A family-run day trip from Dublin ranks alongside the best tours on earth, according to TripAdvisor
An Irish, family-run tour has ranked among the world's Top 10 tours and travel activities in TripAdvisor's latest Travellers' Choice Awards.
Wild Wicklow Tours ranks No.1 in Ireland and No. 10 globally on a list of the planet's best travel experiences, announced today.
Run by Denis and Angela O'Reilly using local guides, the tour is a daytrip offering a full immersion in the garden county with stops in Wicklow National Park, the Sally Gap and the famous monastic settlement at Glendalough.
"It's unbelievably brilliant," Denis told Independent.ie Travel, reacting to the news. "We're 21 years in business this May... we've kept it small and never grown into a monster so we can keep the quality.
"Our team is spectacular. Their effort has made this possible."
Running from 9am to 6pm, tickets cost €33/28pp, and the tours stop for coffee in Avoca, lunch in Laragh, and a tipple of Jameson overlooking Lough Tay (above).
Other winners highlight the popularity of day trips among overseas visitors, from coach hubs including Dublin, Galway and Killarney.
Ireland's Top 10 travel experiences
“It’s testament to the great experiences on offer in Ireland that a tour of Wild Wicklow has ranked in the world's top ten, based on the reviews and ratings of its visitors," said James Kay, a TripAdvisor spokesperson.
TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards for experiences were determined "using an algorithm that took into account a business’s reviews, opinions and popularity with travellers over the last year" the company says.
The experiences can be booked, as well as rated, on its website.
Meanwhile, an Italian experience - a cooking class at a Tuscan farmhouse and local market tour - topped the global experience rankings.
The world's Top 10 travel experiences
Previous awards lists this year have ranked Ireland's best beaches, best destinations and best hotels, while the country as a whole ranked No.2 on another new list - TripAdvisor's 'most excellent' places to travel in 2018.
Full info on the winners is at tripadvisor.ie/travelerschoice-experiences.