Go-As-You-Please & Custom Ireland Self-Drive

Trudi F. plus 3 travelers

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

We wanted to take our time, drive around the island & stay where we wanted, not on a bus tour which stopped at specific spots for only a short period of time. After finding a self-drive castle & B&B tour on-line which allowed us to pre-pay for all B&B’s in advance we were excited. Plus […]

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We wanted to take our time, drive around the island & stay where we wanted, not on a bus tour which stopped at specific spots for only a short period of time. After finding a self-drive castle & B&B tour on-line which allowed us to pre-pay for all B&B’s in advance we were excited. Plus instead of having to book a rental car separately, this tour included the car rental, a GPS, a phone & gift discounts. All of us were very pleased with the attention to details & the service we received. If we decide to return to Ireland, we would definitely re-book with Tenon Tours.

Ed

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Tenon provided a helpful, consolidated travel package for us to get our lodging, rental car and various other logistics taken care of. They were very helpful, responsive and flexible with having to revise plans to meet our schedule. They are a very well run organization.

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Tenon provided a helpful, consolidated travel package for us to get our lodging, rental car and various other logistics taken care of. They were very helpful, responsive and flexible with having to revise plans to meet our schedule. They are a very well run organization.

Amanda

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I would use Tenon Tours again!

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Tenon tours was wonderful. They allowed me to completely customize my self-driven tour, but took care of the details: B&B vouchers, rental car, admission to parks. Our representative was professional, friendly, and very prompt. I would use Tenon Tours again!

Katie G

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I would recommend her and Tenon Tours to anyone!

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Working Barbara Brown at Tenon Tours has been an absolute delight. I have never travelling to another country with out a tour guide before. This trip we planned a self-drive tour and it was flawless due to Barbara’s help! I would recommend her and Tenon Tours to anyone!

Megn

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

So glad we chose this tour company…

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So glad we chose this tour company for our self-drive tour of Ireland in June of 2013. Stephanie was very on top of things and quick to respond to all of my emails during the nearly six months of planning we did. Tenon Tours allowed us to do exactly what we wanted and be flexible on our itinerary. Would definately recommend and hope we are able to use them again for a future trip!

Molly Johnson

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I highly recommend booking through Tenon Tours.

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I highly recommend booking through Tenon Tours. They made this process so incredibly easy and stress free. I filled in my representative on what I wanted out of this trip and she created the most perfect itinerary for me, without the confusion and stress of trying to plan an itinerary yourself. We chose to the self drive and it was a wonderful experience and the best choice. Tenon Tours provided us with a GPS and phone to ensure a safe arrival to each of our destinations and booked us two amazing hotels as well as superb options for B&B’s. Stephanie was the greatest at working with me to get everything situated and booked while staying in my price range. SHe was always quick to respond and answered every question I had, and I had a lot. I am so great-ful for this perfect trip and for TenonTours for helping make it a reality. Thank YOU!

Teresa H.

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Tenon tours provided a wonderful experience to Ireland!

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Tenon tours provided a wonderful experience to Ireland! I would highly recommend them to anyone. One suggestion fly into Shannon and leave from Shannon! Everything Tenon provided was helpful, this was one of our most memorable vacations!

daphne

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

i would definitely use this company again.

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i would definitely use this company again. stephanie was always available. our itinerary was well organized.
no complaints.

Barb Walker

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Working with Tenon Tours made our trip much easier to plan.

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Working with Tenon Tours made our trip much easier to plan. I visited Ireland in 2000 and had a basic idea of where I wanted to take my family. Stephanie put together a proposed itinerary and I was able to make changes where necessary. There were two specific B&Bs I wanted to use again and she made arrangements for hotels for our arrival and departure dates. She also suggested we stay at Cabra Castle, just outside Dublin. It was amazing. Working with Tenon made it much easier to relax and enjoy the trip without worrying about the details. They’ve “been there/done that” and their suggestions were very good. The B&B vouchers allowed us to make reservations along the way depending on our travel plans along the way.

David Bashant

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

We were amazed at how inexpensive it could be.

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I recommend Tenon Tours if you are looking to do a self-drive tour of Ireland. We created our own itinerary and stayed when and where we wanted with the book-as-you-go B&B method. We were amazed at how inexpensive it could be.

Pat Berschied

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I highly recommend them to anyone booking travel and will definitely use them in the future.

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Our Ireland tour was fantastic and Tenon Tours helped make it that way. Our representative took a lot of time asking questions about what we were looking for before he came back with an itinerary and quote. Not only was it more accurate to what we wanted, it was also the lowest cost and included the most options, including a phone and GPS unit with our car rental. I highly recommend them to anyone booking travel and will definitely use them in the future.

Pauline Bayne

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

We were very happy with this travel company.

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For a self-drive tour, Tenon did a great job for us. The package included rental car and vouchers for 7 nights at B&B Ireland 4-star bed and breakfast establishments. The tour representative was very competent, listened to all of our requirements, made good suggestions, answered questions with great clarity, and was timely in responding to email/telephone requests. An important aspect of our arrangements was the travel insurance package, again clearly explained and reasonably priced. We were very happy with this travel company. Also, we had a wonderful trip!

Regina

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I would highly recommend Tenon to friends and family!

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I was hesitant at first to do the self-drive tour of Ireland because it seemed there were too many unknowns. Tenon’s representative, Barbara Brown, patiently answered all my questions, and that gave me a level of comfort that this was a trip I could make and enjoy. Barbara asked all the right questions and provided good suggestions that helped build an itinerary custom-made for me. I would highly recommend Tenon to friends and family!

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

4
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Doolin, Aran Isle, Dingle, Killorglin, Kilarney, Shannon, Loved the food in all the towns except Killarney (and that was just a wrong choice) Loved the B&Bs we stayed in the proprietors were friendly, helpful and even […]

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Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Doolin, Aran Isle, Dingle, Killorglin, Kilarney, Shannon, Loved the food in all the towns except Killarney (and that was just a wrong choice) Loved the B&Bs we stayed in the proprietors were friendly, helpful and even left hot scones and tea for an afternoon treat in our rooms. They helped us find places to stay in the next town we were headed to. We only stayed in 3 places the first two were central to where we were going and we used them as a base for two and four days.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Atlantic Sunset House run by Brid and Val Egan. Close to Doolin just five minutes by car. They suggested the Gus O’Connors Pub where we ate dinner and it was wonderful–mussels in garlic sauce to die for. The breakfast was great and had a wide selection. Coffee was great as was the tea and scones. We got in in the early morning in Shannon and it was 1 am our time. Drove for an hour or so to Doolin and called to ask if we could get in early to our room. Brid was really accommodating and we crashed for a couple of hours. Brid gave us tips on driving around the Burren and cruises to the Aran Isle and the Cliffs of Moher. Would recommend this B&B to everyone. The room was really comfortable and the hospitality was outstanding.

We also stayed with Christina & Jerome O’Regan at O’Regans Counry Home & Gardens. It was a lovely setting and the hosts were lovely people. We stayed here for four days while we went to Dingle and the Ring of Kerry. Chris also left us warm plates of scones when we came back late in the afternoon. They were great! They also helped us find out information on our flight back after the devastation in New York and New Jersey from the hurricane Sandy. They were reassuring and concerned for us and helped us get on the internet to check flights. The gardens are lovely and we were seeing them at the end of the season. Couldn’t have found a better place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone traveling the Ring of Kerry as a base.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: It had the same quirks as all GPS systems. At one point when we wanted to get back to Killorglin from Killarney it wanted to send us back all the way around the Ring of Kerry. It was getting dark and when we realized the GPS error we did a U turn and it recalculated.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: The B&B list and GPS were really great as was booking the car ahead of time. We did not want a tour but we really appreciated the practical help to go ahead and do our own tour. Stephanie was great and answered a lot of probably stupid questions without making us feel stupid. She was really there to help and she did help us a lot.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

4
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

We love Ireland!

- Rick W. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin- visited many places, liked them all: Guinness Storehouse, Oliver St John Gogarty (excellent live trad music), Trinity College, Dubhlinn Gardens, Dublin Castle, St Patricks Cathedral, Ha’penny Bridge, several other pubs. Everything was great!!
Galway- the downtown area was beautiful and fun, went to Kylemore Abbey (MUST DO, our favorite place on the trip), Connemara National Park was BEAUTIFUL, Sky Road near Clifden was awesome, Dunguaire Castle very cool (it was a foggy morning- perfect!)
Doolin- O’Connors Pub and live trad music blew us away, found old churches and graveyards, went to the Burren, Neolithic Tomb, both very cool. Cliffs of Moher are a must do- beautiful. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park as we left, spent quite a bit of time there. Very cool. Went to Limerick after we left and saw King Johns Castle- honestly this would have been the one thing we probably would have left off. Not that bad, just not as cool as the other places we went.
Tralee- stayed 2 nights at Ballyseede Castle, loved it. Great room, great location, loved the 2 dogs that had the run of the castle, great food, pub onsite was cool. Drove the Dingle Peninsula from here, Inch Beach, Slea Head, Conner Pass, all gorgeous. Also went to Ross Castle and Torq Waterfall, beautiful there.
Kinsale- Drombeg Stone Circle was cool, Cobh Cathedral was stunning, went to Midleton and visited the Midleton Distillery where they make Jameson (and Bushmills and the other Irish whiskeys). Did the Jameson Experience and really liked it, did the whiskey tasting etc. Very cool. Visited a number of pubs in Kinsale at night, met a lot of friendly people, had a wonderful time. Good food too.
Kilkenny- Went to Cahir Castle, then to B&B. We visited a number of churches and cathedrals such as Black Abbey, St Marys, etc. Enjoyed Kilkenny, visited numerous local sites– St Johns College, spent quite a bit of time at Kilkenny Castle (they were having a Heritage Day with exhibits which were very cool) We enjoyed Kilkenny a lot, and of course their pubs too!
Wicklow- Powersourt House and Gardens, we loved it even though this was our worst day weatherwise. Beautiful area, gardens were still blooming, views to mountains were gorgeous.
I’m sure we didn’t mention a few things we did (even though we kept a journal from every day!) but basically we loved every minute of it.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Tinity Capital Hotel in Dublin- liked it very much. Can’t say there was anything we didn’t like.
Lynburgh B&B in Galway- ditto, no complaints
O’Conners Guesthouse in Doolin- ditto, no complaints
Ballyseede Castle in Tralee- loved it, loved it, loved it.
Seafield Farmhouse B&B in Kinsale- ditto, no complaints. She even nade us coffee when we got there, and they came to town to meet us so we could follow them home when we first arrived because it was so foggy out.
Ashgrove House B&B in Kinsale – ditto, no complaints
Celtic House in Kilkenny- ditto, nice hostess, great location to walk to city, no complaints
Druids Glen Resort in Wicklow- gorgeous resort, too bad we only had part of one night and had to leave early to fly out nest morning. Would have liked a chance to explore here. We did use the steam rooms, hot tub etc. Very nice. They had a GREAT breakfast.
The breakfats everywhere were very good, tons to eat and good food.

We love Ireland!

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: We actually didn’t get a chance to use it because it didn’t arrive at our house in time so we had to rent one from Hertz when we got to Dublin. And in our opinion you absolutely need one especially if it’s your first time there.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the mobile phone: Like the GPS, the phone didn’t arrive at our home in time so we had to purchase one in Dublin. It came in handy, but we could have lived without it, unlike the GPS.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: Having things “partially” arranged was very helpful, and our Tenon rep Stephanie was great to work with, very responsive and helpful.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: Hate to say “disliked”, but the GPS/phone snafu where they didn’t make it to us before we left for the airport made things a bit more challenging, but it all worked out fine. And we understand why the items didn’t make it it us in time.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I would recommend a shorter trip or longer days to be able to truly enjoy the scenery.

- Michael M. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We started in Shannon and worked our way around the country counter clockwise, going to Kenmare, Cork, Waterford, Dublin, Derry and then back around to Galway and Shannon. We only had 11 days, which was far to short to stop and see the sights for very long. I would recommend a shorter trip or longer days to be able to truly enjoy the scenery.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Kilkee: Bayview B&B/ Hickeys tavern with restaurants within walking distance. Very close to Loop road Lighthouse, Cliffs of Moher, and the Burren, Galway and Ennis. Mary Hickey was very accomodating.

Kenmare, Co Kerry: River Meadows Country House. Close to Dingle and Kilarney. Eileen Ryan a very warm and welcoming host. Restaurants in town a short drive away.

Youghal, Co Cork: Avonmore House. This was a 4* B&B and the Gaines allowed us to up grade from our 3* vouchers. Rooms on third floor which was difficult for my mother with bad knees. Close to Blarney Castle, and the Jameson’s experience and Waterford. Restaurants within walking/ driving distance.

Rathcoole, Co Dublin: Green Acres Counrty House. Chose to stay outside of Dublin and road the “LUAS” into the city. Mary Spillane ang a very warm and welcoming host, very helpful with directions and hints. Tavern/ Restaurant within driving distance.

Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh: Arch House B&B, Rosemary and Jeffery (sp?) Armstrong were Great! Laundry available, nice farm setting. Enniskillen Castle nearby. Belleek Crystal on way to Derry.

Coleraine, CO Londonderry: Glenleary Fram House, The Millars were wonderfull, a nice quiet farm setting. Close to Londonderry/ Derry and the Giants Causeway. Belfast to the East.

Clarinbridge, Co Galway: Spring Lawn B&B, Mrs Maura McNamara was absolutely the best. Had a nice peat fire going in the sitting room. Very close to Connemara, Aran Ilands, Burren, Cliffs of Moher.

All these B&B rooms were en-suite, clean, and comfortable. Hosts were all very friendly, accommodating and interesting.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: After putting in the Lat/Log the GPS would change it when I hit done, sending us miles/ Km out of our way. Several times we had to call the B&B to get directions. If you put in a address it would take you right there, however, several of the B&B only had coordinates.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the mobile phone: Difficult to figure out the number to dial, but the reception was good throughout the entire area.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: Andrew Sanborn was very good at assisting us in preparation for this trip, answering all our questions and setting up everything with the help of his support staff. Allyson Foster really came through for us just before we left with getting us the GPS and Phone. A big thank you to both.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I was not happy that I had to call Tenon on Monday of the week we were departing (on Friday) to find out where my vouchers and rental car info was as I hadn’t received it.

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Please select the towns you stayed overnight in: Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Youghal, Bantry, Tralee, Ennis

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Trinity Capital Hotel – conveniently located for hop on/hop off bus, next to fire station and heard radio chatter all night long
Mena House – very friendly and provided great suggestions for places to visit
Avonmore House – nice large room and ensuite bath
Edencrest – owner was out of country due to emergency, arranged for alternate b&b but no one notified us….found out when we called to get more specific directions
Ballyseede Castle – wedding party guests in adjacent rooms kept us awake all night
St Judes – nice room & ensuite bath
Newpark House – friendly, very convenient to Shannon Airport

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: Equipment package didn’t arrive at our house until several hours prior to our departure. Understand you can’t send it weeks in advance, but that was cutting it close. GPS was not up-to-date….didn’t include Motorways. Was helpful if you were on an older established road. We had to rely on road signs and maps. Example: We were going to Youghal but the GPS took us to Ardmore.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the mobile phone: Again, the equipment arrived hours prior to our departure. The phone arrived with the glass screen broken. There wasn’t time to check to see if it still worked and even if there had been, the EU plug prevented that. On a positive note, we did use the phone several times to get clearer directions from the B&B we were staying at. If we hadn’t been able to call for directions, we wouldn’t have found out that one of our reservations could not be honored.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: I was not happy that I had to call Tenon on Monday of the week we were departing (on Friday) to find out where my vouchers and rental car info was as I hadn’t received it. Since everything is sent electronically, there was no reason not to have had that paperwork well in advance to give time to review it. Tenon arranged for the transfer from Dublin Airport to Trinity Capital. The time provided to the taxi driver was 2 hours after our arrival. Not knowing that the driver had been provided w/ incorrect information, we sat in the airport trying to figure out what to do since the phone # for the taxi service (provided by Tenon) was never answered. A Tenon agent might have thought to discuss the rental car with us. While general model types are provided, it was clear when we arrived at Hertz that our luggage and a 6’4″ husband were not going to fit comfortably in the subcompact reserved.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

3
Trip to Ireland | 3 Star review

I would have liked some recommendations for side tours that others have enjoyed.

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Please select the towns you stayed overnight in: Belfast, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Killarney, Westport

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Lough Estle Castle was the best!! Awesome place. Great service. Delight
All hotels were pleasant and we enjoyed their location and facilities. The B and B’s were more mixed. The lowest rated was our best B and B. The Broadlands was the absolutely worst place to stay. It was dirty and NO HEAT–I repeat NO heat. There was only luke warm water and no heat. We got out of there as soon as possible. It soured us on B and B’s. It would NEVER recommend B and B’s because of that experience.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: It would have been useful to have a wall plug so I could have familiarized myself with the GPS before getting in the car. There was a lot to deal with — new side of car to drive in and then trying to figure out the GPS.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the mobile phone: We were not really told how it worked until the day we received it which was the day we were leaving so we didn’t have time to arrange for using our own phone. It was NOT a good experience. It should have been sent earlier OR more information about how to put minutes of the phone. It was useless.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: I felt very underprepared to understand the side tours available and their value. I did buy guide books ahead of time. BUT I would have liked some recommendations for side tours that others have enjoyed.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I would strongly ask that you consider directing guests going to [Sneem, Co. Kerry] and to “The Blind Piper Pub” – really good evening despite being on a Wednesday.

- Clare D. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Towns slept at:
Rathmines, Dublin 6 (area at my request). What can you possibly say about Dublin on a sunny weekend? really good time. Easy into city center but close to a friend. Spent all the time in city center and it was great.

Cobh, Co Cork (Tenon suggestion) easy enough drive to, great highway system, easy to navigate. a town a bit out of the way and we arrived early in the week so the pub was quiet. Did manage to have the funniest moment of the trip in Cobh. Walked a bit about the next day, the town does love it’s Titanic and Annie Moore.

Sneem, Co Kerry(my request) My dad was from this area so the mandatory visit was had. Great time. I would strongly ask that you consider directing guests going to this area to “The Blind Piper Pub” really good evening despite being on a Wednesday. Learned the card game “35″ (or something like that) with some friendly locals… really great fun. Went to the “beach bar” until close. beautiful spot.

Salthill, Galway (we wanted Galway, Tenon suggested Salthill). Rainy day, to be fair I was a bit tired. My friend was still ready to shop (even after our 2 full days in Dublin, god bless her!). Found ourselves in a tourist pub talking with people from Dorchester and Allston.

Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, Co Cavan (we wanted to stay in a castle and I wanted near family in Cavan). The castle wonderful. From Oscar the (smelly, wet and wonderful) wolfhound that greeted us to the best shower and (gasp) bathtub in all of Ireland. I guess we were there a day after the busloads of Americians (not sorry to have missed them) and there was a huge wedding up from Dublin. Put on our best for our last night and had a ball!

Honestly, once we left Dublin the B&B was just a place to drop our bags and grab a bite before heading out again. The Boyles at St Judes were very welcoming and helped us navigate through out jet lag. A good starting point. Aida cooked for us and David helped us navigate the city and get a taxi to Hertz when we left. They were great. We arrived in Cork as it was getting dark, and it was hilarious climbing that (VERY) steep hill back to the B&B after an evening sitting by the fire at the pub in town. Honestly did not stay more than a few hours, nice breakfast.

I don’t know if it was because I was near my fathers family but I felt the most comfortable in Sneem, Kerry. I have passed on her card already so don’t have the info in front of me but STRONGLY recommend the B & B in Sneem (has WiFi). The owner had lived in Boston for 15 years and now back “home” but knows how to make us welcome. The only one who, when she found out I liked oatmeal really went out of her way (“now, do you like cream of wheat or is it oatmeal? do you like banana or berries in it? Brown sugar?”) For me, by far the best breakfast. REALLY felt welcome. She suggested “The Blind Piper Pub” and it was the best night in the trip. I would be happy to return there at some point. I have already recommended this B & B to another.

The Galway “Consilio” owner was just warm lovely and provided street maps and suggested locations to go to for our evening out.. She was really welcoming and friendly. Good location, good food. I would stay there again as well.

Cabra Castle. Arrived in a drenching rain. Willing to put on the Wellies and have a walk around but I was quite relieved to hear they do not really have formal gardens, not much in the way of walking paths so whats a tourist to do but grab a pint by the fire? :-) The woman behind the bar was exceptionally nice to us as she assisted me in my quest to find “Bulmers” for my brother’s souvenir. (Thank you). I am happy to have missed the bus load from America that comes here twice a week. There was a lively wedding party up from Dublin that really made the evening perfect. The best shower in all of Ireland and a tub! a tub. I went off to find more family and my friend was adamant she’s staying at the castle for a relaxing evening tub/tv/dinner in the castle. Good party as the wedding was well underway upon my return! Great last night.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: At one point leaving Kerry going to Cliffs (in Clare) just assumed we’d be skirting around Limerick, “the bitch” (our little pet nickname for the GPS) was taking us somewhere, I was forced to pull over and she what she was doing.. ah, a ferry! did not even think of the ferry! ah, good girl. The bitch saved us a good bit of time as we took a ferry twice on our journey. Would never have mapped in a ferry if I was doing it on my own.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the mobile phone: I had cousins in Ireland to locate and my children home in Winchester, Ma. to call every evening. We needed a phone.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: We were lucky as we booked a bit last minute and were able to pick up the phone and GPS at the office the day before we flew. It is located near to us and convenient to pick up and drop off equipment. My friend and I came in, met Derek, and had our trip when we walked out. Couldn’t have been easier. I think Kate and I were a bit unusual as it was last minute and we lived so close. Just dropped by, think it took them a bit by surprise but Allyson was in constant e-mail with us for the vouchers, equipment, answering last moment questions and Derek was great with taking our suggestions about what we wanted to see (mostly small B&B, run by families in smaller towns) to heart. Really good time.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

It was obvious that you knew what you were doing, had done it before.

- Priscilla Mason on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Belfast – Titanic Museum – Loved everything about Belfast – Everyone was warm, friendly, accommodating.
Northern Ireland – beautiful
West & Northwest Ireland – beautiful
Southwest Ireland – Beautiful
Eastern Ireland – Beautiful
Dublin – Beautiful

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Belfast – Park Inn – Liked everything about it.
Valley View B & B – Bushmills, Co.Antrim – Wonderful, warm, friendly, excellent food, best beds on the whole trip ( not counting Lough Eske Castle)!
Glenleary Farm House – Colrain, Northern Ireland – Also great, food excellent, warm and friendly.
Lough Eske Castle – County Donegal – What can I say, it’s a Castle! Just wonderful! Our room was not ready upon arrival, kept us waiting for almost two hours. Neglected to tell us when it was ready, finally went to the desk to ask. Front desk sent a nice dessert tray while we were at dinner with a nice note of apology.
Birchwood – Kilgarvin, County Kerry – Also wonderful and welcoming – great beds also. Breakfast was great, too.
There are two more B & B’s that we stayed at, whose cards I did not get. I cannot remember the towns. They were also great and accommodating. The last one, before we got to Dublin was particularly great. We found them in the B&B book. They cooked dinner for us for 20 Euros each, and if we were in a restaurant,it would have been 40 Euros. It was delicious. Set a fire in the drawing room, served tea and scones. They were Mary and Raymond Palin/Palen, I think.
Trinity Capitol – Dublin – Excellent as well.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: Along with the B & B book which gave GPS co-ordinates, we would have been lost without it. It never sent us in the wrong direction. We learned to trust it, even though some of the roads were barely more than cart paths, it got us where we needed to be.

Why did you choose Tenon Tours?: Other: It was not my choice, my son and daughter-in-law chose Tenon. I’m sure glad they did. I just went along for the ride.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: Every possible area of trouble was covered, right down to the Guinness tickets being pre-purchased, thus avoiding a huge queue. It was obvious that you knew what you were doing, had done it before. Both [Stephanie and Allyson] were very professional as well as helpful. It was a matter of trusting them to know what they were doing, never having been to Ireland before. Once we got there, it was obvious they knew what they were doing.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: The cell phone did not work for some strange reason. Luckily, we did not need it. We hit the B & B’s cold, and had no problem at all.

Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I loved working with Stephanie – she was my “right hand” in planning some of the trip.

- Anonymous on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We flew into Shannon Airport where we picked up our rental car. We drove south and down to Adare for a short visit then on to Dingle – drove back north a little – we visited Tralee – on to the Ring of Kerry all around it! We drove to Tarbert and caught the ferry across to Killimer – we then drove north to Galway – on the Clifden – to Westport – down to Cong and then through Ennis – Spent the last night near the airport in Shannon! Great way to do it – we loved not having a destination and being able to stay at different B&Bs.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: The first night we stayed with two dear little ladies at “Griffin’s Palm Beach Country Home” – Catherine and her sister Joan were delightful! We were tired the day we arrived after traveling during the night – got to Shannon at 6:10 AM – about midnight our time – when we called them they insisted we come straight there – they had warm scones and tea ready for us and let us check-in early and we slept for 3 hours! After that we were able to make the drive over “Connor Pass” and down to Dingle where we had a delightful dinner! Wonderful place to recommend to folks! The next two nights we stayed in the Ballyseede Castle/Hotel. It was very nice and the folks there were excellent – greattttt! Irish Breakfast! We actually took a tour with Deros Coach Tours – very reasonable price for the whole day out and around the Ring of Kerry. Excellent driver and guide Dennis! We stayed in Killarney for an extra day so we could take in the Muckross House and Killarney National Park etc there. We spent one night in the Flesk Lodge – it was quite nice and very convenient for our sightseeing. We then drove to Tarbert and took the ferry over to Killimer. We spent much sightseeing time on the way to Clifden – visited the Connemara Heritage and History Centre – visited museums and the Marconi display – (my husband and I are both Amateur Radio Operators so this was interesting) We toured several small villages – saw Kerry Bog Village – We also enjoyed our drive down near Dingle to see the Louis Mulcahy site. We particularly liked Clifden and our touring up there. We stayed at the Atlantic View near Clifden – the owner Margaret Pryce was a great hostess and helped us with some ideas for our sightseeing. Also, I can’t say enough good about Kathy Mullen of the Ardmore House near Connemara – we were booked there but had to cancel because of a conflict with staying at the Castle and she was so gracious to help us out. After that we drove down to Ennis to tour that area – we drove to Cong and spent a night and two days touring around there – stayed at Hillview Farm with Mrs. Birdie O’Toole – we so enjoyed our visit with them and her husband toured us around his farm. The night before we flew home, we stayed near the airport with Catherine and Sean Collier at the Airport Manor. Our visit there was very pleasant and Catherine was a delightful hostess – she even helped us select our dinner restaurant which was wonderful! I’m sure I’ve missed some of the trip and perhaps some of the B&Bs, but the visit to Ireland was all and more than we could have expected!

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: The GPS help is the ONLY way to travel in Ireland — so glad Stephanie suggested it! It made the whole driving trip an enjoyable and successful and a NO STRESS trip.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the mobile phone: Using the phone was so convenient! We’d drive around and see a B&B we thought would be good and gave them a call – stayed at everyone we called!

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: I loved working with Stephanie – she was my “right hand” in planning some of the trip. Also, she worked with me when my husband suffered a serious fall in June and we had to postpone our July trip until he recovered. THANKS Stephanie!!!!

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I liked that everything was taken care of for us. We had to pick the B&B’s, but everything else was provided – even things I’d never have thought about like Fexco/Horizon cards. It was great.

- Lizzie L. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin – We LOVED it. The music in the pubs was wonderful and it was such a fun city.

Waterford – It was beautiful. The castle grounds were gorgeous and the town itself was very pretty. The tour of Waterford Crystal was very interesting. Getting so up close and personal with the designers was really cool.

Cashel – The Rock of Cashel was amazing.

Kilkenny – The castle here is great. It was different from the rest since it was restored and renaissance style.

Galway – We spent time in the market area and it was fun. Since it’s a college town, it was a little less traditional and a little touristy. But it was still a lot of fun.

Cliffs of Moher/Doolin – amazing. I don’t think words could even do them justice. The music in Doolin was really nice. Not very “pubby,” but very traditional and wonderful.

Ennis – a very pretty and quaint town.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Trinity Capital Hotel – Love it. They upgraded us to a suite (it was our anniversary) and were generally very nice. The food was delicious and the decor was really cool.

Waterford Castle – The grounds were amazing, but the rooms left a little something to be desired. But it might be because I had envisioned something very different in my head. The food was great and the staff was very accommodating.

Cahir (Carrigeen Castle) – It was really cool from the outside as it was an old prison, but the inside just looked like a regular house. The accommodations were clean and the breakfast was very good. The owner was awful, though. I honestly wouldn’t recommend the B&B for that reason. She schooled me like a mean parent for a good 5 minutes about our bill.

Kilkenny (Melrose House) – There was nothing spectacular about this B&B. The owners were nice (we didn’t really see them, though), the rooms were clean and the breakfast was really good.

Dublin (Riversdale) – We blazed in and out of this place as we only stayed to pick up our sister and brother-in-law from the airport. It was very clean, though. The rooms felt more like a hotel than a B&B and the breakfast was very good. They were very nice and provided us with a lot of handwritten maps to get around.

Galway (Winacre Lodge) I LOVED this place. The owners were SO NICE and friendly. They told us all about the grounds and the history. The rooms were REALLY comfy and the breakfast was delicious. But the draw is definitely the owners. I cannot say enough how fun and hospitable they were.

Cliffs of Moher (Doonagore Farmhouse) Amazing. The rooms were comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. The hot water was a little iffy. The owners were very kind. Mary even drove us in to Doolin so we wouldn’t have to drive. And we LOVED all the animals they had. I think we have ten pictures with the donkeys, cat and dog.

Ennis (Newpark House). We liked this B&B so much that we stayed another night. It was an old house, but any remodeling that had been done still had the same style of the original house. Because of that, it had a slightly creepy air to it, but that just made it more authentic. The owner was very nice and told us that he’d light a fire in the living room if we wanted. We took him up on it the last night and had one of the most memorable nights of the trip. Oh, and the rooms were really pretty, the hot water was AMAZING and the breakfast was delicious. And it was served in the fancy dining room with china plates everywhere. I would DEFINITELY stay here again.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: If someone turns down the GPS, give them my number and I’ll talk them into it. Because Ireland has some sort of aversion to street signs, it would have been impossible to find our way with a regular map. We were SO HAPPY we had one.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: I liked that everything was taken care of for us. We had to pick the B&B’s, but everything else was provided – even things I’d never have thought about like Fexco/Horizon cards. It was great.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: The one thing that was a bit of a pain was the B&B reservations. Everything my tour representative gave me was correct, but the Ireland B&B website is a little confusing. We ended up booking ours through the non-voucher site and everything got a little botched up. Like I said, it was 100% our fault, but in the future I’d warn people about the way Ireland B&B has it set up – two IDENTICAL sites, but you should only book through one. And the one that has the iPhone app is the wrong one.

Please provide any comments regarding the Tenon Tours representative(s): Andrew was amazing. I had a thousand questions and he was extremely helpful and always nice. Even when I screwed up royally with the reservations, he was very apologetic (even though he didn’t need to be) and helped us rectify the mistake I’d made. He didn’t seem remotely irritated which he really had every right to be as I was irritated with myself. But overall, I would DEFINITELY tell people about Andrew and would book through him again…if he’d take us. :)

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

We were upgraded to suites for both nights which was a wonderful surprise. This was greatly appreciated as our flights were cancelled and delayed for more than 9 hours on the trip to Dublin.

- Linda M. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Book of Kells and Trinity College Library; Killkenny city center shopping mall, Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral,Rothe House, Kyteler’s Inn Pub, and Rock of Cashel; Kinsale,(shopping); Dingle and Dingle Peninsula; Tralee; Ballyseede Castle (loved the castle and our room but our bed was small and not that comfortable…this was the only uncomfortable bed); Cliffs of Mohr and Doolin, shopping was nice and scenery was great!

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Trinity Capital Hotel was great. We were given suites and I am not sure why but we had two suites on the first day and again on the last day. Super king sized beds. Wonderful! We stayed at the Mena House in Kilkenny the following day of our trip and it was the quietest and most relaxing B&B we ever rented. The hostess, Katherine, was the greatest and gave us directions on what to do and where to drive! Hats off to her! I can not say enough positive things about her! The next night we stayed in Kinsale at Danabel B&B which was a great location and featured comfy beds, but the hostess was just ok and we felt she was just in the business for the money. She wasn’t really any help at all. The next night we were at Walsh Townhouse B&B in downtown Dingle. The rooms were nice but we were across from a bar and heard the crowd until about 3-4 p.m. Fortunately we had ear plugs and dismissed this downfall due to location. As the owners had a restaurant downstairs, I would have to say this place offered the best breakfast on the trip! (except for the castle). The following night we stayed at the Ballyseede Castle outside of Tralee and were awed by the beauty and splendor of the castle and location. The breakfast was wonderful; bed a little cramped because of antiques. But we really did enjoy the castle. The last night on the road we spent in Doolin at Danahers Doolin View B&B. This was a comfortable location and had nice facilities. The hostess was so so. We pretty much had to figure out the way back to Dublin by using the GPS. No tips were offered to us.

Please select your Dublin hotel: Trinity Capital Hotel

We were upgraded to suites for both nights which was a wonderful surprise. This was greatly appreciated as our flights were cancelled and delayed for more than 9 hours on the trip to Dublin.

Please provide any comments regarding the Tenon Tours representative(s): Stephanie was so gracious and always either called or emailed me with the information I needed. I never had to wait long to get the response.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

We are not into the traditional tourist things so all the recommendations we got from the locals we went with and never regretted.

- Diane H. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin – loved it, not enough time, so much history, could spend 3 full days to catch what we missed.
Lismore – we would go back again in a moment and stay there for an extended period of time… like a month. We felt it was the friendliest and easiest to walk around than any place else.
Ventry – really liked staying there rather than the very touristy Dingle. Loved the small town and the great restaurant – Skipper
Ballyseede Castle in Claire was so Ireland. We did not go into town because the Castle provides food and beverage and we were there only one night. The drive there was the best – the big football game was being played in Kerry so the drive took forever from Ventry to the castle – but even that was an adventure:)
Newmarket on Fergus – we thought we were going to be in Shannon but weren’t and that ended up being ok. Lovely pubs with great home made soups and sandwiches!!
Cleggan was our second favorite. We were within walking distance of town and loved the local food and music. We would stay there longer if we went to the coast.
Armagh – we went because of family roots. The difference between the Republic of Ireland and No. Ireland were quite evident. We walked the town from one Church to the other a couple of times and did love the food. The B&B was actually in Keady which we loved.
Cavan was our last stop at the Cabra Castle. Again, no need to go anywhere because it was all provided. We had a wonderful time there.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Trinity Capital Hotel in Ireland was wonderful. Very accommodating when we arrived and helpful with directions. The whole hotel is very eclectic! Great location – would stay there again.

Pine Tree Inn in Lismore – we were a short walk to town. This B&B was great as far as the atmosphere, but had the tiniest bathroom I have ever seen. That being said it still did the job. We loved Lismore and would go back for a longer time

The Plough in Ventry – very nice accomodations, great breakfast, easy walk to town, hostess seemed hurried the whole time we were there. Loved the view from the front seating area. Son was very nice and explained the football to us.

Beechgrove B&B in New Market on Fergus – this was a great place, nice sized room, loved the animals that were right there. Food seemed like it had been made the night before and then warmed up for breakfast.. it was fine, just not good. Hostess was pleasant and helped us make arrangements for dinner at Bunratty Castle.

Hazelbrook in Cleggan was great. We loved being within walking distance to the village, Hostess provided us with great tips for where to sightsee and to stay away from the tourist stuff. Saw them out at the restaurant they recommended. It was good to see they frequent what they recommend. We would go back. Loved the “family suite” wonderful dog and relaxed atmosphere.

In Keady – we stayed at the Dundrum house, which was our second choice and we are tremendously thankful that our first was not available. By far the cleanest, most unique B&B we stayed in. Our host and hostess were fantastic. Larry was a delight and made sure we had a ride to the local restaurant, drove us out to see Bullet ball being practiced, gave us a tour of the local area where his family grew up. That being said… our only complaint is that we think the mattress on the bed was actually a box spring and was the worst sleep we had the entire trip. However, the proprietors of Dundrum more than made up for the discomfort of the bed. We would make that a first stop when we go back – look forward to seeing the progress they make on the property the next time.

Cavan – the Cabra Castle – was magnificant. We loved what they have done with the place, food was great, staff very friendly. Loved the fact they have kept so many old pieces of furniture, pictures, dishes, etc to compliment the castle.

What we both found frustrating was the inconsistencies of service. It was friendly but sporadic. Both castles need to review how they staff and service their pub and dining areas. It seemed in both places like confusion was present as to who did what, where they served, how they managed the bar, filled orders etc. Because it seemed so disjointed we were asking for service rather than it being provided. Those two places should have that down to a science. I could guarantee with a little work they could easily double the money they make in their pubs with just a little reworking of their service model.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: We loved the whole trip. The history of the country was what we spent most of our time enjoying. We are not into the traditional tourist things so all the recommendations we got from the locals we went with and never regretted. Tenon Tours was spot on with delivery of all documents and equipment prior to the trip and including being picked up at the airport – that was wonderful. Stephanie was great! She was very patient with all the changes we made as we went through our though process on planning this honeymoon trip!

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: There was nothing we wouldn’t do again! This was a learning experience and we found out quickly that we didn’t have the time to take what we thought we could. We had to pare back a lot so we could truly enjoy the places we went to. If Tenon Tours could do anything better, it would be to provide more information about where the B&B’s are actually located in reference to the nearby cities.. like Hazelbrook was in Cleggan and not wasn’t really in Galway… stuff like that. The other problem we had that we overcame was all our “reservations” were written in German. We ended up doing latitude and longitude to locate them.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Tenon Tours was very responsive to our needs.

- Shelly Vogl on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dingle was fabulous. The scenery on the peninsula was awesome. We visited Cong, and went on the Quiet Man tour. Kylemore Abbey was beautiful. The Cliffs of Moher were spectacular. Galway was a lot of fun.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We Stayed at Ross house in Galway for 2 nights, Sarah and Jerry were very helpful. The breakfast was yummy. Sarah suggested Connemara and we were thrilled with the area. We stayed at Devane’s in Dingle, and St. Judes in Lisdoonvarna, where Bernis met use with tea and scones. We then stayed at Bunratty Manor which was also really nice.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: It was all fantastic! Tenon Tours was very responsive to our needs. They always got back to us in a timely manner. Stephanie was great to work with. She stayed on top of things the entire process.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Best vacation we ever had. We will go back.

- Jackie L. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin – quaint, busy, interesting
Kilkenny – loved the castle and the town
Waterford Castle – beautiful castle, probably wouldn’t do that again. Too pricey.
Kenmare – small town, very pleasant. Landscape beautiful.
Galway – Cliffs of Moher – what can I say
MANY other towns all around the coast. Best vacation we ever had. We will go back.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: AARD Oakleigh – Bennetsbridge – the best. Beautiful, and June was absolutely delightful
Trinity Capital – Dublin – fine, nothing outstanding. Rooms noisy.
Kenmare House – Kenmare – friendly, walking distance from town perfect
Mannin Lodge – off the beaten path but wonderful people and beautiful location.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided? Personable and quick to respond. [Stephanie Molettiere was] outstanding. Responsive, patient, answered all our questions. I would call on her again. Saving her name. Already sent someone else to her.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: Well – i wish I knew when I said I wanted to stay in Galway that Galway was both a town and a county. We ended up 2 hours from Galway at a nice bed and breakfast but had to alter our plans for sightseeing. Lessons learned for us.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

All the staff I worked with were friendly and helpful.

- Emily Ludlow on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin – took bus tour and saw all the main sites.
Kildare – Lunch, castle and Japanese Gardens and Irish National Stud – do not miss this place!
Waterford – Waterford Crystal tour was awesome! Definitely do not miss…one of my favorite tours.
Macroom – minor site seeing, could have passed up
Blarney – everyone must go to the castle, city, etc.
Killarney/Tralee – nice site seeing
The west coast was our favorite drive and part. There is so much to see and the views are amazing! We would go back and spend more time on the west coast.
Limerick – castles, Hunt Museum, very cool city

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Trinity Capital Hotel – Amazing! The room, restaurant, bar and everything was great. The hotel was so close to everything in Dublin and worked out perfectly for touring the city.
Claddagh (Waterford) – The owner was great, close to everything we wanted to see. Breakfast and room accommodations were great!
Findus House (9.5 KM from Macroom) – Owners were wonderful and so nice. We had coffee when we arrived in the afternoon. It was a long way off the main road, but the way up (and I mean very high up) was beautiful. The house is on a farm and outside the city. Although I didn’t realize how far we had passed Blarney, it was a great find. The pancakes advertised as a specialty were awesome!
Trebor (Limerick) – The room and parking was small/tight, but the owners were so nice and friendly. We had a problem locating the exact location and the owner talked us through and actually waited outside to direct us. They provided a great recommendation for dinner/pub. Very close and within walking distance to city center.
Ardtully Farmhouse (Kenmare) – Nice, clean and new room that was spacious. Friendly owner with beautiful garden.
Craglea Lodge (Lahinch) – This was our favorite B&B! The room was super big and spacious and the view of the Atlantic Ocean was amazing! Quick walk to downtown area with lots of shops and restaurants/pubs. Perfect!
Ballyseede Castle – Everyone booking a trip or staying in Ireland must stay at a castle. This one was great. The owner was so friendly and helpful. The restaurant and bar on site were great and the grounds were so pretty! Accommodations and room were wonderful too!

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: Everything went so smoothly. All the plans and details worked out so well. All the staff I worked with were friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend to friends and family. Andrew was excellent!

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I think next time I’ll pass on hotels in Ireland and go for B&Bs or manor houses only.

- Anonymous on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Galway City – liked the city but didn’t get enough time to explore it properly, thought it would be a great base to go to Doolin and Clifden from it but instead I should have just stayed in Doolin and Clifden so I didn’t spend most of my time driving.
Tralee – didn’t see much of it but the castle we stayed at was wonderful!
Ardmore – B&B self picked, love the little town.
Wicklow – Druids Glen Resort was top notch, wish we’d stayed longer! We drove through Wicklow earlier in the trip when we were in Nass for a Wedding and it was stunning.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and proived a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each:: Forster Court Hotel was not exactly as nice as I’d pictured it, I was very surprised it was recommended for us on a self-drive itinerary since they don’t have a car park of their own. You have to park in the city lot by the bus station which was ok but not ideal for getting your luggage out or for feeling very safe. I think next time I’ll pass on hotels in Ireland and go for B&Bs or manor houses only.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: I really did appreciate all the responses to our questions, I felt relieved about the help with the planning and it was nice pre-paying for everything in advance. Stephanie was amazingly patient with us! Wonderful service.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: Nothing to do with Tenon Tours but of course there are always issues, particularly with car hires. All part of the experience!

Scotland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Edinburgh – wonderful city, so much to do and see.

- Cynthia C. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Edinburgh – wonderful city, so much to do and see. Preferred our time there in July. August was crowded with festivals although we did enjoy street performers. Highlights were the castle, St. Giles Cathedral and National Museum of Scotland. Took city bus tour – excellent.
Oban – wonderful seaside town. Easy to take the ferry to Mull/Iona.
Iona – beautiful sacred island to explore Celtic Christian history and current ecumenical community. Great hiking and walking. One of the highlights of the trip.
Stirling – Interesting medieval town surrounding the castle. Enjoyed the audio tour of castle.
Pitlochry – Loved this quaint town of theater, shops and river trails. Went to performance at theater – tribute band for “Queen” – fantastic. Boys fished along river bank.
St. Andrews – wonderful town to explore ruins of huge cathedral and buildings of St. Andrews University. I am not a golfer so cannot comment on courses. Great town for walking around. Took city bus tour – excellent.
Aberdeen – enjoyed seeing this very different city on north coast. We did not find as much to do or see here. Ferry tour was a waste of time.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Edinburgh – Flat on Hart Street in New Town – fantastic. Found through Flip Key website. Highly recommend.
Stirling – Whitehouse B & B – ok. Rooms were small. Not great location. Clean and food was good.
Pitlochry – Rosehill Guest House – Excellent! Loved location, rooms, wi fi access, breakfast room, food, and hosts. Highly recommend.
Oban – Dalintart B & B – found on own. Okay. Not great location – in residential area. Small rooms, no real common room. Lovely hostess.
Monturpie Guest House – this was a problem. We wanted to stay 2 nights in St. Andrews but this guest house “near” St. Andrews was 11 miles south of town in a rural area. Do not book this guest house if someone wants to stay in town. It was fine although toilet and shower did not work well. We ended up moving to Arran B & B in St. Andrews for second night and paying cash. Not happy about this booking.
Aberdeen – Douglas Hotel – downtown – it was okay. Maybe there are not many choices. I would prefer B & B, not older hotel. Room was dark and looked out at a dirty wall. Food was very good. Good location.
Edinburgh – Frederick House – Excellent! Wonderful place to stay near all the action of Princes and George Streets. Good food for breakfast across the street. Highly recommend.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: Stephanie was very helpful when our plans changed and she was able to rebook airlines, help get refund from travel insurance, change dates for car rentals, and book accommodations. Stephanie was very helpful and promptly responded to questions along the way. When my plans changed and my sister was going to go on part of trip, she was able to make those arrangements.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: The places we stayed were inconsistent – some were outstanding, some were below what I expected.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

[Dublin] is quite beautiful and we wished we had more time.

- Anonymous on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin – Loved the Guinness and Jameson factory. The city is quite beautiful and we wished we had more time
Newgrange/Hill of Tara/Meath – Beautiful view. The roads on the way to the site was a little small for our car
Castletownshend/Skibberdeen – The roads were too narrow for our car. The view of the cliffs and the beach is amazing. Was disappointed to not have seen any dolphins
Blarney – Exceeded our expectations of how extensive the grounds of the Castle was.
Cobh – quaint little town with great harbor view. Was sad that the attractions were closed by the time we got into town. The pubs were very friendly and nice

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Trinity College Hotel – decor was awesome and the bartender made the best mojito!
Cabra Castle – was gorgeous. We ordered room service for breakfast and it was late. We liked the complimentary tee time.
Sandy Cove B & B – had the most amazing view. Its a quaint quiet place.
Mountview – Hard to get to even with GPS. Had a beautiful view of the harbor from our room.
Mont Clare – The suite was spacious; AC did not work and did not like that we had to pay for Wifi.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: Tenon Tours picked an excellent castle. The trip was amazing and wished we could have stayed longer. Stephanie was very quick to respond to my requests and worked well with me in creating our itinerary.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: Did not like that Enterprise closed at noon on Saturday. Would have liked that information beforehand and it would have affected our itinerary.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I chose to book with [Tenon Tours] and I will do so again :)

- Afrooz Lahsaee on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We stayed in Dublin for 3 nights and loved everything about it. The Trinity Capital that Tenon Tours booked for us was in the center of the city and could not be more convenient. 5 minute walk from Grafton street, the shopping street. We then picked up the rental car arranged by Tenon Tours. I would have to say it was a little far from our hotel but we loved walking and did not mind but if it is raining and you have suit cases and you are not a big fan of walking do not try walking to the HERTZ it is far from the hotel. We did not mind and the weather was warm and nice so it was not a problem. We drove to Galway and stayed there for 3 days. Galway is the city of Oysters and music… We loved it so much… We had booked our B&B through the website provided by Tenon Tours and we loved it very much. Then we drove to the midlands (BIRR) and stayed there for 3 days and absolutely loved the environment and city and the scenery, I would have to say people in Birr were amazing and friendly we enjoyed an evening with music at a pub just outside of Birr called JJ HOUGHS and the people and music were amazingggggggg!!!!!! Also, Kelly’s Pub and the owner JOHN were very friendly! I would definitely go back when I go to Ireland. We then drove to Kilkenny and stayed there for 2 days and again our B&B arranged by Tenon Tours were amazing….Sheila the owner was super helpful.

Finally, we drove back to Dublin and left from there. I would have to say the cellphone and GPS provided by Tenon Tours were super helpful and helped us find the way. Finding the roads and streets are very difficult if you do not have a GPS. Andrew, our agent was super helpful before, during and after the vacation! THANK YOU!

We were leaving Dublin and going to another country after and the GPS and phone provided by Tenon Tours needed to be returned if we did not want to be charged a fee. Fedex in Dublin does not accept to mail packages if you do not have an Ireland or UK based credit card, which I found very strange, there is a DHL office in the city though which was very helpful. Tenon Tours had the best price and were absolutely reliable. They gave me confidence although I did not find a review on Trip Advisor. I chose to book with them and I will do so again :) [Andrew] WAS JUST AMAZING! Patient and helpful!

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I liked the fact that they had pretty much all the bases covered and I didn’t have to worry about making any arrangements.

- Anonymous on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We flew into Dublin, Dublin was a little too busy for us, from there we drove to Galway, didn’t get a chance to stay there on account of no accommodations available, a major horse race going on there, we continued along the coast and stayed in Doolin, great little town, had excellent meal there, continued on and stayed in Dingle the next night, beautiful city on the coast, from there we drove through the Ring of Kerry and stayed in Blarney, great castle there, from there we ended up in Youghal and then we stayed in Bunratty the last night.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We stayed at the Trinity Capital Hotel, very nice rooms, we stayed at the following B&Bs: Briar Lodge in Bunratty, O’Connors guest house in Doolin, Beechwood house in Blarney and St Martins B&B In Youghal, all the B&Bs were great, very nice accommodations and very friendly people.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: I liked the fact that they had pretty much all the bases covered and I didn’t have to worry about making any arrangements. Stephanie was great to work with, she answered all my questions and kept in contact with me on any changes or questions, thanks Stephanie.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Stephanie was so accommodating, checked in with me and got it right!

- Angie Lynch on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin was great and the hop-on hop off tour was so perfect for seeing most everything. LondonDerry was scary with the police officer with an automatic weapon stationed by the Walls of Derry. Doolin was a cute little village with some great pubs. Most of the large towns like Cork and Galway are so packed with stuff if you don’t have the time to get out and walk you won’t know what is there.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Ballyseede Castle- Pretty place, love the decor and the had a great breakfast as well as dinner. Ballynahinch Castle was so amazing, from the 4 star dinner to the beautiful walking paths on the grounds and our amazing suite. We stayed in 6 B&B’s, 4 were great. The one near the airport in Dublin (Riversdale) was not very friendly and Greenfield House our very first one seemed more annoyed that we were there than welcoming. All the other ones were fabulous, very talkative, shared recipes, gave great information etc.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: I think the GPS lady liked to take indirect routes, I passed a bicyclist, turned off on some random road, eventually got back on the other road, behind the same bicyclist!

Stephanie was so accommodating, checked in with me and got it right! I was super nervous about doing such a big trip, but everything was perfect!!

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Andrew was extremely professional and kind.

- Brian J. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin: eateries closed early; would be good to know ahead of time places that serve food late. Oranmore: wonderful small village close to Galway; beautiful scenery. Doolin: great location to visit Aran Islands; would have been good to know that it is somewhat touristy nowadays. Tralee: town itself is small and similar to many others; great stay at Ballyseede Castle, though. Blarney: somewhat touristy in the actual town near the Castle, but perfect location to stay at B&B outside of Cork. Woodsgift: small town in Co. Kilkenny that is a good spot to get to Carlow, Kilkenny, etc.; beautiful and unspoiled farmland.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Oranmore: Castleview B&B; Patricia Collins was extremely kind and a pleasure to stay with. Doolin: Danaher’s Doolin View B&B; Yvonne Danaher was very informative of the area and their home is very new and clean. Blarney: Glenmaroon B&B; Ann and Eddie Fogarty were wonderful and very courteous; Ann went above and beyond in providing food and tea when I was sick one day. Woodsgift: The Bungalow Farmhouse B&B; Gretta Power was a delight; good food, wonderful scenery and animal life.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: Quick response time. Willingness to answer all questions at all times. Andrew was extremely professional and kind. Helped with the planning and gave good advice.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 3 Star review

We would have preferred to skip Galway and spend the time elsewhere and not jump around the other places so much.

- Joe Hilliard on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each:
We visited numerous towns, but stayed in the following:
Dublin – we were only booked there one night at the beginning and one at the end. I would have been better to be booked there 2 nights at the end.
Kilkenny – one night. We enjoyed Kilkenny but one night was enough.
Kilarney – two nights we enjoyed the ring of Kerry
Galway – two nights – we would have preferred to skip Galway and spend the time elsewhere and not jump around the other places so much

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and proived a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Wynn Hotel Dublin – good location, fair to poor hotel
Domerstown Farmhouse B&B – we enjoyed our night there
Dromhall Hotel in Kilarney – nice hotel in a good location. Enjoyed the drive around Ring of Kerry and touring in this area.
Harbour Hotel in Galway – fair hotel – could have skipped Galway
Clontarf Castle Inn in Dublin – very nice hotel. Really enjoyed this hotel but location was fair but close to airport for an early flight. They were also very good about having an early (6:30am) start to breakfast. Eric, the concierge was fantastic, he gave us information on walks in the area, got a nice table for us in the bar for supper.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: The lodging and rental car were already booked. It made touring Ireland easier, I just would have changed the itinerary some. [Derek was] pretty responsive.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: We had to upgrade the rental car. We had 5 adults and luggage. Hertz stated that the car booked would not work. We barely fit into the car that we ended up with. Had to pay $200 to upgrade. We thought that was the size of car we were getting in the first case.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Don’t miss sky road. A great ride and breathtaking view.

- Anonymous on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: DUBLIN–Loved Hop on Hop Off Bus, Guinness Gravity Bar, the O’Connell Bridge Arlington Hotel for live Irish music and dancing, Powers Court, and Glendalough.
BELFAST–Loved Titanic Museum
PORTRUSH–Had dinner at 55 Degrees North. Food was ok and the view was outstanding! Went to Dunluce Castle-wonderful ruins, Giant’s Causeway-not to be missed especially if you are up to a little hike. If not, there is a bus to take you back up the road. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a nice walk from the parking lot and lovely to see, but no need to pay to cross it. Bushmills tour was fun.
DONEGAL–Very good shopping and restaurants.
SLIGO–Drumcliff Yeats Grave. Beautiful handles on the church doors, good gift shop.
CLIFDEN–Don’t miss sky road. A great ride and breathtaking view. Good restaurants and pubs with live music. Stopped at Kylemore Abbey on the way. Only a small section of the Abbey is open to tour. Really enjoyed the beauty of the exterior of the building, the grounds and gardens.
GALWAY–Had been to Galway on a tour several years ago and really enjoyed the city. On this trip trying to deal with the traffic and parking was too much of a hassle. We decided to skip it and headed to the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs are fantastic, of course, and the visitor center and gift shop are very good.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: PORTRUSH–Stayed at the Bealah Guest House. Our room and bathroom were very small and carried the bags up 2 flights of stairs. That said, and much more important, it was spotless. Rachel, our hostess, was wonderful. Could not have been more helpful. Nice breakfast.
DONEGAL–Stayed at the Solis Lough Eske Castle for two days. Absolutely wonderful. Large, beautiful, tastefully modernized, clean rooms. Very good pub, restaurant, and spa. Great breakfasts. The staff could not have been more courteous and helpful.
CONG–Stayed at Ashford Castle. Our room and bath were small and not all that impressive. Had an obstructed view of the lake. The public rooms and furnishings were beautiful. Lots of cut flowers everywhere. The grounds were beautiful. Great walking. Came across the falcons. Absolutely amazing to see these birds up close. The staff was also wonderful. The pub was a great place to relax. Enjoyed the photos of the rich and famous. Breakfast not as grand as I thought it might be.
RECESS, CONNEMARA–Ballynahinch Castle. This was our second time staying here and we were not disappointed. It is more of a manor house than a castle. Lots of public rooms to just sit down and relax with a drink, a book, your music, or to make some new friends. Our room and bath were large and beautiful with a wonderful view of the river. Breakfast offered a lot of fish. There was a buffet and hot breakfast could also be ordered from the kitchen. Good restaurant, pub has a limited menu, a short taxi ride into Clifden to enjoy their pubs and music.
OAK WOOD ARMS HOTEL–This hotel serves its purpose. It is literally 10 minutes from Shannon Airport. Clean, good water pressure, good nights sleep. This is where we hit the only hic-cup of the trip. When we checked in and told the woman at the desk we would be leaving the rental car there and taking the shuttle to the airport, she had no idea what we were talking about and told us there was no hotel shuttle to the airport. Thankfully, I had the Tenon emergency numbers with me. She called and got the rental car sorted out, however, we had to pay 8 euro to get to the airport in the morning.

The accommodations were up to our standards and the GPS was a terrific help. Stephanie was wonderful and easy to work with in planning the trip.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I feel like the trip was perfectly planned.

- Deborah Carroll on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Belfast/Antrim Coast, Donegal, Killarney, Kinsale, Kilkenny, Dublin and everything inbetween. We drove the outer rim of Ireland. We took bus tours of The Ring of Kerry and Dingle Penisula, which considering the roads was a wise move. We did not like Dublin! It was extremely crowded/congested. We had turned in our rental car-wise move-and walked. Restaurants/cafes, some closed after lunch, so pubs were the choice for dinner, but they were extremely crowded. If we visited again, would leave Dublin off. Other than that, we loved our trip.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and proived a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Rayanne House-fantastic, comfortable, great breakfast, wonderful hosts
Solis Lough Eske Castle-beautiful grounds/rooms, but too far from anything
Ardee B & B-rooms were OK, but no personal service; good location for walking to town center
Harbour Crest-well off the beaten path; rooms were musty, but considering the weather probably normal; Nan was very gracious
Kilkenny River Walk(?)-I think that’s the name; nice room and good location
La Stampede-strange decoration; too many steps; could have had someplace closer to town center
House Hotel-nice location, good room, good place to sit and relax

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: It would help if the GPS was cleared of previous addresses before each use. We nicknamed her Rosie because she became part of the tour!

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: Stephanie kept on top of everything. When we had trouble with the car rental, Orla handled very nicely. There was also a problem with a B & B voucher at Harbour Crest, but Orla also handled that. The woman who owned the B & B had entered the wrong number. I feel like the trip was perfectly planned.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

[Stephanie] gave a great balance of the sights to see and some down time for us to explore on our own.

- Kelly B. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Kilkenny-We really enjoyed this town, the beer capital of Ireland. We were able to experience the night life in this town and we really enjoyed going to the different bars and pubs. The next day we loved the shops and art galleries in Kilkenny. We enjoyed seeing the Kilkenny Castle and shopping.
Kinsale- This is a quaint little town and we enjoyed the small town right on the water. Loved the shops and art galleries. That evening we had a great time at Dalton’s Bar to listen to Irish folk music. Went to visit the Blarney Stone the next day and really enjoyed this…yes we kissed the Blarney Stone and we loved the gradens & trails. We walked them for hours and then enjoyed tea and coffee afterwards in their cafe. The other night in Kinsale we enjoyed watching the soccer games with the locals…great games and a lot of fun!
Killarney- We really enjoyed the town of Killarney, probably one of our favorite towns. The Malton was an excellent hotel and we enjoyed Charlie Foley’s Pub where we listened to live music that was amazing. We also toured the Ring of Kerry and enjoyed this very much. Beautiful sights to see and our tour guide was very funny. One of our stops along the Ring of Kerry was the sheepdog demonstration which was very interesting and neat.
Cork- We drove through to Cork and only spent a few hours here. This was our least favorite city. To us it felt like another big city that was busy and noisy. We prefer the small town feel.
Lisdoonvarna- Here we were able to really enjoy real Irish folk music. We also enjoyed Sheedy’s Country House.
Bunratty- Here we liked the medieval banquet dinner and dancing show. We also loved Durty Nelly’s pub. Again we watched the final soccer game and enjoyed some Irish beers. There were also a few neat shops in Bunratty as well.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Rivercourt Hotel- We liked this hotel.
Perryville House- We enjoyed our stay here and the breakfast was amazing (great homemade scones).
The Malton- We really enjoyed our stay here. The people at this hotel were very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious as well, we had a magnificent dinner here one of the evenings.
Sheedy’s Country House- We loved it at Sheedy’s House. Martina was so friendly and welcoming. Shortly after checking in Martina had tea sent up to our room. She was very hospitable. This was one of our favorite places to stay. Food also excellent and a quaint little bar area and sitting area.
Bunratty Castle Hotel- People here were also very nice. They even upgraded us because we were on our honeymoon.

All hotels and houses were clean and we enjoyed our stay at each one of them; however, the Malton and Sheedy House were our favorites because the people were very friendly and welcoming. They really made you feel at home.

We loved our entire trip. Stephanie did an excellent job planning the trip for us. We loved that Stephanie provided us with exactly what we wanted. We wanted to see some of the sights, but also relax and enjoy seeing the Irish culture without feeling rushed or constantly running the entire trip. She gave a great balance of the sights to see and some down time for us to explore on our own. I like how she left it open to us (no set itinerary), but gave great suggestions on places that were must see places in Ireland. It felt like a good balance for a honeymoon trip. We were given the freedom to go as we please. She also gave great suggestions of places to go and see.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Everyone I dealt with at Tenon Tours was more than willing to help us get everything planned and booked ASAP.

- Anonymous on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin – so much to see and do, I loved everything about Dublin
Kilkenny – the people in Kilkenny were awesome!
Blarney – loved the shopping and the Blarney Castle, but everything here seemed to close up pretty early
Doolin – the scenery here was amazing! It seemed like it was all countryside without a lot of “stuff” to take away from that; the downside to that was there wasn’t a lot of “stuff” to do close by like there was in the other towns, but the scenery definitely made up for that.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and proived a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Mont Clare Hotel – the staff was great, the only thing I didn’t like was having to pay for internet access
Newlands House – nice house, the owners were very pleasant; I expected a little more from a 5* B&B, but overall it was a great visit
Davmar B&B – the owners were great, very nice and helpful, always willing to stop and have a conversation or make a recommendation. Probably my favorite place we stayed the whole trip!
Ballinalacken Castle Hotel – awesome views, it was great having the castle ruins right next to the hotel, and they had tours of the castle twice a day. The owners of the hotel were very friendly, spent a lot of time talking to people staying there. The only drawbacks were the restaurant at the hotel was a little pricy, and internet access was available only in the bar area.

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the GPS: We were told when we first got there that the GPS would most likely take us off course, so we should always double check it with maps. We did that, but the GPS never took us anywhere we didn’t want to go. It did take us down some tiny back roads, but I’m sure that was due to a setting somewhere in the GPS that we didn’t bother to change because it was fun seeing all the countryside. The GPS was probably one of the best things we could have had on this trip. I think we’d still be lost somewhere in Ireland if we hadn’t had it!

Please provide any comments you’d like to share regarding the use of the mobile phone: It was nice having a phone that could be used for both local calls (to call the B&Bs when we were late checking in) and to keep in touch with family at home.

We booked this trip somewhat last minute (for an overseas trip anyway). Everyone I dealt with at Tenon Tours was more than willing to help us get everything planned and booked ASAP. Andrew was very friendly, helpful and responsive in getting the rooms and the car booked as soon as possible.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

4
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

The roads elicited some serious white knuckle driving!

- Jaime M. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin-I liked the hop-on hop-off bus tour. I didn’t like how dirty the streets were; I had to roll my suitcase from the airbus while dodging garbage and mystery spills.
Fanore-I liked that it was in the heart of the Burren and close to sites such as the Ailwee Cave, Poulnabron, the Cliffs of Moher, the beach and the Burren Perfumery and about a two hour drive to Bunratty Castle. It made for a great base from which to explore. No dislikes.
Killarney- Loved the beauty of the Ring of Kerry especially the Gap of Dunloe. I stayed in the Black Valley which put me close to all of the attractions, but the roads elicited some serious white knuckle driving!
Enniskerry- I had fun exploring the Wicklow mountains along the Military Road, thought the Powerscourt gardens were beautiful, but a bit crowded. The parking in Enniskerry was awful.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Fanore- Rocky View Farmhouse: I thought that Noel was very knowledgeable about the area and that both he and his wife were very friendly. I did not like that there wasn’t a coffee service in the bedroom or outlets in the bathroom. I also didn’t like that breakfast wasn’t earlier than 8:30 and there was no distinct check in area or process.
Killarney- Hillcrest Farmhouse: I felt that the hosts were very friendly and I liked that this facility provided a dinner for a fee. There was coffee and tea in the bedroom. I did not like that there were no outlets in the bathroom so I had to attempt to do my hair at a vanity whose mirror was too short for me even while sitting. I did like that a hair drier was provided as mine did not fit in my adapter. As with Rocky View, there was no clear check-in process.
Enniskerry-Coolakay House: This B&B had buzzer and I was greeted by the owner who took my vouchers and showed me to my room. I was not left feeling like I was intruding through someones house looking for someone to show me to my room. The check-in process was very smooth! I did not like that there was no coffee service in the room. I liked that the B&B portion of the home was separated from the living quarters; it eliminated the feeling of being an intruder while still maintaining a low key homey feel. I didn’t like that all of the dishes weren’t cleared from the breakfast service so I wondered how sanitary everything really was.
I was pretty satisfied with my lodgings for the most part. It would be nice if all locations had coffee in the rooms and there was a do not disturb sign that could be placed on the door. In every location my room was entered and tidied while I was away. I guess it boils down to a small sense of control and creature comforts.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: I really liked the flexibility of my trip. I do not like the rigidity of a tour. I really appreciated Stephanie’s prompt [and knowledgeable] responses to my questions and her professionalism.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: I wish I could have had an earlier check-in time at the Trinity Hotel in Dublin. It did not occur to me to check on this prior to traveling so I spent 4 hours in the hotel lobby practically asleep when I should have been resting in the hotel so as not to waste the remainder of my day. I also would have preferred taking a taxi to and from the airport. It was really a hassle wheeling my suitcase down the streets navigating trash after 15 hours of flying. On my return trip to the airport to retrieve my rental car I ended up taking my suitcase on a mini tour of Dublin trying to find the Airbus pick-up location. So I guess if not a taxi, then a much more detailed map of pick-up and drop-off locations.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

We had all the resources available.

- Sara G. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each:
Dublin – hop on hop off tour was perfect for day 1.
Kilkee – loved this small town on the beach
Tralee – Castle stay – not much in Tralee took this day to drive to Dingle
Killarney – loved this town as well. lots to see and do.
Kinsale – we were heading for Cork but Cork looked dirty, so we kept going to Kinsale – quiet town but nice.
Galway – for our last 2 nights. beautiful walk on the bay.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin – St. Judes. Let us in early which was a plus for us. Train ride to downtown, parking was difficult for this one.
Kilkee – Bayview Inn – HIGHLY recommend this B&B it was beautiful, all redone, and on the water. Our favorite room by far!
Tralee – Ballyseede Castle – we actually messed up the date and got there a day early, they were very nice and able to fit us in for the night. Nice staff, got a midnight tour of the castle from the bartender.
Killarney – Blenheim – close to downtown which was our highest priorty. Kinsale – Danabel – close to town but down a huge hill. Very loud in this house, could hear everything.
Galway – Lynburgh – Very nice large house right on the bay – great views and the hosts were extremely pleasant. Stayed here for 2 nights.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: I loved all the information provided beforehand, we had all the resources available. Stephanie was amazingly helpful in all the questions we had beforehand, and organizing my sister and myself in two different locations.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

When we got to Ireland everything worked out just like [Tenon] said.

- Courtney Ruggiero on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We visited Cork, Kinsale, Tralee, Galway, Clonbur and Dublin. We liked each of the towns for very different reasons. The only concern in Cork was that parking was a bit difficult if you wanted to leave the city and return, but other than that each town had great places to eat in and a different feel to it.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We stayed at Kent House in Cork- Nice big rooms, just a little tricky with the parking. Then Danabel in Kinsale- Nice clean rooms, a little small but great for one night, great location as well. Then the Ballyseede Castle in Tralee. There were beautiful rooms there, it was nice to stay in for a night and have dinner at the castle. Then Kilvetna in Galway, the rooms were a little less comfortable than the other places, but it was a nice easy walk to town and a good breakfast. Then we stayed at the Ballykine B&B in Clonbur which was beautiful, we only wish we had more time there. Finally the Wynn’s hotel in Dublin had a perfect location for exploring the city.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: The trip was obviously wonderful, but what I thought was noteworthy was the service before we left and how great the staff was with emails and advice before we went. When we got to Ireland everything worked out just like they said.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Stephanie is just down out right awesome :)

- Shannon Haley on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: We started out in Dublin – I really wished we would’ve spent more than one day here. There was so much more that we wanted to see. We visited the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery which were the two items at the top of our list.

The next day we headed to County Antrim to see the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This was the bit where we had our only hiccup. Just a couple of hours after picking up our rental car we got a flat tire and lost a few precious hours. The next morning we got up early and went to the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge because we didn’t make it to our B&B in time to check in and then go exploring. Both of these were also high on our list of things to see and didn’t disappoint at all! We then headed towards Donegal.

In Donegal we didn’t really go exploring because we didn’t want to leave Solis Lough Eske Castle. The grounds were amazing to walk through and the stay itself was magical. The next morning we got up and headed for Sligo. We accomplished a lot of our shopping here and visited the grave of W.B. Yeats and had a fabulous dinner at Davis’s Restaurant. Then we headed for our stay in Clifden where we managed to finish our shopping! A feat in itself! The following morning we set our sights on the Cliffs of Moher – it was very windy but beautifully breath-taking. Our stay concluded in Shannon… we finally just took a few hours to relax and enjoy our last night.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and proived a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each:
4/24 – Trinity Capital Hotel – our only complaint was that our flight arrived at 5:30am and we couldn’t check in until after noon. We managed to find a cheap room a couple of blocks over to shower and nap after our long flight.
When we finally did get to check in, the girls at the desk were amazing. They heard it was my 30th birthday and the start of our honeymoon and upgraded us to one of their Gregorian Suites.

4/25 – Breezemount House B&B
No complaints at all. Our room was fantastic and breakfast was so delicious.

4/26 – Solis Lough Eske Castle
Our stay here was purely magical. Our room was amazing, the staff was wonderful and the grounds were beautiful. I would recommend that anyone that could afford to stay here, should.

4/27 Sea View Farmhouse B&B
Mary was so gracious and welcoming. It was a little hard to find, but this is also another location I would recommend to anyone. A short walk across the property brings you to an almost private beach. The sunset here was beautiful.

4/28 – Ocean Villa B&B
Again, a little hard to find, but our hosts whose name escapes me were wonderful, breakfast was very good!

4/29 – Shannon Lodge B&B
My favorite of the B&B’s we stayed in. Regina was so warm and welcoming and her B&B is GORGEOUS and centrally located in Shannon.

Our trip was nothing short of amazing and just having the knowledge that if we needed anything Tenon Tours was just a phone call away. Anytime I had a question Stephanie responded very quickly! Stephanie is just down out right awesome :)

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

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Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

The countryside was as it is shown in movies.

- Anonymous on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Adare – The town was very friendly and the Adare Manor was very accommodating to us.
Galway – stopped at the Cliffs of Moher on our way to Galway. They were breath taking. Galway was a lovely town and would recommend it. The people were very friendly. We went to a pub An Panton, which had live music and dancing. It was truly enjoyable.
Tralee – The Ballyseede Castle was very nice. Our room was terrific and spacious. The employees were very friendly as well. However, this town has a bad reputation not only on Trip Advisor, but even from the other towns in Ireland. Therefore, we spent ALL of our time at the castle and did not venture into the town. We certainly didn’t need any trouble. This I would say was a little bit of a down side to this location and honestly would not recommend it. Every time we mentioned this town to the people from Ireland, they were surprised that we even stopped there.
Dingle was our next stop. The ride to Dingle was lovely. The countryside was beautiful. We enjoyed this town very much and visited some lovely pubs and heard live Irish music.
Kilarney – The Ring of Kerry was great to do. It did take some time, but the views and the different towns that you drove through were very cute. We stopped in one of the towns for lunch and also at the Ladies View to do a little shopping. This is worth doing. We saw sheep on the road. The roads are a little tight, but we just took our time.
Cork City – We did the Jameson Tour, which was fun and interesting. Also, the town of Cork was nice to walk through. We went to a pub/restaurant and heard live Irish music.
Dublin – Glad that we ended our trip here and didn’t start it here. We found it difficult to find the names of roads, while we were walking around. This reminded us of NYC in the 70s. We would not return to Dublin. We did the Guinness tour, which was fun.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Adare Manor – This was very pretty and the people were very accommodating. We arrived extremely early and they let us into our room before check in time.
Kiltevna House, Galway – Was very B&B. The host was very nice.
Ballyseede Castle, Tralee – Our room was spacious and beautifully decorated. However, didn’t care for the town itself. We spent the whole day at the castle.
Dunlavin House, Dingle – Our favorite place. The host, Pauline and her husband couldn’t be nicer. It was close enough to walk into town and felt safe walking home as well. Very clean and comfortable.
Parkfield House, Killarney – She actually gave us a choice of rooms to stay in. Pauline was very pleasant. Close enough to walk in to town and home again late at night. Felt safe there as well.
Trinity Capital Hotel, Dublin – Very nice hotel. Our room was quite and spacious. Close to walk into town.

What did you like best about your trip and the service Tenon Tours provided?: I enjoyed meeting different people from all over. The countryside was as it is shown in movies. I was very satisfied with the service Tenon Tours provided. Stephanie was very helpful and responded to my e-mails in a very timely manner. It was a pleasure dealing with her.

Was there anything you disliked about your trip or our service?: The only thing that bothered me was the Ballyseede Castle. It was beautiful, but you could not venture into the town of Tralee. The car provided was very…very…tiny and a little scary at times. It was good on gas PIXO. However, we had to put the back seats down to get our luggage in it.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Many friendly and helpful people everywhere we went.

- Harry D. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each:Belfast, Cushindall, Cushingdun, Carrick-A-Rede, Bushmills, Londonderry, Donegal, Slieve League Cliffs, Sligo, Ballina, Achill Island, Westport, Connemara Nat Park, Clifden, Roundstone, Rossaveel, Inishmore, Spiddal, Galway, Trim, Newgrange, Newry, Mourne Mts. Each area was different and interesting. Our emphasis was on the countryside and not much ‘in town’. Many friendly and helpful people everywhere we went.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and proived a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Eight nights in B&Bs. All were very nice. Most 3 star, some 4 star. Often hard to tell the difference. Usually took the suggestion of host for future stops, which was very helpful. There is a bit of distrust of the vouchers as there has been some fraud reported. It was not a problem any where, just some initial wariness. The problem seems to be more with the listing agency and a bunch of new rules for the hosts.

My iPhone was of no use in Ireland so the supplied phone was a necessity. There was much confusion using the phone in Northern Ireland until a local friend was able to give us the proper code sequence. There may be an issue topping up the balance while in Northern Ireland. We did not have to do it, but the instructions seemed to indicate you need to be in Ireland. The service took a lot of the uncertainty out of the trip. Stephanie provided good and plentiful advice in response to question. Tenon allows total flexibility and as much or as little assistance as requested. I am happy to recommend Tenon to others. [Stephanie was] very pleasant, very knowledgable, and very helpful. A pleasure to work with.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

Guinness and Jameson factories are a must!

- Katie M. on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Ennis – It was a cute little town. Nice shops.
Galway – This was our first stay over. We stayed for 2 nights. I definitely recommend doing 2 nights in the first city/town. It helped with us getting caught up on sleep and such. We did the Kick-Wall Walk which goes along the coast. If you have time it’s worth it.
Doolin – Cute town, right by the Cliffs of Moher so good stop if you visit those. They have a nice pier area.
Killarney – A good stop. Lots of shops, pubs and bakeries.
Kenmare – Stayed in a B&B just outside and spent some time walking around the downtown area. Had great good and irish coffees at a pub.
Cork – Nice change of pace from the small towns we were in. Cork has a very lively atmosphere with many things to do.
Waterford – Nice downtown
Dublin – I loved Dublin, I studied there in 2008 so I was familiar with it but it’s a large city so I think definitely 2 days are needed to really enjoy it. The hop on hop off bus tour is a good way to see a lot of the city. Temple bar is a good place to go for live music and lots of people. Guinness and Jameson factories are a must.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and proived a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Clochard B&B, Galway – This was our first stop. The hosts were so gracious and helpful. They seemed eager to give you suggestions for things to do. Breakfast way delicious.
O’Connor’s Guesthouse, Doolin – This was larger than our Galway B&B but the accommodations were great. The room was a bigger as well as bathroom. Breakfast was also delicious and the people were very nice.
Ballyseede Castle Hotel, Tralee – This was a great stay. The staff was very helpful Great food in the bar. Our room was enormous. Very luxorious compared to the B&Bs.
Shaminir, Kenmare – Up on a hill, great view from our room. The hosts were very kind and easy to talk to. We also met another couple that were staying at the B&B and talked with them at night and thru breakfast. Very warm and inviting house.
Kent House, Cork – About a 10minute walk from the city center. Nice rooms, good size. The people were helpful, gave us a booklet of what’s going on in Cork as well as a map.
Claddagh, Waterford – Outside of the city. Nice accomodations. We had to leave very early so did not get breakfast. But the host showed us the kitchen if we wanted cereal or toast. She also left us some fruit.
Trinity Capitol Hotel, Dublin – This hotel was great. Great location and had a very funky decor. Our room was great and our stay included breakfast. Breakfast was a buffet style, very good.

The agent that helped us, Stephanie Molettiere, was very responsive and helpful. She was always there for suggestions or to answer questions. She gave us an itinerary that we changed a little but for the most part stuck to it. The only real issue we had on our trip was the GPS. Other than that it was great.

Ireland/Northern Ireland Self-Drive

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I look forward to working with Tenon again when we go back for our 10th wedding anniversary!

- Jonathan Ward on

Please list the towns you visited and provide a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Dublin, Waterford, Dungarvan, Cobh, Blarney, Limerick, Doolin, Galway, Ballymacward, Birr, Kinnitty, Ballyvaughn. Loved all the towns in County Clare and Galway, Cobh was a beatiful town.

Please list the hotels, B&Bs, or other accommodations you stayed in, and proived a brief summary of what you liked or disliked about each: Trinity Capital-Dublin great hotel was central to most of everything in Dublin, Bayside B&B- Dungarvan awesome view of sunsets, Ashford House-Limerick not one of the best but was a great location to Bunratty Castle, Doonmacfelmin House-Doolin great place, friendly owner, waliking distance to pubs was great. Harbour Hotel Galway great location great rooms best 2 days spent in a hotel room, Kinnitty Castle- love the grounds and the castle and the decor hated the bed, hard as a rock.

Tenon took care of all the reservations for the castle and hotels, rental car reservations, we had transport to and from airport arranged, they suggested how I should plan my routes to obtain the best places to see and things to do. Stephanie was a pleasure to work with and was paitent with me for over many months until I was ready to set everything up. I look forward to working with Tenon again when we go back for our 10th wedding anniversary!

Absolutely Wonderful!

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

I loved the package deal for our first out of country trip.”

- Jennifer M. on

Kinsale was absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! Great for the older crowd, not much of a nightlife. Blarney was fun. Found a great pub and drank with the locals. The B&B owner heard about us in town the next morning. And kissing the stone should be something everyone does! Dingle was yet another GORGEOUS place to see. Found some traditional music in a local pub, small but cozy. Gorgeous view from the house we stayed in at the top of the hill. Ennis was great. Bigger than we expected, wish we had more time there. Found more Irish music at Brogan’s. Stayed there all night!! Love the hot whiskey. Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, also beautiful sights to see. Just beware of the winds at the Cliffs. Almost blew us away! Galway was filled with music everywhere. Found some Irish dancers even. And the pubs are WAY bigger than expected by the looks of the front door. And Dublin. Great for tourists who want to meet other tourists. We did Guinness and red bus tour and the musical pub crawl. Saw the important sights. Other than that, I would rather have stayed in the smaller towns longer. Every [B&B] we stayed at was accommodating. Most were friendly and helpful with planning our stay. I loved the package deal for our first out of country trip. Such smooth planning part of the trip. Stephanie has been great through this whole trip planning experience. Answered all my questions in a timely manner. Absolutely wonderful!

I am willing to book with Tenon Tours only looking at their customer service!

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

“The only reason I want to book with this company is their excellent service.”

- Afrooz on

I have not booked my trip with Tenon tours yet but I just want to say their customer service has been great so far. I am booking from Canada and I have so many other people almost giving me more or less the same price ( their prices are more expensive than Tenon). The only reason I want to book with this company is their excellent service. I have been emailing Andrew S. back and forth and he has been so patient answering every question I have had! I hope to be able to book my self drive package to Ireland ASAP :D =) I will definitely recommend this company solely based on their customer service so far!

We loved the pubs, the shops, and the Slea Head Drive in Dingle!

5
Trip to Ireland | 5 Star review

“Stephanie was great to work with…”

- Benjamin P. on

Dingle Ireland Vacation PackageStephanie was great to work with and provided great recommendations, but she was also open to my personal preferences based on my independent research. She was also very helpful in making changes in the planning stages, and was very cooperative when I ended up booking part of the trip separately on my own. We loved the pubs, the shops, and the Slea Head Drive in Dingle; we wanted to experience more of Dingle so we stayed an extra night and skipped the Kenmare hotel. In Kinsale – the food was great, shopping was great, the atmosphere and the hilly topography were excellent; we would have loved to have spent more time there, a 3-night stay would have been perfect.

They made it so easy to see Ireland!

As a busy newly married couple, we knew we wanted to Honeymoon in Ireland but were simply too busy to iron out all the details. Tenon Tours contacted us, took the information we shared, and whipped a flat-fee, basic itinerary that took care of the essentials and allowed us to use the little time we had to plan our activities. It was great to pay for all of our lodging and car rental ahead of time, and the extras like a cell phone and GPS were really important extras that made our trip that much easier and enjoyable.

by Cecilia H. on 07/25/2011

Management response:
Thank you Cecilia for the kind words. We’re very happy you enjoyed your trip and that you were gracious enough to share your experience! Your friends at Tenon Tours.

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We saw Ireland just as we hoped we would

We had very little expectations and everything we discovered was great. We saw Ireland just as we hoped we would- away from the crowds, the large tours and found small pubs and restaurants that allowed us to peek at the Irish life. Thanks for all the help Tenon Tours provided, especially Stephanie. We used a GPS provided by Tenon Tours and it was amazing – could not have lived without it. The GPS was essential I usually travel with maps and we did have a map also but when we made a wrong turn or missed a turn the GPS would re-route us and sometimes we saw things we would not have otherwise!

by Susan K. on 7/20/2011

So nice to have our last night in such a beautiful home

We enjoyed meeting and talking with Michael, the “retired” proprietor at Killfountain farm in Dingle – and viewing the evening milking of 77 cows, with his son & grandson. A real farm experience. The house was clean and functional. The farm itself is a not very tidy, but very authentic. Danabel, in Kinsale was in a great location for walking to town. Phil has beautiful flowers in her garden and home. Small room, but very nice, clean and modern. Highbury House in Bunratty was our absolute favorite of all!!! So nice to have our last night in such a beautiful home with a gracious hostess. Another overwhelming moment. Our room was just gorgeous! Lots of special details in this home. Rosemary was very accommodating as she made phone calls for us to locate a restaurant and local music for the evening and made a special early breakfast for our early a.m. departure. This would be a nice place to stay for more than one night. It was all a Bamp;&B should be and more!!! Stephanie was very easy to work with and I felt she was very sincere, and had my absolute best interest at heart. She guided me just enough, as I had a pretty good idea of places we wanted to visit, and she was perfect in putting the final touches on it and guiding my decisions.

by Linda S. on 7/11/2011

The breakfasts were great

All the places we stayed were clean with modern facilities and comfortable beds. The breakfasts were great.
Fortfield Farm was one of our favorites. We had scones and tea when we arrived. The people were very friendly and we got to watch them milk the cows and pet the calves. What we liked best about our trip and the service Tenon Tours provided was the ease in booking it and tips for traveling, how easy it was to book the B&B’s online and the quick response to my questions.

by Jan Hanson on 6/24/2011

Ireland trip 2011 – St. Patrick’s Week Tour

My wife and I had an incredible trip and Tenon Tours helped us get everything out of it that we wanted! The people, the places, sites and sounds were everything I’d expected and more. I would recommend Tenon Tours to anyone looking to take that trip you’ve always dreamed of, but don’t know where to start.

by Andrew Carson on 04/06/2011

Originally posted through www.ratepoint.com

Great tour provider

Tenon Tours set up a fantastic Irish holiday. The trip was a birthday celebration for my Wife and she was absolutely thrilled with the experience. Everything promised was provided. There were no issues. The accommodations were very nice and the entire experience was great! Stephanie at Tenon made the whole process very simple. The price was great and the service was even better.

by John Schertzer on 03/14/2011

Originally posted through www.ratepoint.com

We had a lovely time on our self-drive tour of Ireland

The accommodations Katie suggested and arranged for were outstanding in comfort, location, and atmosphere! I would definitely be a return customer in the future! Our absolute hands-down favorite part was the 2 night stay at Ballynahinch. Our favorite dinner was also served in the dining room at Ballynahinch. Our favorite breakfast was at Ballyseede Castle. The best pub was O’Dowd’s in a little bayside village. The most welcome fireside dining was after a long day driving the Causeway up north and stopping in for dinner at the Point House, I think it was called, right at the ferry. It was a lovely vacation!

by Sarah Thornley on 11/11/2010

Originally posted through www.ratepoint.com

Stephanie provided personalized and professional service the trip my husband and I took to Ireland.
We were very well prepared for the trip. We drove and arranged Bed and breakfast stays as we went along. The B&B program was perfect, all of the homes were excellent. Car rental pickup and drop off was very smooth. Everything went as planned. We will definitely refer friends and use Tenon in the future.

by Joanne on 10/04/2010

Originally posted through www.ratepoint.com

5 Tenon Tours


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