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    Declan Faulkner

    Declan Faulkner

    Enthusiastic | Sociable | Empathetic

    Mini Bio

    I am originally from the North coast of Ireland and grew up in CO Derry on a farm, then moved to Ballygawley, Co Tyrone. Married to Patrina and now have 3 kids all grown up in Naimh, Tiarnan and Padraig. I have worked in the clothing industry in production, bank assurance, and for the past 24 years as a self-employed financial adviser. I love the outdoors and always have been an active person, playing Gaelic football and soccer for most of my adult life. I love being in the mountains and am an avid ultra-runner, trail runner, fell runner, cyclist, and mountain biker.

    Favourite Place to Play

    The Mourne Mountains in County Down for trail and fell running and hiking in the Lake District.

    Not a lot of People Know This

    When I was 8 I spent 2 weeks in hospital after almost losing my middle finger on left hand after a playground/gate incident. Being naturally left handed, I had to sit on a desk by myself for 6 months to learn to write with my right hand! So can write with both now!

    Qualifications Read More
    • Degree in Business & Finance
    • Level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning
    • Mountain Leader (Summer)
    • IML Trainee (qualified Jan 2024!)
    • RCI Trainee
    • Wilderness First Responder
    • First aider with Proparmedics Belfast (hold FREC 3)
    • Member of NIMRT (NI mtn rescue team)
    Biggest Adventure Read More
    • 2014 Western States finisher  100 mile run California
    • 2017  UTMB (Ultra Trail du mont blanc) Finisher 100 miler
    • Have run Leadville Colarado, lake district  table mtn ,c ape town, 55k on the Appalahcian trail  etc
    • 100 mile wicklow way race 2016
    • 312k Mallorca Cycle sportive 2016
    • Had a 9th place at ‘the Race’  (250km adventure race event in 2015 in Doengal)

    What Fellow Travellers Say About Declan

    Declan was the best - he was there when we needed him and had great stories and information to share. We all count each other as friends now. I really appreciated how much Declan knew about the plants and geology. He pointed us to great sites along our routes and answered all our questions about life in Ireland.

    Rachel Ford
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling - Connemara & The Burren
    Reviewed on 23/04/2024

    Declan was an amazing guide! I never expected to have an elite athlete as a guide for senior citizen me!!! He was extremely helpful and caring and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and safe. He gave my husband a couple rides back after lunch which was greatly appreciated. He pointed out historical spots on our routes that were not to be missed. He had great suggestions for lunch and dinner, we were so fortunate he was our guide! Plus he was lots of fun to talk to, he kept a nice “tone” to the week! I appreciated his encouragement when I rode up “Corkscrew Hill”!! He is simply the best!!!!

    Michael Lucow
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling - Connemara & The Burren
    Reviewed on 22/04/2024

    The organization, accommodation and meals were excellent. Declan was beyond excellent, going the extra miles to ensure comfort by all. When I book a future trip with WI, and I will, he will be the main reason.

    Anne O’Regan
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 14/08/2023

    Declan was supportive, enthusiastic, always finding solutions – and great company. A top-notch tour leader.

    Michael Dowd
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 14/08/2023

    Declan was personable, caring, and even made connections with many different personalities within our group. He was phenomenal!

    Gillian Harrington
    Private Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    Reviewed on 24/07/2023

    I do not have enough superb adjectives to describe Declan. He knew the territory for sure. A brilliant personality. And at the end of the 7 days, a friend for life.

    Maureen Fournier
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 19/05/2023

    On a scale of 1-10, Declan gets a 100 ! He did everything possible to make this the best trip ever. He went way above and beyond to show us the best of Ireland. In fact, Declan IS the very Best of Ireland. We hope to go on another tour with him. We so appreciate his kindness and effort.

    David Dowd
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 16/05/2023

    Our guide, Declan, was terrific! He was super thoughtful and considerate to everyone in our group. Each day went so smoothly because Declan managed the schedule very well. Also, he was very knowledgeable about the area and shared history, as well as geology, bird and general nature facts. We also shared lots of laughs!! It was the best vacation we ever had, and our guide, Declan, gets all the credit for making it that way!

    Martha Dowd
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 16/05/2023

    Book a trip with Declan

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Hiking – Connemara’s Atlantic Edge
    24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024
    7 place(s) leftAvailable 2,360Book 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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