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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
Tour of Ireland
Road Tripping in Ireland: Dublin, Killarney, Doolin & Galway - 12 Days

Explore some of Ireland's most memorable sights on this 12-day self-drive adventure. Start in Dublin with a tour and tasting at the famous Guinness Storehouse, then head to Blarney Castle and give a good-luck kiss to the Blarney Stone. Hike Killarney National Park, descend into the wondrous caves of Doolin, and see the magnificent Cliffs of Moher via boat. End your trip with a drive back to Dublin for a whiskey tasting at Jameson Distillery and a tour of the somber halls of Kilmainham Gaol.

Antrim Coast
Dublin, Northern Ireland & the Isle of Islay - 8 Days

Combine the energetic capitals of Ireland and Northern Ireland with beautifully wild coastal adventures and remote island-hopping day trips on this well-rounded eight-day self-drive discovery. You'll go from the historical streets of Dublin to buzzing Belfast and on to the castles, waterfalls, and magnificent scenery of Antrim. Leave the mainland behind to explore the traditional islands of Rathlin and Islay—which lies in the Scottish Hebrides—before ultimately returning to Dublin.

Carrick a Rede rope bridge, Ballycastle
Northern Ireland & the West Coast - 13 Days

Experience highlights of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on this adventure-filled 13-day trip. Pick up your SUV rental car in Dublin and drive counterclockwise, first to Belfast, then on to the dramatic northern Causeway Coast, and down the west coast’s Wild Atlantic Way. There’ll be castles and culture aplenty, but the driving itself is one of the stars of the show, with spectacular views of mountains, lakes, cliffs, and sweeping beaches.

Stay two nights in the charming town of Westport while exploring County Mayo
Ireland's Ultimate Self-Drive Adventure - 15 Days

Take 15 days to loop around the island of Ireland at a relaxed pace. Starting in Dublin, head clockwise to check off several beautiful counties in the south and west, like Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Mayo, and Donegal, while staying in charming towns along the way. Spend the last few days of the trip exploring Northern Ireland's transformed capital and its coastal gems to complete this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Walk up to a waterfall in Northern Ireland at Glenariff Forest Park
Best of Northern & Western Ireland - 13 Days

This exciting self-guided road trip creates a major loop through the upper half of the Emerald Isle, hitting an impressive number of key attractions along the way. Start your adventure in Dublin and Belfast before heading counterclockwise along the northern coast, west to County Donegal, and south on the Wild Atlantic Way. Active types will appreciate the many opportunities to hike among Ireland's awe-inspiring scenery—and your feet will be rewarded with a luxury castle stay at the end of the trip.

Spend a night at this stunning five-star hotel in County Clare
Ireland's Luxury Road Trip - 13 Days

This nearly two-week adventure in Ireland is perfect for couples who seek a bit more luxury during a road trip. Your scenic route meanders through several western counties—Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry, and Leitrim—where you'll partake in activities that range from hiking at a national park to horseback riding on a beach. Of course, there'll also be opportunities to relax at a spa. Start and end the trip with free time to explore Dublin, perhaps with a tour of Trinity College to see the Book of Kells.

Recent trip reviews for Austin

We are so thrilled!
Ireland | Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2023

Libby
Libby B.
La Vista, NE | Reviewed on Jan 06, 2023

We are so thrilled with the trip Austin planned and organized for us! We were struggling to plan on our own logistically and he put together an itinerary that made perfect sense. He booked wonderful places to stay and booked our car too. When we got to Dublin he met us and gave us a 2 hour walking tour of the city. I plan to hopefully use him again when my family takes a trip to Ireland! read more

We are so thrilled with the trip Austin planned and organized for us! We were struggling to plan on our own logistically and he put together an itinerary that made perfect sense. He booked wonderful places to stay and booked our car too. When we got to Dublin he met us and gave us a 2 hour walking tour of the city. I plan to hopefully use him again when my family takes a trip to Ireland!

Hotel Review
Ballyseede Castle
Co. Kerry

We had an amazing experience here! The room was huge and beautiful. The service was amazing. The food was the best we had in Ireland! Perfect castle experience.

Authenticity & Character
Historically preserved castle but modern like rooms
Location
Staff
Staff was accommodating and great service!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable
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Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hi Libby it was great working with you but even better meeting you and Luke it was a really enjoyable evening. I am delighted you enjoyed your trip.
Regards,
Austin

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

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

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

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

Hotel Reviews
The 1852 Hotel
Belfast

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

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

Very welcoming, comforting and friendly staff.

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

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

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Location
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Dingle Harbour Lodge B&B
Dingle Town, Co. Kerry

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

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

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

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Hotel Isaacs Cork City Hotel
Cork

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Review
Harbour View
Co. Clare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Review
Doolin Inn
Doolin, Co. Clare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent advice!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Reviews
Wyatt Hotel Westport
Westport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Reviews
Iveagh Gardens Hotel
Dublin

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

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to everything including St Stephens Green
Staff
Went above and beyond
Cleanliness & Comfort
Glendalough Hotel
Co. Wicklow

Fantastic location with beautiful walking paths all around.

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Location
Staff
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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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Staff
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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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It’s a little outside of town which is perfect for a castle and it had its own walking paths.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
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
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Activity Review
Guided Walking Tour of Dublin
Dublin
Quality of Experience
Transport
Local specialist: Austin Rock
Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Reviews
Kilcoran Lodge Hotel
Cahir Co. Tipperary Ireland

Rooms were ordinary for the price. But lovely staff.

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Dromhall Hotel
Killarney
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dingle Skellig Hotel
Farran, Dingle
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Falls House Hotel and Spa
Co Clare
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
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Park House Hotel
Galway
Authenticity & Character
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Dublin One Hotel
Dublin

No parking available. For a road trip not suitable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Review
Kinnity Castle Hotel
Offaly

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

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Activity Review
Guided Walking Tour of Dublin
Dublin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ireland | Apr 27 - May 5, 2022

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

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

Loved the trip and will consider kimkim again. read more

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

Loved the trip and will consider kimkim again.

Hotel Review
Tivoli Dublin Staycity
Dublin 8

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

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Guided Walking Tour of Dublin
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Austin
Austin Rock
Local specialist in Dublin | Reviewed on May 18, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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