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Austin Rock

Being Irish I love Ireland! I have travelled a lot, I only see the good in people I have always enjoyed meeting others. Irish roots go very deep, I love our unique culture, our long history, our food, our warmth and our openess to other peoples and I am always amazed by our incredible scenery. I love talking about and sharing Ireland with visitors and guests enriching their visit enhancing their own unique experience. My travel philosophy is that travel should enrich your human experience with something unique so I'm excited about giving that with our visitors and guests. There are three ancient words in Irish that describe my travel philosophy, Céad míle fáilte (100,000 welcomes), Sláinte (a toast to a persons health) and Slán (A wish of happiness at parting).

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Cultural and historical visits, castle and ancient archealogical sites, self-drive road trips, walking tours, Kayaking, hiking and biking, music, whiskey, beer, relaxation and having a good time. Or maybe a combination of them all! Always stick to the path, that you wish to travel!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I worked in graphic design for a few years before I went to work in Berlin and New York in various bars. I enjoyed the interactions and the amazing places and people I got to meet. I returned to Ireland worked for years in IT, but I was always interested in Irish History and especially its unique genealogy. I worked part-time at Genealogy for years, researching, organising family trips and helping then to reconnect with Irish roots in a very personal way. From there I moved into tour guiding especially walking tours for small and large groups. Through that work I was introduced to Carroll's Tours and I found likeminded people passionate about what they do and what I have to offer and it has been a wonderful experience."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Travelling in Portugal when in my teens with my future wife, I was on a train in rural Portugal. The train broke down, passengers were all sitting in the baking heat. A familiy where sitting nearby one of their small children a little girl came with a tray, two small cups of expresso, glasses of water and delicious cake. No words exchanged, no money asked for, just some local people looking after travellers. I have never forgotten that act of kindness."

Austin is part of the following groups: Ireland Travel Agents
The dramatic Cliffs of Moher
Ireland Self-Drive Adventure: Dublin, Galway, Doolin & Kinsale - 6 Days

In under a week, this Irish road trip loops through a land of epic landscapes and even more epic history. Start in Dublin with a walking tour of the city's medieval and Georgian past, then set out towards the cultural and culinary capital of Galway. Gallop along the windswept beaches of Spiddal, take in dizzying views from the Cliffs of Moher, drive the scenic Ring of Kerry, and go kayaking by starlight on the saltwater lake of Lough Hyne.

Spectacular views from the Ring of Kerry
Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Kilkenny, Killarney, & Galway - 6 Days

Experience all that Ireland has to offer on this 6-day road trip. Travel back in time to the medieval streets of Dublin, where you can see one of the world's oldest manuscripts, then head to Kilkenny to touch the cool stone walls of its famous castle. Drive the Ring of Kerry to marvel at breathtaking views, and sit down to a feast in Galway, the first place in Ireland to be designated a European Region of Gastronomy. Whether you're looking for history, nature, or the adventure of a lifetime, this road trip has it all.

A loving couple look out at sunset over the Cliffs of Moher
Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon in Ireland

Ireland makes the ideal choice for a holiday with your true love: beautiful, mystery-steeped, constantly surprising and delighting, and one of the most warmly welcoming places on the planet. The enchanting Emerald Isle is country singer Johnny Cash's '40 Shades of Green', after all. Yes, you risk trading sunshine for far-wilder weather, but with some of the most dazzling coastline around, several millennia of poignant history and world-famous traditional music at its best when starting impromptu in a cosy traditional pub, this is a land highly charged with romance. Here are the best destinations for a honeymoon in Ireland.

Tralee Bay in County Kerry, Ireland
2 Weeks in Ireland - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks to spend, you can see as much of Ireland as you'd like—classic highlights and remote wonders alike—plus exploration of Northern Ireland. Take a road trip that includes key attractions, like the Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry, or focus your time on one region—for example, you can drive the Wild Atlantic Way, hike the Dingle Peninsula, or bike the windswept coastal landscapes of the north. Learn more with these unique itinerary ideas.

the sea cliffs at Downpatrick Head on the coastline of County Mayo, Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way Self Drive Adventure - 14 Days

Get ready for mile after mile of unforgettable memories. On this road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way— the longest defined coastal route in the world—you'll enjoy rugged scenery, gorgeous coastline, and off-the-beaten-path adventures from County Donegal’s remote Northern Headlands down to the picturesque southern peninsulas.

Recent trip reviews for Austin

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

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Alexis C.
Nicetown-Tioga, PA | Aug 03, 2022

Excellent advice!

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

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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | Aug 03, 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!

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Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | Aug 03, 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!
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Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | Aug 03, 2022

All was fine read more

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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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | Aug 03, 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!

Authenticity & Character
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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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | Aug 03, 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
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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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

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

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Russell G.
Shenandoah, LA | Jun 12, 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.

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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | 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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Dingle Skellig Hotel

Farran, Dingle
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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
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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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

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

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Deb S.
Chicago, IL | May 22, 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.

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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | May 18, 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.

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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | May 18, 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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Walking distance to most things.
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Activity Review

Discover Dublin's History with a Walking Tour

Dublin
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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | 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 | May 18, 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
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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | May 18, 2022

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

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

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Mervyn G.
Durham, NC | Sep 05, 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.

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Austin Rock
Local specialist in Droichead Nua | Sep 05, 2021

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