Do I need to be fit?
Most of our walks are between 10-20km (6-12miles) a day with gains in altitude of about 300m (1,000ft). A good idea is to do one or two similar length walks at home before you travel, to prepare yourself. A person with an average level of fitness should not have a problem with our walks. If you have any medical issues that might be of concern, please discuss with your doctor before travelling.
What do I need to bring?
The best way to dress for hiking is to wear layers. This way if it gets too warm you can remove a layer and likewise add a layer if too cold. If you are going uphill you will feel warm and likewise downhill stretched in can make you feel cooler.
For summer walking (May to October) we regard as essential that you bring the following items:
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Comfortable hiking socks
- Non cotton base layer
- Lightweight hiking trousers (Not Jeans)
We recommend that you consider taking the following:
- Water Bottle
- Waterproof trousers
- Hiking Poles
- Personal First Aid Kit and Whistle
- Sunscreen and Insect Repellent.
Is there a best time to travel to Ireland?
As an island under the influence of the Gulf Stream, Ireland is protected from extremes of climate. Our summers are mild (20°C/68°F) and you can expect 13°C/56°F in the spring and 16°C/61°F in the autumn. The west of Ireland tends to be windier and wetter than the east but there would not be a great difference. Regarding annoying flies, Ireland is blessed when compared to Scotland or Scandinavia. While you get some in high summer, we have far less of a problem than more northern locations. From April to September, evenings are long with bright until 8pm and later. While it is possible to walk in winter, the days can be short so the best months to walk are from March to October.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, this is compulsory. It is necessary in case of any medical issues or if you needed to visit hospital. Many people are covered for travel aboard through their health insurance, credit card or airline tickets, but if you are not you can purchase travel insurance before you travel. It is for your own peace of mind and it is compulsory for all of our walking holidays.
What are the guesthouses like?
In a word, great! We take great pride in seeking out the nicest and most interesting guesthouses along our walking routes. We only use guesthouses that are in a good location near to the walks, have warm friendly owners and have a high standard of comfort. All bedrooms are en-suite unless otherwise indicated. We are proud to use the most interesting and most comfortable guesthouses on our holidays. You can see some photographs of our guesthouses here.
Can one person go on a self guided holiday?
Yes, if you are comfortable with map reading and have had some hiking experience. It is however, best practice that a minimum of two people should walk together in the mountains for safety.
What if I have to cancel my holiday?
If you are unable to change your dates and must cancel your holiday we will return 80% of the cost of the holiday provided the holiday is cancelled 4 weeks before the start date. Within 4 weeks of the start of your holiday, the cancellation charges are as follows:
- More than 28 days before the start of the holiday (deposit only)
- 7-28 days before start (50%)
- 7 days before start (100%)
Can I change the date once I have booked?
If you need to change the date of your holiday we will do our best to accommodate your preference. We cannot guarantee that your new preferred date will be available, but we will work together with you, to find a suitable alternative. There is no charge for change of date of your holiday.
Where can I eat dinner?
After a day’s hiking, one of the great pleasures is a nice meal and all of our holidays are planned with this in mind. On all of our holidays there will always be a restaurant or a pub serving food within 10-15 minutes walk of your guesthouse. When your guesthouse is further away than this, we provide transport to the restaurant or the guesthouse will provide you with dinner. Each evening you will always be able to get a good meal and a few drinks.
What are the breakfast like in Ireland?
On each of our self guided holidays we provide you with breakfast and packed lunches. The breakfast is usually a choice of a continental (breads, cheese, ham, jams) or full Irish breakfast (Sausages, bacon, eggs, toast) as well as cereals and juices. Tea and coffee is also provided. Most guesthouses also offer fruit and yoghurt. We often provide a gluten free, vegetarian or vegan breakfast on request.
If you have any questions that were not answered by our FAQ’s please let us know.