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Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring References (2008 & 2009)

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I have great pleasure in writing in my official capacity as President of the Centenary Club to thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful cycle tour. Although I had been many times in Northern Ireland, this is the first time I have had the opportunity to ride there. The scenery is stunning! We felt that the attention you gave us was exceptional and your friendly, courteous service was something we will not forget. I am sure that we will all be delighted to recommend Iron Donkey to relatives, friends and colleagues. On behalf of the Centenary Club I wish you continuing success.
Hamish Stewart (President, Centenary Club)
North of Ireland Custom Group tour 2009

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the West of Ireland Self Guided Tour that I recently completed with Barbara Klaus. We had a great time and I loved the Irish countryside as well as the people we encountered. This really sets the standard for bicycle touring for me. The rented bicycle worked fine, probably better than my own touring bike because of the wider tires. The routes were clear and well described and I loved the smaller lanes on which we rode and the small towns where we stayed. It's such an intimate look at a small part of your beautiful country I have to admit I just checked out your website to see where I might dream of going in the future. Thanks for everything.
Martha Eubanks
West of Ireland Self-guided 2009

Thanks again for all of your extraordinary efforts to ensure we had a good time in Northern Ireland. We really did, and have recommended it to our friends back in Ohio.
Bob James
North of Ireland custom itinerary 2009

We just wanted to let you know that we had a great time on our trip. Everything worked out great...we met lots of great folks along the way, and really enjoyed the lodging you arranged for us. And the weather was just about perfect!
Roni Evans
Wessex self-guided tour 2009

I do want to say how much I enjoyed the trip as did the rest of the group. We were so lucky with the weather but in any case it was so well organized from your end and the countryside is so beautiful that it would be great anyway. You were so caring of everyone. I have just loaded my pictures on the computer - they look great and will provide wonderful memories.
Alma Worthington
Northewest Ireland Custom Group tour 2009

Would you believe 17 days in Northern Ireland and no rain!! Our wonderful group was truly blessed. Tony Boyd and his Iron Donkey outfitters went way beyond the call of duty in rescuing lost sheep and making equipment repairs and adjustments. Tony’s knowledge of the territory plus his quick Irish wit enhanced our experience. We were overawed by the spectacular views of the coast that the routes provided.
Angie Bidlack
North of Ireland BAC Custom Group Tour 2009

Thank you for a memorable trip...we hope to return for another cycling trip in the not-so-distant future.
Jim Ogan
Tuscany self-guided tour 2009

You know we had such a great trip to Italy we want to go to northern Spain next June!
Sean and Hope Mullally
Tuscany and Elba self-guided tour 2009

Thanks for a wonderful bike trip. The planning and support were great. We really appreciate all you did to make our tour such a pleasure.
James Mitchell
Cotswolds Self-Guided Tour 2009

The trip was wonderful. The routes were easy to follow, with plenty of details. The lodging choices were all very nice, especially in the hill towns. We especially enjoyed Massa Marittima, Montalcino, Montelpulciano, Cortona and Sansepolcro.
Edwin and Rebecca Greenfield
Tuscany self-guided tour 2009

I want to thank you for a fantastic trip - the maps and queue sheets were perfect, the hotels and towns were wonderful.
Ross Stevens
Umbria self-guided 2009

Everyone on the trip thoroughly enjoyed it. One rider posted (on her Facebook page) that it was the best tour she had ever done.
Bob Smith (tour coordinator) Bicycle Adventure Club
Customised group tour Northern Spain 2009

I just wanted to send a note of thanks for organizing such a great self guided tour for us. This was certainly one of the best holidays we’ve had. The sun was out the day we travelled past the Cliffs of Moher and cycling through Quilty and Lahinch made that day very enjoyable. It rained buckets the day we did the Burren loop but the bad weather just made the day more memorable. My favourite day was the first day – Ennis to Kilkee. What wonderful farmland scenery and we feasted on the wild blackberries along the route. The directions were excellent and so were our bikes. Again thanks very much.
Robin and Blaine Wicentovich
Clare and the Burren self- guided tour 2009

Our Ireland adventure was great, but of course the highlight was the bicycling trip. We decided you must know every back road in the country. You do such a good job of routing, booking neat B & B's and furnishing great bikes.
Barbara Carey and friends
Yeat's Country and South Donegal self-guided tour 2009

Thanks again for all your help and support on the tour. Your customer service was top-notch. I thoroughly enjoyed all the routes and extensions (planned and otherwise). If you ever need a reference, I would gladly recommend Iron Donkey.
Dave McCarthy
Clare and the Burren guided group tour 2009

Greg and I had a wonderful trip. The cycling was great. We enjoyed everywhere we stayed, and Ballynahinch was superb. The restaurant recommendations were always spot on.
Sarah and Greg Meno
Connemara self-guided tour 2009

I just wanted to thank you again for a marvellous trip. Joe and I thought the routes and accommodations were wonderful! We especially loved the Aran Islands. Thank you for everything!
Elizabeth & Joe Richardson
Connemara and the Burren 2009

Your thoughtfulness, consideration, and extraordinary help have made a fine tour into a great one. Thanks for a truly memorable experience.
Mike Freeman
Kerry Guided Group 2009

We had a great time – thank you for taking such good care of us donkeys!
Cherie Forchette
Connemara Guided Group 2009

What a wonderful guide - informative and intuitive. Many thanks from the Aussie crew for all the help and support.
Burren and Connemara customised group tour 2009

We so enjoyed our entire trip! We have wonderful memories and great pictures. It was fabulous in every way. As we all separated and went to our own homes, we all felt the same thing. We felt at a loss of being all together and within the protection of the “Iron Donkey”.
Terri Stoner
Connemara guided tour customised for family and friends 2009

You judged the capabilities of our group perfectly, and we all agreed that it was one of our best ever vacations.
George Davidson
Cotswolds Self-Guided Tour 2009

Now that were back from our trip and back on US time, I just want to send you a note to thanks you once again for a great trip. Northern Spain is beautiful. Now I know why the Spaniards are such good climbers! Ricky, our guide on the ground, went way beyond what he needed to do to help us out. Between luggage that one of us left behind, help with some language issues, rides in his car, extra inter tubes, etc., he was always available and happy to see us.
Steve Westphal
Custom Group Northern Spain 2009

Just a quick note to thank you and say how much we enjoyed our week of biking in Connemara. The routes that you suggested were great, as were your choice of hotels and guesthouses, especially the Sea Mist and the Boulevard Guesthouse, which were especially impressive. That, plus the well-maintained bicycles, made for a wonderful trip. Thanks again!
Bob Brauneis (USA)
Self Guided Connemara 2008

We’re still having such a wonderful time laughing about our “adventure” vacation. You did such a wonderful job, as well as Mick. There’s something very special about Ireland that makes me continue to long to be there!
Oxley family (USA)
Guided Group Connemara 2008

Too bad we did not get to chat with you before we left Carrick-on Shannon. We had a great time during our trip to Ireland. The bikes worked well and the accommodations were very nice. We especially enjoyed Cavan Gardens, WoodHill House and Stranirlar Country House. I was very impressed with the accuracy of the maps and the directions. There were only a few times we needed to use the compass and of course I was looking forward to a bit of navigation anyway. Carol and the kids all agreed this was the best family vacation we have ever enjoyed and we will want to do this again.
Mike Durkin (USA)
Self Guided Yeats Country & South Donegal 2008

Our tour of Kerry was just great – great scenery, great bikes, great routes and great places to stay! We will for sure be back to do another tour – perhaps Northern Ireland this time.
Brian Geddis (Australia)
Self Guided Kerry & Beara 2008

Giovanni was exceptional. Overall the whole trip exceeded our expectations with the level of organization and attention to detail Hotel selection was terrific and beyond expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
David Cameron (Canada)
Self Guided Tuscany & Umbria 2008

As you may recall, Iron Donkey provided services last month for my family vacation in the Connemara area. My daughter and I spent four days bicycling on a self guided trip organized by you. I would like to thank you for your help and thoughtful itinerary and let you know we had an excellent time. My daughter Megan and I are in agreement that our time bicycling in Ireland was the highlight of our trip. The bikes worked out well for us. Additionally, the accommodations were fantastic, especially at Clifden. In the future, we would certainly consider using the services of Iron Donkey at other locations and we will recommend Iron Donkey to friends interested in a bicycle trip.
Peter Brevig (USA)
Custom Tour Connemara 2008

I just wanted to send a note of appreciation for a wonderful trip in Connemara this past June. Attention to details as evidenced by well chosen, annotated routes and directions; stellar accommodations; reliable equipment; and friendly, competent service made our trip totally enjoyable. Thanks so very much for everything. I will be recommending your company with enthusiasm to friends and family. Hope to travel with Iron Donkey in the future.
Denise Dowd (USA)
Self Guided Connemara 2008

I am glad that you warned us in advance that we would need to be in good shape! We did a lot more riding in preparation for this trip than for most of the others we have done. It certainly paid off because we had a marvellous time. I couldn’t believe how quiet the roads were – or how beautiful. On some days it felt as if we were the only people in the whole country!
Barbara Winters (USA)
Self Guided Wales 2008

Made it home in good shape! Absolutely the best vacation I have ever had thanks to the Iron Donkey team. Took hundreds of great pictures! Thanks for everything and for doing such a great job. The B&B's were all really wonderful.
Fred Pickett (USA)
Self Guided Antrim Coast & Mournes 2008

Just to let you know how much we enjoyed our cycling experience in Ireland. The routes that were chosen were superb and the bed and breakfasts exceeded our expectations. It was really good to meet you and should you ever visit Winnipeg, please look us up.
Cindy Newfield (Canada)
Self Guided Connemara 2008

The Phillips family thanks you again for your fine work in pulling a delightful trip together for us
Earl, Jane, Morgan and Scott Phillips
Self Guided West of Ireland 2008

We just want to thank you for really nice tour. And we learned a new meaning of the word angulating (note – she means undulating!)
Ann and Lars Lindquist (Sweden)
Guided Group Connemara 2008

Hi, Wilma! Wow! What an adventure! We had an amazing time in Ireland and in fact, I am still on Irish time...awake at 4am! Thank you so much for all your hard work and efforts in getting us where we needed to was such fun. We enjoyed the experience and all the sights of Ireland...what a way to travel. Thanks again for making our trip so complete. Best wishes to Iron Donkey!
Linda Monroe (USA)
Self Guided Kerry & Connemara 2008

We are back in California now. We really enjoyed the bicycle tour. I thought your routes were very well chosen. The scenery was fantastic all along the way. We especially enjoyed the smaller roads with the least traffic. I think the road from Rossveal to Oughterard was my favorite. Your directions were easy to follow. We only missed a couple of turns and were able to get back on track easily both times. Accommodations were all good, also. Thanks for a beautiful ride.
Brenda Weak (USA)
Self Guided Connemara & Burren 2008

Our bike tour of the West of England was the highlight of our Europe trip. The Cotswolds were superb (in spite of the hills!) and the scenery in Somerset and Wiltshire was glorious! We were blessed with good weather – it only rained twice during the whole trip. We enjoyed all the accommodations, and your suggestion to spend an extra day in Bath was a good one – what a beautiful city!! Ian was great – very helpful and informative. Thanks for everything.
Rodgers Family (USA)
Self Guided West of England

Made it home in good shape. Absolutely the best vacation I have ever had thanks to the Iron Donkey team. Took hundreds of great pictures! Thanks for everything and for doing such a great job. The B&B's were all really wonderful.
Fred Pickett (USA)
Self Guided Antrim Coast & Mournes 2008

I just wanted to write and thank you once again for all your extra excursions on our behalf. I'm happy to report that Jim did rally and we had an absolutely wonderful trip. Ireland is more lovely than I ever could have imagined and the people - what can I say? They are more beautiful and kind than anywhere I've ever been. You're lucky to call Ireland your home.
Vicki LaBella (USA)
Self Guided Clare & Burren 2008

We all want to thank you for great help before, and along the way! Everyone walked away full of joy! It ended on such a high note at Bunratty! Victor got called up to dance and we had a great feast. Again thanks and we will keep the Iron Donkey group in mind in the future. I know I want to come back!
Josh Scully (USA)
Customised Clare and Connemara School Party 2008

I never thought that there could be so much to see in one vacation. We both thought that Stonehenge was amazing but that Avebury was even better! Helen especially loved Longleat House and Lacock Abbey, while my favourites were Cheddar Gorge and Wells Cathedral.
Alan Godfrey (Canada)
Self Guided Wessex 2008

I wanted to send you a big THANK YOU for organizing such a wonderful self-guided bicycle tour through Tuscany and Umbria! From the moment we landed in Florence, the plans flowed seamlessly. It was so well prepared that all we had to think about was which route to take and what photos to take to try and capture some of the incredible sights that we saw along the way. The roads, particularly in Tuscany were 'made-to-order' for bicycle riders... smooth and low traffic volume. The directions were so thorough (just a couple of glitches) that it was easy for even me to find my way without an odometer on my bike. The hotel choices were fantastic! It was such an amazing experience to roll up at the end of the day, enter the gates of a medieval town and stay right in the heart of the city .The Valentino Spa and Resort was so elegant and beautiful. It was most helpful to have breakfasts included to give us a good start to our days. The dinners that were in the package were excellent quality. I would most definitely do another Iron Donkey bike tour. – Ellen Cameron (Canada)
Self Guided Tuscany & Umbria 2008

We arrived back home after a wonderful holiday in Italy. Just wanted to tell you how well everything turned out for us. Only one flat tyre on the bike, which we thought was very very good. It was fantastic !! Giovanni was wonderful, attentive and helpful!! We could not have asked for more. Thank you all for making this all so worry free for us. Hotels throughout were first class! Thanks again so much for everything ! We will be telling others about you.
Mark Hester (USA)
Self Guided Tuscany 2008

We highly recommend Iron Donkey! We had dinner last night with 4 of the people that joined us on the trip and we mentioned that we’d be sending this testimony. They were all in agreement, stating that the trip could not have been better.
Judy Vajda (USA)
Custom Tour Tuscany 2008

Iron Donkey arranged a self-guided tour for us in June 2007. It was such an incredible trip. Our transportation, itinerary and accommodations were fantastic. The maps we were given were incredibly detailed. The Iron Donkey staff in Italy was amazing. Everything about our trip was beyond our expectations! It was the best trip I've ever taken and my friends all feel the same way. I am looking forward to our next bike tour with Iron Donkey.
Debbie Westphal (USA)
Custom Tour Tuscany 2008

You were right! Northern Ireland is a great place to visit. Everybody was just so friendly and helpful. We got a bit lost near Cushendun, so we called at a farm to ask if we were on the right road. They insisted that we have tea and cake – and told us all about their relations who lived in the US. I think that this was our best vacation ever!
Susan Clements (Canada)
Self Guided Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim 2008

I thought that I would email some feedback now that we have had time to recover from our trip (recover is probably not the word I am looking for!). I was definitely a bit concerned before we arrived that we would find that we had made a mistake. Taking teenage children on a week’s cycling vacation was definitely a gamble! But they loved every minute of it (well almost!). After a couple of days the kids were pestering us to do some of the extension rides!! I think we have made three converts to the joys of bike travel!
John Peterson and Family (USA)
Custom tour of Northern Ireland 2008

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