Kimkim Trip Reviews for Ireland

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Trip to ireland, Ireland - Jul 10 - Jul 17, 2019

Traveler: Lauren C. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

It was too much driving for the week, we wish we would’ve had more activities to do.

Ring of kerry self-guided cycling tour - 8 days, Ireland - Jun 30 - Jul 5, 2019

Traveler: Audrey B. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

I had a great time! Everything was so easy at every step of the way. I especially liked the route that kept me on back roads with minimal time on the Ring of Kerry road.

Dingle or wicklow, Ireland - Jun 17 - Jun 27, 2019

Traveler: kari w. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Very friendly. Pick ups as planned. Accommodations very nice. Food was excellent

Ireland 2019, Ireland - Jun 1 - Jun 9, 2019

Traveler: Lisa R. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Dean was great to work with and it was nice to have things set up and prepaid along the way (car, B&Bs, etc). Also good suggestions on places to stop, sites to see. One place not to miss is Skellig Michael, especially on a clear day, but reserve well ahead!

Hazel trip 2019, Ireland - Jun 7 - Jun 14, 2019

Traveler: stephanie p. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

My granddaughter and I had a wonderful trip!

Petrina arranged everything beautifully and was responsive to all my questions and doubts.
My only complaint was the weather. I doubt she could do anything about it, though.

Ireland is beautiful. The people, the scenery and the food were lovely.

Thank you for all your help.

Stephanie Penn

Ireland 2019, Ireland - Jun 1 - Jun 9, 2019

Traveler: Scott R. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

I thought overall this was a well planned trip. Every day was different and it felt that there were different themes. We didn't drive long between locations. What made it so successful is that we had a framework and a structure, but allowed us the flexibility to change our plans during the course of the day. Weather is Ireland is always unpredictable. We had a challenging start but the weather came through nicely at the tail end of our trip.

On the first day, driving up to Galway made... read more

I thought overall this was a well planned trip. Every day was different and it felt that there were different themes. We didn't drive long between locations. What made it so successful is that we had a framework and a structure, but allowed us the flexibility to change our plans during the course of the day. Weather is Ireland is always unpredictable. We had a challenging start but the weather came through nicely at the tail end of our trip.

On the first day, driving up to Galway made sense because it was accessible and it was an easy way to get started with some light tourist walking through the streets and getting a flavor of Irish culture. We especially enjoyed watching the finals of the premier league championship in a packed local pub which resembled a mosh pit. The noise and enthusiasm was electrifying.

I enjoyed Doolin, especially the pubs where the locals attended listening to music. I highly recommend Sheedy's B&B. We enjoyed hiking the cliffs of Mohr from Doolin to the tourist center as it was private and less people. Getting a taxi to take us back to Doolin was easy and convenient vs. taking a bus back into town. I think starting from the Tourist center is a mistake as there are too many people.

The Dingle penisula was my favorite part of the trip. Enjoyed the B&B and appreciated majestic views of the mountains in the backdrop along the coastline. Great walking trails. We just barely missed getting the boat over to Blassket Island but enoyed the museum had some nice walks in the AM along the coastline. We loved the Falconary and that was truly was an unique and unforgettable experience. The pub and music nightlife was great too.

Touring Skellig Michael was another highlight of the trip and we were fortunate for a very nice sunny day. Memorable. A must!

Heading up to Limerick the next day and seeing the castles and walking the trails was a good day to "strecth the legs". Nightlife was great too.

Ending our trip in Dublin was a good way to slow it down a bit. We enjoyed the museums at Trinity college, GPO (must), public gardens, as well as the Jamenson and Guinesse. Although it is a touristy thing to do, taking the "hop on and hop off" bus tour is a good way to get around to see the city. The early am drive from Dublin to Shannon airport was easy and not too taxing.

Dan

First visit to ireland for most of us, Ireland - May 1 - May 11, 2019

Traveler: Dan R. - Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh

Donncha is a fantastic guide! We couldn’t have been in better hands. Louise needs to get some experience in scheduling tours. Very aggressive timeline. BUT, we loved our Ireland experience!

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Louise Kavanagh, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dan,
Thank you for leaving such a positive comment and review on our guide Donncha, he is a great guy with so much knowledge, charm and experience, we are very lucky to have him.
I appreciate the feedback with regards the packed itinerary, the balance between fitting in all a clients requests and allowing time to slow down and take in the pace of Ireland can be a challenge.
I am glad to hear that overall you had a wonderful trip.
regards

Louise

First visit to ireland for most of us, Ireland - May 1 - May 11, 2019

Traveler: Pat N. - Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh

Donncha was the highlight of the trip. His knowledge and love of Ireland history, geography, politics, music, etc. deepened our experience. His singing was an unexpected treat and helped define Irish culture. My favorite memories include the Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Dingle. We had a great trip.

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Louise Kavanagh, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pat,
I am delighted to hear you had a great trip and that our guide Donncha was able to bring Ireland to life for you. He is a wonderful guide, and singer, and a favourite among our travellers.
I hope that you are left with some lasting memories of your time in Ireland and get a chance to come back and visit with us again.

Slán go fóill

Louise

Ireland hiking 5/19, Ireland - May 5 - May 12, 2019

Traveler: Peter P. - Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

There were 10 of us hiking together during the first week of May in 2019. The KimKim team made our planning requests easy to book and were able to adjust the trip and tailor it to our needs. We would without a doubt use KimKim for any of our future travel plans. The response I received from all our friends after the hike was how everything from transportation, lodging, communication, and the hiking went without a hitch. We have never been on a trip where everyone from Maurice to the drivers... read more

There were 10 of us hiking together during the first week of May in 2019. The KimKim team made our planning requests easy to book and were able to adjust the trip and tailor it to our needs. We would without a doubt use KimKim for any of our future travel plans. The response I received from all our friends after the hike was how everything from transportation, lodging, communication, and the hiking went without a hitch. We have never been on a trip where everyone from Maurice to the drivers and the owners of of our accomodations we stayed in, were so accommodating and quick to respond to our needs. Maurice in particular, prior to our trip was quick to respond to some of our unusual transportation changes we needed to make throughout our trip . He also assisted us in changes we needed to make during our trip due to a few of our travelers not able to complete a few legs of the hike. The response time and solutions, were completed in most cases less than 1 hour. That was amazing. We have never in all our holidays been treated so well. The hike itself was above what we had expected . Beautiful countryside, great views and just enough challenges to let you know you were actually hiking and earned your Guinness at the pub at the end of the day. The Wild Atlantic Way Hike is not to be missed. Thank you for making our Holiday a memory we will never forget.

First visit to ireland for most of us, Ireland - May 1 - May 11, 2019

Traveler: Lisa S. - Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh

Great trip! Donncha was such a wonderful guide . His knowledge, witt ,sense of humor and passion for his country made for a great trip. Not to mention his singing of his repertoire of Irish songs.
I enjoyed our hike of the cliffs of Mohr as well as the walk up the gap. Cape Clear was also a special place. We were fortunate to have great weather to enjoy all of the places we went.
All of the accommodations were good as well as the suggested restaurants. The owners and staff of all the accommodations were great. My favorite was the Quay house .

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Louise Kavanagh, local specialist, responded to this review:

HI Lisa,

Thank you for the lovely review, it's great to hear that you guys had such a wonderful and moving time in Ireland. Cape Clear is a memorable place which holds a special places in my heart too.
It's nice to hear that the Irish hospitality lived up to it's reputation.

I hope that you get the opportunity to come back to Ireland again, still lots of places to be discovered.

louise

Lori

1 week in/out ireland , Ireland - Apr 23 - Apr 30, 2019

Traveler: Lori R. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Blown away with frances hospitality coming to visit us in killarney in person and calls to make sure all ok.
Margo our bike hike guide was unbelievable. She was encouraging, so informed about so much, great conversation, felt totally blessed to have her for a full day. All accommodations were above expectations. Great locations, bfasts and hosts.
The Hertz GPS was slow and didn't provide accuracy we e expected. That is not your responsibility. Hertz did a wonderful thing in not... read more

Blown away with frances hospitality coming to visit us in killarney in person and calls to make sure all ok.
Margo our bike hike guide was unbelievable. She was encouraging, so informed about so much, great conversation, felt totally blessed to have her for a full day. All accommodations were above expectations. Great locations, bfasts and hosts.
The Hertz GPS was slow and didn't provide accuracy we e expected. That is not your responsibility. Hertz did a wonderful thing in not charging us since we were 1hour late.

Pat Liddy tour was fantastic !!!!

Only suggestions would be to strongly urge drivers download offline maps if they have capability on their phones. That ended up better than Hertz gps.
Also, information on the charges to the suggested route stops. We probably would have changed some of our stops to be able to spend more time. (Ex. Bunratty castle). or not go . It got a bit frustrating to pay at every stop for more info. If I had known I would have planned better.
However, every place was amazing and the trip went without a gliche. It was amazing!!
Oh, also maybe add info about bus pass and needing exact change on buses in Dublin,
along with brief comment on norms of tipping and that last admission to quite a few sites is4-5p. We missed going in to some locations.

I'm rambling along so I hope makes sense.

Thank you for an amazing trip
Ireland should definitely be a must do for everyone.
God bless

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Dean Garrison, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lori

Thank you so much for your lovely words. We aim to provide the best quality trip we possibly can and it is wonderful to hear you had a great time .

Thank you for your suggestions as well, we will certainly take them on board for future trip

We hope to welcome you back on tour sometime in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean Garrison
Sales Manager

Still exploring for spring break 2019, Ireland - Mar 22 - Mar 31, 2019

Traveler: Athalia L. - Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh

We had an amazing time. Warner was the perfect guide: knowledgable, easygoing, fun, funny, flexible, everything! We all missed him so much when he dropped us off in Dublin, like we had left one of our family members! Our favorite place was Adare Manor, along with the falconry and archery there. But all of the planned activities were great fun, including the ghost tour in Kildare, the bike tour in Kilkenny, etc. We will be back on day to explore the north of Ireland!

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Louise Kavanagh, local specialist, responded to this review:

We were delighted to have you and your family Athalia. I hope you all get a chance to come to Ireland again.
Sláin go fóill

Louise

Ireland itinerary, Ireland - Mar 11 - Mar 17, 2019

Traveler: Matthew F. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Travel advice was great. Walk Bike Hike was very friendly. Great B&B hosts.

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Dean Garrison, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Matthew

Thank you very much for your kind words. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your holiday with us and really appreciate the positive feedback. We hope to welcome you back to Ireland in the future!

All the best from your friends at Ireland Walk Hike Bike

Ireland sept 2018, Ireland - Sep 16 - Sep 22, 2018

Traveler: Catherine B. - Local specialist: Francis Hartnett

We had a wonderful time on our trip - we enjoyed the specific stops they suggested especially in Connamora. We had one logistical lodging issue and they were available by phone within 5 minutes on a Sunday afternoon to help figure it out. They resolved it right away and the rest of the trip went by without a hitch. It was a very special week getting to visit ireland, having the logistics taken care of and wonderful information to help figure out what we wanted to do each day. We had a great time!

Whiskey cycling trip, Ireland - Sep 30 - Oct 7, 2018

Traveler: Pierre M. - Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

Hi! Fantastic trip, can’t say enough about Maurice; very courteous, responded very quickly to any concerns or questions. Excellent trip organizer. Only negative comment is that the written road directions provided need to be updated. For example., “ turn RIGHT leaving the Skibbereen heritage center parking lot” We’ll it’s actually a LEFT turn. So this happened on a few occasions where the GPS and written directions were in conflict. Who to believe? This added a challenging dimension to the... read more

Hi! Fantastic trip, can’t say enough about Maurice; very courteous, responded very quickly to any concerns or questions. Excellent trip organizer. Only negative comment is that the written road directions provided need to be updated. For example., “ turn RIGHT leaving the Skibbereen heritage center parking lot” We’ll it’s actually a LEFT turn. So this happened on a few occasions where the GPS and written directions were in conflict. Who to believe? This added a challenging dimension to the trip. Not a big deal, still an amazing trip. Thank you for everything. I would definitely recommend your company! Pierre

Trip to ireland, Ireland - Aug 17 - Aug 22, 2018

Traveler: Renee A. - Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

I loved this company that I found through Kimkim - Ireland Walk Hike Bike.
I sent my dates, what I was going to do, and they arranged everything for me! They were so helpful for me as an independent traveler, and flexible with what I wanted to do, and available if I needed help. I was able to plan the travel between the cities I was visiting on my own (Belfast and Dublin), and they helped me figure out the hikes and transportation on the Dingle Penninsula. I was in wonderful bed and... read more

I loved this company that I found through Kimkim - Ireland Walk Hike Bike.
I sent my dates, what I was going to do, and they arranged everything for me! They were so helpful for me as an independent traveler, and flexible with what I wanted to do, and available if I needed help. I was able to plan the travel between the cities I was visiting on my own (Belfast and Dublin), and they helped me figure out the hikes and transportation on the Dingle Penninsula. I was in wonderful bed and breakfast accommodations and had great directions on my hike. The hikes were beautiful- especially the hike where I saw the Blanket Islands from high up - 20 km a day was a perfect distance when I just had a small backpack to carry with needed supplies. The prices was great, especially for the quality I received. I would like to book with this company again.

Tour of ireland, Ireland - Jul 21 - Aug 2, 2018

Traveler: Paul K. - Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

Our trip was thoughtfully planned to provide us with the opportunity to drive to many unforgettable places and sights in Ireland.

To fill my eyes with beauty., Ireland - Jul 6 - Jul 11, 2018

Traveler: Alexandra Z. - Local specialist: Francis Hartnett

My trip to Ireland was pretty much perfect. I could tell it was designed by someone local - the depth of knowledge - the nuances - would not have been possible otherwise.

The places I went and the things I did were tailored to my tastes and preferences, and the people I worked with were trustworthy, punctual and organized. It was a week without a hitch.

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Francis Hartnett, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alexandra,
Thank you for your wonderful review. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your holiday and greatly appreciate the positive feedback.
We look forward to seeing you again soon for your next adventure! :)
Thanking you again,
Damien and your friends in Ireland Walk Hike Bike

Gair

Shannon to aran and the burren, Ireland - Jun 1 - Jun 2, 2018

Traveler: Gair C. - Local specialist: Francis Hartnett

My experience exceeded my expectations due to my guide Linda's exceptional knowledge of the areas I requested travel to (the Aran Islands, and the Burren), her keenness of listening to determine how she could fulfil my hopes for my 2 day trips, and her going the extra mile to link up with a local expert and resident who grew up in the Burren and gave us a personalized walk and commentary on an untrafficked section of the National Park. Besides being out of doors on the ferry to Aran and past... read more

My experience exceeded my expectations due to my guide Linda's exceptional knowledge of the areas I requested travel to (the Aran Islands, and the Burren), her keenness of listening to determine how she could fulfil my hopes for my 2 day trips, and her going the extra mile to link up with a local expert and resident who grew up in the Burren and gave us a personalized walk and commentary on an untrafficked section of the National Park. Besides being out of doors on the ferry to Aran and past the Cliffs of Moher by sea, and the next day to the endlessly intriguing stunning tracks into the Burren--thereby having my body register the sensory experience--I appreciated Linda's vibrant curiosity and affection for the land . Happily for me, Linda is an intelligent, insightful and thoughtful observer of the natural features of the land, as well as the history and mythology and bounty of the area. I engaged her on all manner of
uriosities about Irish history, culture, flora and fauna, environmental activism,, herbalism, etc., and there wasn't a single topic she isn't a pleasant and edifying conversational partner in. Thank you, Linda, for guiding me to such affecting & memorable places and bringing me enchanting experiences.

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Francis Hartnett, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gair,
Thank you very much for your kind words. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your holiday with us and really appreciate the positive feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon to explore another region!

All the best from your friends at Ireland Walk Hike Bike