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!
Our family of five (kids ages 18-23 years old) had a magical day learning about Irish history, the Dingle peninsula, and Ireland today on our half-day tour with Mossie. We... read more started off with a beautifully misty hike up Conor Pass and then proceeded to tour around the area
Mossie was fabulous from the moment we met him. It was a "wild" day in Dingle with huge wind gusts and torrential downpours -- storm Dennis! Mossie still... read more came to meet us at our B&B and told us we didn't have to go ahead with the tour, but he was willing if we were. We thought we would shorten the 4 hours to 2 hours, but Mossie was so easy to talk to and told us so much about Ireland, that before we knew it, four hours were complete and it only felt like two! It was by far the best day of our trip to Ireland. The weather did get better and we were able to stop and see many things, but none of it would have meant nearly as much to us without Mossie's descriptions and funny and interesting way of making the history of the sites come alive! His love of Ireland is contagious!
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!
Our family of four very much enjoyed a half day tour of Dingle with Mossie. His knowledge of Irish history and the area around Dingle is vast and we learned... read more so much in the fours hours we spent with him. Mossie has a quick wit and friendly, warm demeanor. He was great with our teen and young adult kids as well. We wish we had more time with him and highly recommend booking with Mossie for a great tour experience.
Mossie was fabulous from the moment we met him. It was a "wild" day in Dingle with huge wind gusts and torrential downpours -- storm Dennis! Mossie still... read more came to meet us at our B&B and told us we didn't have to go ahead with the tour, but he was willing if we were. We thought
We can't say enough about Mossie and his tours. Really, the word 'tour' doesn't begin to capture what it's like to spend time with Mossie on his native soil. Yes,... read more we saw exquisite sights on the Dingle Peninsula that took our breath away. But Mossie helped us 'see' the sights through the eyes of a native son. With Mossie, Irish history and culture come alive through his narratives, his gorgeous singing, and recitation of Irish poetry. Truly magical and unforgettable experiences! We came home with a list of books to read and films to see so next time we book tours with Mossie we can have an even more enriching experience. You'll feel so lucky to be in his presence as you tour the country.