About Us

Derek Spillane

Galway City, Galway, Ireland

BA (Hons) Degree in Heritage and History Studies. Bord Failte National Tour Guide and SPSV licenced limousine driver

Welcome to Ireland, I can’t wait to show you what I believe is special and unique about my country.

Experience: Since 2012
Gender: Male
Private Tour Guide In: Galway
Other Guiding Areas: Dublin, County Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Mayo, Aran Islands, Cork
Languages: English

My Credentials:

  • Accredited Failte Ireland National Tour Guide, I’ve been offering tours since 2013.
  • SPSV licenced limousine driver and limousine hire
  • BA (Frist Class Honours) Degree in History and Heritage Studies.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Training, achieving a Distinction in my Level 9 Postgraduate Degree.
  • Full public liability insurance.
  • My expertise include Ireland’s history, archaeology, architecture, literature, folklore and folklife (including Ireland’s food heritage). 
  • As a life long foodie, having worked in the hospitality industry most of my working life.I recently completed a Level 9, Postgraduate SPA in Food Innovation and Entrepreneurshiip.I co-own a successful food business.
  • I live in Galway City with my family by the sea.

I’m a qualified Failte Ireland Tour Guide and hold a BA (Hons. ) Degree in History and Heritage Studies. I can trace my Galwegian roots back to 1776, to the Aran Islands and I can assist you trace your Irish roots if required. Throughout my life, I have travelled extensively around the world and realised the value of a good guide in bringing a place alive. I resolved back then to become a professional guide one day and show visitors the places I feel are unique and special to my country. I was born in a Gaelic speaking area and would love to share a few words with you and share my passion for Ireland’s history and folklore. 

I look forward to showing you around the west of Ireland and the town I call home, Galway. With my knowledge and expertise I can create a special bespoke tour for you that will help you get the most from your valuable time off. All my tours are highly customisable, so whether its a visit to Cliffs of Moher, Connemara or The Aran Islands, a detour to something different like seashore foraging; an oyster farm; a cookery school on an enchanted island; artisan weavers or a local independent whiskey distillery, it can always be accommodated. Just ask about airport pick ups or onward journey to your next accommodation after the tour. Send a message or share your dream tour itinerary and I’ll work to make it come true.


  • Luxury Mercedes Benz E Class with Air Conditioning

Professional License/Certificate