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    Duncan Warner

    Duncan Warner

    Outside | Active | Happy

    Mini Bio

    As Wilderness Ireland’s Head of Guides, I am fortunate to have found a profession that combines my appreciation for the natural environment and the fun of meeting like minded people.

    For the last ten years working in the outdoors, hiking, biking and kayaking has enabled me to enjoy the experience of journeying yet at the same time providing constant opportunities to stop and take it all in.

    Favourite Place to Play

    West coast of Ireland – so many ways to experience it and a lifetime of places to visit. Connemara, Mayo, Galway and Clare are particular regions I love to explore!

    Not a lot of People Know This

    but…I sneeze when I eat chocolate (I end up sneezing a lot!).

    Qualifications Read More
    • Degree in Outdoor Learning
    • Certificate in Training Delivery and Evaluation
    • Mountain Leader
    • Mountain Bike Leader
    • Ride Leader Award
    • Single Pitch Award
    Experience Read More

    I first started working as an outdoor activity instructor in 2005. Since then, I have continued to enjoy working outdoors and guiding visitors to Ireland, whether hiking, biking, kayaking or exploring the rockpools at the local beach. Since 2016, I am currently the Head of Guides at Wilderness Ireland, leading training projects and developing training programmes for new guides.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    I’m fortunate to have a career that has involved visiting beautiful parts of the world – from cycling and kayaking in France to hiking trips to Tanzania and plenty of places in between. In recent years I have really enjoyed cycling over in Scotland along the outer Hebrides, a stunning landscape. I’m always keen to visit somewhere new when the opportunity arises!

    What Fellow Travellers Say About Duncan

    I loved the local knowledge of culture, flora and fauna, and fun facts. I had a spill on my bike, and was attended to in very competent fashion. The warmth and kindness of Duncan and Katie was another aspect of making this trip so much fun for me.

    Christine Lawson
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 25/05/2024

    Our guides made us feel like family! They had everything ready to go each morning and always asked if there was anything we needed to make our trip better. Duncan, Kevin and Jarome we're patient, kind and full of stories....even a joke now and then. I was hard to say goodbye at the end of our trip.

    Lisa Croft
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 25/10/2023

    All A+. They worked well together and had different but complementary styles.

    Atashi Mandal
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 23/10/2023

    The guides were skilled riders who were able to manage a large and spread-out group. I was able to watch their techniques and picked up a few tips on how to be a better rider.

    In addition, they offered up mini tutorials on Ireland history, flora, and fauna. It was really nice to take the breaks and identify/understand what we were seeing and experiencing.

    Nutshell: they were engaging, fun, knowledgeable, energetic, caring, and trustworthy. I have been a camp counselor and I know the challenge of having to be "on" all the time. They pulled it off admirably.

    Susan Berg
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 19/10/2023

    Our guides Kevin, Jerome and Duncan were all great!

    Judy Stamm
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 18/10/2023

    Jerome, Duncan, and Kevin did a wonderful job making sure everyone was enjoying the riding days. They had great knowledge of the areas we were riding. They made sure our bikes were ready to go every morning and made quick changes when necessary.

    Linda McKindley
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 18/10/2023

    Duncan, Kevin, and Jerome took great care of us. From setting up the bikes and Garmins to helping with luggage and telling great stories. They were fantastic.

    Becky Cleaveland
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 17/10/2023

    Kevin Jerome and Duncan were AMAZING!!! I’ve been on a lot of cycling tours and they were the best guides. We received history lessons and visions of beauty a little off the beaten path. Explored a lot of Connemara. Best guides ever!!

    Tia Battle
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 16/10/2023

    Each and every guide was excellent with a wealth of information to share about the country and the region. Although I didn't need additional help in specific areas, my observation was that each of the guides provided assistance to the group as needed. Always felt like a safe plac with them around.

    Erwin Ubay
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 16/10/2023

    All three of our guides were wonderful. Special callout to Kevin for really investing time to get to know people and tailoring his advice and recommendations to the individual. And thank you to Duncan for making everything run so smoothly, he made it look effortless but I know that it wasn't. Jerome was also lovely and offered so much information about life in Ireland.

    Karen Oakland
    23WITM Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 16/10/2023

    Well done to Duncan and Ruari for a most enjoyable week of hard cycling.
    Any needs were immediately attended to and it was reassuring to have them at our backs.

    Michael Rothwell
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 18/09/2023

    Excellent!!

    Angela Petsnick
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 12/09/2023

    Duncan and Ruairi were excellent. They took all the stress out of our trip,well, except riding for us! They made us feel safe and looked after our every need. Bandaids, raising my seat, changing my pedals, and helping us cross busy roads and navigate through towns. They were also supportive, chatting us through some more difficult or lengthy uphills, hoping we wouldn’t notice! They were interesting and fun and I would take another trip with them any day.

    Diana Ratcliffe
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 11/09/2023

    Our guides were great! They made sure everything went off without a hitch and were great with providing information about the local area.

    Alicia Merwin
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 05/09/2023

    see note above about Duncan and Rueri. They were the best; all those on the tour agreed.

    Vincent Mor
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 04/09/2023

    The guides were amazing. They did such a great job with our group.

    Chris Merwin
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 04/09/2023

    Well, I've spoken somewhat already of Duncan. The routes selected for us were not only fun and beautiful but also safe feeling. I think his depth of experience re: the routes and "reading" his clients made a difference in how he tracked us, and he does a superb job. We had a conversation of some possible factors to look at as bikes are replaced-perhaps a longer wheel base, more shock absorbtion-and he not only encouraged feedback but was a good listener.

    Susan Canham
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling - Connemara & The Burren
    Reviewed on 02/11/2022

    Duncan, nobody could have done it better. THE total package!!

    Paul Morgenthaler
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling - Connemara & The Burren
    Reviewed on 31/10/2022

    WOW - absolutely NOTHING to complain about. Duncan and Dean were the best. They shared their incredible knowledge of Ireland and its history as well as entertained us with great stories along the way. Their humour added a great deal to our experience. Everytime we stopped they were there to take care of us and our bikes and lots of great snacks to keep us going. Although this is their job I cannot imagine they could have taken any better care of us. In my opinion they went above and beyond - everyday!! I had been looking for an item and in just passing mentionned it to Duncan and the next day he made it available. Just fabulous guys!!

    Eileen Moylan
    Private Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 04/08/2022

    We loved having Dean and Duncan as our guides. They took care of us and our bikes every day. They were knowledgeable about all the areas we stopped and rode through and did a terrific job sharing information. Our family loves to laugh and They both have wonderful senses of humour which made it all perfect.

    Patricia Moylan
    Private Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 01/08/2022

    Read my previous note. Dean and Duncan were... I've run out of superlatives. They completely surpassed my expectations. They contributed to the fun atmosphere in every way. And the snacks at the various rest stops.... we bought a month's supply of jelly babies on the way home just to keep the memories of the trip fresh in our minds (and our mouths).

    Brian Moylan
    Private Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 01/08/2022

    Dean and Duncan made our trip. They were professional, helpful, present, knowledgeable, and entertaining. They adapted the program to the needs of the group as we went along and never made us feel pressed or hurried.

    Marie Moylan
    Private Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 01/08/2022

    Our self guide in previous years with different companies was very isolated. Wilderness was distant but very available and checked in regularly.

    Robin Given
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling - Wild Atlantic Way Southwest
    Reviewed on 10/07/2022

    We were on a self guided tour but our guide was there through out our days popping up to check in us often, we were not expecting that but it was lovely knowing he was never too far away if we needed him.

    Deb Cnota
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling - Wild Atlantic Way Southwest
    Reviewed on 06/07/2022

    Duncan and Graham could not have been any more informative, helpful, cheerful and generally brilliant for the tour. They are immensely talented men and we were lucky to have had them

    Rick Cook
    Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    Reviewed on 03/07/2019

    Both our guides were excellent. They love what they do and were totally professional. All our needs were catered to, both on and off the bikes. This was particularly true when Richard was sick one day and our guides did everything they could to facilitate his recovery and provide all the things that he needed, such as late check outs or early check ins.

    They were both fun, with great senses of humour.

    Sally Gallimore
    Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    Reviewed on 02/07/2019

    we completely enjoyed our time with Duncan
    He is warm and kind yet capable of meeting a schedule and arranging f great experiences at all sites and activities
    Ourcthanks to Duncan for making our visit unforgettable

    Stephen Larson
    19WITM Ireland Tailor Made Trips
    Reviewed on 12/04/2019

    Duncan is a brilliant guide with great stories

    Philip Chambers
    Hiking - Connemara's Atlantic Edge
    Reviewed on 10/09/2018

    Duncan is the kindest person and he saw to it that we all had a wonderful time. He is top pro - and his knowledge of the region is enviable.

    Inga Ebert
    Hiking - Connemara's Atlantic Edge
    Reviewed on 07/09/2018

    Duncan was amazing. He had excellent local knowledge. He was a natural guide, dealing with all our individual requirements for a good trip. We felt totally safe in his hands and appreciated his humour and kindness. If there was a guide of the year he would get our vote

    Charlotte Chambers
    Hiking - Connemara's Atlantic Edge
    Reviewed on 06/09/2018

    Duncan was on top of all details. He has an easy going and friendly demeanor, but was obviously keeping a close eye on conditions and the well being of all. He is an ideal guide for such a trip and the kind of guy with whom you'd like to have a beer with at the end of the day - which we repeatedly did.

    Kevin Mawe
    Hiking - Connemara's Atlantic Edge
    Reviewed on 04/09/2018

    Duncan provided motivation and information about each segment. He had fun and informative stories along the hikes,

    Steven Taylor
    Hiking - Connemara's Atlantic Edge
    Reviewed on 03/09/2018

    Duncan was the perfect guide, looking really well after everybody and always in a good mood. A really kind person. The walks he chose were wonderful and well suited to the weather.

    Gunvor Rottensten
    Hiking - Connemara's Atlantic Edge
    Reviewed on 03/09/2018

    Excellent does not do them justice. Duncan and Dean our guides were the perfect hosts. Very relaxed - nothing was too much trouble. Duncan really gave a good over view of the history of the area and as someone born in England I learned a lot about my own history. Dean was so helpful and encouraging on all the rides and worked endlessly and successfully to stop us getting lost. They were very good company and made it all seem effortless

    Doreen Cantrell
    Private Connemara to the Aran Islands
    Reviewed on 23/07/2018

    Duncan was personable, efficient and knowedgeable. My knee went sideways one day and he was able to accomodate my needs while not impacting the other hiker or schedule.


    Hiking - Connemara's Atlantic Edge
    Reviewed on 09/06/2018

    Ben Walker, Duncan Warner, and Craig Little were all excellent. They were all good-humored, helpful, socially adept, good drivers, too. I'd single Ben Walker out for some special praise: I've never seen a tour guide who was better at engaging people and drawing them out in conversation. He seemed to have an instinct for making sure everyone was included and appreciated-- a very rare social gift.

    Mark Armstrong
    Road Cycling - The Five Countries Tour
    Reviewed on 02/10/2017

    The guides were the BEST! They absolutely made the trip. They were very perceptive, organized and upbeat.

    Kenneth Weiner
    Road Cycling - The Five Countries Tour
    Reviewed on 26/09/2017

    Guides very professional and approachable, always ready for a chat. The guides worked hard looking after all the aspects in regard to our personal safety, bike maintenance, keeping up snacks enroute & maps garmins at the ready each day.
    The guides on trip were very experienced in the field and it showed. This tour I can't fault they were fantastic!

    Maree Villani
    Road Cycling - The Five Countries Tour
    Reviewed on 25/09/2017

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    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast
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