Me in Three: Enthusiastic | Energetic | Optimist
Place to Play: It’s hard to beat the dramatic, empty landscapes and wild seascapes of north Mayo.
Not a lot of people know this about me: I’m named after a song by Irish singer, Chris de Burgh.
Mini Bio: Having travelled and lived in both Scotland and the US, I am delighted to be able to put my professional experience, as well as my years planning fantasy holidays to good use.
It is exciting to be able to use my knowledge of Ireland to help create amazing Irish experiences for other people visiting the island. Outside work, I have my hands full with two kids, a triathlon-mad husband, three dogs, a cat, 4 pet rats and various tropical fish. I still find time to run and I love nothing more than exploring the roads of Sligo on my bike when I get a chance.
Education & Experience
As my family once owned one of Sligo’s most interesting castle hotels, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked in travel & hospitality for most of my career. In fact, I was manager at Markree Castle for 8 years before joining Wilderness Ireland in 2015, first as an Adventure Consultant, later becoming the Director & General Manager at Wilderness Ireland.
Both of these roles have given me expert knowledge on Ireland’s top luxury and boutique castles, manors, hotels, and accommodations, as well as unique insider travel experiences – such as foraging for seaweed feasts, getting custom tweed suits made just for you or simply meeting local farmers who bring you into their home and onto their farm!
Travel & Biggest Adventures
One of my favourite places to travel is America’s Heartlands – those so-called “fly over” states that get ignored by most visitors to the USA… in fact, my honeymoon was a road trip through Middle America!
I’ve also visited countries all over Europe, including living a few months in Limoges, France (where I picked up a bit of French!). With my family, we have travelled throughout the UK, Spain, Morocco and so many more exciting and beautiful places. I also spent several years living in Glasgow, Scotland, where I did my Masters at Glasgow University.
Hobbies & Activities
I love road cycling and truly do think that Ireland – the West Coast of Ireland in particular – is one of the best places in the world to explore on two wheels. I also enjoy running (I even did a marathon once upon a time!), and hiking with my husband and children.
One of my all-time favourite regions is the wild, empty landscapes of Co Mayo – such as the Silver Strand, Carrowteige, and the Nephin Beg hills. Other nearby northwest counties of Sligo and Donegal are equally as amazing and off-the-radar. All three are among Ireland’s least-visited counties – it’s my goal to show off the beautiful of the northwest to visitors from near and far!
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Patricia's Favourite Trip
Classic - Staying in 3 or 4 star hotels and guesthouses you can enjoy warm hospitality along with a hot shower, great food and a comfortable bed at the end of a day.
Deluxe - Staying in 4 or 5 star hotels or country houses you can enjoy superior comfort and the finest service.
Luxury - Selected castles in locations across Ireland, each have their own character and you will be exceptionally well looked after in each of them.
Unconfirmed - This trip will be confirmed when minimum numbers are reached which are: 2 people for hiking, 3 people for biking and kayaking.
Confirmed - This trip is confirmed to run so you can arrange travel plans.
Fully Booked - Sorry this trip is fully booked please try another date.
Accommodation is usually in twin or double rooms unless stated otherwise and we request that clients who book individually share a twin room. If however, you would like a single room this may be possible subject to availability and payment of a supplement (see Trip Dossier for details). If you select single, we will determine availability and advise you shortly after you have made booking.
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