Hilltop Treks did an amazing job of fulfilling all of their promises, helped by the fact that the people we had with us were a very friendly bunch.
Michael was our tour guide, and he is the epitome of what you hear regarding the Irish being extremely nice. He was very prompt and on top of the time, and gave us very honest feedback on what he thought we should do later on in the day. He told us things that were not worth the effort and things that were a bit out of the day but definitely worth doing. Suffice it to say I have changed around my itinerary to include the things he mentioned that I would not have known about otherwise.
The car itself is pretty comfortable and seats 14, so it is a small group to begin with which provides more time to talk to Michael and to get to know everyone better.
You have the option of horse back riding, hiking, or biking for 2 hours of the time. I opted for hiking, and it was so worth it. It is a totally different feeling to actually trek up to the top of a hill instead of just sitting in a van and passing by. The views at every turn were breathtaking, and you truly get to see the 40 shades of green Ireland is famous for. Michael stopped whenever people needed to catch their breath. It was not too challenging, but just enough to make the sights even more incredible.
We then stopped for lunch in a tiny little village, where you get to see a few scenes from Leap Year. After that, we saw the rolling hills, mountains, and beautiful heathers that lined the backdrop in the movie P.S. I Love You. What an impressive view! As was the monastery and lake we visited later in the day.
All in all, I cannot recommend this company enough. It is a pretty small company, not a giant like others and you can feel that. The guides really, truly care about you and cater to the kind of experience you want. A DEFINITE must if you want to see the famous Irish countryside. Ask for Michael...he is the best.
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