Stepping off the bus at John Connolly's family farm, I was immediately greeted with a welcome handshake and the immediate sense of good humour and an informative and fun time ahead.
This walking tour is unique, given that John not only lives on family-owned land that stretches back for generations (far longer than my native Australia has been under British Invasion), but he also holds a specific degree totally relevant to his current vocation. Add to this mix the assistance of Darry (John's unnecessarily tall but at the same time, infectiously funny and learned cousin), you are in for a great time, regardless of your interest in botany, Irish folklore or archeology. Or perhaps, just to see a landscape you will never encounter the like of anywhere else on this planet.
The walk was easy and we were kept informed and entertained at every stage of the journey. Upon our return, we had the opportunity to indulge in phenomenally tasty home-made apple pie, Irish Coffee, and all other manner of home cooked goodies, served by our hosts in their grandmothers cottage. Seriously - this tour was the highlight of the day ... the remainder - Cliffs of Moher (though fascinating) left me somewhat bemused that we were charged to enter the souvenir shop and the persistent tin whistler busking in driving rain set the scene ... anyway ...
So, as Molly Meldrum says: Do Yourself a Favour and go visit John Connolly's Burren Wild Tour (or any of his other tours, for that matter!) I can't wait to get back there - the Burren is a magical place, so the opportunity re-discover it this way was a pleasure and great value. Tell your friends, and tell them I sent you :)
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