Amazing Memories and Trip of a Lifetime
We booked a trip (via US travel agent) sightseeing a vast portion of Ireland and Northern Ireland for two families (4 adults; 4 children ages 10-18). While planning, we considered driving ourselves but also knew that by hiring a driver guide gives you SO MUCH more out of your trip! By being focused on an itinerary and driving directions somewhere, you could drive right past something that’s worth seeing, and not even know it. Together with our travel agent we planned out the basics of what we wanted to see and our agent booked our stays at places and came up with a detailed itinerary for us.
On our first day meeting our driver guide, Tom Corby, he had the travel agent itinerary, but took the time to talk with all of us for a bit to learn more about us. It didn’t take him long to figure out we weren’t much for stuffy museums and things like that, so he was already thinking of some extra sights for us to see. Each time we arrived in a new town, Tom would drive us around and talk about some facts about the town, and point out a few restaurants/pubs, and recommend a few shops as well. It was SO helpful having that everywhere we went so we didn’t have to put much effort into figuring out where to eat.
Tom has a great personality, sense of humour, and you can tell he takes pride in his work and genuinely enjoys basically being an ambassador for Ireland. We learned so much everywhere we went. While we were in Galway (if you know the opening lyrics to the song ‘Galway Girl’) he showed us where “the old long walk” began. On the way to Kylemore Abbey he pointed out and explained what the Penny walls were, and the significance of the crop lines on the mountain side still visible today. On the way back in to Galway from Kylemore he stopped at Connemara Marble, a small unassuming building where all the famous Connemara marble comes from. These are all things, that had we been driving, we never would’ve known what they are, or that it was even there!
Each day he’d add an extra “surprise” for us. The best and most amazing of them all was surprising us by taking us to Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) cliffs. Absolutely breathtaking!!! Because we were also Game of Thrones fans he even added in a few stops at some filming locations as well. He also introduced us to seeing the different Game Of Thrones Doors at various locations (mostly pubs). So we of course made a point to have a pint at each pub location, so It became a game that we still talk about today….. Door & a Pint!! Another surprise he added in was seeing the gravesite of St. Patrick in Co. Down. There were so many things that we got to see, it made the trip SO much more than what we had ever imagined. Bunratty, Killarney, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Slieve League, Donegal, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Belfast, Dublin….. It truly was the Trip of a Lifetime!
I also have Irish heritage in my family line, and had dabbled in tracing ancestry roots. Tom made it a point to stop at a County heritage center as well as a library and church, for me to get some time to do a little digging. All completely unplanned yet ever so grateful for the opportunity. I can’t recommend Premier Chauffeur enough! If there’s a way to see an amazing country like Ireland, than Premier Chauffeur Drive is it!!
Our family travelled Ireland and hired Tom as our driver. We were overly pleased with his enthusiasm, knowledge, confidence, kindness and personality. He went over and above daily to ensure we had the best experience and was very devoted to the needs of our 84 year old Mom. Tom felt like part of the family by the end of our trip! I highly recommend him, you will be treated with utmost respect. Thank you again Tom for the incredible trip and amazing memories!
Kennedy Ireland Tour
Our visit to Ireland would not have been even close to the experience we had without our tour guide Thomas Corby. An extreme professional that knows all the ins-and-outs of his home country as well as Northern Ireland. Our group of 8 (2 families with kids) had a 2 week private tour throughout nearly the entire island. We used a professional travel agent who was able to give us a very good itinerary that would have served us just fine but the experiences that Tom provided were far beyond the itinerary and would have never happened without his vast knowledge and expertise. I can’t express enough the professionalism, knowledge, humour, timeliness, and cleanliness of the vehicle. Two weeks just flew by and some of our most memorable moments are from sites that weren’t on the itinerary, the wealth of information Tom provided, and the conversations we had. We just relaxed and Premier Chauffeur Drive did all of the work. I would never go on a trip like this without this service!
July 2019 Experience
Tom exceeded our expectation as a driver!
A few months before our travel from the US to Ireland I began email communication about our future trip to Ireland in the fall of 2019. Tom was very responsive to all my questions. I started to do research on my own for things to see on a 7 day trip and asked Tom for guidance. After a few email’s back and forth I realized there was no need for me to plan my trip as Tom was clearly the expert. I shared Tom’s 5 day itinerary with the other couple with whom we were traveling and it was agreed upon to hire him for travel from Dublin, Galway, Dingle & Shannon.
Tom picked us up in Dublin outside our hotel. He was professionally dressed and had the most immaculate vehicle. Immediately we knew had hired the right driver as he immersed us in the Irish culture with Irish superstitions which became a running joke the remainder of our trip.
For 5 days Tom drove us throughout the west side of Ireland and we had the BEST time. We learned that Tom was previously in the travel and tour industry for many many years driving large tour buses. When we would make stops at tourist destinations Tom was always greeted with a friendly hello from his former tour bus colleagues. On our travels he took us to places you do not read about in travel books and booked us dinner reservations in towns that we visited.
I could go on and on about Tom but hire him! You will not be disappointed. He made our trip to Ireland a breeze.