Tenon Traveler Barbara Sullivan decided to use her mother’s passing gift for a family trip that would honor the legacy and heritage of her parents. Together with her husband, three grown daughters, and grandchildren, they embarked on a memorable journey to Ireland and England.
When it comes to planning a personalized trip that a 3-generation group would enjoy, we always want to ensure that we are focusing on what is most important to those traveling. For the Sullivan family, ensuring smooth sailing while moving a large group with young children was a top priority.
They arrived in Shannon, Ireland where they collected their luggage and met a private driver to escort them to Galway, named the European Capital of Culture in 2020. The following morning, a true Irish experience awaited them as they boarded a ferry to the island of Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.
On the Aran Islands, locals speak Irish as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance, including the World Heritage site Dun Aengus, which is set on a dramatic 300-foot cliff edge. The island of Inis Mór (Inishmore) meaning the big island, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. It is well known internationally with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. After a guided tour, travelers can spend their free time biking, strolling, or horseback riding along the Irish countryside.
“The whole group really liked the Aran Islands,” Barbara said about their day trip. “Some [of our group] bought Aran sweaters.”
The Sullivan clan found themselves enjoying the simple experience of spending time together in the evenings while sitting in the hotel lobbies. Not surprisingly, those little moments tend to mean the most to us when we look back on our fondest memories. “Tenon chose some beautiful venues and we enjoyed spending the evenings in the lobbies,” Barbara said. “The best thing about our trip was taking the time to reconnect. Listening to everyone interacting was magical.”
Of course, “connection” is the heart of the Tenon Tours travel experience. We strive to connect our travelers to new experiences, places, and cultures in Europe. So, when Barbara said that their private driver, Paddy Kennedy, was one bit of Ireland they’ll remember forever, we consider that a win on all fronts. “His charm, humor, pride, and kindness were a delight.” Genuine personality attributes can be said of most Irish folk you’ll come across.
After traversing around Galway and the Aran Islands, the Sullivans spent the next several days making their way through Killarney, Kinsale, and Bunratty before hopping over the British Isles to London, England. What better way to wind down a 10-day family trip than a few free days to explore the city at your leisure?
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