Private Tour Reviews

Jacob francis, Colorado

Oct 2022

'Incredible and Memorable Tour'. Richard was an excellent tour guide, his in-depth knowledge of the area was only matched by his outstanding customer service catering to our needs, including help organize something special for our anniversary. His accommodations were both very charming and comfortable making our vacation one of the best we have ever taken. Richard and Barbara went out of their way to make our trip not only enjoyable, but memorable. Highly recommend utilizing Ireland- At Your Leisure!

Carol, Margo and greg.
Alberta, Canada

Sept 2022

As a group of three friends who have travelled the world together, we finally got to have our pre Covid planned and long awaited trip to Ireland this past early October 2022. We were so fortunate to have booked private touring days with Richard Ball our guide with Ireland at your Leisure. Richard’s extensive historical and current knowledge, attention to detailand our comfort combined with his engaging personality made our trip one of the best we ever have had. Our time was short but the amount we saw, visited and learned under his services was amazing.
One of us had ancestral roots in Wexford County and he went out of his way to search down the village and add to our memories.
We would highly recommend engaging Richard’s services as a guide to anyone who wants to maximize their visit to one of the most beautiful and friendliest countries in the world..IRELAND.”  


August 2022

This is the best tour we have ever had. Richard is knowledgeable in every aspect of Ireland and delivers all the information in the most engaging way that provides an in depth understanding of Ireland’s sites and history. He took us to so many beautiful places and many that the average tourist does not get to see.
The icing on the cake was spending an amazing weekend on Richard’s and Barbrie’s farm in one of their cottages.
In addition, Richard helped us with all our personal needs throughout our trip and we were able to rely on him for everything.
This was truly a memorable trip, and we look forward to keeping our friendship with Richard and Barbrie.
MNR 717

June 2019

'We had Richard as our guide for our group of 8 people. He gave us more than we could have dreamed of. When visiting another country, we like to know how it is to live there- not just facts. Richard did that and more! Not only is he knowledgeable of the history of the area but shared ‘off the wall’ information that made it really interesting. He knows how to read his group and changed what we were originally going to see to what made us all very happy……. Strolled through Monasterboice and Richard gave us lots of history and stories… it was wonderful! We cannot say enough good things about Richard.'

October 2019

“We had an amazing time with Richard on our private tour to Wicklow Mountains and the Cliffs of Moher. The weather wasn’t on our side but Richard still made sure that we had a great time and edited the tour to our liking.'
rkeren, Canada

Nov 2019

'Our tour guide, Richard, was pleasant and very knowledgeable. During the relatively long drive we learned so much from Richard about the history of Ireland and its struggle for independence as well as the challenges of modern day Ireland.'

Ajay, Tucson, Arizona


'Our guide/driver, Richard, was absolutely awesome. Great knowledge and stories. Our luggage did not arrive so we were unprepared for the cold. He found ways for us to accommodate and be able to enjoy the tour. Highly recommended.'
DAVID m, Park city

Sep 2019

'Richard was amazing. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about the history of Island(sic) and the British Isles,great sense of humor, and incredibly accommodating.'

RW MoM texas
Nov 2019

‘Our tour guide was Richard and he was the perfect match for us. He is a sheep farmer and could answer all of our animal and farming questions and we had an endless supply of those!!His knowledge of Irish history amazed us and he presented it in an interesting and witty way. Richard was always willing to pull over for a photo stop or to allow us to hop out and take a closer look at something. We all agreed we had never laughed and learned so much with any other guide. His pride in his country was evident.’

Connie, Galway
Oct 2022

We recently had the pleasure of Richard's company for a 2 day tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant's Causeway. We were looking for a weekend of activity for a group of friends where we would not have to drive. Richard was the perfect tour guide full of interesting and unusual information on our travels. We really enjoyed these two amazing locations and will definitely be organising another tour with Richard next year and will pick more locations. He had lots of suggestions. As Irish natives we have never done a tour like this before in Ireland. So it was lovely to just sit back and relax while being driven around our own country in style. We also stayed in Richard's accommodation in Clonmellon in Westmeath for one night and thoroughly enjoyed the quirky accommodation on his farm. We would highly recommend Ireland - At Your Leisure.

WATERLOO 190 Vancouver
Sept 2019

‘The trip would have been just a trip if not for our guide and driver, Richard. He made the tour come alive in many ways with his knowledge of the geography, the history and his wonderful hospitality. We engaged Richard in conversation on many topics from Irish history to Brexit. We recommend him highly as a guide.’

Accommodation reviews

Aoife, Kildare

Christmas 2021

A beautiful place with wonderful hosts. Lovely and warm, lots of space, quiet, clean, imaginative and extremely well stocked with thoughtful touches. Excellent wifi. Thank you, we had a lovely stay. The place is so beautiful and creative. You thought of everything and more.


December 2021

Really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful cottage. The place was perfect for our little relaxing break away! The fire was so cosy and the house had everything we needed for cooking some lovely meals. The communication was great and Bairbre and Richard provided us with lots of information. We were left some lovely fresh eggs from their hens. Would definitely recommend this stunning cottage for a lovely relaxing break away. Thanks Bairbre and Richard for our lovely stay!

Brett and Helen, Dublin

January 2022

Marianne Cottage was a wonderful getaway from Dublin for the four of use before the kids are due to go back to school after the Christmas break. The wood-burning stove really got the place lovely and warm and cosy (especially having it lit for us before our arrival). Bairbre was great in providing local information for where to go and what to do, while Richard gave us all the insights to the farming side of things. We would definitely recommend this property, and would love to return at some point.


December 2021

Everything about this stay was perfect. It wa so comfortable and cosy. They had a fire lit for our arrival, lovely fresh eggs for our breakfast and Richard showed us the fabulous higland cows ! Will definitely be returning- even the small touches of having Christmas decorations in the cottage made it so personable. Bairbre was so helpful with communication and local info too. Thank you Richard and Bairbre.

August 2021

Fantastic place with stylish decor and all you could want, starting from super comfy beds and fully equipped kitchen to cosy couches. Richard And Bairbre aren't Super Hosts for no reason. They shared suggestions about local places of interest taking into consideration that we were travelling with an infant. Clonmellon itself is paced centrally to many attractions and Rei's Take Away in the village has very friendly staff and tasty pizzas if you are in hurry.

Lindsey, United arab emirates

August 2021

Beautiful home, fantastic hosts, great location. Book it, you won’t be disappointed!!! Fantastic experience. Thanks for everything!

Carl, mississippi

September 2021

Thanks so much for the stay at your place; loved the historic information and the fresh eggs/homemade bread. The welcoming fire was a bonus! Was a great night-we only wish we could have stayed longer.
Ali, Scotland

September 2021

This cottage is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city visiting and travelling. It’s cute and quirky with lots of little additions to help you feel at home and relax. The surrounding rural area is stunningly beautiful and you’d never know you were within walking distance of local shops and cafes. It was a perfect place to use as a base for going in Dublin and visiting local attractions.