Dig your hiking boots out. . . . I specialise in taking you on stunning walks and short hikes in our spectacular places. I work full time as a guide, so provided you are quick enough, you should find lots of availability.
The Causeway Coast and Glens is one of the most beautiful corners in Ireland - up in the very north east. My tours specialise in truly experiencing the best of the stunning landscapes by (largely) dodging the popular attractions in favour of spending quality time out in the landscape. . . we still visit the top spots but in a much more unique and memorable way.
Whether it is hiking along the stunning Causeway cliffs for 5 miles (8K) to reach the Causeway stones or visiting a truly hidden gem for walking at Murlough and Fair Head, I pride myself in delivering authentic tours IN the landscape, not just driving past for some photographs. I've been a guide since 2013 and I absolutely LOVE showing this beautiful place, that I get to call home, to visitors from around the world.
I have a degree in Irish History and am happy to talk about history but I equally love the bird life, the sheep, the farming heritage, the spring flowers, the geology etc.
I am Belfast born and bred. I have also travelled the world including living abroad for five years. I have visited the United States over 15 times as well as numerous places across Europe, Asia and Australia. I've lots more to see though. I even walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in 2012. . . a journey that ultimately led to me giving walking and hiking tours in my native Ireland.
I LOVE being in the outdoors but more importantly I love creating the experiences for you that have been described by others as the 'highlight of my trip to Ireland', or 'a tour I will cherish for the rest of my life', . . .
Since 2013 when I started as a guide, I've delivered thousands of tours for thousands of people across all types of tours, from 50 seat coaches to guiding just two people on a short hike. I am now proud to offer private tours in my own vehicle. I excel at adapting tour, route and pace to my guests. My tours are perfect for people who really want the road less travelled. In order to enjoy my tours you simple need a base level of (average) fitness, an interest in being in the outdoors and a minimum level of appropriate footwear and clothing.
If you are active and looking for something truly unique and off the beaten path then I very much look forward to hearing from you. . . or better yet. . . if I'm available and you are too. . . then just book it! See you at the pick up location. . .
BA Hons in Irish History in Politics - Ulster University 1997
NCFE Level 2 and 3 in Tour Guiding
FAA Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid
Fully licensed and insured Category C Taxi (8 Seat Ford Tourneo)
CertHE Level 4 Tour Guiding - (pending completion Jan 2020)
Trained as a Hill and Moorland leader - (pending assessment 2020)
I am also a member of a local tour guiding body which focuses on quality standards and professional development for local guides. I am a committee member and also part of a three person sub-group who represent the body with the local tourist board.
I do not have any restrictions regarding my guiding, I can offer a full range of guiding services.