Phyllis Orlicek, AR, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, December 2013
I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip to Ireland in December. The hotels were beautiful, our driver Des Murphy was so personable and so helpful, and the suggestions from Sheenco for touring were great. I don’t think we could have had a better trip. Thanks for all your help.
Phyllis Orlicek, AR
Mark & Kim Deitrick, GA, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, December 2013
All in all, everything went great! All of the hotels had wonderful staff and they took quite good care of us. Our two favorites were Ashford Castle and Inverlochy Castle. They were both just incredible. The Rocpool in Inverness was also very nice and the staff there was just fantastic. Cullin Hills, Hayfield Manor, The Kensington (a tiny room) and The Malton were all wonderful as well and we would have no issues staying again at any of those fine places as well. On our final itinerary, the links that you provided to the hotels really made traveling on our own much easier. Thank you for also recommending that we bring our own GPS. It made driving so much easier! I want to thank you and your staff for working with us and making this trip an experience that we won’t forget. Your flexibility in reworking the trip and getting last minute payment was just wonderful and we both really appreciate it. If we know of anyone planning a trip to the UK or Ireland, we will not hesitate to refer them to you as we know you will provide them with a first rate trip!
Mark & Kim Deitrick, GA
Brenda Ryan, ON, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, October 2013
I just wanted to say what a fabulous time I had. My trip to Ireland was more than I could have imagined and I will have memories that will last me a life time. Every time I turned around there was another spectacular view of Ireland that simply took your breath away. I want to thank you and your colleagues for all the hard work you did. Everything went smoothly and fortunately I had no need to contact you. My stay at Waterford Castle was excellent. The elegance and decorum of the Castle were simply stupendous! I enjoyed it very much and would stay there again. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. I was unsure of the accommodation that was arranged for Killarney as you well know because it was a change at the last minute. As it turned out, the Arbutus Hotel and the staff that were there were one of my most favorite parts of the trip! The accommodation was very clean and the room was tastefully decorated with a personal touch. The staff were friendly and they made you feel like you were part of a family. I would definitely go back there. I wish them another 85 years of success.
Brenda Ryan, ON
Chris Boudreaux, AZ, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, October 2013
I had an awesome time in Ireland! Each of the castles you arranged for me was excellent. Ashford Castle was my favorite and the Hawk Walk was fantastic! The weather was as to be expected, but coming from the desert, being rained on once and a while was a bonus. As for your arrangements I did not have a single problem. From picking up my rental car to my hotel reservations, each was completed without a hitch. Bravo! The staff and accommodations were first rate at Ashford, Dromoland, Waterford, Ballyseede and Lough Eske which was also by far the nicest smelling hotel I have ever stayed at! Again, Thank-you for arranging such an incredible trip. I could not have accomplished it on my own. I have bragged about your service to everybody, and will continue to do so. And I’ll definitely contact you for my trip to Northern Ireland in the future.
Chris Boudreaux, AZ
Sheila Dugan, AZ, Jewels of Ireland Tour, Ireland, September 2013
Wonderful, wonderful, and wonderful are the only three words that I can think of to describe “My Trip to Ireland” this past September. I was not sure just how things would go, or what to expect because I have never been on a tour or been to Ireland. I could not have been any happier about how things went and the the wonderful places we stayed (I loved Dingle the best, I would love to live there!) But then on the other hand, I thought Kinsale and Galway were lovely. Each day seemed to be more wonderful than the day before. The accommodations and the meals were all fantastic and never a disappointment. The entertainment was so fun…I love, love to watch Irish Dancing! I really enjoyed Northern Ireland and the beauty of it. Derry was a lovely town and our guide was great! I truly think our tour group, which was very cohesive, was so lucky to have Willie Lawless as our driver and Sibeena Murphy as our guide. They are both outstanding people and it was obvious that they have a true love for Ireland. I am so proud of my Irish heritage, and how wonderful that this is the year of “The Gathering” and that I was there representing my family. When I told some of the people on my tour that you had corresponded with me and helped me on planning this trip, they said they wished they had had you. They said their travel agencies in their home towns did nothing but book the tour for them.
Thank you again.
Sheila Dugan, AZ
Mark & Denise Jones, CA, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, September 2013
We had a fantastic time and look forward to returning! The hotels were great. Galway was beautiful. We even had some hurlers in our hotel! We took a trip to Cong (lovely) and flew the hawks at Ashford Castle. The one in Killarney (Fairview Guesthouse) was a little upscale for us, but very nice. Killarney itself was a little trendy, but fun. We even made it down to Cork so I could see the port where the last of my ancestors left Ireland 180 years ago. But Bunratty…Bunratty was everything we wanted. The hotel (Bunratty Manor), their staff, the area…for us it was perfect. We wished we could have stayed the weekend for the banjo picking contest! Thank you for all your help in planning what was the trip of my dreams.
Mark & Denise Jones, CA
Bob Burnside, ON, Escorted Castle Tour + Add On, Ireland, September 2013
All in all a wonderful trip, but let me expand on that. Our initial few days resulted from the car rental with Hertz which went well. I am adding what must be common knowledge that car rentals are all wanted when the transatlantic flights arrive, hence the place is packed and stays that way even though about 6 clerks were processing rentals. I expect all companies are the same but it is overwhelming when one steps into the office and sees 20 people or more all waiting for 20 rentals ahead of you. It actually moves along well but they could do with more seats for the passengers. We are all tired and likely irritable then compared to some times, all looking for some assurance as to destination, insurance etc,but Hertz did OK. Car was good and my driving exceeded expectations! For just about 4 or 5 days I took the extra insurance since the peace of mind sold me. For a longer rental I might not have. Cabra Castle was Wonderful!! Only have good things to say about that place. Obviously only one night is not a long enough time for a meaningful rating but we would go back there again from what we experienced. We joined our group at Clontarf castle. Turning in the rental car was easy and a taxi took us to the meeting place. We loved the first evening Irish House Party. Our driver/guide, Steve did a very good job for us. He was personable, not afraid to give his opinion and had interesting facts and stories, all while driving. Ballyseede was OK. Staff were good here. Meals pretty good but not up to the next two places. Dromoland and Ashford are both outstanding and the sort of place one dreams of seeing and staying at. Staff, food, accommodation all superb in our experience. Kilronan was attractive and we liked our room. Meals good but staff and meals not quite up to the prior two places. So in total we had a wonderful trip. The itinerary was good, driver excellent, accommodation a good variety, information provided before trip very well done and appreciated . I would certainly look at Sheenco when going again.
Bob Burnside, ON
Lisa Hamilton, IL, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, Ireland, September 2013
Let’s just start by saying it was a trip of a lifetime and one we will never forget. The car rental process went smoothly according to my husband. He got a GPS to help us navigate our way around. It took us on a few adventures when we missed the street and it redirected us, but we saw some amazing sites. Having never even imagined staying in a castle before, I can tell you, we were thrilled. Although we were not thrilled with Waterford the town itself, Waterford Castle was a delight. I believe when we arrived at the Fairview Guesthouse we were asked if we wanted to upgrade to a bigger room. We did so, and it was great. The room was spotless. We were not prepared for the tiny elevators that claim to fit 8 people. We barely fit with our two suitcases but it was fun. Ballyseede Castle was at my request and I couldn’t believe my eyes when we arrived. It was massive and absolutely beautiful. I had asked for this because we are huge dog lovers and were missing our two at home. I had read that there were two dogs on site and looked very forward to seeing them. We missed them the first night and thought we might miss them the next morning as we checked out. When we went to the office to check out, there they were and although the little dog was enjoying his morning sleep in the sun, the Irish Wolfhound greeted us, and let us pet him and even gave me a goodbye kiss on my nose before he too returned to sleeping in the sun. The Park House Hotel in Galway, although hard to find, was well worth the five times around it took us to find the parking area. We were greeted by a young man who took our keys and said he would park the car for us. He told us where to go for check-in and the young lady there told us where to go to find our room and that our bags would be brought up for us. I couldn’t believe my eyes when we opened the door to our room. We walked into what is like a dining room here in the States, that led into a huge room with a couch and two large beds, and there was another door that led into a bathroom big enough for a large family. It had two large sinks and counters lining one whole wall and the other wall there was a separate shower and bathtub. The staff there was extremely friendly and even told my husband where to go for the best Guinness and live music. Ashford Castle made us feel like royalty. As we pulled into the entrance a young man asked us who we were and told us we were expected. He told us to follow the road to the Castle and another man would be waiting to escort us inside when we arrived. We were met by the second man who said he would have our car parked for us and he took our luggage for us and led us to the person who would check us in. We were led to a friendly, yet formal lady who explained things to us and then passed us off to another young man who asked if we wanted a tour or just be show to our room. I should have taken the tour. We were taken to our spacious room with a view or the fountain. We took a walk around some of the grounds and gardens ( even though it was cold and raining) and went inside and had our first ever Afternoon Tea. I don’t drink tea and they were nice enough to offer hot chocolate to warm me up after walking in the rain. I would stay in any of these places again. They were wonderful. This was a great adventure and was what I would classify as “The Trip of a Lifetime”!!!!!!! Thank you so much. If we ever make it to Ireland again, we will surely use your company.
Lisa Hamilton, IL
Julie Dressing, VA, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, August 2013
Our thanks to Sheenco for planning and executing a wonderful trip that surpassed our expectations. With just a little guidance from us regarding our desired plans, we were provided a proposed itinerary which took us along the coast throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland, and covered what we wanted to see at the perfect pace. We knew that having a driver would spare us from having to adjust to the left hand driving and navigating the roads. What we hadn’t focused on, however, was the significant advantage it would provide in allowing us to use all of our time in the most efficient manner possible, and to see things we would never have known were there. Our driver, Mark, truly made our trip exceptional, explaining Irish history, providing details regarding sights we would see and their significance, sharing Irish folklore and stories, and knowing all the off-the-beaten track places to stop for pictures and exploring. As lovers of music, we greatly enjoyed Mark’s sharing of music relevant to the locations we were seeing. It truly became a completely “Irish” vacation as we traveled along hearing traditional folk music, and also learning the meaning behind some of the modern music with which we were familiar, but had not grasped the context. Mark’s quick wit, cheerfulness, incredible timeliness and flexibility made the trip very enjoyable, and his suggestions and adaptation of the itinerary allowed us to make the most of each day. We covered a lot of ground in our twelve days, ranging from Dublin to Waterford, Killarney, Adare, Bunratty, Galway, Connemara, Donegal, Derry and Belfast, but never felt rushed and had time to truly enjoy the beauty of Ireland. Our accommodations were great, and we particularly enjoyed our stays at the Malton Hotel, Dromoland Castle and Lough Eske Castle. We are still debating what sights we liked the most – among them the Rock of Cashel,Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, Kylemore Abbey, the Giants Causeway,and the cities of Dublin, Galway, Derry and Belfast. It truly was a wonderful trip filled with great memories. Given that we normally research, plan and book all of our own trips, taking this approach was new to us (and somewhat of a leap of faith!). We are so glad we went this route, and it provided us a relaxing and perfect vacation.
Julie Dressing, VA
Fred & Anne Fenn, CT, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, July 2013
Our vacation was great! I really liked both Gerry and Liam as drivers. They were personable and knowledgeable about the areas we visited. Gerry knew the best places to stop at for lunch! Liam recited a poem in Gaelic. By having a driver, Anne and I were never rushed from one stop to the next. Our drivers were always patient and ready for moving on when we were finished with each stop. Staying at the Trinity Capitol Hotel in Dublin was great. It is located right in the heart of the city and made walking to see the Book of Kells and Christ Church so easy. Also Temple Bar was right around the corner as was the Liffey River Boat tours. There were many “next time” moments in our Dublin visit. I would stay at the Trinity Capitol next time. I loved Waterford Castle. The suite was great, the food excellent, the grounds wonderful and the personnel top notch. We loved the location and did some walking on the grounds. We chose to go to the museum instead of Waterford Crystal. The museum was great and Gerry was so flexible about our request. He knew some of the people inside and came in with us to be sure we were able to take advantage of the tour that was offered. My wanting to go to the museum was to see a hat that belonged to Henry VIII. I kept looking for the hat during the tour and did not find it. At the end I asked about and was told that the hat was in another museum that was a part of the three-museum facility. Since we did not have tickets to the whole facility and since we were on somewhat of a time schedule, I thanked them and prepared to leave. The person realizing our situation instructed one of the young museum summer workers to take us across the courtyard to the second museum and show us the hat! Needless to say, I was elated. I got a really great picture. I liked your suggested itinerary in that it included some of the usual Ireland stops. Kissing the Blarney stone was one of those stops. For us Americans, it is fascinating to explore your castles – especially Blarney. Your suggestions about pubs for our musical listening pleasure were excellent. Gerry took the time to drive us by the Danny Mann pub so we could easily walk there from the Malton Hotel. Loved the music, food and atmosphere! The Ring of Kerry was great. Gerry would stop at various scenic spots for us to enjoy. I brought my tin whistle with the hope of joining a session in a pub at some point. That didn’t happen, but I did get to play. At one of the stops we encountered a young man who was playing the uilleann pipes. Anne told him I played whistle and he immediately invited me to play a few tunes with him…which I did! What an experience playing whistle with uilleann pipes in the hills of the Ring of Kerry! I loved the Cliffs of Moher. Having a driver gave us all the time we wanted to experience and explore the cliffs. We both appreciated that. I loved the Burren and the ancient burial site. I really loved Ballynahinch Castle. Its location was what drew me to it and I was not disappointed. The suite was so excellent – thanks. We did have a chance to walk a bit after supper each night on some of the trails on the grounds. The food was excellent. Liam was so accommodating with our decision to not go out to the Aran Islands because of the threat of rain and thundershowers. We could easily make this switch because of having a driver. We went to the Kylemore Abbey instead. It was planned for the next day of our journey, but because we switched, we were able to spend more time there. We ended being there for about 3 hours! There was so much to take in…loved the gardens. We took the time to sit for a bit just taking in the sights and atmosphere. I loved the two monastic settlements. It was hard to wrap my brain around such old ruins. The year 512 does not compute in the US! Back to Dublin. Our last castle was a good one making it a good place to begin to decompress and prepare for our journey home. I would recommend Sheenco Travel and have done so to our friends. Thanks for all the work you did to make our vacation the best.
Fred Fenn, CT
Sheenco Travel was an excellent choice for travel advice. They asked us questions, took our suggestions, answered all our questions, responded in a timely manner, and put together a vacation that was relaxed, comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable. I felt the pacing was perfect. They just seemed to know how long to stay in a place, where to stay, and what to do. They always provided helpful suggestions (example: don’t go to the Aran islands if the weather isn’t good – that did happen to us, and we took the plan B suggestion and toured Kylemore Abbey and Gardens instead – and wow, what a gift!). Our first driver, Gerry Flanagan, was outstanding. He was consistently prompt (always early), helpful, positive, and took us to out-of-the-way spots on a couple of occasions (ex. After we toured the Bog Village (Gerry went with us and was our personal tour guide – he seemed to know everybody and he also knew a lot of facts), he took us to a local farmer named Brendan, who trained dogs to lead sheep – we saw his demonstration and it was fascinating – very colorful character – good with groups – and it was a fun activity for us), and he gave good suggestions for places to eat (“This place has a great apple pie” or at Paddy Short’s – “I stop here a lot – food is good, typical Irish food”). Sadly, five days into the trip, Gerry needed to go home to be with his family for personal reasons. It was a smooth transition to Liam Sayers, a retired math professor who spoke fluent Gaelic. Because we are both teachers, it was fun having a teacher drive us, and the flavor of the trip was a bit different from Gerry (not better, not worse – just different) so we feel blessed to have had two fabulous drivers on our trip. Liam, just like Gerry, was always prompt and helpful. Both drivers made us feel relaxed and comfortable and never in a hurry. Our accommodations were beyond our wildest dreams. Everything from exquisite food to impeccable service to beautiful rooms was such a gift to us. Our favorite castle was Ballynahinch!! Friendly, warm, relaxed, helpful. We felt a bit more at home there (maybe it was the firewood next to the pub!) and were thankful for two nights. We did a lot of walking, and enjoyed the trails by the Ballynahinch River. We did get to the Danny Mann Pub and saw a great concert – “Celtic Whisper” – fabulous! Fabulous! We bought their cd. Also enjoyed Blarney Inn Pub in Dublin – went there two nights – very friendly and delicious Irish stew!! We loved and appreciated all your suggestions and took most of them – Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle (and yes, we climbed the 100 windy, narrow, steep stairs to kiss that stone), riverboat cruise on the Liffey River, Trinity College and the Book of Kells (had a great student guide who was both entertaining and interesting), Temple Bar, Dublin Castle gardens, Muckross House and Gardens, Waterford Museum and Waterford Castle, Powerscourt House and Gardens, Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains, Reginald Tower in Waterford, Killarney, Kilkenny, Adare, Cork, lots of ruins and monastic settlements, the Burren and that burial tomb, Ailwee Caves, Limerick, King John’s Castle, Connemarra, Galway…I mean, we saw and did far more than we ever imagined we would. The beauty of having a driver, of course, is the flexibility – we stopped often to admire views and take pictures. We would recommend a driver to anyone thinking of touring. Liam even recited a famous Gaelic poem for us and let us record him on our cell phone! Some surprises: no Half and Half in Ireland for coffee, and I don’t like milk in coffee, so I learned to ask for “pouring cream”, and that was yummy! Water in glass bottles that you just use but don’t have to buy…butter served in little triangular wedges… Brie and warm tomatoes at breakfast… We had nine days of complete sunshine!!! Everyone kept telling us how unusual that was. Ireland was actually undergoing a heat wave while we there – some days in the 90’s – and they do not have air conditioning, so we did find some nights difficult for sleeping – there were fans for us to use but it was still almost unbearable – but that’s nobody’s fault. In fact, at Dromoland it was the hottest day and our room was stifling. Fred asked at the front desk if we could possibly have another, cooler room, and the gal could not have been more gracious and accommodating – a new room was provided immediately – on a lower floor – we were very grateful. Food there at Dromoland was much more expensive than anywhere else (a simple risotto dish for me and a chicken sandwich for Fred came to 50 euros), but at least the food was good!! Only one rainy day and it still was warm out! When Fred asked Gerry to find an ATM, he did, and Fred could not believe how easy it was to use – it was just like in America!! And when we arrived at Clondarf, our last hotel, Fred needed to get our boarding passes, and that was also very easy and smooth – the gal at the desk said “Oh yes, go right over to that computer, type in this password, and you should be all set” and she was right!) For me, there were no errors, no negative things, no disappointments (okay, maybe one – when I ordered vegetable soup in an eatery, it was pureed – not like in America – but that I would consider a cultural difference, not a negative comment). Fred and I were very impressed with Sheenco Travel and we have told many of our friends. I would highly recommend them. They certainly worked tirelessly to provide a quality experience for two very grateful Americans!
Anne Fenn, CT
Edward Brooks, IL, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, July 2013
Our trip was a great success. Your arrangements were great. Entirely suitable to our tastes for travel and lodging. Here are some comments. The Malton Hotel was really nice. Spacious room and good restaurants. Also very conveniently located to the center. No need to use the car. Driving. This was a little problematic for me (and probably everyone else from the States) to say the least. Driving on the left hand side was hard enough to get used to but the incredibly narrow roads with no shoulders were a nightmare. We got through the 5 days without killing anyone although divorce was close. I call driving in Ireland “mowing the grass” because whenever you meet someone coming that’s what you have to do with the left side of the car. The Ring of Kerry was especially difficult. I’m relying on my wife to tell me how it was since my eyes were locked on the white line the whole time. The automatic shift was almost a necessity. I would definitely encourage your clients to take the option. We followed most of your site seeing recommendations and the Cliffs of Moher were really great. I enjoyed the Cliffs because we had to get out of the car and walk to see them. Ashford Castle was incredible. Thanks so much for recommending it and including it in our itinerary. I don’t think we have ever stayed in such an elegant, historic place with such gorgeous grounds. On the Ring of Connemara my wife suggested we hire a driver so I could actually see the countryside we were driving thru. This was a great idea. We hired a local driver and he took us all over on back roads we would never have found on our own. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I will be happy to recommend Sheenco Travel to anyone considering a trip to Ireland. Ireland turned out to be one of the countries we have visited that we would like to return to. If we do we will certainly contact you.
Edward Brooks, IL
George Uhall, MD, Escorted Castle Tour + Add On, Ireland, July 2013
Sheryl and I had a great time. There were so many great moments I would end up writing you a book to describe them all. Our guide, Paddy was a real treasure. He’s a keeper! The lowest moment of the tour was the Kilronan Castle. The facility was nice, but Sheryl and I got the feeling that the Castle tried to cut as many corners as possible. Our dinner menu wasn’t the standard menu, it was a limited menu that quite frankly was a disappointment. There was no bottled water in our room, one little bar of soap…. stuff like that. And, the dining room staff was well…. off. I don’t know how to put it. Everything was there, but it was just not up to the standards set by all the other Castles. It was our last night and if I were asked to rate all the castles, Kilronan would be at the bottom of the list. Was that rating because we had just spent two delightful days at Ashford being catered to like kings and queens?? Probably. But, Kilronan was definitely the low point of the tour. But, Don’t despair!! Our last night in Dublin at the Four Seasons pushed the Kilronan memory into oblivion. We arrived at the Four Season a bit after 12 to find our room wasn’t ready and we were asked if we wouldn’t mind taking a free upgrade to the second best suite in the hotel. Well, DUH. We were treated to a suite that had three entrance doors to the suite, three balconies, two full bath rooms, a full kitchen (with espresso machine), a master bedroom the size of my house…. I could go on. Sheryl literally got lost in the suite. I have never had a hotel give us a wake-up call and then call us back 15 minutes later to make sure we up. I know the Four Seasons wasn’t on the ‘tour’, but for Sheryl and me, it was a great good-bye gift from Ireland we won’t soon forget. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Ireland. Sheryl complained the whole way back home that she was going back to ‘crappy old Maryland’ and that she had just discovered the most beautiful place on earth – Ireland. Thanks again.
George Uhall, MD
Ben Correa, FL, Custom Self Drive Honeymoon, Ireland, June 2013
My wife and I really enjoyed our honeymoon there in Ireland and appreciate the time and effort that your agency put into planning it for us. We were especially impressed by the contact Kristel made to Ballyseede Castle regarding the horse and carriage ride to ensure that we didn’t miss it. We would highly recommend your agency to others and look forward to using your services on a return trip to Ireland in the future.
Ben Correa, FL
Amy Wilinski, WI, Custom Spiritual Tour, Ireland, June 2013
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful job that was done to assist in creating the memorable journey we had while in Ireland. Genevieve, the accommodations you set-up were very nice and the meals exquisite! Our driver, Joe Courtney, was a gem and such an added gift. He worked so well with us and he blended right in with our group. I really appreciated the communications between Sheenco, Joe, myself and the various venues to ensure everything went smoothly.I look forward to working with you again in the future for our next journey (hopefully in 2015).
Amy Wilinski, WI
Oxana Olach, NY, Escorted Castle Tour, Ireland, June 2013
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for organizing the castle tour. One of my best vacations! I had a chance to meet some wonderful people and see Ireland’s amazing country side. Paddy, our guide, was EXCELLENT – he was full of stories and facts!!! He has a wonderful and pleasant personality. He made this trip so much more enjoyable by his knowledge and warm disposition 🙂 Thank you again! I will recommend Sheenco vacations (AND Paddy as a guide of course 🙂 to anybody who is interested in the beautiful Ireland!
Oxana Olach, NY
Joanne Herlihy, NY, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, May 2013
First of all, we loved the trip! Ballyseede Castle was beautiful, we liked Harrington Hall a lot, the Clarion in Cork was very nice as well. The Harbour Hotel in Galway was fine- the rooms were a little smaller (ok, a lot smaller!) but for our purposes it was just fine. The people in every single one of the hotels were fantastic- any question was cheerfully answered and any concerns (the only real concern was the number of beds in the rooms for the kids- I think at the Clarion they had Meghan and Ryan in a double bed- that had to be changed and it took them 2 minutes) were quickly addressed. The country, of course, is beautiful. We spent a lot more time in Dublin this time than 30 years ago, which we enjoyed. But we loved traveling the countryside – I think that Galway was a nicer (more cozy) city than Dublin and we loved the Cliffs and Connemara. Tralee was a really cute town and we had a great evening in a local pub there. (It seems that we spent a lot of evenings in the local pubs, lol!) We felt comfortable letting the kids roam by themselves at night, so that was a good thing. The last night in Dublin we ate at the Brazen Head and listened to “food, folklore and fairies” with a gentleman named Johnny Daly- we all enjoyed that one (even though it was pretty pricey! And you were correct about feeling like your wallet was hemorrhaging in Dublin- but since you had given us a head’s up about it, we were prepared. I really can’t comment on this vacation with out singing the praises of Dan Cooper, our driver. What a WONDERFUL gentleman! We loved him! He was kind, courteous, funny and so knowledgeable! Please make sure that his boss knows what a great treasure he has in Dan! He made the trip for us! And having a driver was so much smarter for us – at one point we were driving through Killarney and I commented to Steve about remembering a place from 30 years ago – I asked him if he remembered. His comment back to me -“I was so concerned with driving and not killing us on the roads that I missed a lot of the scenery” so, I was so happy that we did it with a driver this time- we all got to enjoy the scenery! I really can’t thank you enough for the planning and everything that went into making our vacation so wonderful!
Joanne Herlihy, NY
Ina Knorr, BC, Escorted Castle Tour, Ireland, May 2013
Your tour was everything you promised and much more! Our driver/guide, Jim, was so professional and courteous and had that lovely Irish wit that we appreciated so much. Of course having only 5 people on the tour made it possible to get to know each other quite well and I couldn’t have asked for better tour-mates. The castles were spectacular and all but one, Kilronan, far exceeded expectations. The staff at the castles were tremendously friendly and would do anything to make our stay with them a purely luxurious experience. Unfortunately, Hilda, the ghost at Ballyseede wasn’t around either night we were there–one of the young fellows advised me that Hilda doesn’t work Tuesdays but he’d call to see if she’d be available for haunting on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, she didn’t answer so I didn’t get my wish to see her at all!! All in all, it was a magnificent tour of your beautiful country and I can’t say enough good things about Sheenco Travel. Thank you for making my visit there so comfortable and enjoyable.
Ina Knorr, BC
Johnny Teague, TX, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, May 2013
The Trip was wonderful. You gave me great things to see and staying in the castles was a great experience. The Irish people are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, which makes me glad my family originates from Ireland. The food was great, and the scenery out of this world. It was a great idea to get a navigation system. It would have been very frustrating without it. Even the navigation system wasn’t good for locating specific sites, but with it, your mapquest, and a map, I could enter the city near where I was going and the navigation system got me to the right vicinity. Then the road signs and people in the area helped me find the sites. It was fun learning to drive on the left side of the road, from the right side of the car. Hertz was overly busy. It was probably the hardest part of the trip, getting the car. But it was worthy it. I appreciate all you did for me! I have already highly recommended seeing Ireland and using your group.
Johnny Teague, TX
Catharine Worthen, TX, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, April 2013
The vacation was wonderful! We especially enjoyed Clontarf, Lough Eske, and Perryville House. The Malton was really nice and we enjoyed it as well. I enjoyed each place we went, and thought that it was a good representation of Ireland. Also, the two days in each place was perfect. We didn’t have a chance to see everything, but we saw almost all of what we wanted too. I would definitely recommend Sheenco Travel to any of my friends or family that want to plan trip to Ireland. Thank you very much for the wonderful vacation!
We want to let you know how much we all enjoyed our trip to Ireland. The scenery was spectacular and the sites were memorable. Thank you for organizing this trip for us, and for setting us up with Pat Griffin. He was a most attentive driver and very respectful. He provided us with background information on all the sites. Patty even made sure we were aware of where to eat and catch music before he dropped us off at our hotel. We enjoyed his company. All in all the trip was enjoyable and memorable. We will be recommending your services to friends/family who might be looking to make the trip.
Arlyn & Nancy Birkholz, MN
Tim Budd, MA, Custom Self Drive, Ireland, April 2013
We had a fantastic trip, all of our accommodations were really excellent. From Trinity Capital Hotel in Dublin, and onward everywhere we stayed we were treated well, and were centrally located. I will say my two favorites were Perryville House in Kinsale, and Ballyseede Castle. Thanks to Sheenco Travel for an excellent vacation. We definitely plan to use your services again.
Tim Budd, MA
Dan O’Fallon, MN, Custom Chauffeur Driven, Ireland, March 2013
We had a wonderful time in Ireland. The hotels were great, and all the arrangements you made were spot on. I will admit that I was nervous about doing this all over the internet, but everything worked out beautifully. We would use you again in a heartbeat!