Galway Tour Guides Association

Fáilte Ireland Approved Tour Guides in Galway

The Only Way to See Galway...

The Galway Tour Guide Association provides a vital service for our tourists. With our knowledge and professional training, we ensure that all our visitors to Galway and Ireland have a memorable experience.

We work closely with several corporate Companies in Galway – private transfers, tailor-made tours – Shopping Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Genealogy Tours etc.

We are all professional, qualified Tour Guides, fully authentic and qualified on all aspects of Irish Tourism – (Fáilte Ireland / Irish Tourist Board Approved). Our Guides come from various backgrounds – Historians, Tutors, Writers, Tour Operators, Archaeologists etc. Most of our Guides are from Galway, but we also have several Guides from various parts of the world, who have made Galway their home.

Gabrielle Campbell

Driver Guide : No

Language : English, French

Anne Riordan

Driver Guide : No

Language : English

Derek Spillane

Derek Spillane

Driver Guide : Yes

Language : English

Tour Guide Reviews

Derek was a jewel. He had wonderful stories, a good sense of humour, and we could not have been more pleased. Was a terrific day!

Howard Goldstein

Derek was an incredible guide! We learned so much and got to see amazing things. He also was very accommodating and tailored the tour to our requests and interests. The car was lovely, and we were comfortable for the whole day. Would 10000% recommend!

Madeleine Schnittker

Good communication from driver and right on time. The tour was excellent! Derek was very knowledgeable and educated in local and Irish history, geography, and culture. Very safe driver and accommodating to all our wishes and needs. He went above and beyond expectations.

Mark Robertson

Derek was a wonderful guide for our day spent exploring Connemara! We learned so much about Ireland and Irish history! Kylemore was beautiful as well were the mountains and lakes. We loved the sheep dog demo and lunch with local mussels!

Ginny Fox

Connemara Tour,

Thank you Derek. We were very pleased with the tour and the wonderful historical details you shared.

Bernadette Resnik

Sept 2023 • Family
We arranged a tour of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey with Anne Marie. She was exceptionally helpful in developing our itinerary and providing a superb driver in Jimmy Laffey. We saw all the main sights and much more as Jimmy knew many special sights that we enjoyed. Anne Marie saved the day as she helped retrieve a lost camera which made our day great all the way around.
We will call on Celtic again for another amazing experience!

Connemara Tour,

Gerard provides the BEST personalized tour! Book now!

We met Gerard right in the heart of Galway & right away, he greeted us by name and got to know a bit about us! He took us around the city with an amazing depth of knowledge and cheer. Gerard was always willing to customize any part of the tour (including where to watch the rugby match !), the entire experience was incredible- highly HIGHLY recommend!

Galway City and Suburb attractions,

September 12, 2023

Fantastic tour of Galway with Gerard!

TripAdvisor review: Walking tour by Bond family

We took a tour just today with Gerard of Galway and he was an amazing guide. We met him at the suggested spot a bit early and after greeting us by name we went off to explore the city. Gerard took the time to explain each stopping point in detail but was in no way rigid in his approach and in-fact we delved off into parts of America’s history and quirks as well as even talking about the recent Ireland loss in the Rugby World Cup.

We highly recommend Western Tours and Tales and if you’re fortunate enough to have Gerard as your guide, so much the better!

Galway city,

October 16, 2023


Very enjoyable walking tour with Ger of Western Tours

Viator review: Galway Historic Walking Tour by Kathy_D

The guide was very attentive and the tour was personalized and unrushed. I learned a lot
about Galway history and came away with a good sense of the lay of the land. Definitely
recommend if you’re looking for a thoughtful, interesting experience.


August 12, 2023

Du lässt Träume wahr werden. Danke für die schöne Reisezeit.

You make dreams come true. Thanks for the wonderful trip.

Andrea hat uns als Reiseleitung und als Mensch hervorragend gefallen. Sie hat ein immens grosses Wissen, viel Lebenserfahrung, man kann tolle Gespräche mit ihr führen. Sie erkennt die Interessen jedes Gruppenmitglieds und geht speziell auf diese ein. Sie ist von einer natürlichen Freundlichkeit und Hilfsbereitschaft, ohne sich zu verbiegen. Ich würde mir gerne noch weitere Gebiete Irlands von ihr zeigen lassen.

We really liked Andrea as a tour guide and as a person. She has immense knowledge, a lot of life experience, you can have great conversations with her. She recognizes the interests of each group member and caters specifically to them. She has a natural friendliness and willingness to help without bending over backwards. I would like to have her show me other areas of Ireland.

Tony is a man of many parts. I’m still trying to figure out whether he is an historian, raconteur, writer, linguist, archaeologist, geologist or poet.

The Burren,

June 1, 2010

My name is Brad Thompson and I’m a journalist employed by The West Australian newspaper. I was lucky enough to be a guest on one of your walking tours in June 2010. Thanks for showing us around the Burren and for such an entertaining and interesting afternoon – Brad Thompson, The West Australian newspaper.

The Burren,

June 1, 2010

Kirby slips in nuggets of information as if they were breaking news.

The Burren,

May 1, 2012

Oh, Paul. What can I say? You tolerated 3 crazy ladies from the US all day. Won’t mention your heroism on behalf of my sister. We are still laughing today. Connemara was soooo beautiful! Loved where we went to lunch. Your patience while we shopped was above and beyond. If I could I would give him 10 stars. I will use this feature again. Thank you so much, Paul Nancy, Betsy and Jean.

Connemara & Kylemore Tour,

September 14, 2018

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