Kimkim Trip Reviews for Ireland

4.6
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Read 68 verified reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim. You can also read reviews about kimkim on 3rd party sites including Google, TrustPilot and Yelp.

I can't say enough good things about kimkim
Ireland | Oct 9 - Oct 22, 2022

Mary
Mary K.
Broad Ripple, IN | Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

I can't say enough good things about kimkim and Dean, our local specialist. We had such a wonderful time. Our accommodations were all lovely and run by helpful, wonderful staff and/or hosts. The suggested lunch stops along the way were always hits. Every suggested stop - Blarney Castle, several spots around Cork, and the rope bridge on the way to Giant's Causeway - was fantastic. I would be thrilled to get to travel with kimkim again. Thank you for all your hard work!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Nov 24, 2022

Hi Mary

Thank you for your kind words.

We are delighted to hear you had a great time in Ireland.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you back to our amazing country in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

The accommodations locations in Dublin and Ki...
Ireland | Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2022

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Shawn K.
Elk Grove, CA | Reviewed on Nov 03, 2022

The accommodations locations in Dublin and Killarney were great as they were close to things. Killarney was the best. Cork and Galway were far from any local experience on foot for us. The breakfast at all was a plus.
In hindsight , for being the first time in Ireland, I would have stayed in Dublin for three or four days and experienced the area with day trips instead of long drives and being rushed at the end of the day.
You guys are great and did everything you said you were going to do.... read more

The accommodations locations in Dublin and Killarney were great as they were close to things. Killarney was the best. Cork and Galway were far from any local experience on foot for us. The breakfast at all was a plus.
In hindsight , for being the first time in Ireland, I would have stayed in Dublin for three or four days and experienced the area with day trips instead of long drives and being rushed at the end of the day.
You guys are great and did everything you said you were going to do. I will have no problem recommending you in the future.

Hotel Reviews
Ashling Hotel Dublin
Dublin
Authenticity & Character
Location
Could see the Guinness brewery from hotel window
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Kingsley Hotel
Cork
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Abbey Lodge
Killarney Co Kerry
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nox Hotel
Galway City
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Hi Shawn

Thank you for your kind word regarding your trip. We are glad you had a great time on the trip.

I am sorry that you didn't get the chance to spend more time in Dublin however it is just great excuse to com back to the country.

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Unfortunately it will be the last time using ...
Ireland | Sep 26 - Oct 10, 2022

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hanoch f.
Israel | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Unfortunately it will be the last time using your platform.
All the communication with dean from Ireland hike and bike was disaster from all aspects - service was poor and delay of answers
The willing to understand our needs and the trip plan was poor.
After getting to Ireland we decided to leave after 5 days
His manager contact us and he was very nice and help us to get refund for part of the trip.
Last time we use your services kimkim cause platform that their agents ruin our trip is now... read more

Unfortunately it will be the last time using your platform.
All the communication with dean from Ireland hike and bike was disaster from all aspects - service was poor and delay of answers
The willing to understand our needs and the trip plan was poor.
After getting to Ireland we decided to leave after 5 days
His manager contact us and he was very nice and help us to get refund for part of the trip.
Last time we use your services kimkim cause platform that their agents ruin our trip is now worth using anymore.

Activity Review
Book of Kells and Trinity Campus Tour
Dublin
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Dean Garrison

10 day Trip to Ireland including Wild Atlantic Way
Ireland | Sep 24 - Oct 3, 2022

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Firoza P.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Dean was very helpful with the planning the trip. He answered all my questions and gave great suggestions for small changes need to hotels and accommodating my daughter's schedule with the trip. Also Justin was very helpful on the phone and helped with some aspects of the trip
The Bed & Breakfast accommodations were lovely. We liked all of them except for the one in Glendalough. The hotels were fine too but the B&B stole our hearts.
Our best part of the trip was Kerry, especially Killarney... read more

Dean was very helpful with the planning the trip. He answered all my questions and gave great suggestions for small changes need to hotels and accommodating my daughter's schedule with the trip. Also Justin was very helpful on the phone and helped with some aspects of the trip
The Bed & Breakfast accommodations were lovely. We liked all of them except for the one in Glendalough. The hotels were fine too but the B&B stole our hearts.
Our best part of the trip was Kerry, especially Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Town! The views were breathtaking! The people so friendly, the food great! No crowds around this time end of September really helped.

Hotel Reviews
The Connacht Hotel
Galway

Very busy and crowded

Authenticity & Character
Location
could have been close to town..
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clonshaugh

Nice hotel close to airport

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tudor Lodge
Laragh, Co. Wicklow,

It was not the best.. very old hotel. not memorable. We should have been in the Glendalough Hotel which was what they offered first.

Authenticity & Character
Location
you need a car for everything
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lansdowne Hotel
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Good for being in Dublin, we took the bus to downtown. Breakfast hostess was not friendly

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Front desk was fine., hostess for breakfast not friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bambury Guesthouse
Co Kerry

Exceptional B&B. Very friendly hostess. Great room! Excellent breakfast and very close to town

Authenticity & Character
The hotel had everything we needed
Location
Close to town
Staff
Very Friendly and accomodating!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and had everything we needed
The Blarney Stone Guesthouse
Cork

Great hosts!! very friendly. Gave us some good tips. Excellent breakfast!!

Authenticity & Character
Very authentic and cute!
Location
Not very central but good
Staff
Very authentic hosts and very friendly! Best Breakfast!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Exceptionally clean
Castle Lodge
Killarney

Very clean and amazing hosts! very helpful. heated food for us!

Authenticity & Character
good
Location
very central. could walk to restaurants
Staff
Cannot say enough about the staff! Very friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
very clean
Churchfield Bed & Breakfast
Doolin, Co. Clare

The host was very friendly! the place was very cute! loved it!

Authenticity & Character
very cute and pretty and the rooms so comfortable!
Location
very close to town
Staff
very friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
very clean
Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Hi Firoza

Thank you for your message and kind words

We are glad to hear that you had a great time on your tour.

We certainly will take your feedback on board as it will help us maintain a high level of service going forward.

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland in the future.

Regards

Dean

Ireland
Ireland | Sep 29 - Oct 8, 2022

Kaylyn
Kaylyn R.
Manchester, NH | Reviewed on Oct 11, 2022

We did a 10 day/9 night self drive tour from Dublin-Laragh-Cork-Killarney-Dingle-Doolin-Galway and it was lovely! The accommodations were all went smoothly and we had plenty of tips of where to go and what was on our way. We felt comfortable choosing what we did and didn’t want to do and even added some of our own stops along the way. I don’t think I could have had such a great trip without the assistance of kimkim and Ireland walk bike hike! The customer service was phenomenal and I have... read more

We did a 10 day/9 night self drive tour from Dublin-Laragh-Cork-Killarney-Dingle-Doolin-Galway and it was lovely! The accommodations were all went smoothly and we had plenty of tips of where to go and what was on our way. We felt comfortable choosing what we did and didn’t want to do and even added some of our own stops along the way. I don’t think I could have had such a great trip without the assistance of kimkim and Ireland walk bike hike! The customer service was phenomenal and I have highly recommended this company to everyone! I will be using them again for another trip for sure! My only feedback was that the city of Cork was not very appealing and had a very very strong foul odor when we entered the city (I think it was the River/waste water). But not sure if the travel agency would have known this!

Thank you to all who helped us plan this unforgettable trip!

Hotel Reviews
Wicklow Heather Restaurant & Guesthouse
Laragh, Co. Wicklow

The restaurant is 10/10!! Wish we had 2 nights here to explore more!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to mountain
Staff
Good food!!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Blarney Stone Guesthouse
Cork
Authenticity & Character
Location
The city smelled horrible
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ashling Hotel Dublin
Dublin

Good location to Guinness

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Abbey Lodge
Killarney Co Kerry
Authenticity & Character
Location
No
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ashes B&B
Dingle
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bed and pillows were the least comfortable of all the places we stayed. Pillow was lumpy and felt like sleeping on balls. Did not sleep well here at all.
Churchfield Bed & Breakfast
Doolin, Co. Clare

The owners are so incredibly sweet and kind!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to all the local bars!
Staff
Owners are amazing
Cleanliness & Comfort
Harbour Hotel
Galway
Authenticity & Character
Hi
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Hi Kaylyn

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review.

Your pictures look amazing and I am glad you had such a great time, even on the days that didn't provide you with the weather.

Thank you for your feedback about your visit to Cork. Regarding the Odor I travel to cork a lot and have never experience that so it was probably to a bad day to arrive into Cork.

We hope to welcome you to Ireland in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

We did a 10 classic trip planned by Austin, t...
Ireland | Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2022

Nikki
Nikki G.
Aurora, CO | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

We did a 10 classic trip planned by Austin, to see as much as we could. We stayed mostly near the coast and had an amazing time! Some of our favorite spots were the Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle. The Cliff's of Moher and The Dingle Peninsula.
We started talking and planning this trip with Austin in January and visiting Ireland in September. The summer crowds had died down and we got to enjoy not being rushed or waiting in lines. We were in constant contact with Austin. At one point we... read more

We did a 10 classic trip planned by Austin, to see as much as we could. We stayed mostly near the coast and had an amazing time! Some of our favorite spots were the Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle. The Cliff's of Moher and The Dingle Peninsula.
We started talking and planning this trip with Austin in January and visiting Ireland in September. The summer crowds had died down and we got to enjoy not being rushed or waiting in lines. We were in constant contact with Austin. At one point we added 2 nights in order to see Northern Ireland and Austin was able to adjust the entire itinerary to meet our request. We're so glad we added northern Ireland! This was an amazing trip and wonderful experience and I would love to go back someday!

Hotel Reviews
The 1852 Hotel
Belfast

A little impersonal. We checked in via a key pad. There's a bar directly below the hotel. Although that's convenient, it was an all night party and mostly young people. Fun atmosphere but a little impersonal.

Authenticity & Character
Location
This hotel is located right in the city. Down side is we had to park in a neighborhood and drag our bags a few blocks.
Staff
Lacking
Cleanliness & Comfort
Serendipity House Guesthouse
Derry

Very welcoming, comforting and friendly staff.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We were able to walk to dinner and the Peace Bridge.
Staff
The staff was very friendly and welcoming.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Harbour View
Co. Clare

After a very cold cloudy drizzling day out at the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands, we checked into this charming, welcoming, comfortable B and B. They knew who we were when we walked in. Called us a cab to take us to the pubs. Provided the most delicious breakfast. We had the French toast. Very kind and friendly family.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dingle Harbour Lodge B&B
Dingle Town, Co. Kerry

When we arrived the receptionist was nothing but rude. She told us we were at the wrong hotel and that we didn't have a reservation. Her coworker was able to find the reservation for us. Then she put down the wrong room numbers for our breakfast reservation the next morning.

Authenticity & Character
Lacking charm and character
Location
Near town and near the harbor.
Staff
Our breakfast wait staff were helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
The bathroom was a little dingy and gross
The Brehon
Killarney

Beautiful hotel in a great location! This was the only hotel we stayed in that offered spa, and pool options.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Isaacs Cork City Hotel
Cork

The hotel looked beautiful in the pictures but it's located right in a busy town. We had to pay $26 to park on a car port. Dragging our luggage several blocks. Our room was small and very hot and stuffy. The bathroom is tiny.

Authenticity & Character
I was more impressed with the pictures than the actual experience.
Location
Very loud and busy
Staff
Wait staff and reception was extremely friendly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean but our room was hot and stuffy.
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Hi Nikki,
Delighted you had a great time despite some of the irratations you encountered. I certainly appreciate your reviews of hotels this is so important for us and travellers following you.
I am sure if and when you come again you will ahve a much better idea of what it is you would like to see and do. You have all been so patient ideal travellers and it is annoying that some hotels let you down. But as I say this information is vital to us. It was wonderful workign with you.
Slán,
Austin

Dingle was my favorite place except for the c...
Ireland | Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2022

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Joan G.
Erie, CO | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Dingle was my favorite place except for the customer service at our hotel.
Doolin was the best for service. She knew our names when we walked in the door and she served the best breakfast of the trip.
My favorite hotel was The Brehon.
Ballyseede Castle was a little disappointing and I would not go to Cork at all if I could change anything. My favorite dinner was at The 1852 Hotel in Belfast. read more

Dingle was my favorite place except for the customer service at our hotel.
Doolin was the best for service. She knew our names when we walked in the door and she served the best breakfast of the trip.
My favorite hotel was The Brehon.
Ballyseede Castle was a little disappointing and I would not go to Cork at all if I could change anything. My favorite dinner was at The 1852 Hotel in Belfast.

Hotel Review
Harbour View
Co. Clare

The owner knew our names when we walked in. She served the BEST breakfast and was very personable. She arranged a cab for us to go to the pub that night and was full of helpful suggestions. She definitely gets a five star rating from me!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was like a home away from home.
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Hi Joan,
Appreciate your review and at times your patience particularly the wrong booking in Spiddal but you took that really well. Thank you so much for the review.
Austin

Use your time in Ireland wisely
Ireland | Aug 31 - Sep 10, 2022

Ray
Ray M.
Phoenix, AZ | Reviewed on Sep 14, 2022

We feel the last two days of our trip were not productive. We could have gone to Belfast or seen more areas with our time

When we returned the car, we thought the charges were prepaid by kim kim. We were surprised to find out that these charges were not included in the package

However, when we had an issue at one bed and breakfast, Dean showed up and handed the problem correctly. Ite issue had a great outcome

Many of the pages in the itinerary were out of order and some pictures... read more

We feel the last two days of our trip were not productive. We could have gone to Belfast or seen more areas with our time

When we returned the car, we thought the charges were prepaid by kim kim. We were surprised to find out that these charges were not included in the package

However, when we had an issue at one bed and breakfast, Dean showed up and handed the problem correctly. Ite issue had a great outcome

Many of the pages in the itinerary were out of order and some pictures did not go with the descriptions.

We loved Ireland and felt this was a great way to see the country. Wish we knew more when planning the trip so we could have made better usage of the time we had allocated

Hotel Review
The Grafton Hotel
Dublin 2

Great place to start or end your trip. perfectly situated in the heart of Dublin for theater, pub hopping, shopping, or sightseeing Rooms are small and no bathtubs. Get a high floor due to street noise We thought this hotel had one of the best breakfast offerings Get the coffee in the lobby rather than at breakfast

Authenticity & Character
This is a convenient hotel not meant to be it’s it’s not authentic irish but very convenient
Location
Wonderful location with close by parking
Staff
Very helpful and always on duty
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean hotel and great pillows
Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 12, 2022

Hi Ray

Thank you for the feedback on your trip it will certainly help us on future trips going forward.

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed certain aspect of your trip.

I do apologise about a couple of accommodations you had issues with and our management team have been in contact with them to address those issues.

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland in the future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Ireland fall trip
Ireland | Sep 2 - Sep 9, 2022

Julie
Julie H.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Sep 11, 2022

We spent nine days in Ireland with everything planned and booked by Austin. It was a great trip! The location of all of our hotels was perfect. He had great recommendations for sites to see and restaurants to check out. We had no problems with anything. I would highly recommend working with Austin and Kimkim. We will definitely be using Kimkim in the future. It was so nice to work with a local travel agent when traveling international. read more

We spent nine days in Ireland with everything planned and booked by Austin. It was a great trip! The location of all of our hotels was perfect. He had great recommendations for sites to see and restaurants to check out. We had no problems with anything. I would highly recommend working with Austin and Kimkim. We will definitely be using Kimkim in the future. It was so nice to work with a local travel agent when traveling international.

Hotel Review
Doolin Inn
Doolin, Co. Clare

This was such a great location for Cliffs of Moher. We left our hotel and hit the trail that was two minutes away. Easy walk to restaurants and pub as well. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend Doolin Inn if in the area. Rooms were wll equiped with everything you could need. The view from our room was picturesque.

Authenticity & Character
Location
very close to restaurants, pubs, and Cliffs of Moher
Staff
The lady at the front desk was so helpful and friendly. Answered all our questions and made sure we had everything we needed.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Hike the Spectacular Cliffs of Moher
Ireland

Highly recommend the 2.5 mile hike that lives from Doolin Inn. We were the only people on the trail. The views the entire hike were breath taking. The trail is well maintained and easy for hikers of all levels.

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Thats Julie and I am glad you enjoyed not just the great hotel but the location and got to see the beauty of the Cliffs from a unique aspect. Looking forward to your next trip!!

I feel that Dean did not want to plan a trip ...
Ireland | Aug 27 - Sep 3, 2022

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Pam B.
Missoula, MT | Reviewed on Sep 10, 2022

I feel that Dean did not want to plan a trip that was not self guided. We stated our interests but received very little information about where trails for hiking were. We actually ended up researching our hikes ourselves. When I asked about where to rent bikes, I received no specific In formation on rental facilities or biking paths . The staff were responsive while we were there and encountered a flat tire. Maria was very nice .and followed up to make sure we were ok. I have had other trips... read more

I feel that Dean did not want to plan a trip that was not self guided. We stated our interests but received very little information about where trails for hiking were. We actually ended up researching our hikes ourselves. When I asked about where to rent bikes, I received no specific In formation on rental facilities or biking paths . The staff were responsive while we were there and encountered a flat tire. Maria was very nice .and followed up to make sure we were ok. I have had other trips with KimKim and received much more personalized service. I would use KimKim again, but would not recommend it in Ireland.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Thoughtful, flexible and smart
Ireland | Aug 11 - Aug 19, 2022

Marcos
Marcos M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2022

The review is for Ireland Walk Hike Bike as a whole since my interaction with Dean was minimal. Overall they did an outstanding job in understanding my needs and goals for the trip and were flexible in making changes to the travel plan after receiving my feedback.

During the booking phase, I had a chance to have a video call with one of the owners and explained to them what my concerns were, which he took in and offered solutions for.

After a failed hiking trip in Scotland, I asked... read more

The review is for Ireland Walk Hike Bike as a whole since my interaction with Dean was minimal. Overall they did an outstanding job in understanding my needs and goals for the trip and were flexible in making changes to the travel plan after receiving my feedback.

During the booking phase, I had a chance to have a video call with one of the owners and explained to them what my concerns were, which he took in and offered solutions for.

After a failed hiking trip in Scotland, I asked them to adjust their travel plans to what I thought would be more realistic hiking goals. They did it using ingenious solutions that met my needs and at the same time kept the original backbone of the trip unchanged, so I did not have to change my flights or overall plans.

When I arrived in Dublin, I was not happy with the quality of the hotel they picked and changed to another hotel in the same neighborhood. They not only took in my feedback on the original hotel but also reimbursed me for the night I did not sleep there.

After arriving in Killarney, another owner of the company asked to meet me and we went over the travel plans to make sure I understood them thoroughly and confirmed they met my goals.

This is what I had been expecting of a kimkim experience, and I am glad I finally got it.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

8 Day / 5 Towns Self Driving Tour of Ireland
Ireland | Aug 12 - Aug 19, 2022

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Jenny L.
Brookline, MA | Reviewed on Aug 21, 2022

Austin Rock was friendly and helpful in booking our hotel accommodations and making recommendations for historical sites to visit along the route we were driving, and sites and restaurants in the cities/towns of our trip.
Trip Highlights:
Visiting Hore Abbey in Cashel in the golden hour and taking some amazing pictures at the site and of the Rock of Cashel in the distance.
The tour of Aillwee Cave in the Burren was very interesting and a great way to learn about the geography of the... read more

Austin Rock was friendly and helpful in booking our hotel accommodations and making recommendations for historical sites to visit along the route we were driving, and sites and restaurants in the cities/towns of our trip.
Trip Highlights:
Visiting Hore Abbey in Cashel in the golden hour and taking some amazing pictures at the site and of the Rock of Cashel in the distance.
The tour of Aillwee Cave in the Burren was very interesting and a great way to learn about the geography of the region.
Walking along the Cliffs of Moher, no matter how short a walk you take, is definitely a must do. Great tour of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. FYI: tours are fully booked for about 2 weeks into the future but they release additional tickets every morning around 9:15 AM and also you can walk up and get tickets.

Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Hi Jenny,
Thak you for the review I appreciate it and your tips have all been noted. Hore Abbey is indeed a superb under rated location espeically in the evening time.
Again lovely working with you and appreciate this review.
Regards,
Austin

The trip was fabulous. The accommodations wer...
Ireland | Aug 2 - Aug 9, 2022

Molly
Molly F.
Richmond, KY | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

The trip was fabulous. The accommodations were terrific. Steve provided excellent GPS directions.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hi Molly

Thank you for your kind words,

We are delighted that you enjoyed our Ring of Kerry Cycle tour and that our GPS direction we excellent.

We hope to welcome you to Ireland again in the future.

Kind Regards

Dean

This was my children’s first time leaving the...
Ireland | Aug 2 - Aug 8, 2022

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Krystle C.
Bayville, NJ | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

This was my children’s first time leaving the country. Dean put together a perfect plan for our family of 5 and I will definitely be using kimkim for all of our future summer trips. Thank you!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Ireland
Ireland | Jul 5 - Jul 11, 2022

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Jane M.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

It was a great trip. Effortless on our part with planning. The b and b’s were great, the app was fantastic and the recommendations were wonderful.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Excellent advice!
Ireland | Jul 4 - Jul 10, 2022

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Alexis C.
Nicetown-Tioga, PA | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

Excellent advice!

Austin helped us find very good hotels for our group of seven. Excellent advice on touring and distance between locations.

Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Thank you Alexis for the kind words, it was very easy dealing with you and your party.
Take care Austin

This was the first time I’ve used a trip plan...
Ireland | Jul 6 - Jul 14, 2022

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Candace N.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

This was the first time I’ve used a trip planning service and it was a great experience. Austin provided us with the perfect itinerary for our family and gave some great insider tips to make it extra special. Will definitely use KimKim again!

Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Hi Candace,
I am delighted you enjoyed your trip it was fun putting it together appreciate the kind words.
Austin

A trip of a lifetime!! With gracious attention and hospitality!!
Ireland | Jun 26 - Jul 7, 2022

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Val H.
Portland, OR | Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

From beginning to end, the planning of this memorable trip and our experiences of it were over the top! My husband planned the trip with Austin who was attentive to EVERY SINGLE DETAIL. As we became clearer on how we wanted to experience Ireland, Austin pivoted graciously to create just the perfect vacation experience for us. From car rental to places we stayed to helping us navigate Dublin (all during the Covid times) Austin regularly checked in on us and made sure we were happy. He even... read more

From beginning to end, the planning of this memorable trip and our experiences of it were over the top! My husband planned the trip with Austin who was attentive to EVERY SINGLE DETAIL. As we became clearer on how we wanted to experience Ireland, Austin pivoted graciously to create just the perfect vacation experience for us. From car rental to places we stayed to helping us navigate Dublin (all during the Covid times) Austin regularly checked in on us and made sure we were happy. He even gave us a private little tour of some of the museums!!! His gracious hospitality should make Dublin proud!!
Some of the most memorable places we stayed were The Wyatt Hotel in Westport, such a beautiful town on the western coast of Ireland and in Kilkenny, at The Kilkenny Hiberian Hotel. These are locations we will return to on our next trip to Ireland, although there is so much to see and explore there. Rest assured we will contact kimkim and request Austin again. Thanks for a fabulous experience Austin!!

Hotel Reviews
Wyatt Hotel Westport
Westport

This hotel is in the center of this lovely little town. We just loved being able to walk out the door to explore. We had a large, very comfortable room and loved the fact that a large Irish breakfast was included in the price of the stay.

Authenticity & Character
This town has tons of character -- loved all of the shops and cafes
Location
The hotel is in the heart of Westport and you can walk around the town easily.
Staff
Gracious in every way.
Cleanliness & Comfort
We LOVED the fact that we could also send out laundry as we were traveling from location to location. A bonus!
Winacre Lodge Galways
Galway

Phil and her husband were the epitome of graciousness. We loved our room at their lovely B&B and all the recommendations Phil gave us for making our experience so lovely.

Authenticity & Character
This location, their B&B is their lifework. They've been running this B&B since 1992 so know Galway, it's surrounds and all that there is to offer.
Location
This location is outside of Galway but we actually loved the fact that it was quiet and not in the center of the busy busy town.
Staff
Phil and her husband made delicious custom breakfasts every morning. Being with others from around the world who were staying there was also a bonus.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was comfortable and spotless!
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Hi Val, appreciate your really kind words, this year has been a challenge (pos covid etc) but meeting people like yourself make it all worthwhile.
Take care and thanks again.
Austin

All was fine
Ireland | Jun 27 - Jul 10, 2022

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Samuel D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

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All was fine

Hotel Review
Lake of Shadows Hotel
Co Donegal

Ideal place to stay with very helpful staff Plus there’s a brilliant walk in the local park & sea shore it is so close by & should be included in your list of things to do.

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Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Hi Samuel, Your trip was so unusual but it was something I would love to do myself. And thank you for the tip re Buncrana and The Lake of Shadows Hotel, you will be pleased to know I have added it as a place to visit.
Take care Samuel.
Regards,
Austin

Austin created a wonderful itinerary!
Ireland | Jun 24 - Jul 11, 2022

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Michelle M.
Homer, AK | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Austin found wonderful places for us to stay during our trip to Ireland. He also did a great job creating google map routes with suggested stops to use all throughout our trip. We appreciated him meeting us at the airport early in the morning on arrival and getting us started off right! read more

Austin found wonderful places for us to stay during our trip to Ireland. He also did a great job creating google map routes with suggested stops to use all throughout our trip. We appreciated him meeting us at the airport early in the morning on arrival and getting us started off right!

Hotel Reviews
Iveagh Gardens Hotel
Dublin

Customer service here is fantastic! Had our room ready early since we arrived so early. Great buffet breakfast too!

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Close to everything including St Stephens Green
Staff
Went above and beyond
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Glendalough Hotel
Co. Wicklow

Fantastic location with beautiful walking paths all around.

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Treacy's Hotel
Waterford

Great amenities, rooms were a little older and worn but still nice overall.

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The West Cork Hotel
Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Beautiful hotel, fantastic staff and wonderful location!

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Location
It’s right on a small river, beautiful spot in town
Staff
So very helpful, they even do laundry for a fee.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and well appointed rooms
Park Place Apartments
Co. Kerry

Amazing location in Killarney, we could walk to everything. Staff was very helpful. The apartment we got was spacious and had everything we needed for our stay.

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Ballyseede Castle
Co. Kerry

Beautiful castle, very friendly and helpful staff, beautiful rooms.

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It’s a little outside of town which is perfect for a castle and it had its own walking paths.
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Cliffs of Moher hotel
Co. Clare

Clean and comfortable, good breakfast.

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Kylemore Pass Hotel
Co. Galway

This was my favorite place we stayed at! It is so welcoming, clean, and comfortable. It’s playing authentic Irish music and the staff goes above and beyond! The view out the windows is incredible too.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful b&b, very tastefully decorated and kept very well maintained.
Location
Beautiful and peaceful location
Staff
So helpful, attentive, and willing to give local tips.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Always clean!
Silken Thomas
Cherryville

Staff was very helpful. Older building so all of the doors shut very loudly, and the windows don’t block much sound from outside either.

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Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Thank you Michelle, it waqs a daunting task putting that trip plan together. But you engaged with the process and it was great to see it turn out the way it did. So happy your lovely family enjoyed Ireland.
Regards,
Austin

Austin was great. The process of planning was...
Ireland | Jun 26 - Jul 7, 2022

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bill z.
Portland, OR | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Austin was great. The process of planning was super and we were responded to in every request. We (kimkim, Austin and my wife val and I)
Crafted a great holiday and then they made it all happen
Our trip required flexibility and adaptation along the way but all the planned details were able to flex with us.
We are home now and already clear that this vacation was one of our all-time best

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Austin was great. The process of planning was super and we were responded to in every request. We (kimkim, Austin and my wife val and I)
Crafted a great holiday and then they made it all happen
Our trip required flexibility and adaptation along the way but all the planned details were able to flex with us.
We are home now and already clear that this vacation was one of our all-time best

Activity Review
Discover Dublin's History with a Walking Tour
Dublin
Quality of Experience
Transport
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Hi Bill really delighted it worked out for you. It was great meeting you both as well and showing you Dublin.
Regards,
Austin

Sean, an absolutely wonderful and amazing guide.
Ireland | Jun 11 - Jun 19, 2022

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Carla T.
Wheat Ridge, CO | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

Sean was absolutely amazing. Very knowledgeable in the history of Ireland, up to date politically, very acquainted with Ireland and areas we were interested in, and very flexible in our day to day schedule. Which made touring the island very pleasurable. Because of his experience and knowledge as a native Irishman, he was able to show us sites and places we would not normally see or visit in a large tour group and was familiar w/ areas to avoid crowds (i.e., Cliffs of Mohr). Sean was also... read more

Sean was absolutely amazing. Very knowledgeable in the history of Ireland, up to date politically, very acquainted with Ireland and areas we were interested in, and very flexible in our day to day schedule. Which made touring the island very pleasurable. Because of his experience and knowledge as a native Irishman, he was able to show us sites and places we would not normally see or visit in a large tour group and was familiar w/ areas to avoid crowds (i.e., Cliffs of Mohr). Sean was also able to provide services such as shopping, local entertainment, dining, etc. that again I felt was above and beyond what he was contracted for. In summary, Sean became a good friend that we hope to see in the future if he visits the US or we visit Ireland, again.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Loved our trip around southern Ireland!!
Ireland | Jun 18 - Jun 30, 2022

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Lorraine B.
Palo Alto, CA | Reviewed on Jul 05, 2022

I can't speak highly enough about the itinerary that the Ireland Walk Hike Bike team created for us. Dean created a custom 13-day self-drive tour for me and my husband. We loved all of the lodging, restaurants, hikes, bike rentals, and points of interest he recommended along our route. I never could have pulled off a trip like this without his guidance. Other staff at Ireland Walk Hike Bike were also very helpful (Francis, Maurice, and Jess) - assisting with reservations and other specific... read more

I can't speak highly enough about the itinerary that the Ireland Walk Hike Bike team created for us. Dean created a custom 13-day self-drive tour for me and my husband. We loved all of the lodging, restaurants, hikes, bike rentals, and points of interest he recommended along our route. I never could have pulled off a trip like this without his guidance. Other staff at Ireland Walk Hike Bike were also very helpful (Francis, Maurice, and Jess) - assisting with reservations and other specific questions we had, including while we were on the road. Without question, I would recommend them for anyone visiting Ireland. Thank you to Kim Kim for introducing us to Ireland Walk Hike Bike!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2022

Hi Lorraine,

Thank you for your feedback and your kind words.

Everyone at Ireland Walk Hike Bike and Kim Kim are overjoyed to hear you had a great trip.

Kind Regards

Dean

Kim Kim Team did a great job for us.
Ireland | Jun 15 - Jun 23, 2022

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Lynne M.
Sherwood, OR | Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Kim Kim Team was great. It was very comforting to know that the hotels we were registered at were ready and that if there was ever a problem the Kim Kim Team was readily available. We were so lucky to have NO Rain.....and lots of sun for the whole trip to Ireland. beautiful .....The car rental was a breeze and we are glad you hooked us up with a hybrid so gas wasn't our enemy. Driving on the wrong side of the car and the road....and those skinny roads was part of the charm. All of... read more

Kim Kim Team was great. It was very comforting to know that the hotels we were registered at were ready and that if there was ever a problem the Kim Kim Team was readily available. We were so lucky to have NO Rain.....and lots of sun for the whole trip to Ireland. beautiful .....The car rental was a breeze and we are glad you hooked us up with a hybrid so gas wasn't our enemy. Driving on the wrong side of the car and the road....and those skinny roads was part of the charm. All of our hotels/BNB's were lovely. and the ClonTarf Castle was such a fun addition.
all in all it was a great vacation. thanks for all the work on your end.

Lynne and Holly Magner
We even found CastleMagner....both the town and the actual castle....

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2022

Hi Lynne

Thank you for your feedback and your kind words.

Everyone at Ireland Walk Hike Bike and Kim Kim are overjoyed to hear you had a great trip.

Kind Regards

Dean

2 years of planning with disappointing results
Ireland | May 30 - Jun 11, 2022

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Crystal W.
Somerset, OH | Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

We started planning this trip 2 years ago. We always intended to do a 14-day self-drive tour of very specific locations. We requested support to identify locations within those cities that we might want to see, lodging that met our needs, and an SUV that would accommodate my service dog. We were originally supposed to have 3 local tour guides, a few tours, and a ferry passage included. Somewhere these were all deleted and the cost of the trip just included the lodging and the car rental... read more

We started planning this trip 2 years ago. We always intended to do a 14-day self-drive tour of very specific locations. We requested support to identify locations within those cities that we might want to see, lodging that met our needs, and an SUV that would accommodate my service dog. We were originally supposed to have 3 local tour guides, a few tours, and a ferry passage included. Somewhere these were all deleted and the cost of the trip just included the lodging and the car rental without specifically stating that the plan was changed.
I was informed 5 weeks out that our rental wasn't secured and that we would need to pay for it ourselves. (A refund was finally provided after several phone calls between a Kimkim supervisor, and the local agent.) At 3 weeks out we were informed that our lodgings were not secured. My husband sat down messaging the agent with suggestions for accommodations at 2 weeks out. We were promised that everything would be confirmed at 1 week out as this is their policy. We never received the updated travel plan, and only received confirmation that lodging was secured 4 days prior to our trip. We worked with Austin for most of the trip planning. He was great in the beginning and we were just waiting for the lockdown to end. However, Noel helped finish the details. The locations that Noel booked were not notified of my gluten sensitivity or dairy allergy and thus were not prepared for my dietary needs. I actually had to purchase my own bread for breakfast 1 morning. Another B&B sent their daughter to the grocer to get bread for me, another had to thaw it the morning of. 1 of the B&B's was truly upset that she had no notification that my service dog was going to be present. She was prepping for a huge horse race and had to make spur of the moment adjustments and wasn't able to allow us to use the space as intended because of it.
This trip should have been finalized well before it was and too many details were placed back on our shoulders to plan. Too many of the people who owned the B&B's that we stayed at were saddened that the details were not relayed properly to them, making the statement, "This is why you use a travel agent." and that we had to clarify things with them when we arrived. We won't be using KimKim for future travel.

Hotel Reviews
Egan's Guesthouse
Dublin

The staff was amazingly helpful and supportive meeting all of our needs (dietary, and looking up details and calling cabs last minute for us when our original plans didn't work)

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Standing Stones Lodge
Belfast

The accommodations were standard, appropriate, with nothing lacking but the best part was the large grassy courtyard and the willingness of other guests to socialize a bit. Breakfast was strictly continental and gluten-free bread was available upon request. It was a great relaxing spot for our third day out.

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Beautiful views
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Lough Rynn Castle Hotel

This was a beautiful place to stay with gracious staff. We however learned that we are not 5 star hotel type people. The "bar" dining was far from what anyone would define as a bar. They went out of their way to ensure my dietary needs were met and that I made it through supper. (My disabilities had flared and I wasn't the healthiest - low sugar). They were very accommodating about my service dog also.

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Grangeview BnB

This was a quaint B&B with super respectful hosts. We arrived later and needed super. They offered suggestions and ended up talking for a bit longer. She ended up offering to make us sandwiches because all of the local establishments were closed by that time. It was a great choice for a second night in Ireland after a full day of exploring and still being jet-lagged.

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Fullerton Arms Hotel
Ballycastle

If you are into pubs and that atmosphere, this would be your place to stay. If you want your pup to stay with you they allow that also. My service dog was with us and per my request, I did not want to be in the "pet" friendly rooms or area of the hotel as I have had negative experiences in the past in other locations. Fullerton tried to upcharge us and made us wait in the bar to clarify it with the travel agent when we obviously just wanted to rest in our room for a bit. There was a problem with the heating system. It was immediately fixed once we discussed it twice, but the first hour was roasting and thus we hung out in the pub for a bit more and walked around the town where everything was closed because it was after 6 pm. The room was comfortable and included what we needed. Breakfast was nice and available a bit earlier than other locations which was greatly appreciated.

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Atlantic View BnB

The owners were such a delightful couple. The windows were open when we entered our room and the breeze from the ocean was lovely. The view was amazing and so peaceful. Breakfast was great. I wish that we would have had more time at this location.

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Marguerite's B&B

The lady of the house and her daughter took the time to locate a particular bush that I wanted to know more about and chatted it up with me about other areas of interest. Breakfast was so filling. The room was comfy. The town was easy to walk around and the park was so nice to stroll through and nearby.

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Local specialist: Noel Carroll

Can't wait to do this again through KimKim
Ireland | Jun 7 - Jun 14, 2022

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Amber S.
Toledo, OH | Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Our accommodations were great and our Guide, Denis Beakey, was AMAZING!!! Extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. He was a five star guide for a five star experience.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2022

Hi Amber

Thank you for your kind words, I will certainly pass them on to Denis.

Regards

Dean

Austin Rock did an excellent job in arranging...
Ireland | Jun 1 - Jun 10, 2022

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Russell G.
Shenandoah, LA | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

Austin Rock did an excellent job in arranging our ten day visit to Ireland. He took into account our desires to stay in quaint BNBs in small towns, have available hiking options, and experience the culture and people of western Ireland. His suggestions were spot-on and made for a very memorable vacation. Austin was very easy to work with and timely with communications and itineraries.

Our most memorable activities were hiking in Killarney and Connemara National Parks and attending a... read more

Austin Rock did an excellent job in arranging our ten day visit to Ireland. He took into account our desires to stay in quaint BNBs in small towns, have available hiking options, and experience the culture and people of western Ireland. His suggestions were spot-on and made for a very memorable vacation. Austin was very easy to work with and timely with communications and itineraries.

Our most memorable activities were hiking in Killarney and Connemara National Parks and attending a sheepdog demonstration on a working sheep farm in Tralee. We also enjoyed our overnight stay on Inis Oirr and experiencing the Cliffs of Moher by boat. We absolutely loved the trad music and people that we met along the way.

Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

Thank you so much Russell it was great working with you. I am delighted you enjoyed your trip and look forward to you coming back this way again. Really appreciate the lovely message.

Amazing road trip in Ireland
Ireland | May 28 - Jun 3, 2022

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HEMANGI D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

I must say Austin is a star! From the beginning when we were planning the trip to the end of our trip Austin has been great with his information and organisation. All the places we visited were suggested very well and detailed information of what to see was provided including all the Google map/direction links. People were lovely everywhere we went and made us feel very welcome in Ireland. A tip…if walking along the cliffs, walk downhill from the visitor centre towards Doolin. We did it the... read more

I must say Austin is a star! From the beginning when we were planning the trip to the end of our trip Austin has been great with his information and organisation. All the places we visited were suggested very well and detailed information of what to see was provided including all the Google map/direction links. People were lovely everywhere we went and made us feel very welcome in Ireland. A tip…if walking along the cliffs, walk downhill from the visitor centre towards Doolin. We did it the other way round and found it a bit difficult.

Hotel Reviews
Kilcoran Lodge Hotel
Cahir Co. Tipperary Ireland

Rooms were ordinary for the price. But lovely staff.

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Dromhall Hotel
Killarney
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Staff
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Dingle Skellig Hotel
Farran, Dingle
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Staff
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Falls House Hotel and Spa
Co Clare
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Park House Hotel
Galway
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Dublin One Hotel
Dublin

No parking available. For a road trip not suitable.

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Activity Review
Cahir & Cashel
Ireland
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Hi HEMANGI,
I am so delighted you had a great time, some really unforgettable memories, I enjoyed reading about Cliffs of Moher and your Trip to Rock of Cashel you all seemed to have a great time. So I am so happy you got this out of a trip, and you where wonderful to deal with from the start.
Austin

My husband and I had an AMAZING trip in Irela...
Ireland | May 18 - May 30, 2022

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Tiffany Y.
Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on Jun 06, 2022

My husband and I had an AMAZING trip in Ireland for our ten year anniversary! The kimkim team and Ireland walk hike bike did such a fantastic job. The B&Bs we stayed at were all wonderful and they provided a very detailed day to day itinerary for our hiking adventure!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Our dream vacation
Ireland | May 16 - May 28, 2022

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Michelle A.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Jun 05, 2022

Our trip to Ireland was an unforgettable adventure. Dean had to make our dream journey happen after having to stall for two years due to COVID 19. He never forgot our original wishes. The travel arrangements he made for us were precisely what we had hoped for. Whether driving, biking, or walking, I highly recommend the Kimkim group. It met all of our expectations and so much more. We thank the team for an unforgettable experience.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Wonderful road trip to Ireland
Ireland | May 18 - May 29, 2022

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Peter B.
Wellfleet, MA | Reviewed on May 31, 2022

We had never been to Ireland - and needed more than someone to book hotels. We needed advice on where to go, what to see, car rental, etc... and most importantly... someone who would take the time to understand who we are and what we want re hotel vs. B&B, guided trip vs. self-drive, time for hikes, kayaking, etc. Kimkim Travel and Dean were outstanding in all regards. High points of our trip included - time to drive and stop and hike thru Sheeps Head Penisula, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle and Doolin... All breath taking and great fun.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Ireland-- a GRAND adventure!
Ireland | Apr 27 - May 8, 2022

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Rose O.
Hillsboro, MO | Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Linda was a fabulous tour guide who made our Ireland holiday a GRAND adventure! She was a font of Irish knowledge and we learned so much from her. She was so attentive to details and was very patient and kind with each of our requests.
My favorite day was the day that Linda took us to the town of Glin to visit the O'Shaughnessy pub and the little shanty where my great-great grandfather O'Shaughnessy lived. It was wonderful to learn more about my Irish heritage. I also enjoyed my tour... read more

Linda was a fabulous tour guide who made our Ireland holiday a GRAND adventure! She was a font of Irish knowledge and we learned so much from her. She was so attentive to details and was very patient and kind with each of our requests.
My favorite day was the day that Linda took us to the town of Glin to visit the O'Shaughnessy pub and the little shanty where my great-great grandfather O'Shaughnessy lived. It was wonderful to learn more about my Irish heritage. I also enjoyed my tour of Kylemore Abbey which was a welcomed change from all of the hiking. All of our accommodations were very nice, and the various innkeepers were so welcoming.
I will treasure the memories of our family Ireland trip forever and will always be grateful to Linda for making our experience truly amazing.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Fantastic organisation and amazing walks
Ireland | May 10 - May 20, 2022

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Nico M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on May 21, 2022

Fantastic organisation and amazing walks all around the ring of Kerry, can't recommend enough!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Austin put together an epic journey
Ireland | Apr 27 - May 5, 2022

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Deb S.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Austin put together a trip that we couldn't have come up with on our own, with recommendations to do things that we probably would have overlooked. We saw so much of Ireland. We loved all the accommodations, especially staying at Kinnity Castle. We had so much fun and such great adventures and made memories to last a lifetime. Austin gave us an insider's tour of the history of Dublin Centre, which was so interesting. He was so helpful when we had a minor snafu (of our doing) on our journey. read more

Austin put together a trip that we couldn't have come up with on our own, with recommendations to do things that we probably would have overlooked. We saw so much of Ireland. We loved all the accommodations, especially staying at Kinnity Castle. We had so much fun and such great adventures and made memories to last a lifetime. Austin gave us an insider's tour of the history of Dublin Centre, which was so interesting. He was so helpful when we had a minor snafu (of our doing) on our journey.

Hotel Review
Kinnity Castle Hotel
Offaly

Great staff and great food. Wonderful grounds include a stone circle and a fairy walk. General manager took us on a tour and gave us the skinny on the ghosts. We enjoyed hunting for Hugh, but he didn't make an appearance.

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Activity Review
Discover Dublin's History with a Walking Tour
Dublin

Austin gave us a insider view of the Dublin City Center, and the history of the area. Outstanding.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on May 22, 2022

Really Appreciate this review and delighted you had such a wonderful time especially Kinnity Castle a very under rated place.

Austin was awesome managing the logistics of ...
Ireland | Apr 27 - May 5, 2022

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Melissa K.
Live Oak, TX | Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Austin was awesome managing the logistics of 4 couples and covering a lot of ground in Ireland. We had a great time! Highly recommend kimkim. read more

Austin was awesome managing the logistics of 4 couples and covering a lot of ground in Ireland. We had a great time! Highly recommend kimkim.

Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Hi Melissa,
I am deligthed you enjoyed the trip, in fairness you where all so flexible and easy going I could see you all had a great time. It was a pleasure meeting you all and hopefully I will see you again soon.
Thanks! Austin

Austin in Ireland ...
Ireland | Apr 27 - May 5, 2022

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Gary J.
Plano, TX | Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Austin was great to work with. He was patient with us, made recommendations and everything came together as planned. He made all hotel arrangements, rental car, etc. We hooked up with him in Dublin for a walking tour of almost two hours, which was very informative.

Loved the trip and will consider kimkim again. read more

Austin was great to work with. He was patient with us, made recommendations and everything came together as planned. He made all hotel arrangements, rental car, etc. We hooked up with him in Dublin for a walking tour of almost two hours, which was very informative.

Loved the trip and will consider kimkim again.

Hotel Review
Tivoli Dublin Staycity
Dublin 8

This place was perfect. Brand new basically and had everything we needed including laundry facilities. Had a small suite which really made it nice. Definitely would stay here again.

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Location
Walking distance to most things.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Discover Dublin's History with a Walking Tour
Dublin
Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Hi Gary it really was great meeting you all I so enjoyed all your company. I am delighted the trip was everything you hoped for.

The Best West Coast Trip!
Ireland | Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2022

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Lauren L.
Nixa, MO | Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Austin nailed our itinerary! We had the best time and he was extremely communicative and curated a trip that was perfect for us. I highly recommend using Austin and KimKim for all your coordination and itinerary needs. It was extremely easy to communicate and develop something to please all our party.

The fact that I did not have to spend hours online researching "all the things" was fabulous. I will use this service again and again for any trip in my future. read more

Austin nailed our itinerary! We had the best time and he was extremely communicative and curated a trip that was perfect for us. I highly recommend using Austin and KimKim for all your coordination and itinerary needs. It was extremely easy to communicate and develop something to please all our party.

The fact that I did not have to spend hours online researching "all the things" was fabulous. I will use this service again and again for any trip in my future.

Hotel Review
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Connemara
Clifden , Connemara
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Austin Rock
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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Thank you Lauren for the review I certainly enjoyed meeting you all it was great company!

Great trip. kimkim provided wonderful places...
Ireland | Apr 30 - May 9, 2022

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Barbara P.
DeLand, FL | Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Great trip. kimkim provided wonderful places to stay. We got emails along the way asking us how we were doing.
Only one place we stayed said we did not get breakfast (Wicklow Heather Lodge). Places we loved the most. Fernrod B&B, Lighthouse B&B,
Dingle was the best stop for us. Loved this town.
Highlights-Wicklow mountains, peaceful pass, ring of Kerry and the cliffs of moher.
Great time, great company, we will use them again for sure tI help us plan our trip. read more

Great trip. kimkim provided wonderful places to stay. We got emails along the way asking us how we were doing.
Only one place we stayed said we did not get breakfast (Wicklow Heather Lodge). Places we loved the most. Fernrod B&B, Lighthouse B&B,
Dingle was the best stop for us. Loved this town.
Highlights-Wicklow mountains, peaceful pass, ring of Kerry and the cliffs of moher.
Great time, great company, we will use them again for sure tI help us plan our trip.

Hotel Review
FERNROYD B&B
Cork

Tony and Avril were so welcoming. Felt like home

Authenticity & Character
Perfect Irish B&B
Location
Walking distance to town
Staff
Loved them
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super clean
Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Part 1 - Ireland
Ireland | Apr 10 - May 3, 2022

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Larry B.
Cameron Park, CA | Reviewed on May 04, 2022

The trip that Owen and his team set up was amazing. The places we stayed, the things we saw, the food we ate was all well selected and incredible. Days traveled weren’t to long and we had time to explore the sites, towns and anything we spotted along the way.

Local specialist: Owen Davies

Good
Ireland | Oct 4 - Oct 9, 2021

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Whitney S.
Las Vegas, NV | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Everything was perfect. I don't know what resources KimKim has for this, but it would be awesome to have audio to listen to in the car while driving to the next destination so we get some history or background on the next destination while we are driving.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Hi Whitney

Thank you so much for your kind words, your feedback is greatly appreciated. I am glad to hear you really enjoyed your trip with us.

We will definitely take your feedback on board as it will help us with maintaining a high level of service so we definitely appreciate it.

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Best Girls Trip Ever !
Ireland | Sep 28 - Oct 5, 2021

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Rebecca H.
| Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

A friend and I had decided to plan a trip to Ireland . I had used kim kim for a trip I planned with my son to Australia. We worked with Dean this time around . He was great . We ended up having to reschedule our trip 2x because of Covid and he kept us well informed . We finally made it to Ireland , ever detail was planned . We had a bus tour guide Bud who was fantastic . David our private driver for 2 days was so knowledgeable and went above and beyond . I can’t find one negative moment of this trip. Thanks again Dean and kim kim for the most wonderful girls trip ever .

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
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Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Hi Rebecca

Thank you so much for your kind words, your feedback is greatly appreciated. I am glad to hear you really enjoyed your trip with us.

We will definitely take your feedback on board as it will help us with maintaining a high level of service so we definitely appreciate it.

I will pass on your kind words to David as well, I am sure they will make his day

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Gave us a list of hidden Gems.
Ireland | Sep 15 - Sep 29, 2021

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Cameran H.
Dublin, CA | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Our experience with the team at KimKim was very professional. We had a well organized itinerary. The team checked in with us to ensure everything was going well and helped us make some necessary changes in hotels when we found the one that had been booked was unacceptable.

We had a glorious 16 days along the Wild Atlantic Way. The helpful hints of where to stop for coffee break or where to go for dinner helped us find hidden gems we wouldn't have found on our own. The place we loved... read more

Our experience with the team at KimKim was very professional. We had a well organized itinerary. The team checked in with us to ensure everything was going well and helped us make some necessary changes in hotels when we found the one that had been booked was unacceptable.

We had a glorious 16 days along the Wild Atlantic Way. The helpful hints of where to stop for coffee break or where to go for dinner helped us find hidden gems we wouldn't have found on our own. The place we loved the best was the Glen Arm Castle and Walled Garden. A delightful place to stop explore and rejuvenate before heading onward.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Hi Cameran

Thank you so much for your kind words, your feedback is greatly appreciated. I am glad to hear you really enjoyed your trip with us.

We will definitely take your feedback on board as it will help us with maintaining a high level of service so we definitely appreciate it.

We hope to welcome you to Ireland in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Arranging a trans-Atlantic trip in these time...
Ireland | Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2021

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Mervyn G.
Durham, NC | Reviewed on Sep 04, 2021

Arranging a trans-Atlantic trip in these times is quite a risky project. However, Austin stayed with me and we eventually got a reservation. Without Austin's local experience we would never have found the ideal place for us to stay, Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy.
He was able to find a local guide for us and the trip was so good we are certain to go back again.

I have to emphasise that without Austin's help we would never have found this place.

Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2021

Thank you so much Mervyn I appreciate your comments so much. I look forward to seeing you again.

Beyond Amazing
Ireland | Aug 12 - Aug 21, 2021

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Julie T.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

I have nothing but good things to say about booking with Ireland Walk, Hike, Bike. A few details about the trip...It was my mom (60+ yrs), myself (38), and my 9 mo old daughter. We were there for 10 days and walked portions of "The Kerry Way" most of the days. I carried my daughter in a hiking backpack while my mom carried the food / snacks. Coordinating a trip with a nine month old in another country can be intimidating to state it lightly. We had cabs picking us up and dropping us to at the... read more

I have nothing but good things to say about booking with Ireland Walk, Hike, Bike. A few details about the trip...It was my mom (60+ yrs), myself (38), and my 9 mo old daughter. We were there for 10 days and walked portions of "The Kerry Way" most of the days. I carried my daughter in a hiking backpack while my mom carried the food / snacks. Coordinating a trip with a nine month old in another country can be intimidating to state it lightly. We had cabs picking us up and dropping us to at the start/end of hikes which meant a carseat needed to be transferred. We needed a travel cot for her to sleep in and we needed flexibility in our days just in case she wasn't up for the hike that day and we needed to be done early. Thus, the reason for booking through Ireland Walk, Hike, Bike. I couldn't have been happier that we did this!

From the beginning, they had superb communication and custom built a route that allowed us to maximize what we were seeing each day, but still have some flexibility if needed. It was really nice to give them a budget and have them plan accordingly for hotels, transportation, etc. All of the lodging accommodations were phenomenal with breakfast included. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and well stocked, and my daughter's travel cot was ready to go at each location. The transportation to and from hikes was timely and each of our drivers were incredibly knowledgeable and we learned so much from them! No one ever made us feel like a "burden" with a carseat and so many bags full of baby stuff like diapers and formula. Everyone helped where they could and we never had any hiccups.

They reached out to us throughout the trip to ensure that all was going well and to check to see if we had any questions. We had one day that we needed to shorten and they accommodated that as well! Traveling with a little one and knowing that we were just a phone call away from assistance really provided me with a peace of mind that we would be taken care of throughout the trip! Loved our holiday and would highly recommend this company!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Buffett plus
Ireland | Sep 22 - Sep 28, 2019

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Betsy L.
Brunswick, ME | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2019

Our guide Maurice from Ireland Walk Bike Hike was very helpful both before and during our recent trip to Ireland. He and a woman from their office (whose name I don't recall) called twice in our 7 day trip to make sure all was well. Galway was a good base for excursions. Westport was a lovely little town. We heard the best Trad music there and on my husband's birthday too! Ballina was a fun. We tried the traditional hot seaweed baths since this wasn't something we could do in the US. It was... read more

Our guide Maurice from Ireland Walk Bike Hike was very helpful both before and during our recent trip to Ireland. He and a woman from their office (whose name I don't recall) called twice in our 7 day trip to make sure all was well. Galway was a good base for excursions. Westport was a lovely little town. We heard the best Trad music there and on my husband's birthday too! Ballina was a fun. We tried the traditional hot seaweed baths since this wasn't something we could do in the US. It was a relaxing end to our trip. If we had it to do again, we would have spent 1 less night in Galway (we had 3) and added another stop or longer in Westport. We enjoyed our trip!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
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Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Hi Betsy

Thank you so much for your kind words, your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are so happy you enjoyed your Self drive experience with us.

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland on tour with us in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Self Guided Hiking Tour
Ireland | Sep 13 - Sep 24, 2019

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leisa s.
Australia | Reviewed on Oct 02, 2019

I had a really great trip with Kimkim. Everything was so easy all the way through and the team was always a phone call away if I had any questions or needed some help.
Dean was fantastic and even dropped in for a face to face half way through to check in. I received phone calls from the team during the trip which was really comforting as I was travelling alone.
Petrina was also always close by when I needed anything and responded very quickly to any questions I had.
The hosts at each of my... read more

I had a really great trip with Kimkim. Everything was so easy all the way through and the team was always a phone call away if I had any questions or needed some help.
Dean was fantastic and even dropped in for a face to face half way through to check in. I received phone calls from the team during the trip which was really comforting as I was travelling alone.
Petrina was also always close by when I needed anything and responded very quickly to any questions I had.
The hosts at each of my BnBs we’re fantastic, and I’d really love for them to know I enjoyed my stay, particularly my stay with Kathleen at Finglas House in Camp. I was quite unwell during my night there and she was very accommodating.
The pack provided by Kimkim containing route notes, maps and dining recommendations was great! I actually enjoyed readying about the next day’s activities before bed each night. They were thorough and obviously put together by people who were familiar with each walk. My favourite I think would have to be the one from Dingle to Dunquin, absolutely stunning.
Overall, I’d definitely book another holiday with Kimkim, and I plan to return to travel the north next time!
Thanks team.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Hi Leisa

Thank you so much for your kind words, your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are so happy you enjoyed your Self Guided Dingle Peninsula tour with us.

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland on tour with us in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Ireland
Ireland | Sep 16 - Sep 26, 2019

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Robin F.
Rockville, CT | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Our trip to Ireland was memorable and we will use kimkim and Ireland Walk Bike Hike again to plan new adventures. Although we did not bike at all we had many walks and shorter hikes in beautiful places. Our windy, rainy excursion to the Aran Islands was warmed by an Irish Coffee at a small island pub followed by a boat trip around the Cliffs of Moher. Our itinerary was ambitious and we will spend more time in fewer places next visit. Many thanks to trip planner Dean from Tralee who was... read more

Our trip to Ireland was memorable and we will use kimkim and Ireland Walk Bike Hike again to plan new adventures. Although we did not bike at all we had many walks and shorter hikes in beautiful places. Our windy, rainy excursion to the Aran Islands was warmed by an Irish Coffee at a small island pub followed by a boat trip around the Cliffs of Moher. Our itinerary was ambitious and we will spend more time in fewer places next visit. Many thanks to trip planner Dean from Tralee who was so helpful and even visited us one morning at breakfast to offer assistance. We love photos of beautiful places and we will enjoy the hundreds pictures we took. The B&B’s were comfortable, and all were clean and welcoming. Big Irish breakfasts are wonderful!! We travelled from Glendalough Abby and Lake to the Ring of Kerry, astounded at the beautiful landscape and historical sights. We enjoyed the Pubs in Dingle and the funky town vibe. The Cliffs of Moher are a spectacular experience and traveling the small roads north to Westport was an adventure full of lovely country sights. We even stayed at Ballyseede Castle and enjoyed a night of luxury. Our travels were slowed by traffic ‘jams’ of sheep and cattle on several occasions and the scent of peat or “turf” fires let us enjoy a bit of the rural life of Ireland.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019

Hi Robin

Thank you so much for your kind words, your feedback is greatly appreciated. I am glad to hear you really enjoyed your self drive trip, I know from our discussion that you wished you could have stayed in a few places a couple more days however at least you now have an excuse to come back to this amazing country.

I will certainly pass on your kind words to our accommodation suppliers and we hope to welcome you back to Ireland in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Southern Ireland
Ireland | Sep 13 - Sep 23, 2019

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Mala N.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Thanks Dean and Petrina! We had an amazing time in Ireland, and loved every moment of it! We would love to come back and see more of your beautiful country. All the work you put in for us, both in terms of making our bookings and planning our itinerary, is much appreciated. Almost everything worked like clockwork. We were also lucky to have great weather during our time there, and on the one day it wasn't great due to the rain, quite magically Dean showed up, and helped us plan our... read more

Thanks Dean and Petrina! We had an amazing time in Ireland, and loved every moment of it! We would love to come back and see more of your beautiful country. All the work you put in for us, both in terms of making our bookings and planning our itinerary, is much appreciated. Almost everything worked like clockwork. We were also lucky to have great weather during our time there, and on the one day it wasn't great due to the rain, quite magically Dean showed up, and helped us plan our day!

In terms of guides and related feedback - here are a couple of things -

1. Hilltop Treks - Celts and Castles Tour. We had specifically requested a tour of Newgrange. Turns out this tour regularly does not enter Newgrange. That would have been a huge disappointment for us. As it turns out our tour started early since all the tourists got there in time, and the guide was able to eke out the time for us to see the inside of Newgrange which was amazing. I don't think the trip would have been worthwhile for us if we had not entered Newgrange. All's well that ends well - but I wanted to mention this, for future reference for you. In case there are others who specifically request a tour of Newgrange, it might be better to find a tour company that routinely goes inside the monument.
2. Lally Tours - Cliffs of Moher tour - In the interest of full disclosure, it would have been nice to know before that the money we paid earlier for the tour does not cover the cost of visiting the caves. Interestingly, they don't even mention it on their website. Also, we would have preferred a tour that covered Dunguaire castle vs the caves.

Overall, for us, I think it would have been better to have been given the option of a couple of tour companies before the bookings were made, so we could have checked out their itineraries and seen which ones worked the best with our interests.

Places that were most memorable - honestly, we enjoyed everything.
In Dublin - our favorites were the tour of Trinity college (the guide was really good), and the Book of Kells, and the Musical Pub Crawl.
Waterford - loved the tour of Waterford Factory
Cobh - loved the town and the beautiful St Colman's Cathedral
Ring of Kerry - loved the Derrynane Loop Walk. Your directions were perfect!
Dingle and Slea Head - were our absolute favorites! Absolutely stunningly gorgeous! Our favorite stop there was the Dunmore Head hike (which was not mentioned in your information - you may want to add it to your repertoire!).

Challenges - we had only one. We were unable to find the Old Head of Kinsale hike. I think we made some error in getting there and hence it took us for ever, and when we got there we were turned around. We parked at the Speckled Door, but were unable to find the start of the hike. It looked to us like you had to walk on a narrow road shared by cars which seemed risky. We asked the gentleman at the bar at the Specked Door, but he was too busy to help us. That's what delayed us in getting to Kenmare that night, and led to the problem at the B and B.
Everything else was really perfect.

I mention the above not as criticisms, but in the spirit of constructive feedback!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019

Hi Mala

Thank you so much for your kind words, your feedback is greatly appreciated. I am glad to hear you really enjoyed your trip with us.

We will definitely take your feedback on board as it will help us with maintaining a high level of service so we definitely appreciate it.

We hope to welcome you to Ireland in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Trip of a lifetime to Ireland
Ireland | Sep 8 - Sep 14, 2019

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Veronica O.
| Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Our guide, Dean M was super brillant. We had the best time. He made sure we had the history of each place we stopped. And he added a few along the way he found after getting to know us better. We felt like we had first class service the entire trip. If I had to pick, the Aran Island trip was my favorite.
The food was exceptional. Every meal delicious. Saying good by to Dean at the end of our week together was like saying good bye to an old friend. Thank you for a great trip.

Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh
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Louise Kavanagh
Local specialist in Sligo, Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

I am delighted that you had a wonderful time with us in Ireland Veronica, Dean had a fantastic week with you guys, super enjoyable trip.
I hope you get to come back to our emerald shores again xx

Beannacht agus dea-thoil

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

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Lauren C.
Van Buren, AR | Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

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

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Ring of Kerry Self-Guided Cycling Tour - 8 Days
Ireland | Jun 30 - Jul 5, 2019

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Audrey B.
Peyton, CO | Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
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Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019

Hi Audrey

Thank you so much for your kind words, your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are so happy you enjoyed your Cycle trip along the Ring of Kerry. It really is a beautiful part of the country and we are glad you got to experience it.

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland on tour with us in the near future.

All the Best

Dean

Dingle or Wicklow
Ireland | Jun 17 - Jun 27, 2019

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kari w.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2019

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

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Ireland 2019
Ireland | Jun 1 - Jun 9, 2019

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Lisa R.
Acton, MA | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

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!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

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

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stephanie p.
Decatur, GA | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

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

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

Ireland 2019
Ireland | Jun 1 - Jun 9, 2019

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Scott R.
Tampa, FL | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison

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

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Dan R.
Chattanooga, TN | Reviewed on May 19, 2019

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!

Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh
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Louise Kavanagh
Local specialist in Sligo, Ireland | Reviewed on May 21, 2019

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

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Pat N.
Chattanooga, TN | Reviewed on May 19, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh
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Louise Kavanagh
Local specialist in Sligo, Ireland | Reviewed on May 20, 2019

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

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Peter P.
Midlothian, VA | Reviewed on May 19, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

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

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Lisa S.
Chattanooga, TN | Reviewed on May 18, 2019

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 .

Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh
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Louise Kavanagh
Local specialist in Sligo, Ireland | Reviewed on May 21, 2019

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

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

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Lori R.
Reseda, CA | Reviewed on May 08, 2019

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

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
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Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on May 23, 2019

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

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Athalia L.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

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!

Local specialist: Louise Kavanagh
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Louise Kavanagh
Local specialist in Sligo, Ireland | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

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

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Matthew F.
Madison, WI | Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

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

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
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Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Apr 04, 2019

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

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Catherine B.
Huntington, VT | Reviewed on Nov 28, 2018

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!

Local specialist: Francis Hartnett

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

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Pierre M.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2018

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

Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

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

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Renee A.
Lacey, WA | Reviewed on Aug 26, 2018

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.

Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

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

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Paul K.
Carlsbad, CA | Reviewed on Aug 11, 2018

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

Local specialist: Maurice Whelan

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

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Alexandra Z.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

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.

Local specialist: Francis Hartnett
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Francis Hartnett
Local specialist in Kerry, Ireland | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

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

Shannon to Aran and the Burren
Ireland | Jun 1 - Jun 2, 2018

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Gair C.
WA | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2018

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.

Local specialist: Francis Hartnett
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Francis Hartnett
Local specialist in Kerry, Ireland | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2018

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