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    David Lawless

    Enthusiastic | Compassionate | Musical

    A Mini Bio

    Music and the outdoors are my big obsessions. I grew up in Dublin but I took every opportunity to get out into the hills. The mountains of Wicklow provided endless options for hiking and biking, leading small groups of friends in the hills since my teens.

    I worked in IT for over twenty years before taking a sabbatical in 2011 to go travelling for a year. Upon returning, I quit in 2013 and moved to the west coast for a change – which turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I’ve been working as a guide since 2016, and now live in Sligo, get to cycle its back roads, walk its hills, swim at its beaches, and play music with a bunch of good friends.

    Favourite Place to Play

    For music, it would be Ellen’s Pub in Maugherow, Co Sligo on a Friday night. For the outdoors, I’m happy at any one of our gorgeous beaches along the west coast and Wild Atlantic Way.

    Not a Lot of People Know This

    Over the past few years, I’ve been learning to play the Gaelic Harp, or Clársach, the ancient instrument of Ireland (similar to the ‘Brian Boru’ harp in Trinity College).

    Experience / Education Read More
    • Fáilte Ireland Regional Guide for the Northwest
    • Fáilte Ireland National Guide / Tour Management
    Travel & Biggest Adventures Read More

    After twenty years working in IT I took a year’s sabbatical and backpacked around Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and finished up on the West Coast of the USA. A life-changing experience that set off a chain of events that sees me where I am today.

    Favourite Activities Read More

    Hiking, biking, sea swimming (in skins!), playing trad (traditional Irish music).

    Favourite Regions of Ireland Read More

    Wicklow and Sligo, both gorgeous counties, one tame, the other a bit wilder.

    Adventurer's Stories about David

    See my comments from the beginning. I would recommend David to anyone needing a guided tour of Ireland.

    Colleen Konicek
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 28/09/2023

    See comments above. Our guide David, made the trip most enjoyable. A good guide makes all the difference in the world and our guide was beyond good.

    Michael Hannigan
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 21/09/2023

    David made our wonderful experience even more special with his attention to detail, choice of Restaurants, historical perspectives And impromptu serenades with flute. He even provided excellent weather conditions, although I believe he had help with this.

    Frank Konicek
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 18/09/2023

    Book a trip with David

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    E-bike – Ireland’s West Coast
    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024
    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed €3,320Book Now
    Deluxe Bike Tour – The Kerry Peninsulas
    20th Jul - 26th Jul 2024
    10 place(s) leftAvailable €3,450Book Now

    Make Trip Private

    Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

    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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