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Hi! I'm Margaret, a solo traveler who enjoys meeting new people, eating great food, and having a laugh.
My home base is the unspoiled beauty of Connemara, on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, an area that abounds with natural beauty, seas rich with fresh fish and shellfish, shores for foraging, small scale farmers and growers, and cafes and restaurants with innovative chefs.
Farm to fork is not a slogan but the way I was raised on the family farm. Now I live on a small holding growing vegetables in the company of numerous rescue animals including the ever faithful rescue dog Willow.
Meeting people, breaking bread with new friends and listening to old and young with their stories of growing, cooking and foraging is what has made my solo travels all over the world exciting. These experiences have enriched my life and I want guests on these tours to experience similar in the beautiful West of Ireland.
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1. Five Day Connemara Tours
Join me for five days exploring the beauty of Connemara and meet the local food producers who call it home. We will meet a vegetable grower making a living on an acre, shuck and enjoy oysters straight from the beds, learn about the culinary history of the beautiful Kylemore Abbey, forage for seaweed, learn about sustainable aquaculture, visit an abalone farm and so much more.
We will dine in Pota, recently crowned Best Cafe in Ireland, enjoy an evening in Ballynahinch Castle a literary supper in Books at One, stop at great food trucks, have cooked to order breakfasts including locally caught fish.
The relaxing Renvyle House Hotel is our home from home, located on a 150 acre estate on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara, Co. Galway. The grounds include a private freshwater lake for fishing and boating, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site including tennis, croquet, outdoor heated swimming pool, canoeing and shore angling.
1. A April 23rd - 28th - No places available
1. B May 21st - 26th
1. C August 27th - Sept 1st
1. D September 17th - 22nd
* There is a minimum numder of 8 required for each tour
All inclusive of accomadation, food, excursions, tours, transport and cook books €1,995
2. Five Day Burren Tours
The Burren in County Clare is a unique landscape of limestone pavements, cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites. This unique landscape produces some very unique food from farmers, growers and fishers who care about this unique environment. Join me as we visit an award winning goat farm, a beef farm renowned for its sustainable farming practices, enjoy locally smoked salmon and locally made ice cream. We will hear why we need to worry about seed sovereignty and what they are doing in Clare to save the seeds of our native fruit and vegetables. On the Atlantic coast we will enjoy a visit to the Cliffs of Moher home to thousands of seabirds and the iconic Poulnabrone Dolman and enjoy traditional Irish music. We will dine on farms, in cafes, restaurants, bars and even a castle where chefs work closely with local producers to create memorable meals.
Full itinerary available on request
2.A May 7th-12th No places available
2.B May 28th - 2nd June
2.C June 11th - 16th No places available
2.D September 3rd - 8th
*There is a minimum number of 8 required for each tour
All inclusive of accomadation, food, excursions, tours, transport €2,250
Five Day tours; Start at Ceannt train station, Galway City, with pick up between 2-2.30pm on Sunday and finish at the station at 1pm on Friday.
The All inclusive tours include:
Transport from start to finish including all excursions and visits.
5 nights accomadation (no shared rooms/single supplement)
5 Evening meals
All enterance fees
Coffee/tea at designated stops
All tastings and samples
Evening entertainment where listed
Full time tour guide ( my sparkling personality)
A 250euro deposit secures a place and is fully refundable up to 6 weeks before the start of the tour. Deposits and full payments can be made via online payment system Stripe or by bank transfer.
One day tours are available seven days a week with a minimum of two weeks advance booking. Price is based on the individual tour agreed.
Why small group tours work for solo travellers
Solo travel can be an enriching experience that allows individuals to explore new destinations, try new things, and grow personally. However, it can also be daunting, especially for those who are new to traveling alone. One solution to this is to join a small group tour with other solo travelers. Here are some benefits of this approach:
Safety in numbers: Traveling with a group provides safety and security, especially in unfamiliar territories. Solo travelers can feel more confident exploring new destinations with other like-minded individuals, which can enhance the overall travel experience.
Shared experiences: Traveling with others allows for shared experiences, which can create long-lasting friendships and memories. Small group tours offer opportunities to bond with others, exchange travel tips, and share stories.
Unique opportunities: Small group tours often offer unique opportunities that may not be available to solo travelers. For example, some tours may provide access to local experiences and activities that are not typically available to tourists.
Comfort and convenience: Traveling with a group can alleviate the stress of planning and navigating a trip alone. This can lead to a more relaxing and enjoyable travel experience.
Group tours are also a great way to start a longer trip. Enjoy the comfort and security of a group trip for five days and then take off on your own for a few days exploring Ireland. I can help with suggested routes and places to visit.
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