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Jun 3rd, 2013, 10:56 AM
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Ireland and Scotland: Where to book a tour?

This may be a silly question but I don't know if I should book a tour in Ireland or here in the US? I will be traveling alone and hesitate to rent a car. Am recently widowed and do not have any experience in booking and traveling with tours at all. Can you please share your views/opinions/recommendations?
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Jun 3rd, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Look into Odysseys Unlimited or Road Scholar. Both companies are reputable.
The travelers on these tou rs tend to be in their 60s, I think. You did not give
Your age so I thought I should mention the age of most of the travelers.

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Jun 3rd, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Consider Rabbies They do small group tours in Scotland and now Ireland http://www.rabbies.com/ another Irish company to consider is Driftwood http://vagabondtoursofireland.ie/driftwood/ Try to avoid the tours that don't give "You/me" time and have you rushing between gift shops. Be aware as a solo traveller there is likely to be a single room supplement on most tours.

Having said the above, if you are a confident driver at home there is no need to be shy about driving yourself over here.
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Jun 3rd, 2013, 01:31 PM
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I agree with t2p. When you look up the website, you will see the tours are small and personal.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 06:00 AM
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Yes, I'd much prefer small groups and flexible schedules. Perhaps, once I get my feet wet I'll rent a car. I have driven in a few large cities including Paris without any problems. But, not sure if I can negotiate driving on the left and navigating at the same time. I have a tendency to get lost even with GPS. Thank you for the links.
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Jun 4th, 2013, 06:51 AM
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PS: Or, I can travel by bus which could be interesting too. No?
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Jun 4th, 2013, 01:25 PM
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Public transport and locally based tours are a good option. Key places like Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Killarney and Galway (working Clockwise) have good tour options and public transport connections. North of Galway you would need to consider cab rides on top of public transport although some of Donegal has rural bus links and there is a small tour operator from Sligo http://www.wildwestirishtours.com/

If you have driven in Paris then Ireland is a cake walk. even if it is on the opposite side.

Work out places you would really like to see, things you would really like to do. Any Heritage/Genealogy.

Those things considered fire away with the questions.
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