About Anne

Fáilte Ireland Approved Regional Tour Guide

Anne Burke

I live in the heart of the nascent Joyce Country and Western Lakes Geopark which straddles Counties Mayo and Galway and borders the Wild Atlantic Way. My family have been farming in this area for centuries so we are steeped in the local folklore and history and my tours are enlivened by many entertaining anecdotes and some tall tales. 

I have a Bachelor degree in Education (majoring in History) and am passionate about Irish history and culture and love to share my knowledge. Another passion of mine is travel. I have lived and worked in nine countries (in both developing and developed nations) and have travelled on every continent, so I am delighted to work with fellow travellers who come to Irish shores! 

I am a Fáilte Ireland approved Regional Tour Guide and am a member of the Approved Tour Guides Association of Ireland (ATGI) as well as the Galway Tour Guides Association (GTGA). Having lived and worked in France and Belgium for a total of 17 years, I am fluent in French and welcome French groups.

I have developed a number of standard tours as described in this website but I enjoy creating customised tours and I am available for walking tours, coach or car tours and cruise excursions.

A few testimonials …

“Anne Burke is a lovely guide. It was fun listening to her talking about the roots of Galway and stories and people behind. It was very informative. I have been living in Galway a couple of months already, yet now I notice some things in a new way. After the tour Anne even gave us some travel tips. Recommended!”

Lisa Lorraine, Galway

“On our trip to Ireland 2021, Anne Burke was our Tourmakeady guide. Her knowledge of the history & geography is tremendous. Without Anne, we would never have found my grandfather’s ancestral home, met living relatives & toured the estate of the landowner from the time of the famine of 1845-1849. She was able to bring our online research & the report from the South Mayo Family Research Centre to life. Anne introduced us to the history of the Tourmakeady Ambush in May of 1921 during the War of Independence. We were amazed to learn that one of our cousins was a member of the Flying Column of the South Mayo Irish Voulunteers that participated in the ambush. We are grateful to Anne for our unforgettable day & highly recommend her services.”

Dan Sullivan, Aurora, Colorado

“I was really delighted to see a guided walking tour of Clonbur Woods available as part of the Galway Walking Festival and so booked it straight away. My guided walk with Anne was just fabulous- I really loved it. From the get-go I knew I was in very capable hands, she had thought of everything in advance of us starting our walk. Her information about the area was so interesting and I loved learning from her, she explained everything in such an easy to understand way and gave me a whole new appreciation of where I live. Thank you Anne.”

Yvonne Peters-Hill, Clonbur

 

“I was on Anne’s heritage walking tour of Galway & fascinating doesn’t start to explain it!  I have been re-telling people the tales I heard about the tribes, the arch, joyce & the site of the oyster stand & the significance of the skulls on the stone walls there. Amazing tour. Totally exceeded my expectations 🙂  It was just at the end of lockdown & couldn’t have picked a better way to see Galway, a city I am just getting to know & history I am fascinated by. Thanks Anne!, definitely left even more impressed 🙂 .”

Clodagh Durkan, Galway

 

 

“Mayo offers “all of Ireland’s romantic beauty but without the crowds. Find an improbable bounty of prehistoric sites, Georgian towns, abandoned manor houses, fishing villages and old-fashioned country hospitality… Mayo has wild beauty and haunting landscapes, but you’ll find few tourists here, which means there are plenty of untapped opportunities for exploration by car, foot, bicycle or horseback. Life here has never been easy and the Potato Famine (1845–51) ravaged the county and prompted mass emigration. Consequently, many people with Irish ancestry around the world can trace their roots to this once-blighted land.”

The Lonely Planet Ireland Guide

“Brilliantly bohemian” Galway (City) has been named “one of the world’s top cities for travellers in 2020” by travel guide Lonely Planet. The city scooped the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020, its annual collection of the best travel destinations, trends, journeys and experiences….. Galway features fourth in the list of top cities for 2020 (after Salzburg, Austria, Washington, USA and Cairo, Egypt).”

The Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet describes Galway as “arguably Ireland’s most engaging city”, where “brightly painted pubs heave with live music” and “cafes offer front-row seats to watch buskers perform”.

Irish Times Deirdre Falvey

“Some of Ireland’s most picturesque scenery fans out from Galway’s city limits, particularly along the breath-taking Connemara Peninsula. Tiny roads wander along a coastline studded with islands, dazzling white sandy beaches and intriguing villages; the interior shelters heath-strewn boglands, glassy lakes, looming mountains and isolated valleys. In the county’s east, towns with medieval remains give way to rolling farmland.

Offshore, the wild and beautiful eroded swathes of the Aran Islands possess a desolate and windswept yet entrancing aura and offer a glimpse into Irish life of centuries past.”

The Lonely Planet Ireland Guide