Guided Tours of Ireland's Hidden Gems - 2019 dates open for booking now

About Susan Byron

Hi, my name is Susan Byron and I live on the West coast of Ireland with my partner MJ and our fat, ginger cat Percy. My family are all grown up now and happily away off doing their own thing, thankfully. So, I have more time for travelling, writing and photography. Oddly enough, the more I travel, the more I have come to love and appreciate Ireland even more and while we like to moan about the weather here, we never get extremes of hot or cold, perhaps a little too much rain, but then again it wouldn't be as green and beautiful as it is it weren't for the rain! The pace of life too is so much slower here and we don't take ourselves too seriously, that's for sure. But above everything, it's Ireland's scenery that I love the most and that I want to share with you. Nowhere else in the world is there such diversity in a relatively small space with each county having its own unique culture, things to do, places to see and people to meet......

Susan Byron, Sheep's Head, County CorkSusan Byron, Sheep's Head, County Cork

Susan Byron background

Of course, I am often asked where I get my information from or how do I know about all of these strange and wonderful places? Well, apart from having researched intensely and explored Ireland extensively over the last 10 years since I started this website, I have met some great characters who have very kindly shared their local knowledge with me on my travels. Besides, I was born in Dublin where I grew up, a Doyle or Dubh Ghaill (dark stranger) of Viking origin so exploring is in my blood. My father worked for the newsroom of RTE television and was always in search of the next great story. So, my childhood was spent on family jaunts, following up just about any and every new lead, deserted schools, forgotten great houses, ruined castles, holy wells, ring forts etc which no doubt encouraged and fed my natural curiosity. Summer holidays were spent sailing in Wexford, or camping out in the wilds of Kerry and Connemara. When I got married (Byron) we moved to Meath and then became engrossed in the Boyne Valley and beyond, cruising the river Shannon and exploring the Magical Midlands with our four children, Stephen, Ross, Daniel and Audrey Byron....

Susan Byron Family

Stephen, Ross, Daniel and Audrey ByronStephen, Ross, Daniel and Audrey Byron

Finally, we moved West and discovered the Burren which is a very beautiful karst limestone landscape that is carpeted with alpine flowers, gentians and wild orchids in early summer. With Connermara, Mayo and Donegal just North of us and Kerry, West Cork and Waterford to the South not forgetting those Magical Midlands to the East, I know I am truly blessed especially now that I have my darling little grandson, Lee Patrick Byron to share my travels with....

My grandson Lee Patrick ByronMy grandson Lee Patrick Byron

Susan Byron Guided Tours

Last year I led my first ever Guided Tours of Ireland's Hidden Gems  in May and June which were a huge success. We were blessed with wonderful weather on both tours, so I got to show off Ireland at her most beautiful and everyone have a wonderful time. Fingers crossed we will get more of the same for next year, you can click on the following link for more information, if you are interested? Again I will be running just two tours, one each in May and June and these will be limited to small groups of 24 people (max) so that I can take you off the beaten track which is just not possible with large 50 seater buses. Besides my tours are all about providing a personal and authentic experience of Ireland and not just a box ticking commercial exercise. And as always, I am really looking forward to showing off the real Ireland, especially the Hidden Gems that I am so passionate about, to each of my guests, plus plenty of fun and good times, along the way.....

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contact Susan Byron

If you would like to get in touch with me re planning your next trip to Ireland you will find my contact details below. As you can imagine I get a lot of mail, but I do reply to each and every email personally, so please be patient if it it takes a day or two. Or message me on my Facebook page where there is a lively global conversation going on about Ireland 24/7. You are more than welcome to join us and pitch in with any questions you might have about Ireland, because even if I don't know the answer, someone else surely will.....

All the best, Susan

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