We have compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions from our guests and answered them for you below.
A self guided hiking or cycling tour is one where you hike/cycle alone or with the group you book with; you are not accompanied by a tour guide. When you book a self guided tour with us, we will arrange your accommodation for each night, move your luggage for you each day and give you detailed notes & maps to ensure you get safely from place to place each day. You will also have the added security of 24 hour telephone support, should you need us for anything. You will also be given access to your very own personalized phone application which will have each days hiking/cycle route downloaded so you can follow the GPS route. As well as this on your GPS route you will have points of interest along the way which will appear on your map and when you come to these you can read about each point of interest. Your accommodation will also be on your map so it is just like having a guide in your pocket.
A guided hiking tour is all of the above but with the addition of a guide on your hike. When you choose a guided hiking holiday with us, you wont just have someone to lead the way; our guides will fill your head & heart with stories about the culture and the landscape you visit. They will also help you discover the most amazing hikes each day and the liveliest pubs for a pint with the locals, the most amazing restaurant or the awe-inspiring viewing point to enjoy your lunch while hiking each day.
A Guide Assisted tour is the perfect tour for you if you want the security of having an expert local guide at hand and the opportunity to set your own pace each day. This tour type has all the benefits of a guided tour but with the flexibility of a self-guided tour. On a Guide Assisted tour, your guide will brief you each evening on the next day’s hike. You will have 3 or 4 options each day with differing distances and difficulty levels so each day you can chose whatever hike feels right for you. Each morning before you set out on your hike, your guide will give you an overview of your coming days terrain and ensure you have all the relevant information about points of interest along the way. During your hike, your guide will always be close by in a support vehicle, so if you need assistance, this option is always there. Your luggage WILL be transported AND the guide will be waiting for you at the end of your hike to ensure all is well. In the evening, you can choose to eat with the group or make your own plans and your guide will give you recommendations for the very best restaurants and pubs in the wonderful towns villages you stay in along the way. The primary difference between this tour type and a standard guided tour is that the guide will not hike with you. You will be free to hike at your own pace, following our detailed, easy to read route notes for simple navigation. You also have the option to follow a GPS track which can be downloaded onto your phone as an additional navigation aid.
Yes we offer fantastic Self Drive tours of Ireland. These can have an active focus to include hikes and cycles or be a more cultural tour with no activity.
Yes! We offer a range of cycling tours. Have a look here
Yes we have Self-guided Hike & Bike tours which combine the very best of the regions hiking and cycling routes. These can be tailored for a group to include a guide also.
A custom tour is a tour you design yourself. These can be guided or self guided, luxury or standard, long or short, you decide what you want to do and we will customise the perfect tour for you. You can design a custom tour right here
This additional charge covers the cost of your single room.
Please follow these links to the national rail and bus providers. There are some other local operators which are very good also. Please contact us and we would be happy to help with these bookings if you have any difficulty.
This depends on what type of tour you would like to enjoy. For our Guided hiking tours and our Guide Assisted Hiking tours there are fixed dates for the holidays to start. For a Self-Guided hiking holiday you can start on any date you wish.
To view our 2019 Guided hiking tour dates Click Here.
To view 0ur 2019 Guide Assisted tour dates Click Here.
On a Self-Guided tour we will be moving your luggage each day while you hike and it will be waiting for you when you arrive at your accommodation. On a guided or guide assisted tour the luggage will be in your bus on a day you move locations or it will be in your accommodation.
One aspect of our tours we are very proud off is our handpicked accommodations. We source the very best accommodations in each region. We prefer to use small local guesthouse and B&Bs rather than hotels as the experience is much more personable with the famous Irish welcome guaranteed.
Yes. We will send you a list of your accommodation with your booking confirmation.
We always try and locate our guests as close to local amenities as possible and in places where our guests will get the most out of their trip.
A double room has one double bed and a twin room will have two single beds.
Yes, We can either give you separate GPS tracks for each hike of your holiday or a better option will be to download our app from the play/app store. We will then send you login details to your personal, customised profile which will have everything loaded on it including the GPS routes, your accommodation, points of interest on each days hike, recommended bars and restaurants etc. The app works offline so do not need data once you have the routes downloaded to your phone.
In 25 years of welcoming guests to Ireland not one guest has ever got lost. Now with our GPS enabled app to aid with navigation and our ever-improving route notes and maps we very much doubt you will get lost. In the unlikely event you lose your way you will have our 24/7 emergency phone number which you can call at any time and we will get you back on track. Alternatively if you are using our app then you can send an SOS text message which will show us your exact location.
For environmental reasons we give one pack to each booking group but if you need more we are happy to provide them.
This pack will be waiting for you at your first accommodation and will contain the following: Welcome letter with overview of the contents of the pack, Detailed routes notes, Maps, Luggage tags, waterproof cover for your route notes and maps. Feedback form with addressed envelope.
All of our packs are in English, but we are currently working on translating them into both German and French. Please ask if you would like your information in German or French and we will do our best to provided them.
Our scheduled tours have English speaking guides. If you are booking a custom tours then we have a number of German, French and Spanish Speaking guides.
We cater to all fitness levels on our tours. Naturally if you are undertaking an active holiday then there will be a certain level of fitness required. The daily activity times range from 2 to 7 hours.
Euro in the south of Ireland, Sterling in Northern Ireland.
Yes, All of our guests are required to have their own travel and personal injury insurance. Please click here to view our preferred Insurance provider.
For all our scheduled tours we ask you to make your own way from the airport to the start location. This will always be an urban area with strong public transport links. The reason we ask you to do this is for environmental reasons. We are happy to arrange private transfers if you would prefer this option. There will be an additional charge for private transfers. We are happy to help with any public transport bookings.
The boots that are indicated on each of our tours signify the level of difficulty for the hike:
1 boot = Comfortable hike
2 boots = Moderate hike
3 boots = Energetic hike
Once you have paid your booking deposit of €150 then we will send you a confirmation email with receipt of your payment along with further information to help you plan for your Irish adventure. You will have a dedicated holiday specialist to help you with any questions you may have prior to your arrival date.
You can pay for your holiday through our secure online payment system or via a bank transfer.
Absolutely! We ensure anywhere we recommend or eat has a range of dietary options.
Absolutely! We ensure anywhere we recommend or eat has a range of dietary options.
Yes, all our accommodation providers have Wifi.
Irish weather is quite unpredictable yet always beautiful. Highest temperatures will hit between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius. September is always considered a mild, temperate month. Winter air temperatures normally reach 8 degrees Celsius and the coldest months are usually January and February.
May & October are less busy months but the weather could be mixed. For the months of June, July, August & September, these are our busiest months in Ireland but with a chance of slightly better weather.
Yes, we highly recommend you pack a comfortable, waterproof pair of lightweight shoes or boots with a good grip and ankle support.
Have a watch of our video discussing footwear Here.
Please follow this link to see some videos we produced to see the type of equipment you will need for your Irish active holiday:
The vast majority of the trails in Ireland do not have toilet facilities.
Almost every shop, bar or restaurant in Ireland will accept VISA payments. We would always recommend you carry a little cash in the event that this is not the case. This will most like occur in remote rural areas.
Brexit will have no effect on your holiday. Please contact us to discuss this in more detail if you have specific questions.
We would recommend you bring your hiking poles if you are used to using them at home. The underfoot conditions in Ireland can vary greatly throughout each day with various trail conditions and so there will be a lot of ascent and descent.
We do not include airport transfers as standard for environmental reasons. There is strong pubic transport links to all airports and we are happy to help with bookings and scheduling so please fee free to contact us to discuss this in more detail. We are happy to book private transfers so please contact us to book.
In Ireland, the power plugs and sockets are of type G.
Public transport exists in many of Ireland’s urban areas. Bus transport is the main form of public transport common in all towns & cities. Dublin, Limerick, Galway & Cork all have their own suburban rail networks. Taxi’s are available throughout the country.
There is no strong tipping policy in Ireland but many Irish customers tend to tip for services such as restaurants, taxis etc. 10% of a tip is always nice but in no way mandatory.
Yes, all our accommodation providers will have hair dryers and basic toiletries. If there is anything specific that you need, we would advise you to take this with you.
Yes, you are welcome to take a day off at any stage during your holiday. Depending on your holiday type this may come with certain conditions. We are happy to discuss this in more detail.
Yes, we are happy to discuss this option with you and we will do our best to accommodate any request.
A meal in an inexpensive restaurant could be approx. €15 whereas a meal in a more upmarket restaurant could be approx. €25.
A pint of beer is approx. €5.
Yes, your luggage will be transferred between hikes and will be waiting for you at your accommodation.
Yes, We are happy to help with accommodation booking before or after your scheduled tour dates. We can also add extra activities if you want us to.
We are happy to discuss this option with you and any group booking is eligible for a special rate.
For our Guided and Guide Assisted tours, the maximum number of guests is 8. We believe in small group tours with the focus on providing outstanding customer service and immersing you in the real Ireland which is not possible in large groups.
Please view this link to see the preferred footwear for Irish hiking. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please feel free to contact us.
Please view this link to see the preferred footwear for Irish hiking. If you want to discuss this in more detail, please feel free to contact us.
Irish food is exceptional and surprises most of our guests. Irish food is traditionally perceived as quite bland but this has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. Most restaurants will source ingredients and design menus around local and seasonal produce which ensures freshness, flavour and authenticity when visiting an area and us Irish are famous for making sure you never go hungry. In recent years, Ireland is quite famous for it’s food & drink scene.
As per the tour type you book, some meals are included and some are not. Every tour is different so make sure to have a look over the tour you are booking to find out what is or isn’t included and don’t hesitate to ask us any questions if you are unsure about anything.
Absolutely! There will be plenty of time to explore and experience the ceoil agus craic in Ireland and we will guide you to the best places!
For an 8 day hiking tour, this means 7 nights stay and 6 days of hiking.