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    Dawn Rainbolt

    Marketing Executive

    Adventurous | Bookish | Creative


    Mini Bio

    American by birth but European in spirit, I’ve called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and Ireland home. In the past decade, I’ve explored some 35 countries, but have fallen in love with the rich Irish culture, history and sweeping landscapes. I’ve been Wilderness Ireland’s Marketing Executive since 2017. I am also the Wilderness Group’s point of contact for all things PR.

    Favourite Place to Play

    Anywhere I can hike or bike with spectacular views, see a castle, and take beautiful photos. I absolutely love Ireland’s ancient heritage and it brings me great joy to hike out to Ireland’s plethora of cairns, stone circles, cashels, souterrains, churches, and more.

    I love Sligo, but my favourite corner of it is Carrowkeel which I’m lucky to have just in front of my house. Donegal is a wild landscape that has always fascinated me, and walking the Causeway Coast is spectacular. The Dingle Way is a pretty neat hike too. But I do think that the Irish Midlands is an underappreciated region of the island that most people completely overlook.

    Not a lot of People Know This 

    I am a total book nerd. I almost never leave the house without a book in my bag, and can’t resist a library, bookshop or free book drop. I read about 100 books a year, mostly in English but a handful in French or sometimes even Spanish. I can also decipher the Cyrillic alphabet (very poorly).


    Marketing/PR Contact: [email protected]

    Dawn Rainbolt - Marketing Executive - Wilderness Ireland | LinkedIn

    Join LinkedIn Passionate about Europe, travelling, writing, photography, culture, adventure tourism and the great outdoors, my goal is to increase responsible tourism throughout Europe, with a focus on the continued development of adventure travel, with a particular interest in my own generation, the Millennials.

    Education Read More

    I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Communications & Writing in Virginia, USA, with a focus in writing and analysis. In 2016, I received my Masters Degree in Marketing & Tourism in Lyon, France (in a bilingual French-English programme) after completing a thesis studying the connection between millennials and adventure travel in Europe’s adventure tourism industry.

    Experience Read More

    I’ve been the Marketing Executive for Wilderness Ireland since 2017 where I continually hone my marketing, writing and even photoshop skills as well as share my love of Ireland, adventure and the outdoors with the wide world. Within this role, I manage B2B and B2C marketing projects and initiatives, as well as writing and editing content, supplying imagery, and liaising with PR/press and media.

    Previously, I’ve worked for the ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association), the worldwide renowned authority for adventure travel, as well as the tourism marketing brand, OnlyLyon in Lyon, France.

    Awards & Publications Read More

    Over the past several years, I’ve contributed and written for a number of different publications, both of a B2B and B2C nature – AdventureTravelNews, World Travel Market, FOGHORN Magazine, Textile Services, among others. Feel free to view my online writing portfolio or check out my latest articles on Wilderness Ireland’s blog.

    In 2017, I was recipient of the David Clark Excellence in Editorial Award from Philips Publishing and FOGHORN Magazine.

    Travel & Biggest Adventures Read More

    Living in Europe since 2011 in a combination of the UK, Spain, Poland, France and Ireland, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some 35 countries (including nearly every country in the EU as well as Russia and the Ukraine). I’ve trekked through mountain ranges such as the Rockies and the Appalachians in the USA, the Alps in western Europe, France’s Massif Centrale, Italy’s Dolomites, Poland’s Beskids and Romania’s Carpathians.

    Since moving to the Emerald Isle, I’ve hiked in the Ireland’s Blue Stacks, Twelve Bens, Ox and Dartry Mountains –  and been to 29 of Ireland’s 32 counties (not to mention 34 US states). But it’s the age-old conundrum – the more places I go and activities I do, the more I want to see and do!

    Hobbies & Activities Read More

    An avid long-distance runner and hiker, I’ve clocked up too many miles to count (including a 1h55 half marathon in Warsaw, Poland!). I also love being out-of-doors, exploring new places, and discovering amazing off-the-radar sites.

    As a travel enthusiast and amateur photographer, I’ve taken more than 100,000 travel photos, and I enjoy writing about the places I visit (I even have a blog where I do so!). Languages fascinate me – bilingual in English and French and conversational in Spanish, Italian is next on the list (though I’ve dabbled in Russian, Polish and Danish).

    I’m passionate about history and architecture – with a special fascination for castles and monasteries – and I love learning about Europe’s abundance of beautiful places. As an outdoor and adventure lover, I am often found either outside exploring the little-travelled corners and castles of Ireland (and Europe at large!) or reading about the amazing places still to visit. I am also a member of an Irish living history group to promote knowledge of early medieval and Viking history in Ireland.

    As my family’s ancestry is mainly Polish, French, Scottish, and Irish, I guess you can say I’m slowly going home!

    Specialist Regions Read More

    Living in Sligo (on the border of Roscommon), I’ve made it my mission to discover as many amazing places near here as possible! I also travel up to Northern Ireland and Donegal quite frequently (both for hiking and to attend events) – in fact, I prefer Belfast to Dublin! There are some many hidden corners in places like Fermanagh and Derry and even Antrim.

    I’ve hiked a good bit in Connemara, and have walked the length of the Dingle Way, as well as part of the Causeway Coast. Though perhaps on few bucket lists, I have family in Limerick and therefore visit it regularly. I’d love to explore the rural region of Cavan to discover the place where my great-grandmother emigrated from a century ago.

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    © Dawn Rainbolt / Wilderness Ireland

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