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    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 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 most of my adult life. I love being in the mountains and am an avid ultra-runner, trail runner, fell runner cyclist, mountain biker.

    Places to Play

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

    Not many 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 Adventures 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)

    Adventurer's Stories about Declan

    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
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling – Connemara & The Burren
    13th Apr - 19th Apr 2024
    9 place(s) leftGuaranteed €1,820Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast
    1st Jun - 7th Jun 2024
    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,560Book Now
    Hiking – Connemara’s Atlantic Edge
    24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024
    8 place(s) leftAvailable €2,190Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare
    7th Sep - 13th Sep 2024
    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,250Book 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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