Derek is a qualified Failte Ireland Tour Guide and holds BA (Hons.) Degree in History and Heritage Studies. He began giving guided tours of Galway City back in 2012 and can trace his Galwegian roots back to 1776. Throughout his life, he has travelled extensively around the world and realised even then, the value of a good honest guide to bring a place alive. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so Derek realisedall that is special and unique about the history and culture of Galway, City of the Tribes. Please find details of some his audio walks offered below.
DISCOVER GALWAY CENTRE CITY ON A MEANDER THROUGH THE LATIN QUARTER TO THE RIVER CORRIB
Galway Walking Tour on VoiceMap is a 90-minute audio tour of Galway City. The tour can be taken day or night and you can rejoin it at any time. Just download on VoiceMap, click on Galway and discover Galway City Centre on a meander from the Latin Quarter to the River Corrib. The tour cover 800 years of history with many tales, some fun, some gruesome. The tour commences from outside the Failte Ireland Tourist on Foster Street’
A TASTE OF THE CRAIC: EXPLORING GALWAY’S GASTRONOMY
Discover Galway’s Latin Quarter with me and the medium of fine Irish cuisine, locally sourced produce and internationally celebrated beverages. Rolling pastures meet the wild Atlantic here, and you’ll find out why this location has helped to make the city such a food lovers’ destination. And it has the craic too! While you walk along the Latin Quarter’s medieval streets, I’ll tell you about the evolution of our cuisine from the Bronze Age to our recent culinary revolution. There’s a full course of information on our adventure through the Latin Quarter, where you can dine like a local and end up in Galway’s Westend, where you can party into the wee hours. I’ll even give you the lowdown on traditional Irish music and where to hear it at its best before I send you on your way. The choices are endless, and with this audio tour, you’re free to explore at your leisure.
For full details check out www.galwaywalkingtour.ie
Review: Professionalism, Quality, Value
My family and I took a walking tour of Galway city centre in August 2020 delivered by Derek Spillane via the VoiceMap App. It was a brilliant experience.
I was intrigued beforehand as to how it would work. I have done audio tours before but this was very clever. GPS allows the narrator to speak at the appropriate timing, meaning if you’re a bit slower getting from one point to the next, you don’t have to keep pausing and playing, it just responds to where you’re walking and will only start referring to a particular point of interest when you arrive at it.
I enjoyed this tour because it was compact. It wasn’t overly ambitious – it focused on a small geographical area and took about an hour.