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Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 65 reviews of Hiking

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Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

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Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

by Jane Mary Cheshire 19/06/2019

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Ciaran was excellent even went back to the van to get me some walking poles
He flawlessly changed the itinerary when we could not go out to the islands, which was the main reason we chose the trip
The Bottom Line
Disappointed that we could not go out to the islands the main reason we did the trip but really enjoyed the walks which we did instead.A good introduction to walking in Ireland we will go to Ireland again but probably on our own as we now know what to expect
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

by Mike Cheshire 17/06/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Ciaran went out of his way to be helpful, arranging alternatives to Island visits, which were cancelled, boats unable to put to sea. Knowledgeable about nature, history and local places to visit.
The Bottom Line
Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo

by Susan Moore 10/06/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Staff was very responsive to my inquiries and provided thorough answers.
Trip Comments
The guide, Michelle, was awesome. She knew loads about the area and was able to suggest changes to the itinerary adapting to the weather. The group was small so we could easily discuss and agree on changes. I would have hated to do Croagh Patrick in a downpour. By adapting the agenda to the weather, we had clear weather for Croagh Patrick and amazing views. Michelle was also great at proving tips and encouragement when terrain was tricky or steep.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Michelle is an amazing guide and was a perfect fit for my group.
The Bottom Line
Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo

by William (Bill) Ridley 10/06/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Excellent communication
Trip Comments
Michelle Hughes, our guide, did everything that she could to ensure that our trip was an enjoyable one. She adapted well to the ever changing (and sometimes horrible) weather! On the long drives to the hills, Michelle also kept us informed and entertained with interesting stories of Irish history of the region.
Accommodation and Food
Food was excellent.
Hotels were comfortable. We enjoyed the quirkiness of the The Quay House in Clifden and the authenticity of the Maol Reihd in Tullycross. Unfortunately, we found the Westport Plaza to be excessively scented, i.e., too much perfumed.
Your Guide
Michelle had an amazing knowledge of the region. One could tell that she knew all of the trails like the back of her hand. She was professional and personable. In a nutshell, Michelle made the trip.
The Bottom Line
Excellent trip. Extremely positive experience.
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

by Benita (Bonnie) Jones 03/06/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Lovely country. Tom, our guide was pleasant and very informative. He added a special touch playing his guitar for us on several occasions. Lots of boat travel was a surprise, I had not read the itinerary, but well enjoyed. Second trip with the Wilderness group and both trips were great and worth the price.
Accommodation and Food
Great accommodation and food.
Your Guide
Tom did a great job. An 11 out of 10.
The Bottom Line
Great!!!!
Hiking - Connemara to the Cliffs of Moher

by Nancy Carman 27/05/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
WI staff were great with their prompt responses to my many questions, as well as passing along a request to our group leader before the trip began.
Trip Comments
I was particularly interested in in the flora, fauna, geology, archaeology, and culture. Our most excellent guides, Georgia, then later, Tom, were great at answering my questions and talking a little about all of the above. Georgia even gave me books/booklets to look at relating to most of the above. Georgia was particularly kind, helping me track down a couple of old friends of an Irish archaeologist friend in the US. He is thrilled that his old friends were found!
Accommodation and Food
For the cost of the trip, the accommodations and food were wonderful, and food plentiful. I wish I could have eaten more! I now dream of the delicious brown bread and seafood!
Your Guide
Georgia was terrific - one of the best of the many with whom I've traveled. Very knowledgeable on the many subjects about which I asked her. She often remembered things I'd previously asked her, and later pointed out to me some of those things, or clarified information. She had a nice, relaxed way about her and a good sense of humor. She also took the time to connect me with a couple of people in Doolin and on Inis Mor, about whom a good friend, an Irishman, in Colorado for many decades, wanted to know. He is 82 years old, and it is a blessing to him to have news from his old friends. Georgia did not take time from the others in the group, as they were occupied with other things. Tom was also excellent, especially having to jump in after several days. He was very accommodating to our group of women, who, by this time, had developed some differences.
The Bottom Line
Based on previous experiences with travel tours, I feel that you were absolutely right on with the grading of Green 2. In retrospect, I am surprised that the other three women did not choose to go on a hiking trip with more mileage and rugged terrain. That said, I found I was not quite up to all the walks because of past and ongoing health and fitness issues. Georgia and Tom were aware of this, and, I felt, kept a bit of an eye out for me, while not taking time away from the others. On two of the days they showed me maps and pointed me at alternate, easier routes I could take. An experienced hiker, I was quite comfortable with these, and enjoyed the walks. They were both excellent drivers, and kept us on time for everything, while fitting certain activities (meals and free time activities) to the group. All of your pre-trip literature, instructions, and advice, in addition to your well-organized and gorgeous website, were very complete and useful. My compliments to you for doing such a great job! I do hope to return next year, when I am more fit and have gotten some of the health issues behind me.
Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

by George Fitzpatrick 20/05/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Our planning was easy after we were contacted by Louise, who gave us the information we needed. She promptly answered our questions. As a result, we brought the clothing and gear to make the hikes enjoyable, including the backpack rain covers.
Trip Comments
The hikes ranged from easy to moderately hard, in part because of the good weather. With more rain they could have been harder. The scenery along all trails was striking. The hikes had frequent pauses to point out specific features or history as mentioned above. Heaven was removing boots and taking a barefoot walk on the spongy, cool plant surfaces at Malin Head.

Georgia made frequent ‘amuse-bouche’ stops while traveling between locations. A notable one was the Doagh Famine Village, which provided an insight to life in Ireland during the famine, during the Troubles, and in more recent times. The host also provided a sample of poitín aka uisce beatha.

A major component of our trip enjoyment was our traveling companions Bob, Trisha and Ciersten (Gaelic spelling). We enjoyed an informative, imaginative and often humorous forum to discuss everything from our backgrounds to evil pillow cat faeries.
Accommodation and Food
The lodgings ranged from the unusual to sublime. Our favorite was the Glen House B&B. The most memorable stay was at the Carnaween House. All had wifi, some more reliable than others.
Your Guide
And we repeat:

Georgia our guide was prepared and knowledgable on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to the tour as well as Ireland in general. She provided context for the locations we visited and made it more enjoyable. Topics included geography, geology, Gaelic language, history, literature, music, film, food, drink, flora and fauna. We were also lucky to have Liam, new to this company, who was shadowing for 3 days.
The Bottom Line
Our Wilderness Ireland trip (Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal) was remarkable, approaching magical.
Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

by Robert Flynn 13/05/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The Caraween house had some issues with internet and maintenance issues with in the rooms. Our shower door didn’t stay closed. Someone’s door handle came off, another guest had troubles opening their door.
Other accommodations were excellent. Food was excellent everywhere.
Your Guide
Both Georgia and Liem were great.
The Bottom Line
I think as an advertised hiking holiday there should be a bit more hiking. We seldom did the mileage on our itinerary. In fact our itinerary was partially wrong. I know they changed the itinerary and accommodations from the previous year. Some of the listed itinerary didn’t work with this years trip. Georgia had to make adjustments. We still had a good time, but some days our hike was only 2 hours of a 8-10 hour day.
Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

by Patricia Flynn 13/05/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
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Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

by Marion Hanbury Brown 06/05/2019

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Suggestions for hotels and restaurants were helpful. The Gregory in Belfast was good. I got the wrong receptionist first but the next one was very helpful. I ate in Conor opposite the Ulster museum, both excellent. In Sligo, the Riverside's corporate package deal appearance image was redeemed by the down to earth evening receptionist chap who shut the party up in the room next to me, very comfortable and convenient. Marvellous Model art gallery and Tintown play by blueraincoat company.
Trip Comments
A loss for you I am sure but it was lovely for Roseanne and me. Once we got the hang of it not being a "get up in the morning and go walking" holiday and not really what either of us expected from a grade 3 holiday ( based on W Scotland ( walking-Roseanne and cycling-me) but a balance between travel, exercise and the sights I relaxed and loved it. Calliam has ideas of how to improve the first two days. There was the option of getting bit more exercise at each of the places we stayed and it was lovely to have the energy to do that, the cliff path at the Causeway in the morning, the waterfall at Glen house and the beach at Portnoo. I wanted an introduction to parts of Ireland I knew nothing about including especially Northern Ireland and could not have asked for a better one.
Accommodation and Food
I do not like boxes, it was good/excellent. I put excellent because the excellent for location outweighed any reservations. The Causeway hotel being NT was much better than ne might expect from the one right on the causeway. It was lovely being there when the tourists went away and seeing it with no one else there. The evening meal was fine although no nod to Easter day whatsoever, pagan or otherwise (just make sure there are Easter eggs next time, I had them and did not take them and bought an awful one). Easter day felt flat as no hot cross buns ( very good at the Gregory on Good Friday) or eggs at the hotel. I as usual pestered them about plain yoghurt which appeared the next day. Glen House was definitely excellent all round including sandwiches ( apart from light pollution at night outside which went off eventually I think). he location at Portnoo was marvellous. By day two our hostess had got it together, was a bit odd on day one with arrangements for "cleaning"? Good porridge with well presented berries and plain yoghurt on day two. I was fine in my room, went and read out the front. I am sure Roseanne has made a comment, she has a point, not sure how clean the hand towel was in my room but just used another as there were plenty. Arleen was lovely, sandwiches were not a success, wish I had had the lobster rolls at Slieve league, offered and I declined my mistake. Dinner was OK , not great but acceptable ( hard act to follow Nancy's) excellent sorbet and convenient to not get in the van again so fine. All the places were fine for food.
Your Guide
Calliam describes himself on your website as primarily interested in the outdoors. So I made sure I did my homework on the cultural and historical aspects of the holiday in advance. However, Calliam had a wealthy store of knowledge on the history and politics as well as the lichens and teaching us how to eat nettles and loved telling us or else he is very good actor. It was difficult for him to manage the first two days with a trainee in tow and the Easter crowds and a completely new trip to Rathlin Island. It was all fine, we saw everything me being delighted at seeing puffins, very good scone at the Manor house (where there were NO queues which Calliam logged for next time). I was pleased to see the East lighthouse as I was reading the Watch House, a novel about Marconi and Rathlin Island. The rest of the trip was easier I think and the walks more straightforward. Calliam was receptive to suggestions and enjoyed learning about new options, eg the famine village were and stopping at the Burt church a great success. Calliam never gave the slightest hint that he would rather be elsewhere than taking us round. He was very professional, kind, thoughtful, courteous and showed initiative, compromise and leadership in decision making.
The Bottom Line
We were cheaper on the alcohol front than that picture of Duncan and Paul? I am have taken the trouble as it a new holiday for you. he grading is difficult for that holiday. I am confused trying to compare the grading for the other walking holidays.
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