Here at Ireland Walk Hike Bike we pride ourselves on giving our customers the service they want with excellent quality every step of the way. Through our feedback forms, surveys and emails, you have spoken and we have listened! We know there are some of you who are avid walkers, very passionate about the outdoors and doing longer walks that cover more ground. For you our classic guided walks will continue in all the same great locations as before to include more challenging walks. However, for the 2016 season, we have introduced Walk & Talk Tours, a range of guided walks which are ‘one boot’ or easy and are all about shorter walks and the cultural and heritage experiences that you will partake in.
These tours afford you the time to enjoy the stunning, off the beaten track Irish landscapes but also really get to know and explore the places you’re visiting along the way by partaking in Irish traditional life activities. Immerse yourself in Irish culture and really engage with Ireland by pulling a pint, making an Irish coffee, learning how to make Irish Soda Bread or perhaps visiting a local potter and throwing your own pot. Talk to local Irish people about their skills and passions for these crafts and talents. These are great events to get to know your tour group, making friends and memories to last a lifetime!
The walking distances are shorter, which means that whatever level of fitness the members of your group are everyone can take in the sights, and enjoy themselves in comfort. For over 20 years we have had the pleasure of showing our guests this wonderful county so you even though our new range of walks are physically easier you can still expect the same great quality with experienced guides and breath-taking views. Our guides have a wealth of knowledge on their local areas and can tell you all about the history, nature and folklore. There will be lots for time for chatting, relaxing and discussing the activities you are experiencing along the way.
Each Walk & Talk holiday offers different experiences for you to try while you are touring, and will send you home with a real sense of discovery and maybe some new found talents! Here’s a few examples of the activities you can do on each tour;
This tour allows you the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on basket making workshop, one of the oldest traditional crafts in Ireland. This skill that goes into the basket making allows a lot to be admired. Get stuck in with these skilled craftsmen to guide you and learn the importance of this craft to Irish people in years past.
Enjoy a Walk, Talk and Taste of Irish Atlantic Seaweed learning how to forage and methods of cooking from a seaweed expert. A wonderful introduction to this most nutritious food so abundantly available on our sea shores and wonderfully delicious samples of food.
Visit the Dingle Music Shop run by a local musician and hear a traditional Bodhran session, an ancient war drum now synonymous as the heartbeat of Irish music. This trip also gives you the opportunity to browse the wonderful display of traditional Irish music pieces within the shop.
Having graced the pages of Vogue magazine the Aran sweater can be considered beautiful but was also a very practical traditional uniform for the boatmen of the Aran Islands. See how the famous Aran Sweaters are created, and learn about their origins and patterns on Inis Oir, one of the beautiful Aran Islands. There will be plenty of opportunity to buy your very own authentic sweater too!
One famous stereotype of Ireland is the barman at the local pub pulling a pint of Guinness and this one is totally what you would imagine it to be. However, this is serious business and technique in pulling a pint, Guinness even have a quality control team driving around Ireland in little black vans. On this tour you will be taken to a local Irish pub and taught how to properly pull a pint of our famous “Black stuff”, Guinness.