Kimkim Trip Reviews for Ireland

4.8
Based on 132 ratings
Read 132 verified reviews by travelers who booked their trip to Ireland on kimkim. You can also read reviews about kimkim on 3rd party sites including Google, TrustPilot and Yelp.

Perfect Vacation
Ireland | Jun 1 - Jun 8, 2024

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Theresa C.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Jun 13, 2024

Dean with KimKim laid out the perfect vacation for us. He asked us what we wanted to do, and then made it happen. Our guide Joe was personable and just an all around great guy. Knowledgeable about the areas and history, and got us where we needed to be on time. Will defiinitely use KimKim again.

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Replied on Jun 13, 2024

Hi Theresa

Thank you for your kind words.

We are delighted to hear you had a great time with us in Ireland. I will pass on your kind words to Joe as well.

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

Kind Regards

Dean

Amazing trip
Ireland | May 22 - Jun 1, 2024

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Tracy E.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2024
Most of the drivers/guides we had were amazing. One of them was lackluster, and did not seem to know what we had planned for the day. He also told us that he was called out as a last resort, which we thought was weird. John, the guide we had in Donegal was personable, knowledgable, and clearly loved meeting new people and teaching about Ireland. We took 2 walking tours in Dublin, and they were really fun. We got a great overview of the city, and got to eat and drink some Irish specialties.... Read more

Most of the drivers/guides we had were amazing. One of them was lackluster, and did not seem to know what we had planned for the day. He also told us that he was called out as a last resort, which we thought was weird. John, the guide we had in Donegal was personable, knowledgable, and clearly loved meeting new people and teaching about Ireland. We took 2 walking tours in Dublin, and they were really fun. We got a great overview of the city, and got to eat and drink some Irish specialties. Overall the trip was very fun

Hotel Reviews
Lough Eske Castle Hotel

The room was comfortable and large. The restaurants/bars and spa were very welcoming. The grounds are beautiful

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The Galmont Hotel & Spa
Galway

The room was comfortable, but a bit small for 2 people. The restaurant had great breakfast, and the bar served good drinks. Definitely more of a large hotel vibe, not quaint

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Drury Court Hotel
Dublin

Lovely boutique hotel right in the heart of Dublin. The staff were very helpful with ideas and directions. The restaurant served yummy breakfast, and then opened as a bar in the evening. Very busy and fun atmosphere. Loved this place

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Local specialist: Claire Monfray
Claire
Claire Monfray
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jun 13, 2024

Hi Tracy and Katie,

Thank you so much for your detailed feedback. I'm thrilled to hear you had a great time and that Katie was able to walk in her ancestors' footsteps in Donegal!

If you ever come back to Europe, whether it's the UK, France, or Italy, don't hesitate to reach out. We would be delighted to help you have a top-notch experience!

All the best,
Claire & high Point Holidays Team

Lovely Emerald Isle!
Ireland | May 5 - May 14, 2024

Carla
Carla W.
Irving, TX | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2024
This was a great trip planned by Claire and her team. They planned a great itinerary, pairing interesting tours with plenty of time to roam the countryside. We appreciated the detailed information throughout, such as map links to make driving easy. Highlights were the Middleton Distillery visit, the food tour in Kinsale, driving the Dingle Penninsula (definitely stop at the Fish Box and Murphy's Ice Cream), walking the full Cliffs of Moher (have good walking shoes!), and the Ballymaloe... Read more

This was a great trip planned by Claire and her team. They planned a great itinerary, pairing interesting tours with plenty of time to roam the countryside. We appreciated the detailed information throughout, such as map links to make driving easy.

Highlights were the Middleton Distillery visit, the food tour in Kinsale, driving the Dingle Penninsula (definitely stop at the Fish Box and Murphy's Ice Cream), walking the full Cliffs of Moher (have good walking shoes!), and the Ballymaloe House! We also loved listening to live music at pubs throughout all the towns we visited.

Overall a wonderful and relaxing trip. 10 days simply wasn't enough!

Hotel Reviews
Ballymaloe House
Shanagarry

We loved Ballymaloe House! It was so charming, the food delicious (honestly I'm still thinking about breakfast), and the wisteria breathtaking. I only wish we had had more time here!

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The Twelve Hotel
Galway

This was a beautiful hotel with a great bar. Our room was very hip, with delicious shortbread treats waiting for us! A bit out of the way, but not at all far from the action. I'd definitely stay here again.

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The Old Bank Townhouse (Blue Haven Hotel Kinsale)
Kinsale

This was a nice hotel in a great location (could not have been more centrally located). The breakfast was very good. They offered local chocolates, which was a lovely touch. My only complaint was that we didn't have hot water, and on a cold dreary day, a hot shower would have been really nice!

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Loch Lein Country House
Killarney

This was a nice hotel with a lovely view out of the room, and very quiet and peaceful. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Very tasty breakfasts. It's a bit out of town, so if you're looking to be right in the action, this might not be the spot for you.

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The Fleet
Dublin

This was a very hip attractive hotel! I loved hanging out in the gorgeous bar on the velvet couches. Breakfast was tasty (and because there was a hot buffet in addition to a la minute options, it was also quick). The room was tiny, but fortunately we didn't need much space!

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Local specialist: Claire Monfray
Claire
Claire Monfray
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jun 11, 2024

Thank you, Carla, for this fantastic review!

It has been a real pleasure crafting this itinerary for you and Nigel, allowing you to discover some of my favorite parts of Ireland. Your thirst for authenticity made it so easy to come with a plan!

Don't hesitate to contact us in the future for your next European adventure in the UK, France, or Italy.

All the best!

Claire & the High Point Holidays Team

Claire put together a great couple days for u...
Ireland | Apr 19 - Apr 29, 2024

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Jim C.
Waltham, MA | Reviewed on Jun 09, 2024

Claire put together a great couple days for us in Ireland. After talking through the experience we were looking for, Claire's initial itinerary was right on. She set us up with a mix of different locations and feels - got us into the heart to Cork (which exceeded expectations) and beautiful coastal villages. Great mix of hotels which were destinations themselves. Biking a greenway, exploring a rocky coast, finding small village pubs - and of course she connected us with great traditional music.

Local specialist: Claire Monfray
Claire
Claire Monfray
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Jun 10, 2024

Hi Jim & Lynn,

Thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure working with both of you, especially since you were so keen on discovering what I love most about Ireland: its nature and people.

I'm delighted that you enjoyed Cork, my second hometown, the Rebel City.

Don't hesitate to contact us for your next trip to Europe!

All the best,
Claire

Fabulous tour of the west coast of Ireland
Ireland | Jun 1 - Jun 8, 2024

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Michael R.
Passaic, NJ | Reviewed on Jun 09, 2024
Our trip was amazing great working with Alex who planned a great vacation for us. Our driver Michael was great always punctual always accommodating and a great source of information we loved all our hotels except for the Ballyseede Castle we were looking forward to staying there but their service was terrible and so was the food big disappointment on the other hand the Wilder in Dublin and Sheen Falls were amazing places to stay with amazing service and staff. The recommendation to have... Read more

Our trip was amazing great working with Alex who planned a great vacation for us. Our driver Michael was great always punctual always accommodating and a great source of information we loved all our hotels except for the Ballyseede Castle we were looking forward to staying there but their service was terrible and so was the food big disappointment on the other hand the Wilder in Dublin and Sheen Falls were amazing places to stay with amazing service and staff. The recommendation to have dinner at 35 in Kenmare should be given to all travelers it was the best dinner we had in Ireland. Good star limo service picked us up and dropped us off at the airport it was truly a good star service

Hotel Reviews
Wilder Townhouse
Dublin

Beautiful hotel fantastic service great food and drinks room was spacious comfortable and beautifully decorated

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Vibe is great
Location
Within walking distance to many sites
Staff
Everyone was friendly and helpful
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The Imperial Hotel
Cork

Very nice hotel friendly helpful staff good restaurant

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Centrally located
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Helpful friendly
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Room was too hot couldn’t get it to cool down
Sheen Falls Lodge
Kenmare

In one word WOW!!!!! fantastic hotel beautiful place beautiful ground friendly attentive staff

Authenticity & Character
Just an amazing place
Location
Feels like you are secluded in a beautiful place yet so close to the main town
Staff
So helpful friendly making sure we had a great stay every moment
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Ballyseede Castle
Co. Kerry

The biggest disappointment of the tour we weee looking forward to staying there but other then being an old castle nothing else was good food at the restaurant was mediocre at best. Again big disappointment

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful old castle
Location
Nothing around
Staff
Nobody to greet you at the door check in is in the back of the hotel had to carry our luggage up and down stairs to get to reception. Reception person made us feel like she was doing us a favor talking to us hiw to walk to our room and turned away
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It was clean
Monks
County Clare

Nice place great staff comfortable rooms great restaurant

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Tiny village without much to see or do
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Very comfortable clean rooms great views
Cliff at Lyons
Co. Kildare

Beautiful resort attentive staff good restaurant

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Friendly helpful great service
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Local specialist: Alex Rawson
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Alex Rawson
Local specialist in Wales | Replied on Jun 11, 2024

Thank you ever so much for your detailed feedback Michael & Jacqueline. We are delighted that you made some wonderful memories during your travels through Ireland and I hope to be able to work with you both again in the future!

Superlative Service
Ireland | Apr 28 - May 28, 2024

Jeffrey
Jeffrey L.
Costa Rica | Reviewed on Jun 08, 2024
Wolfgang was incredibly responsive throughout our trip. Whenever an issue came up (and in a 5 week tour, this was expected) he was able to take care of it very quickly. Superlative service. Read more

Wolfgang was incredibly responsive throughout our trip. Whenever an issue came up (and in a 5 week tour, this was expected) he was able to take care of it very quickly. Superlative service.

Hotel Reviews
Dakota Manchester
Manchester
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The Bonham
Edinburgh
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Mansewood Country House
Lochearnhead
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Make certain to advise guests to make make dinner reservations in advance, because of the limited options nearby.
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Guisachan Guesthouse
Fort William

We were not provided with the room that was booked and confirmed when we arrived. We were also not in the main guesthouse, but in a separate outlying building ('the annex') in a room over a garage.

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Cleanliness was a '5', Comfort was a '1'. The average is a '3'
Ullinish House
Isle of Skye

Note that there is no cooked breakfast available, and this B & B is a long way from any restaurant or other services, as it is very remote. If you are looking for a remote, quiet, serene location, however, this is a perfect spot.

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Ronas House B&B
Inverness

One of the best stays out of 17 individual hotels/B & Bs on our trip.

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Superb breakfasts.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Just an amazing room, with a sitting area overlooking the town.
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa
Pitfodels Aberdeen

Overall, a wonderful hotel. Have your dinner elsewhere.

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We left an electronic device behind and the staff were wonderful in assisting us having it shipped home.
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Ivybank Lodge
Rattray, Blairgowrie
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Acorn Hotel
Glasgow

One level above hostel in room size and amenities.

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Cleanliness was excellent. The assessment is based on Comfort.
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
Dublin

If you have a car, be aware that there is limited hotel parking which cannot be reserved, and that the hotel is on a very busy street. The restaurant food and service was just average, and on mornings was somewhat over-capacity due to catering to large tour groups.

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Sea Breeze Lodge B&B
Salthill, Galway

Fabulous breakfasts, great location, and wonderful hosts.

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Kathleens Country House
Killarney

An older, unremarkable, small hotel with owners who try hard to offer a pleasant stay.

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Cleanliness was excellent. Evaluation based on the comfort of the room.
Eccles Hotel & Spa
Glengarriff

An older, somewhat worn (in common areas) hotel. Nothing was objectionable, but other than location, nothing stands out either. An excellent choice for folks looking for a stay with historical significance and character.

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Staff at the front desk could be a bit more friendly and welcoming.
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Lyrath Estate
Kilkenny
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Granville Hotel

The only caution with this property is that there is no hotel parking. The parking is down and across the street in a parking lot that may or may not be available. Outside of this issue, would highly recommend staying here.

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Bedford House
Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

VERY limited parking. Note that you check in at the music venue (concert hall), but our room was in a building above a restaurant a few doors down the street. The room was a bit more funky than boutique.

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Never really interacted with any staff after we checked in.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clear glass windows in the door separating the bathroom (toilet) and bedroom should really be opaque at the least.
Activity Reviews
Strathisla Distillery
Strathisla Distillery
Keith
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Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle
forfar
Quality of Experience
Johnnie Walker Experience
Johnnie Walker Experience
Edinburgh
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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Balquhidder

Fabulous scenery through the park.

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Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Stirling
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Clydeside Distillery Experience: Unveiling the Art of Spirit Crafting
Clydeside Distillery Experience: Unveiling the Art of Spirit Crafting
Glasgow
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Kilbeggan Distillery
Kilbeggan Distillery
Kilbeggan

If you visit only one distillery, make it this one.

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Cong - The Quiet Man
Cong - The Quiet Man
Cong Co Mayo

One of the highlights of our trip.

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Smithwick's Experience
Smithwick's Experience
Kilkenny
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Farewell
Farewell
Dublin Int. Airport (DUB)

Would recommend never using Hertz at the Dublin airport.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Try running a shuttle bus that will accommodate all of your customers, and at a greater frequency. Awful experience.
Charles Fort
Charles Fort
Kinsale
Quality of Experience
Waterford Crystal
Waterford Crystal
Waterford
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Prehistoric Newgrange & Knowth
Prehistoric Newgrange & Knowth
Ireland
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Local specialist: Wolfgang Lolies
Wolfgang
Wolfgang Lolies
Local specialist in Ireland | Replied on Jun 09, 2024
Dear Jeff, Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience. It was a pleasure to assist you throughout your 5-week tour. Planning this adventure was a fantastic journey in itself. Your detailed reviews of the hotels and activities are incredibly valuable, not only to us but to future travelers as well. It's wonderful to hear that you had such a memorable trip, and your feedback on specific accommodations and experiences will not only help others make informed... Read more

Dear Jeff,

Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience. It was a pleasure to assist you throughout your 5-week tour. Planning this adventure was a fantastic journey in itself.

Your detailed reviews of the hotels and activities are incredibly valuable, not only to us but to future travelers as well. It's wonderful to hear that you had such a memorable trip, and your feedback on specific accommodations and experiences will not only help others make informed decisions but will also help me evaluate some of the services we offer.

Should you decide to explore more in the future, I would be more than happy to assist you once again. Safe travels!

Best regards,
Wolfgang

The Ireland Trip of our Dreams Came True!
Ireland | May 15 - May 22, 2024

Will
Will H.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jun 06, 2024
Our recent trip to Ireland, arranged by kimkim, was nothing short of extraordinary! From the moment we contacted kimkim, our agent Emily made the entire process seamless and enjoyable. Her expertise and dedication to crafting the perfect itinerary for us were evident in every detail of our trip. The accommodations were superb, with highlights including the luxurious Aghadoe Heights Hotel and the charming Renvyle House Hotel. Each stay was characterized by exceptional comfort, stunning... Read more

Our recent trip to Ireland, arranged by kimkim, was nothing short of extraordinary! From the moment we contacted kimkim, our agent Emily made the entire process seamless and enjoyable. Her expertise and dedication to crafting the perfect itinerary for us were evident in every detail of our trip.

The accommodations were superb, with highlights including the luxurious Aghadoe Heights Hotel and the charming Renvyle House Hotel. Each stay was characterized by exceptional comfort, stunning views, and outstanding hospitality.

The culinary experiences were equally impressive. We indulged in delicious local cuisine that truly highlighted the rich flavors of Ireland. Each meal was a delightful adventure in itself, further enhancing our travel experience.

The excursions planned by Emily were top-notch. Our visit to the Cliffs of Moher was breathtaking, with views that left us in awe. Exploring Killarney National Park allowed us to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of Ireland, and our tour of Kylemore Abbey was both enlightening and inspiring.

Throughout our journey, Emily's attention to detail and responsiveness made us feel well taken care of. Her recommendations and arrangements ensured that every aspect of our trip was perfect.

We highly recommend kimkim and especially Emily for anyone looking to explore Ireland or any other destination. Their commitment to providing exceptional service and creating memorable travel experiences is unparalleled. We can't wait to plan our next adventure with them!

Local specialist: Emily Reilly
Emily
Emily Reilly
Local specialist in Scotland / France | Replied on Jun 11, 2024

Thank you for the lovely review, Will and Courtney! So glad you enjoyed your time in Ireland - it was a pleasure to work with you on your trip! Hope to work with you again in the future!

Great Trip.
Ireland | May 22 - May 31, 2024

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Mary P.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Jun 03, 2024
My daughter and granddaughter and I took a self drive trip in Ireland. We chose to experience the West coast from the Dingle Peninsula north to Galway. We flew into Shannon which was the perfect airport for us American drivers to start. We used the GPS on my iPhone for navigation. Used ApplePlay instead of Google, although Google works too, and was spot on everywhere we wanted to go. We went off the beaten path many times. Planning was great, until it was not. My original contact ... Read more

My daughter and granddaughter and I took a self drive trip in Ireland. We chose to experience the West coast from the Dingle Peninsula north to Galway. We flew into Shannon which was the perfect airport for us American drivers to start. We used the GPS on my iPhone for navigation. Used ApplePlay instead of Google, although Google works too, and was spot on everywhere we wanted to go. We went off the beaten path many times. Planning was great, until it was not. My original contact listened to what I wanted the trip to look like, planned an itinerary that was not the normal cookie cutter trip, found lodging where we had a triple rom, sent her a glowing review, made final payment then she went silent. I had a question that went unanswered, finally called Kim Kim to get my question answered also had to call the get my vouchers and tickets 10 days before we left. At that point I was put in contact with Svetlana and she was amazing. I understand life happens and things get off track. All my correspondence was going thru the company system, and when my original travel agent was not longer doing her job, I should have been assigned a new contact not my having to make phone calls asking for help. I chose KimKim because I had a great experience planning a trip to Nepal then Covid hit and cancelled the trip. Yes I would use Kimkim again but could not give a 5 star review.

Activity Review
Farewell
Farewell
Ireland
Local specialist: Svetlana Frolova

Aleksandra was excellent
Ireland | May 19 - May 29, 2024

Sally
Sally R.
North Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Jun 02, 2024
Aleksandra was extremely easy to work with and easily reached. She responded almost immediately both before and on the trip. She picked excellent experiences for us based on our interests. Read more

Aleksandra was extremely easy to work with and easily reached. She responded almost immediately both before and on the trip. She picked excellent experiences for us based on our interests.

Hotel Reviews
Maldron Hotel
Galway

Very nice room, shower worked well

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Shannon Springs Hotel
Shannon

The resturant was excellent. For Shannon it was cenrally located to Cliffs of Moher, Bundraddy Castle was close, and Ennis

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Lansdowne Hotel
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Small rooms, and tiny bathroom, although other rooms had larger bathrooms.

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Some hard to understand
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Activity Reviews
Introducing Joyce’s Dublin Walking Tour
Introducing Joyce’s Dublin Walking Tour
Dublin

We loved it and Liam was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. It was actually emotional at times when he read passages written by Joyce.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
No transport just walking
The Legendary Walking Tour of Galway
The Legendary Walking Tour of Galway
Galway
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Just walking
Local specialist: Aleksandra Shebaltseva
Aleksandra
Aleksandra Shebaltseva
Local specialist in England | Replied on Jun 03, 2024

Thank you for your nice review, Sally.
I truly appreciate your feedback and am thrilled to hear that your journey went smoothly and that you enjoyed the local activities. I hope you all will cherish long-lasting memories from this trip! Wishing you all the best and many blessings.

Sincerely,
Aleksandra

Wolfgang helped coordinate and plan a family ...
Ireland | Apr 16 - May 6, 2024

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Linda W.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2024

Wolfgang helped coordinate and plan a family finding trip to Ireland. The trip was wonderful and all the planning for transportation and hotels was invaluable. Thank you Wolfgang.

Local specialist: Wolfgang Lolies
Wolfgang
Wolfgang Lolies
Local specialist in Ireland | Replied on Jun 04, 2024

Linda, thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your experience! I'm delighted to hear that your family finding trip to Ireland was wonderful, and I'm truly honored to have played a part in making it special.

I wish you and your family all the best, and I hope your newfound connections in Ireland continue to bring you joy. Should your travels ever bring you back to Ireland or Scotland, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Warm regards,
Wolfgang

Great suggestions from Wolfgang and the team....
Ireland | May 14 - May 23, 2024

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Mary K.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on May 31, 2024

Great suggestions from Wolfgang and the team. Hotels were fabulous. Even wrinkles with car rental quickly solved by team. Really appreciated the expertise allowing us to enjoy Ireland and London with no worries. Will definitely use Kim Kim in the future and highly recommend your team.

Local specialist: Wolfgang Lolies
Wolfgang
Wolfgang Lolies
Local specialist in Ireland | Replied on May 31, 2024

Dear Mary,

Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip, and that our suggestions and expertise helped make your journey worry-free. It's wonderful to know that the hotels met your expectations.

Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us, and we're delighted to have been a part of your travel experience. We look forward to assisting you with future adventures and are grateful for your recommendation.

Warm regards,
Wolfgang and Team

Our Ireland road trip
Ireland | May 2 - May 10, 2024

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Paige H.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on May 27, 2024
When thinking of the best trip imaginable, I had nothing but ideas and no direction. Thats where the travel team came in ! They brought to action all my Irish dreams. This trip was full of adventure and beautiful sights, and it was coordinated beautifully by Claire. From the pick up at the airport to every nights stay, all accommodations were book, confirmed, and enjoyed without problem. The places we visited were beautiful and the drive around the country was filled with spectacular views.... Read more

When thinking of the best trip imaginable, I had nothing but ideas and no direction. Thats where the travel team came in ! They brought to action all my Irish dreams. This trip was full of adventure and beautiful sights, and it was coordinated beautifully by Claire. From the pick up at the airport to every nights stay, all accommodations were book, confirmed, and enjoyed without problem. The places we visited were beautiful and the drive around the country was filled with spectacular views. The first few days were spent in Dublin, and the local rail system was well utilized. It was advised that we go to a small fishing village Howth, and while there I wish we would have known to do the cliff walk.... this was a missed opportunity. We also visited Malahide (not on our itinerary) and we wish we could have spent an entire day here. There is a castle worth seeing with paid admission, adding this to the itinerary would have been a great addition. The hotel in Dublin was comfortable with great breakfast options. We did partake in the cocktail tour at Roe and Co distillery, and this by far was the most fun part of Dublin. Next stop was Galway, and this was wonderful. Highly recommend we-wheels electric bike tour, and the authentic Italian restaurant "Osteria". Next stop, Cliffs of Moher. I would reccomend seeing the cliffs from a more local point of view, and booking a Doolin cliff walk tour. This would have been about a 5 mile walk but really worth it. This night we were supposed to stay in Doolin but our hotel was actually in Ennistymon. We stayed at "Falls House Hotel and Spa" and I would not recommend this town or hotel for a stay. The bed was not comfortable and the dining was less than impressive. Next stop, Dingle. We loved dingle and exploring the town, next trip I would love to stay multiple days here. Slea Head drive is the most beautiful of the country and highly recommend taking your time driving it. The cliffs of Kilkee, which start and end at a coffee shop, were absolutely stunning. Defiantly recommend! Kenmare was a cute town, but would have rather stayed in Killarney or had a few nights stay in kenmore to drive to surrounding towns. We did hear of a night time kayak on a bioluminescent lake which would have been an amazing addition that we did not get. There are also nightly shows in Killarney of Irish dancing, which I would have liked to pay, book, and watch. Last stop, Waterford. Highly recommend a private tour of the factory. Overall, we really enjoyed the trip and the travel team !

Hotel Reviews
The Fleet
Dublin

Great room with comfortable beds and large breakfast selection. This hotel is great location for walking the city.

Authenticity & Character
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Easily walkable
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Cleanliness & Comfort
The Hyde Hotel
Galway

Breakfast here is great, hotel was clean and comfortable, staff is wonderful.

Authenticity & Character
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There is no onsite or free parking.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Falls House Hotel and Spa
Co Clare

This Hotel is not in a great location. While the surrounding is pretty, the town does not have much to offer. The beds were very uncomfortable and the room temperature was too warm. The food was available, but was not tasty for the price.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Stay in Doolin and not here.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean but not comfortable.
Dingle Bay Hotel
Dingle

Loved this hotel. Staff very friendly, and easily walked to dinner and shopping. Also, parking is available.

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The Happy Pig
Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Lovely bed and breakfast ! The owner was friendly and cooked an amazing breakfast. The rooms were clean and very comfortable.

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Location
Cute and quaint, can drive to town for dinner or shopping.
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Butler Townhouse Kilkenny

Great hotel, Breakfast was tasty. Easily walk to the castle.

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Activity Reviews
Roe and Co Distillery Cocktail Workshop Experience
Roe and Co Distillery Cocktail Workshop Experience
Dublin

This was the most fun experience in Dublin. I am not particularly fond of whiskey, that being said this experience was exceeding expectations and served delicious cocktails. Our tour guide and bar master was not only charming, but knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this activity.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
uber/taxi to location
Guided E-bike Tour Of Galway City
Guided E-bike Tour Of Galway City
Galway

Electric bike tour is highly recommended. Our tour guide was great and the bike was easy to operate.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dingle Food Tour
Dingle Food Tour
Ireland

I don't think this tour was worth it. The food was not impressive. I was expecting more of a local flare to the offered food, that was not what was provided. However, we did enjoy the guide and the stop at the local brewery to learn more about irelands beer market and his local business.

Quality of Experience
We did not enjoy the stops on the tour and food offered.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very nice tour guide
Transport
Walked the town, easily walked.
Waterford Crystal Factory Tour Private Tour
Waterford Crystal Factory Tour Private Tour
Waterford

I would highly recommend this activity. The factory was very interesting and intimate.

Quality of Experience
Being alone with the tour guide allowed us to ask questions and take time with each stage of the process.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny

This was a nice experience, I would not spend a whole day at the castle but I would spend a whole day in Kilkenny exploring other things. I wanted the castle to show more history or to tell a story, but many of the rooms were empty from character.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Claire Monfray
Claire
Claire Monfray
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on May 28, 2024
Hello Paige! Thank you so much for sharing all the details of your Irish adventure. I’m really glad you all had such a fantastic time celebrating your mother’s birthday! It was wonderful working with you to plan it. I truly appreciate your thorough feedback. It confirms most of my choices and makes me re-evaluate a couple of others 🤔. I usually avoid packing days with too many activities to allow some free time and the flexibility to go with the flow. If you trust me to help organize your... Read more

Hello Paige!

Thank you so much for sharing all the details of your Irish adventure. I’m really glad you all had such a fantastic time celebrating your mother’s birthday! It was wonderful working with you to plan it.

I truly appreciate your thorough feedback. It confirms most of my choices and makes me re-evaluate a couple of others 🤔. I usually avoid packing days with too many activities to allow some free time and the flexibility to go with the flow. If you trust me to help organize your future adventures in Ireland, France, UK, or Italy, I'll make sure to inform you of all the great options available.

Thanks again!

Claire and the High Point Holidays Team

Great service thanks to Wolfgang
Ireland | May 14 - May 23, 2024

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Anne W.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on May 25, 2024
We received great service from Wolfgang when planning our trip to Ireland and England. He provided great options for activities and wonderful hotels with great locations. Everything was really easy to plan and follow-up to questions or issues was always very prompt. The planning and coordination made for seamless travel and we had a great trip. Read more

We received great service from Wolfgang when planning our trip to Ireland and England. He provided great options for activities and wonderful hotels with great locations. Everything was really easy to plan and follow-up to questions or issues was always very prompt. The planning and coordination made for seamless travel and we had a great trip.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Dublin

Great location close to all the top spots in Dublin. Service was exceptional and staff was very attentive. Breakfast in the morning was really good.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Location is close to key spots in Dublin.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Menlo Hotel
Galway

Really nice hotel. Rooms were really comfortable and the staff was helpful. Breakfast was great.

Authenticity & Character
Nice hotel that has rooms that have been updated and were really comfortable.
Location
Easy to access hotel a bit outside the central area of the city.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Park Plaza London Riverbank
London

Absolutely beautiful hotel with incredible views of London right along the Thames.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Kilbeggan Distillery
Kilbeggan Distillery
Kilbeggan

The tour was great. Our tour guide Rose provided great history of the property and was very knowledgeable about the process. She gave us a great tour.

Quality of Experience
The distillery is quite historic and really beautiful.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our tour guide, Rose had a wealth of knowledge and answered all of our questions.
Tower of London & Tower Bridge
Tower of London & Tower Bridge
London

There is so much to see here and so much history it is definitely worth the time.

Quality of Experience
The guides that are available every half hour provide a really good tour. Make sure you see the towers where prisoners were held and the messages they carved into the stone walls.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Wolfgang Lolies
Wolfgang
Wolfgang Lolies
Local specialist in Ireland | Replied on May 31, 2024

Dear Anne,

Thank you for your lovely review. I'm delighted to hear that you had a fantastic trip to Ireland and England. It was a pleasure helping you plan your journey, and I'm glad you enjoyed the activities and hotels I recommended.

Your kind words about the seamless planning and prompt follow-up are greatly appreciated. Ensuring that your travel experience is smooth and enjoyable is always my top priority.

I look forward to assisting you with future trips and am grateful for your feedback.

Best regards,

Wolfgang

Thank you Jane for arranging a very nice trip...
Ireland | May 12 - May 18, 2024

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CHRISTINE E.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on May 19, 2024
Thank you Jane for arranging a very nice trip! We had a great time on the Emerald Isle.
Here's some thoughts/feedback:
- Transportation to and from the airport was on time both ways. The drivers were friendly and easy to find.
- The Maldron Hotel Shandon was in a great location. The breakfasts were good and beds comfortable.
- We did have a bit of a glitch getting to the train station on Tuesday morning. I had arranged a taxi from the hotel the night before, but they didn't show up in...
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Thank you Jane for arranging a very nice trip! We had a great time on the Emerald Isle.
Here's some thoughts/feedback:
- Transportation to and from the airport was on time both ways. The drivers were friendly and easy to find.
- The Maldron Hotel Shandon was in a great location. The breakfasts were good and beds comfortable.
- We did have a bit of a glitch getting to the train station on Tuesday morning. I had arranged a taxi from the hotel the night before, but they didn't show up in time due to rain. The hotel's general manager drove my dad and sisters to the train station - my daughter and I had a mad 1 mile dash through the rain to make the train in time. We really appreciated the general manager stepping in to help! The mad dash made for a good story once we dried out.
- The Cork City History Tour City Ramble was pretty good. Don't know that I'd recommend it again, although it did give us the lay of the land.
- We did have a night at Sin e listening to Irish music. This was a real highlight!
- We did go to St Anne's church and ring the bells. Another highlight.
- The Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin was a very nice place to stay, too. Comfortable and busy. Good breakfasts. It would have been a different experience to stay in a smaller place, but this worked well for us. The location was good!
- The Hidden Homes of Dublin was good! Ruth was very accommodating of my dad, making sure to stop in places where he could sit. We had a very nice cup of tea with her in a fancy tea shop! She gave us the lay of the land.
- The Literary Pub tour was a real highlight, too. Perfect! The actors were very entertaining - loved it!
- The EPIC Interactive Museum was a real highlight, too. We spent a lot of time in here. Every visitor to Dublin should stop here. We all learned a lot! Great museum.
- The Famine Ship was also another real highlight. Would recommend this one to everyone too. The guide provided us with a lot of history - and walking on the ship - below deck - really gave us a sense of what the journey across the Atlantic.
- Another highlight - the Irish Dancing & House Party. Real highlight, too! Wonderful to see the unusual instruments.
- Trinity Trails and Book of Kells Guided tour - this was a bit underwhelming. The guide was just ok. She walked us around Trinity's beautiful campus. Once we got into to see the Book of Kells, we were on our own. We were expecting a guided tour through the exhibits.
- For the Dublin Castle, we did pay for the guided tour instead of the self guided tour. I'd highly recommend the guided tour - EXCELLENT! - We saw the original Viking fortress walls and the Chapel Royal, which wasn't on the self-guided tour. We ended up spending a couple hours there.
- Didn't make it to St Patrick's Cathedral! A reason to return someday.
- Highly recommend Theresa, who took us on the Guinness & Jameson Irish Experience Tour. Jameson was small and intimate. Guinness was like Disneyland. On the walk from Jameson to Guinness, Theresa provided all kinds of Irish history, a stop in John's Lane Church, and the oldest pub in Ireland ;). I loved the walk!

All in all, we had a wonderful time. Thank you, Jane, for setting all this up. I will definitively use kimkim again!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Dublin

Busy hotel in a great location. Good breakfast and comfortable beds.

Authenticity & Character
Busy city hotel.
Location
Central location. Within walking distance to Trinity College and Temple Bar.
Staff
Very helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable beds, nice bathroom
Maldron Hotel Shandon
Co. Cork
Authenticity & Character
Location
Central location. Within walking distance to English Market.
Staff
General manager drove us to train station when taxi didn't show up! Thank you!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Jane Davey
Jane
Jane Davey
Local specialist in United Kingdom | Replied on May 20, 2024

Hi Christine

Wow, what a wonderful adventure with lots of lovely memories for you to share as a family.

Thank you for your feedback and hints and tips for some great tours. I do love he EPIC museum myself too. It was an absolute delight to work with you all. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your feedback and will share this super helpful information with the team.

All in all you have had a real flavor of the Emerald Isle and it would be wonderful to assist you in the future.

Thank you for choosing KimKim!

All the best from Jane, Celina & The Team

Really great suggestions for our driving trip...
Ireland | Apr 22 - Apr 28, 2024

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Rebecca D.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on May 18, 2024

Really great suggestions for our driving trip and great locations for all of our hotels. Thank you to Dean for helping create a great trip! The restaurant recommendations were all very good too!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Replied on May 23, 2024

Hi Rebecca

Thank you for your kind words. We are delighted to here that you had a great trip with us in Ireland.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

Amazing Trip to Ireland
Ireland | Apr 13 - Apr 27, 2024

Eric
Eric D.
Florence-Graham, CA | Reviewed on May 12, 2024
The trip was fantastic. Justine did a wonderful job with the itinerary including all the necessary details. We enjoyed the cities of Dublin, Cork, and Galway and the towns of Kinsale, Dingle, Doolin and Killarney. Too many highlights to mention them all but a few of them are The Guinness Storehouse, the Middleton Distillery tour and premium tasting, Kinsale, the Perryville House and Don and Barry‘s walking tour, Inasheer Island and Ollies Tours with Phil, the Pax Guest House in Dingle, the... Read more

The trip was fantastic. Justine did a wonderful job with the itinerary including all the necessary details. We enjoyed the cities of Dublin, Cork, and Galway and the towns of Kinsale, Dingle, Doolin and Killarney. Too many highlights to mention them all but a few of them are The Guinness Storehouse, the Middleton Distillery tour and premium tasting, Kinsale, the Perryville House and Don and Barry‘s walking tour, Inasheer Island and Ollies Tours with Phil, the Pax Guest House in Dingle, the music at Sin E bar in Cork, the Irish dancing in the Dingle Bar, the Galway Food Tour, the Cliffs of Kerry and our final night at Ballyfin.
Also, the people in Ireland were so nice and accommodating.

Local specialist: Justine Stewart
Justine
Justine Stewart
Local specialist in England/France | Replied on May 15, 2024

Eric!
Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. You, Russ, Heidi & Janis were ever so much fun to work with and I am so happy that I got to share some of my favourite places with you all.
We have some wonderful guides we love to work with and I think its just great that you loved them as much as we do (Ollies Tours we are looking at you!)...and of course incredible hotel experiences too (John at PAX can do no wrong!). It was lovely working with you all!
Justine & The High Point Holidays Team

Ireland by All the Modes of Transportation
Ireland | Apr 27 - May 3, 2024

Heather
Heather G.
Canada | Reviewed on May 04, 2024
We wanted to experience multiple areas of Ireland as a family but didn't want to drive. Emily set us up with stays in 3 cities and got us to each by train. We started in Killarney with stunning scenery and a charming, vibrant downtown. Our Ring of Kerry Tour was the perfect length and Michael was an informative guide but didn't dominate the trip. Cannot recommend the Kells Sheep Dogs demonstration enough. Highlight of the trip. We took a carriage tour of the Killarney National Park... Read more

We wanted to experience multiple areas of Ireland as a family but didn't want to drive. Emily set us up with stays in 3 cities and got us to each by train.

We started in Killarney with stunning scenery and a charming, vibrant downtown. Our Ring of Kerry Tour was the perfect length and Michael was an informative guide but didn't dominate the trip. Cannot recommend the Kells Sheep Dogs demonstration enough. Highlight of the trip. We took a carriage tour of the Killarney National Park - Mikey, our guide, was a hoot and turned us on to the local pubs to try.

Cork was a quick stop and a colorful city with people who are very proud of their heritage. Blarney Castle is impressive but don't miss out on the gardens. We wanted Irish Session Music and we got it at Sin e'. Our cab driver also recommended the Corner House and those two both had tremendous atmosphere and music.

Dublin has yet another vibe than the other areas. We went on several tours - Molly was great at the Jameson experience. You can't go wrong in Temple Bar but hit THE Temple Bar early. We really enjoyed the Palace Bar and its adjoining Whiskey Bar. JR Mahon's also had great session music. The EPIC museum felt like the best way to end the trip.

We took a 13-hour bus trip from Dublin out to the west coast for the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway. Barry, our driver, gave us enough breaks and a lot of interesting history along the way. You cannot beat the majesty of views. It's long day to cross the country and back so we were glad we scheduled it in between Dublin days.

Cannot thank Emily enough for building a trip that was exactly what we wanted while making it seem effortless.

Hotel Reviews
Castle Lodge
Killarney

Friendly staff, great location, good food charming decor. Just a little trouble regulating the heater in the room. Wonderful for walkability to the part and the downtown pubs, restaurants, shopping and the train station.

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Maldron Hotel Shandon
Co. Cork

Bit of a hike from the training but we had a lovely turret room. Room was very clean and the views were expansive. Bathroom was very updated.

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Academy Plaza Hotel
Dublin

Great value in Dublin right off O'Connell street. Quick walk to the river and pubs. Lovely staff. We found our normal double room spacious and updated. Others in our party had a small double and a single that were very tight, so understand what you're booking. Would stay there again for sure.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Leon at the desk could not have been more welcoming. The bartenders were very helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided tour to the Ring of Kerry
Guided tour to the Ring of Kerry
Killarney

Michael as an excellent guide. The Kells sheep dog demonstration was a highlight of our whole trip. The tour was paced well with enough time to enjoy multiple areas.

Quality of Experience
Kells Sheep Dog Show, View from lunch in Waterville
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We were stopped for quite a while by and accident on the road. Michael somehow made up the time so we didn't miss anything. He was very informative without distracting from us taking in the views.
Transport
Very nice bus
Visit Blarney castle and kiss the stone
Visit Blarney castle and kiss the stone
Ireland

We were lucky to visit in the afternoon when it wasn't so busy with tour buses and cruise excursions. Got right through the VERY steep climb to the top of the castle to kiss the stone. Had a great time learning about the castle and touring the amazing gardens.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
Dublin

State rooms are nice but you don't get to see much as it's not large. It's not an expensive ticket, but if you're expecting Windsor Castle, this isn't it.

Quality of Experience
Cliff of Moher tour from Dublin
Cliff of Moher tour from Dublin
Dublin

The Cliffs are stunning and worth the long drive from Dublin. We enjoyed our lunch in Doolin - the staff at McGann's was ready and waiting for us. Doolin itself is a lovely village. The Burren is like nothing we've seen before. Wish we could have spend more time in Galway but we did get to spend time in the quaint shopping area and hear busker and see murals. The people could not have been nicer. Barry, our driver, was very accommodating and kept us informed of the schedule. But it was a long day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bus didn't have charging ports. The pocket in the seat in front of us was ripped.
Trinity College Library : The Book of Kells Experience
Trinity College Library : The Book of Kells Experience
Dublin

Really well done tour of the facilities even though the books have been decanted. Enjoyed the interactive presentations

Quality of Experience
Free time in Dublin
Free time in Dublin
Dublin

The Temple Bar area was colorful and fun with the pubs and restaurants. We sampled many and saw Irish music sessions in some places along with modern performers at others. The city center is every walkable. We found that cab drivers and bar tenders were great sources of intel on places to try.

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Jameson Distillery Dublin - Bow St. Experience
Jameson Distillery Dublin - Bow St. Experience
Dublin

This was so much more than we expected. The facility itself is very cool with shops and a unique bar. Even though Jameson isn't distilled here, they celebrate the heritage so well and so a great job of interactively demonstrating how the distillation process works. The tasting room was so well done and our tour group was so friendly thanks to our excellent guide, Molly. Will recommend to everyone to gets to Dublin.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Molly was great!
Local specialist: Emily Reilly

Travels to Ireland and Scotland
Ireland | Apr 14 - Apr 25, 2024

George
George B.
St. Marys, GA | Reviewed on May 03, 2024
Wolfgang, our KimKim guide planner did an excellent job planning our trip to Dublin and Galway, Ireland. Then on to Edinburgh, Iverness, Isle of Syke, Ft Williams, and Stirling Scotland. He listened to our wish list and provided activities accordingly. In Ireland we enjoyed the ferry ride to Inis Mor and met our guide Thomas for a horse drawn carriage tour of the island. Back to Galway for an entertaining Celtic dinner show. Next up, Scotland whose beauty was remarkable (we said "wow" a... Read more

Wolfgang, our KimKim guide planner did an excellent job planning our trip to Dublin and Galway, Ireland. Then on to Edinburgh, Iverness, Isle of Syke, Ft Williams, and Stirling Scotland. He listened to our wish list and provided activities accordingly. In Ireland we enjoyed the ferry ride to Inis Mor and met our guide Thomas for a horse drawn carriage tour of the island. Back to Galway for an entertaining Celtic dinner show. Next up, Scotland whose beauty was remarkable (we said "wow" a lot). In Edinburg we toured the city and the castle with our private tour guide Kieran of Local Eyes Tour. All of the accommodations planned were spot on. A little less driving time would have been appreciated, but we were able to see so much of the country, I shouldn't complain. Kudos to Wolfgang

Hotel Reviews
Sheraton Athlone Hotel
Athlone

Parking close, rooms clean, and staff was great. Restaurant was good.

Authenticity & Character
Location
In middle of town.
Staff
The staff was outstanding took very good care of us.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Western Hotel
galway

Parking provided a big plus. Staff was very helpful, room was clean and the breakfast was very good. In the heart of the city easy walk to city square, with pubs, shops, and restaurants.

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Staff
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Iveagh Gardens Hotel
Dublin

No where to check in to start, city tram tracks in front could not stop to unload luggage. parked a block away had to unload on curb wait for wife to take half our luggage to Hotel where someone was suppose to meet her and take in while she returned to get the rest. No one helped. I had to park the car 7 or 8 blocks away in a massive parking garage. then walk to hotel. Staff not concerned at all with all this. Hotel was fine accommodations were clean and room was spacious enough. Will not stay again.

Authenticity & Character
Location
no parking close, no where to unload luggage.
Staff
Attentive to guest needs.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Residence Inn by Marriott
EDINBURGH

Parking next door, rooms were clean and efficient. Breakfast was good. Staff was friendly.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Good for business trip, ok for family on those on vacation.
Staff
Could have been a little more helpful with parking arrangements and information.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Skeabost House Hotel
Portree

One our favorite places we stayed. Plenty of parking, great restaurant and great staff. The grounds are breath taking. Do not pass up a stay here. It's away from everything which after staying in the cities we were visiting the country was a nice break. Loved it, would stay again.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Surroundings were amazing
Staff
Great staff, felt like we were in Downtown Abbey, they really make you feel special.
Cleanliness & Comfort
River Ness Hotel, a member of Radisson Individuals
Inverness

Amazing staff, the concierge was so helpful and accommodating can not say enough nice things about him. Rooms were clean. we lucked up being able to park on the street in front of hotel, as it was Saturday afternoon only had to pay a couple hours then rest of week end was free. Close to shops and restaurants. Would stay again.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Downtown, close to everything.
Staff
Great staff, we really liked everyone.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Garrison
Fort William

parking was a plus, but room was too small. It was clean and staff was nice, good for one night and move on.

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Inglewood House & Spa
Alloa

What an amazing hotel. Room was very spacious and clean. Loved staying here , close to the city with ample parking. Very beautiful grounds. Great restaurant. Great staff. Would stay again. This was our last night and it was a welcomed stay at this hotel.

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Activity Reviews
Shared Horse & Carriage Trip
Shared Horse & Carriage Trip
Galway

You will fall in love with Thomas. I could listen to him talk all day. Being borne and raised on Inis Mor he is so knowledgeable of it's history and shares his history. Can't say enough nice things about him. I would go back to Inis more just to do a tour with him.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Experience Edinburgh Walking Tour: Unveiling the Historic Charms
Experience Edinburgh Walking Tour: Unveiling the Historic Charms
Edinburgh

Kieran our tour guide met us for a magical tour of Edinburg. So very knowledgeable of the city and it's history. We were so educated and entertained of all the things we would have never known if not for this tour. He took time to answer all of our questions. Can not say enough good things about the guided tour. One of the highlights of our vacation, or as they call it holiday. Thank you very much, and we highly recommend.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Ireland

This was a great ferry ride to Urquhart Castle along side the famous Loch Ness, no we did not spot Nessie but it was fun looking out for her. The Castle was one of the many castles we saw in Scotland and this one was one of our favorite. Take the ferry there and back Jacobite Tours did a fabulous job.

Quality of Experience
You get to see so much from the ferry, when you get off and tour the castle and back to the dock was very impressive.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Everyone is so friendly, we fell in love with the 2 ladies at the gift shop at the Loch ness hotel.
Transport
Ferry is in great shape so no worries.
Kilbeggan Distillery
Kilbeggan Distillery
Kilbeggan

Would have been an amazing tour but we were exhausted from flying in that day from the US. So, we left for the hotel before the tour later that day. Facility was very impressive and we toured the grounds and took pictures. Would recommend the staff were very nice and would go again when we could stay and do the tour.

Blair Athol Distillery's Whisky Connoisseur Experience
Blair Athol Distillery's Whisky Connoisseur Experience
Pitlochry

This was a pleasure to tour the guide was quite entertaining and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend tour.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The guide made the Tour
Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Stirling

Getting to the Castle was an adventure but once there it is massive and impressive.

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Wolfgang Lolies
Wolfgang
Wolfgang Lolies
Local specialist in Ireland | Replied on May 31, 2024

Dear George,

Thank you for your wonderful review! I'm very happy to hear that you had such a memorable trip to Ireland and Scotland. It was a pleasure helping you plan your journey and I'm glad the activities matched your wish list.

I appreciate your feedback and will keep that in mind for future planning. Your kind words and kudos mean a lot to me.

Looking forward to assisting you with your next adventure!

Best regards,
Wolfgang

An unforgettable experience in Ireland
Ireland | Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2024

Ezekiel
Ezekiel P.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on May 01, 2024
Our travel specialist, Claire, planned an absolutely amazing trip for us! We decided to try kimkim based on a friend’s recommendation and I’m so glad we did. Having never been to Ireland before, we were unsure of the best way to maximize our time and choose places to stay. Claire provided an itinerary that checked all our boxes and took the stress of trip planning out of our hands. Even the locals we spoke to told us we were seeing the best parts of Ireland within our allotted time. There’s... Read more

Our travel specialist, Claire, planned an absolutely amazing trip for us! We decided to try kimkim based on a friend’s recommendation and I’m so glad we did. Having never been to Ireland before, we were unsure of the best way to maximize our time and choose places to stay. Claire provided an itinerary that checked all our boxes and took the stress of trip planning out of our hands. Even the locals we spoke to told us we were seeing the best parts of Ireland within our allotted time. There’s no better feedback than that!

We plan to use kimkim again on future trips and I highly recommend them for anyone who wants to make the most of their time in an unfamiliar place.

Thank you, Claire, for an unforgettable experience!

Hotel Reviews
Harbour Hotel
Galway

Wonderful location in Galway, walking distance to everything. Delicious breakfast also!

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Foley's Townhouse Killarney
Killarney

This was a unique hotel with a lot of charm. The front desk staff was wonderful and gave us excellent recommendations of places to eat during our stay.

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Clayton Hotel Cork City
cork

Huge room with an amazing view! Very modern and easily walkable to lots of places in the city. Excellent breakfast as well. We loved our stay here.

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Brooks Hotel
Dublin city

Fantastic location just outside the Temple Bar District. Close enough to walk to everything, but not right in the middle of the touristy bar scene. A ton of restaurants nearby. The staff and accommodations were top notch.

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Activity Reviews
Cork Foodie Tour
Cork Foodie Tour
Cork

This was our favorite walking tour of the whole trip. We were the only ones who booked, so we got an amazing private tour around the city with a local, Carrie (sp?) We got to taste so much amazing food at the English Market and a hearty lunch afterwards at a local pub. Some of the best, freshest food I’ve tasted!

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Traditional working sheep farm and Sheepdog demonstration
Traditional working sheep farm and Sheepdog demonstration
Ireland

I’m so glad Claire booked this tour for us. It was a highlight of the trip! We got to feed baby lambs and watch an unbelievable sheepdog demonstration. The guide (PJ) was so friendly and he taught us so much bout the experiences of working on a sheep farm and training the dogs.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dublin Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour
Dublin Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour
Dublin

Our guide, Alan, was fantastic. He was overflowing with knowledge about the city, as well as the history of the Irish language, which was fascinating. Dublin wasn’t my favorite place on our trip, but the tour was excellent thanks to Alan.

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Doolin Cliff Walk experience
Doolin Cliff Walk experience
Doolin

The only reason I’m not giving 5 stars is because I feel the description of the tour is not representative of the experience. It was advertised as a 3-4 hour walk on a gravel path, when in reality there is quite a bit of strenuous, off-path hiking in potentially challenging conditions for someone not in good shape and/or not an experienced hiker. There were some pretty steep climbs and a lot of the path is rocky and slippery, requiring very sure footing, balance, and stamina. Also, if you’re afraid of heights at all, be aware that you will be walking a foot or two from the edge of the cliffs at times. With the gusty wind, it can be a bit unsettling. Having said that, it was definitely an unforgettable memory and we got amazing photos. I didn’t enjoy all of the hike while I was doing it, but I’m glad I had the experience.

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Celtic Night Show & Dinner
Celtic Night Show & Dinner
Dublin

I thought this was going to be super cheesy, but it was actually really fun. The musicians and dancers were superb, and the food was better than expected. Great service and a fun experience!

Quality of Experience
Tickets for St Patrick Cathedral, Dublin
Tickets for St Patrick Cathedral, Dublin
Dublin

This was our least favorite “tour” of the trip. St. Patrick’s is undeniably beautiful, but it’s so touristy and commercialized, we didn’t really enjoy it. The gift shop selling cheap souvenirs right in the main room of the cathedral was off-putting.

Welcome to Doolin
Welcome to Doolin
Doolin

Doolin is a charming little town. We were only there for a little while after the cliff walk, but we had lunch at O’Connors on the recommendation of a local and it was excellent.

Jameson Distillery Tour and Premium Whiskey Tasting in  Midleton ( Cork Co.)
Jameson Distillery Tour and Premium Whiskey Tasting in Midleton ( Cork Co.)
Ireland

Great tour! Our guide (Bert?) was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The additional premium whiskey tasting experience after the main tour was well worth the extra ticket! Plan to buy a bottle or two in the well-stocked gift shop when you leave!

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Self-Guided Guinness Storehouse Experience
Self-Guided Guinness Storehouse Experience
Dublin

This experience was less personal than I’d hoped. I understand that it’s a huge tourist stop and the exhibits are clearly thoughtful and well-designed, it was just very commercialized. We did enjoy watching reels of old Guinness commercials through the years, and the video showing a master cooper making a barrel from start to finish was pretty impressive. The Gravity bar upstairs was packed. I would recommend paying the additional 4 euros to have your picture imprinted on a Guinness! It’s definitely a unique experience!

Local specialist: Claire Monfray
Claire
Claire Monfray
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on May 02, 2024

Thank you Zeke and Molly for the 5-star review!
It was a pleasure working on your trip plan with you guys! I'm really thankful for the pictures you shared with us, it gave the High Point Holidays Team the feeling we were traveling with you.
I wish you the very best and hope to travel with you again!
Claire

Ireland Trip
Ireland | Apr 20 - Apr 29, 2024

Bonnie
Bonnie F.
Lafayette, CO | Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024
We had an amazing trip in Ireland! We travelled from Dublin to Cork to Killarney to Dingle to Galway and finished in Athlone. We met lovely people, ate great food and stayed in comfortable accommodations. One tip is to be prepared for any kind of weather although we had mostly sunny skies 😊. We can’t wait to visit again! Read more

We had an amazing trip in Ireland! We travelled from Dublin to Cork to Killarney to Dingle to Galway and finished in Athlone. We met lovely people, ate great food and stayed in comfortable accommodations. One tip is to be prepared for any kind of weather although we had mostly sunny skies 😊. We can’t wait to visit again!

Hotel Reviews
Dingle Skellig Hotel
Farran, Dingle

The Dingle Skelling was very comfortable and beautiful. The staff was friendly and the restaurant was delicious.

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Menlo Hotel
Galway
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The Green
Dublin

We loved the Green and immediately felt welcome and comfortable in our accommodations. The green is centrally located and had lovely staff.

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The hotel is centrally located
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The Ross
killarney

The Ross has a lot of character, friendly staff and we stayed in a beautiful suite. We were able to use the swimming accommodations at their sister hotel and the hotel is centrally located.

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Clayton Hotel Cork City
cork
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Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone
Athlone

The Hodson Bay Hotel was very beautiful and full of character. The staff was friendly and suggested and offered reservations for complimentary whiskey tasting which we enjoyed.

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Activity Reviews
Entry into the Emigration Museum EPIC
Entry into the Emigration Museum EPIC
Dublin
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Irish Dancing - The Irish House Party
Irish Dancing - The Irish House Party
Dublin
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Food
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Hidden homes of Dublin
Hidden homes of Dublin
Dublin
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Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Transport
Self-Guided Guinness Storehouse Experience
Self-Guided Guinness Storehouse Experience
Dublin
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Sailing in Kinsale Harbour
Sailing in Kinsale Harbour
Kinsale
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Owen was very patient and knowledge and made sailing great!
Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour
Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour
Ireland
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Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center tickets
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center tickets
Ireland
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Galway Cathedral
Galway Cathedral
Galway
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Local specialist: Claire Monfray
Claire
Claire Monfray
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on May 15, 2024

Thank you Bonnie for your 5* review.
It has been a pleasure crafting for you a trip plan to celebrate your 10th anniversary. We love the pictures of your adventure!
Wishing you the very best and hope to travel with you again!
Claire & High Point Holidays team