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    Calliam Johnson

    Friendly | Conscientious  | Easy-going

    Place to Play

    Mountains, sea or wherever the two meet.

    Not a lot of people know this

    So few people know it, that  I don’t know even it myself! ;) 

    Mini Bio

    I’ve been working in the outdoors for 10 years. My first foray into the mountains of Ireland was with my father when I was just three years old – and I’ve been an avid hiker ever since!

    I’ve hiked and climbed all over Ireland and Scotland as well as climbed many soaring peaks across Europe and the Andes of South America. I’ve trekked in the breath-taking cloud forests of Peru, the sublime Bolivian Amazon and the lush jungles of Cambodia before being drawn back to the beauty and allure of Ireland.

    I love the rich culture of songs and storytelling in Ireland and there’s nowhere I prefer to be rather than in the glittering emerald hills of Ireland, gazing out over the swirling waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Adventurer's Stories about Calliam

    Calliam was young and enthusiastic and to me typically Irish.
    He knew lots about different things - the history, the geography, the plants and animals. We did a bit of foraging which I found fascinating. I also enjoyed the Irish music that he played in the van.
    His recommendations for evening meals were good and he also recommended a really good local Irish gin which I now wish I'd bought a bottle of the An Dulan gin.
    He was helpful with recommendations and suggestions of other Wilderness Ireland tours that he thought I would like.

    Gill Davis
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 15/10/2019

    Calliam was efficient, a careful driver, alert to circumstances, a nimble guideo on the trails, and an intriguiging teller of tales.

    Matthew Brennan
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 14/09/2019

    Having previously commented on Callium our guide can only reiterate he was first class.

    Richard Smith
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 25/07/2019

    Our guide Calliam led the week very well. A nice and understated style.

    Allen Shaw
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 24/07/2019

    The guide was experienced and he knows a lot about the history and the nature. He was careful and I felt save

    Annina Spescha
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 22/07/2019

    Our guide was from the area in which we were hiking, so his knowledge of the routes, flora and fauna was quite comprehensive. Callum is also quite the historian, providing detailed information on Irish culture and history.

    Rosalind O'Donoghue
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 22/07/2019

    Calliam was the perfect guide, very knowledgeable about plants, the countryside and the walks. He always kept a good pace to suit all members of the group. He was alway ready to answer any questions and even took us to a lovely beach for a swim/paddle. Also picked great routes up and down for our walks.

    Fiona Bardsley
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 22/07/2019

    Our guide, Calliam, is very experienced and game for anything. He was knowledgeable and we always felt like we were in the very best hands. He was a pleasure to hang out with too - which was great!

    Susan Sheffield
    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    Reviewed on 01/07/2019

    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.

    Marion Hanbury Brown
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 06/05/2019

    Our guide was really good and gave much information. I do hope he will now share the pictures he took.

    Myriam Martinet-Philippe
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 01/09/2018

    Calliam was the best guide! Not just doing the practical things like organising the trip but explaining everything about the country, its history, culture, language, nature and people. Every day teaching us something new and finding a fresh angle on things. Simply the best!

    Dave Owen
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 29/08/2018

    Calliam was amazing at his job! We had a lovely time with him. It was great to learn more about Ireland as a country and his stories are amazing. I highly recommend Calliam as anyone’s guide. You would be truly lucky to have him.

    Erin Marshall
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 29/08/2018

    One of our group members described his appreciation of Calliam on our last night. I think he did it so well that it's hard to think of a way that says it better. Calliam's expertise, his energy, his kindness--all integral to a successful trip.

    Linda Hill
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 29/08/2018

    Book a trip with Calliam

    Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
    Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    8th May - 14th May 2021
    7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €0 Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast
    10th Jul - 16th Jul 2021
    8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €0 Book Now
    Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    31st Jul - 6th Aug 2021
    7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €0 Book Now
    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    14th Aug - 20th Aug 2021
    4 place(s) left CONFIRMED €0 Book Now
    Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    28th Aug - 3rd Sep 2021
    8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €0 Book Now
    Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    11th Sep - 17th Sep 2021
    4 place(s) left CONFIRMED €0 Book Now

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    We work together with our team of guides to decide which departures they lead each year. As part of that, guides provide available dates that they are free to be booked. This means that any of the dates you see in the first field of the form below, could be perfect for your private departure or customised tour.

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