really great tours - Your Ultimate Guide to Erris and Beyond - Visit North Mayo

Bill Duffy from really great tours shares his background and insights into his business, explaining why you should choose him for your next unforgettable tour.

really great tours was established in 2024 by Bill Duffy (Image: really great tours)

A Little About Me

I was born and raised on Station Road in Ballina. Some of you might know my family, of Duffys Bakery, AKA Knutty Krust. My first time in Erris was as a kid, riding in a bread delivery van! After graduating from University in London, I ran my own café in Ballina for over 10 years, managed the expansion of a donut franchise in Bermuda, and worked under a Michelin Star Chef in London. Leaving the baking trade to go travelling, I met my partner, bought a campervan and the rest is history! We travelled the length and breadth of Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales, visiting the tourist attractions big and small (especially lighthouses) and marvelling at what our island has to offer to tourists. We Irish don’t tend to shout about our homeland enough!

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Settling in Erris

In 2018, I began leading tours of Blacksod Lighthouse, Blacksod Village, and the Inishkea Islands, learning the local lore and history of this incredible area. I set up and run a community conservation group called Erris at Night which meets monthly to celebrate and protect our valuable Dark Skies and educates about the ill effects of light pollution. Training in ecotourism, Gaeilge, Dark Skies, and sustainability, I’m so enthusiastic about encouraging sustainable tourism to our area in a more meaningful manner. Tourism is all about experiences, about hearing the stories of the past and considering how they may inform the future.

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Discovering the Beauty of Erris

Erris is a truly beautiful part of the world. We have a wealth of rare flora and fauna, epic views, and world-class beaches here. There is lots to offer, in history, heritage, wildlife, and, of course, the Irish language you’ll find spoken locally. We have Wild Nephin National Park, the Dark Skies designation, many lighthouses, a thriving maritime trade, and even our own bumblebee. I’m excited to bring dedicated, accessible tours of Erris and County Mayo to suit all groups and ages. The feedback from my guided tours is fantastic; people connect more with an area through guided interpretation and can have all their questions answered directly. I can facilitate young and old, visitors with reduced mobility, schools, families, large groups, corporate team building days, and much more!

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Lets take a look around together!

I cannot wait to meet you all this summer. My tours are for everyone, local, national, and international. Whether bird watching, whale watching, history loving, surfing, golfing, walking, island-hopping, relaxing, or simply looking for a new way to spend the day, really great tours is open for business!

Experience the best of what Erris and County Mayo have to offer with really great Your adventure awaits! Booking details below:

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