As Wilderness Ireland’s Head of Guides, I am fortunate to have found a profession that combines my appreciation for the natural environment and the fun of meeting like minded people.
For the last ten years working in the outdoors, hiking, biking and kayaking has enabled me to enjoy the experience of journeying yet at the same time providing constant opportunities to stop and take it all in.
West coast of Ireland – it would take a lifetime to visit everywhere. But in particular, Connemara, Mayo, Galway and Clare are the regions I love to explore!
I sneeze when I eat chocolate (I end up sneezing a lot!).
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I’m fascinated by the ecosystems and natural world around us – what seems so close and familiar often goes unnoticed. If you know where to look, you’ll discover amazing survival skills, territorial struggles and courtships happening in every rockpool and hedgerow in Ireland.
Travel has always been important to me – as much a way of life as a career. I’ve been fortunate to have visited some of the world’s most amazing places – cycling (and hiking!) in France, trips to the exotic Tanzania, cycling in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides… there are too many places to list!
My passions include biking/cycling, hiking and kayaking. Much of my hiking is around Ireland’s west coast and Wild Atlantic Way, as these landscapes are incomparable across the world! Though I like road cycling, I also have a fatbike (a mountain bike with extra wide tyres, up to five inches across), allowing me to explore long-distance routes across some of Ireland’s least-travelled terrain. Swimming is a recent activity I’ve taken up – in Ireland, it’s cold but refreshing!
I’m fascinated by the ecosystems and natural world around us – what seems so close and familiar often goes unnoticed. If you know where to look, you’ll discover amazing survival skills, territorial struggles and courtships happening in every rockpool and hedgerow in Ireland and beyond. Another thing I find fascinating about Ireland is its sheer breadth of folklore and mysticism associated with the island’s amazing and diverse landscapes.
I grew up in county Meath, an area incredibly rich in history and archaeology but with a limited coastline and lots of lowland, Meath isn’t well equipped for enthusiasts of sea kayaking or hiking (just six miles of coastline and the highest point is only a measly 905ft!).
16 years ago, I made the plunge to move to Ireland’s west coast. I choose Galway, as its right on the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains of Connemara are just on my doorstep. Mayo’s rugged and little-visited backcountry and the wild, alien Burren landscapes in Clare are both only a short drive away. All of these are fantastic parts of the country for scenery, seafood and socialising not to mention biking, kayaking and hiking!
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