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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
Winding roads through Connemara National Park.
North Ireland Road Trip: Belfast, Donegal & Galway - 8 Days

Discover the scenic highlights of Ireland's north on this varied 8-day self-drive trip. Starting in the ancient streets of Dublin, you'll set off by car to tour wild coastlines and charming towns at your own pace. Explore Belfast and tick the Giant's Causeway off your bucket list in Northern Ireland, before crossing into Ireland to hike in the majestic Connemara National Park, discover the atmospheric music town of Westport, and end your adventure in the vibrant cultural capital of Galway. 

A beach on the Ring of Kerry route
Classic Ireland Adventure - 7 Days

This guided road trip is the perfect introduction to Ireland for newbies. Over the course of a week, you'll visit both classic icons as well as some off-the-beaten-path sites—paired with beautiful landscapes and gentle walks to breathe in the fresh air of Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. In the evenings, partake in the local pub experience with a pint of Guinness and traditional Irish music. The tour starts and ends in Dublin where you can bike and kayak to some of the capital's best sites.