Mossie is a gifted tour guide. As a fairly new Irish citizen, Mossie gave me a profound sense of the history of our Republic including the dreadful famine and workhouses... read more for the poor. We experienced the awesome beauty of the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. I especially appreciated Mossies enthusiastic and convivial nature. He explained the folklore of the people; we saw scenic villages and did some hiking. He more than met my expectations. We laughed, he sang and recited poetry. He's a native speaker which vivified his explanations and gave us insights into Irish culture and soulfulness. I have greater appreciation for the current ways of life and values of Irish people knowing more about the painful and turbulent history. I can see why my ancestors had to emigrate. My advice is to treat yourself to a tour with Mossie Scanlon and if you're lucky, his lovely partner Helen Higgins too.
In a word, Mossie was TREMENDOUS. We so enjoyed and appreciated his knowledge, patience, flexibility, warmth, humor, and sense of adventure. and his obvious love of what he... read more does. All he wanted was for us to have as good a time as possible— and we definitely did!
Mossie was EXTREMELY knowledgeable about Dingle and its history. but he never overdid it tried to show off how much he knows. He somehow sensed just the right amount of Dingle & Irish history, and his life experiences (so interesting!), to share with us.
At the start of our day together, Mossie asked us a few questions to get a sense for what types of activities we most enjoy and what we can take or leave (we told him that we weren't particularly "archaeological"), and he fully respected that. But he still suggested (always gently) that we experience, if only briefly, a few things that weren't in our stated wheelhouse that he thought we might nevertheless enjoy. He just sensed it. And every time, we were glad that he did (even "archaeological" stuff). Throughout the day, he struck the perfect balance between suggesting (again, always gently) sites or experiences we might enjoy and taking us to shops or sites that we knew we wanted to visit.
Sitting here now, I can't even recall all the activities we crammed (but never rushing) into our day with Mossie. All I can recall is that we enjoyed every spectacular view, every scenic hike, every quirky shop, and every restaurant or coffee stop that he suggested.
Again, the only thing Mossie wanted was for us to enjoy our day in Dingle as much as possible. And he refused to end the tour until he was 100% sure that we had. I believe that the tour was scheduled to stop at 5 or 5:30, but we ended up going until 6:30 or 7:00. Why? Well, he knew that we wanted to drive Conor Pass, but he'd been told that it was too foggy to see much of anything that particular day. But around 5 or so, he took us there just in case the fog had cleared (it hadn't, but we still enjoyed it). And after that, because he knew that our 24-year-old daughter loves hiking, he accompanied her on a rocky hike up to a beautiful lake even though we'd had plenty of hiking to and around the ocean earlier in the day. He just wanted to be absolutely certain that she had as great a day as my wife and I had (she definitely did).
AND WHAT A NICE GUY. Example: We told him how much we enjoyed the music that was playing in his car (a lovely, spacious Mercedes) through most of our day. He told us various places (Amazon, music shop in town) where we likely could purchase it. But being, you know, Mossie, he didn't stop there. The MORNING AFTER our tour, he dropped off HIS OWN COPY of the CD at our B & B and he threw in a couple of CDs of HIM singing (he has a lovely voice, and SANG at least one song for us during the tour). I mean, who does that? That would be Mossie. So thoughtful, and so generous.
Mossie just wanted us to love Dingle as much as he obviously does—and we do! Dingle was the best part of our Ireland experience (well, except for our daughter getting married in a castle in Tralee), and Mossie was the best part of Dingle. We couldn't recommend him more highly!
Mossie is the best and will forever hold a special place in our hearts! We were lucky to have him as our personal chauffeur for a day around Dingle. He... read more is very knowledgeable about the history of Ireland and the areas in which we visited. The pride that he has in his job and in
My boyfriend and I recently took Mossie's half-day tour of the Dingle peninsula. He took us on an adventure that we truly will never forget. He is incredibly knowledgable and... read more personable and I would absolutely recommend everyone take his tour!
I have just one word to describe Mossie...Fantastic! He is very personable and his knowledge of Irish history is amazing. Our tour really added to our fantastic Irish... read more vacation. If you are going to Ireland and will be in the Dingle area don't miss Mossie!
HIGHLY recommend! We took the half day (three hour) Slea Head Drive tour. This area is simply other - worldly in its splendor. If you take one tour in Ireland... read more (this is it). Mossie is a wonderful guide, driver and person. We learned, laughed and sang along the way. His stories are great. He is professional, kind and so knowledgeable! The joy of travel includes what we learn and the people we meet along the way - Mossie’s tour ensures you hit the jackpot!