complete with a tour and lunch along the way. We had such an enjoyable ride, and his choice for a local lunch, was, simply, amazing! One of our best meals in Ireland!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Jeremy and Jamie. Come back soon :-) Lots more to show You !

Jeff Wienke

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jul 16/18

James was fun & provided us a thorough history of Ireland. He customized the tour for us & even accommodated our dietary needs. Look forward to using him again next year for a tour. Thanks James, for a lovely day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan and Brooks. I look forward to meeting all of you, again, next year.

Jon Hart

United States
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Tour: #108637, The Hart Brothers Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jun 20/18

We booked a 10 day tour of Western Ireland with James. It was everything that we had hoped for. James entertained us with history, tales and local flavor and he went out of his way to direct us to music venues, pubs and restaurants during our free time. The highlight of our tour was four days in County Sligo, where James helped us find our family home from where our great grandfather emigrated 150 years ago, and to even meet distant cousins. Thank you for making our tour of Ireland a five star experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Jon and Brent. With your information and knowledge, and my little knowledge, it made it easier to find Townlands spelt differently. And, meeting the right people, to point us in the right direction.

Oni Freeman

Canada
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Tour: #335651, Shannon to Galway, Shannon, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Apr 9/18

James tour was terrific. I learned so much and saw a part of Ireland that was unexpected. He made special stops to accommodate my husbands desire to photograph unusual subjects. He was funny and knowledgeable, full of beans. Thank you James for an exciting and entertaining day in Ireland!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Oni and Ron. Don't I have a great Job. Especially when all are as nice as You ;-)

Christina O'Neill

United States
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Tour: #108637, Daily Rate for Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Nov 16/17

This was my second tour with James and we couldn't be any happier with the experience. James is a master story teller and tour guide. He was able to tell us the history of every nook that we explored. Don't bother renting a car or trying to see everything on your own because your day with James will be more than worth the money. He's informative, funny, and a great guide. My first tour with James was 4 years ago and we'll keep coming back to him as long as he allows. Thanks so much James!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christina; again; and Andrew. We were blessed with good weather, and your good company. James

Michelle Giauque

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Oct 20/17

Last Friday the 20th October James was our guide! He was full of information, funny and accommodating. We all 3 enjoyed our tour because of him. Give this man a raise he's awesome. Thank you, Michelle, Judy and Cathie.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: With three knowledgeable, witty, and gorgeous Ladies, my day was made so much easier. Don't I have such a Great Job ! And next time, we will spend more time in The Perfumery :-) Thank you, Michelle, Judy and Cathie.

William Leinster

NORTH CAROLINA, United States
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Tour: #108637, Leinster Group Customised Tour, Shannon, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Sep 30/17

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our guides’ normal high standards.

Helayne Sweet

United States
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Tour: #108637, Daily Rate for Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Sep 4/17

Just wonderful tour with James. Great stories and perfect surprise spots! Thanks so much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Helayne and Jim.

Robert Hickey

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jul 31/17

James in absolutely the guy you want if you are looking for a guide in County Clare and beyond. He is knowledgeable in both Irish history and tradition. In my case, I was looking for the Clare places my grandparents came from when they immigrated to the US in the 1890s. When he picked me up he'd already made calls and took me right to the places. Within a hour I was talking to distant cousins who invited me into their homes. Amazing! Call James. Might not happen for everyone, but it happened to me.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert. It was as much fun for me, knowing the right questions to ask, and with the information you supplied.

Michael Conca

Ireland
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Tour: Conca Family Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland
Date: Jul 5/17

Can't say enough good things abut our tour guide James. He was born for this job! Congenial, funny, and pleasant to be with, James is also a wealth of knowledge of the country and people of Ireland (and a good driver too!). We booked a 4 day customized tour. He worked with us from the beginning to help design our tour. James kept us on track but was also flexible to allow us to pursue things as they popped up. He also found hidden gems along the way. We highly recommend James!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mike, Cheryl, Julie and Jesse. It was great to have you, and share the knowledge. Next time we will find those relatives :-) Come back soon. James.

Clare Huspeni

United States
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Tour: #108637, Daily Rate for Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jun 21/17

James was our local tour guide for two wonderful days. James made sure we had a well rounded tour - from local favorites to meeting local people. He made adjustments along the way to meet our needs. He gave us local history along with many funny stories. His knowledge of the history, geography and local customs of Ireland was impeccable. Recommend James in a heartbeat .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My memorable moment was photo ops "Clare from Clare" at signs saying Clare. Thank you Clare and Dennis. Come back soon :-)

Jay Decker

United States
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Tour: #108637, Jay Decker West Coast visit, Shannon, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 18/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You .

John R

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: May 16/17

James gave us an excellent tour to the Cliffs, Burren, and other places we wouldn't have found on our own. We might have rented a car, but James' tour was far more relaxing, informative, entertaining, and fun. He found us a great place for lunch, was accommodating of our schedule, mobility limitations and luggage, and is a pleasant guy to spend a few hours driving around County Clare with. We'd never used Tours by Locals before. I'd definitely recommend booking with James and would do it again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You John, Nuala, and Elizabeth. Twas a pleasure as I awoke Nuala's memories from a previous visit. And showed you new things to bring it all together.

Pamela Shortreed

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Mar 30/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Pamela, Blane and Angela.

Carol S.

United States
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Tour: #81015, Autumn Trip to The Cliffs of Moher, Shannon, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Nov 5/16

James gave my daughter and I a tasted of local history mixed with humor. He asked in advance what our "must see" list was and we were able to check everything off. James also took us to a hidden spot that only locals would know and was always professional and polite. Recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Carol & Marnie. And we were blessed with good weather.

Sherry Penfield

United States
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Tour: #108637, Sherry Penfield's Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Sep 6/16

Exemplary defines James. He ensured my month-long journey was full of precious memories. He provided off the beaten path places of interest & made recommendations tailored to my traveling tastes. His inquiries tracked down my living Irish brethren, literally bringing me to the doorsteps of my family property & to cousins I had never meant, indeed, didn't even know existed! Talk about a memory that will last forever. As a result I will be referring both James & your service.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sherry. Genealogy is my passion, and by knowing the right questions to ask, along with paperwork from you, made it a lot easier.

Carl Hylin

United States
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Tour: #108637, Daily Rate for Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Aug 18/16

James took us on a fascinating day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and all around County Clare. His local knowledge is tremendous and we enjoyed is stories very much. We were very happy we booked this tour, and would do it again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Carl. Your and Matt's prior knowledge, where I was able to verify some detail, made my job a lot easier.

Arlyne Escobar

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jul 15/16

James was awesome he gave us a great tour with a lot of background and fun facts! Despite the morning mist James made our visit to the cliffs a fun and wonderful experience! He's a great tour guide full of fun back stories and I would recommend him in a heartbeat!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Arlyne and Angie.

Lionel Medina

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jun 13/16

We loved this tour! Yes, even with the rain (torrential at times) James was a terrific guide. He was so informative and his depth and breadth of knowledge was very impressive. Not only did we see the Cliffs of Morher but James took us to some hidden sites, including a hidden ring fort and a few off the beaten path establishments. We will definitely seek James out again on our next trip to Ireland!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Lionel and Martha �� Happy 16th Anniversary.

Melanie Schauwecker

United States
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Tour: #78881, Melanie Schauwecker Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jun 11/16

James was awesome! Everthing from picking us up at the airport to taking us on a tour to walking with us into our hotel to make sure everything was ok, was just wonderful. He is very knowledgable and funny! I definitely recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Melanie and Steve.The pleasure was all mine :-)

Kathe Sickles

Bakersfield, CA, United States
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Tour: #108637, Ted Barnard's Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jun 5/16

Very knowledgeable!! James had interesting stories to share and knew not only history but current events. He was accommodating to our wishes and was very helpful when we wanted to make itinerary changes. You can't go wrong with James, especially around Shannon/Ennis area where he is a resident and knows everyone!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathe. I know a few characters alright. Part of the experience I try to share.

Michael McCluskey

United States
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Tour: #108637, McCluskey Day Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Apr 9/16

A jam packed day as we were picked up at the Bunratty Castle Hotel and dropped at the train station in Limerick. Hitting the scenic highlights, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, The Burren, and lots in between. Jim has lots of knowledge and you are getting the local insiders insight. After hearing about all the music in the area, I might head back for that some time in the future. James in very easy going and comfortable sharing his insight. Rather then hunt for everything, and if you have limited time, hire James

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Although the forecast was dire, We still managed to avoid showers and hailstones. You must be blessed :-) Thank You Mike.

Karen Desjardins

United States
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Tour: #108637, Daily Rate for Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Mar 31/16

James and his tour were the highlight of our trip abroad (besides seeing my daughter in London!)! We were a party of 4 (2 Moms, 2 college students) and James was a fantastic tour guide & driver! He told great stories about the locations we visited, and was very knowledgeable about Irish history. AND he added a great deal of humor to the day! Prompt, courteous - our tour guide next time will be James. Highly recommend him to anyone looking for an enjoyable experience in Ireland! Thanks, James!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You Karen. Tis not a Job, its a passion. And You, are the ones who make it extra special.

Joyce Baker

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Mar 7/16

James was the perfect guide. His knowledge of the area and it's history was extensive. He knew places we would be interested in and he never stepped wrong. In fact, we enjoyed the tour so much, we extended our time with him and were happy we did. James is a terrific guide. Don't miss a chance to sign him up and have the most wonderful experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thankyou for your endorsement. And I learnt something about New Fabric in Gloves !

Valerie Carlson

United States
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Tour: #108637, Carlson Tour of Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jun 19/15

Wow, what can I say? The experience with ToursByLocals, and James specifically was fabulous. I've traveled to dozens of countries and never quite got to experience a destination as magnificently as I did this time. James' knowledge, personality, and reputation not only opened doors for us, but made every day one for the record books. I cannot recommend him highly enough. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. Thank you, Kristin Carlson

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You were all delightful,easy going, and a pleasure to be with. From the oldest, 79 year old, to the youngest, 16, we found a highlight for all of You. "Céad míle fáilte" Thanks. James.

William Stillgebauer

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jun 12/15

Fun guide,lots of stories. Tried hard to include as much as possible into our day. Give him a try.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You for your kind words. I enjoyed YOUR company, as much as you enjoyed mine !

Jeanne B.

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Apr 6/15

We had a 5 hour custom tour of County Clare on a beautiful sunny spring day. James did an excellent job of mixing descriptions of the scenery with the history of the area. He was flexible enough to cater to our interests, and also very entertaining. I would recommend James to anyone looking for a custom tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank You for your kind words. I enjoyed YOUR company, as much as you enjoyed mine !

Roy Harris

United States
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Tour: #108637, Four day tour of Ireland, Shannon, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Nov 25/14

Having taken one private tour before (to the Cotswolds) we knew the benefits of having a guide at our disposal. But picking James, of Ennis, as guide for our 4-day Galway-to-Killarney-to-Limmerick-and-Ennis adventure was fortuitous. Friendly, knowledgable, dependable, and flexible to our desires (seeing castles, visiting long-lost cousins, and dining), James was a gem. We can't recommend him highly enough if you want a personal tour of Western Ireland's wonders. The Dingle Peninsula was a highlight.

Patrick Lilly

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Jul 18/14

A self-professed man of many hats, James loves to tell Irish stories, which he does well. A gentle soul, he is most accommodating.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Patrick.

Christina O'Neill

United States
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Tour: #78881, Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour, Ennis, Clare, Ireland    view tour
Date: Oct 18/13

This was the best part of my trip to Ireland. James was a great guide and his infusion of Irish history and knowledge of the scenery combined to make a truly memorable experience. I would recommend a tour with James over any other tour offered in Ireland. When I go back to Ireland I plan on using his services again.