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    Jerome O’Loughlin

    Jerome O’Loughlin

    Passionate | Knowledgeable | Emotional

    Mini Bio

    I’m Jerome from Belleek, a small town sitting on Fermanagh and Donegal border in northwest Ireland. I love travelling, trees, biking and hiking.

    Favourite Place to Play

    In the world, my favourite place is the mountains of the Costa del Sol. But in Ireland, it will always be the northwest region – an underrated gem.

    Not a lot of People Know This

    At age 21, I drove a Mercedes from New York to San Francisco.

    Qualifications Read More
    • Mountain Leader
    • Trail Cycle Leader
    • Level 5 GO-MTB Guide
    • Failte Ireland Tour Guide
    • Leave No Trace Ireland Trainer
    • Postgraduate International Leadership
    Experience Read More

    I have over 20 years of experience guiding. I’ve travelled, biked, hiked and driven in almost 40 countries to date, including the Costa Rican rainforest, jungles of Borneo and mountains in Morocco. Some of my favourite countries have been Spain, New Zealand and Panama, to name just a few.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    Trekking through an area in Borneo called the Maliau Basin whilst on Expedition – fewer people have been there than Everest! Or a solo winter ascent of Mulhacen, the Iberian peninsula’s highest mountain.

    What Fellow Travellers Say About Jerome

    We received a good description of our roads on the first day of this self-guided trip : a printed Garmin map for everyday with a list of roads and turns plus a description of the elevation and distance. Minor annoyance : distances were in miles and elevation in feet. Every day, our guide gave us advice for the road ahead, provided us with small snacks, made suggestions for lunch stop.

    Maybe he could have given better tourist information about some places we passed by but maybe that is not really the role you assign to him. I had prepared as much as I could from home before the trip but I could not be very accurate because at the time I didn't know precisely which routes we would take. So yes, I would have appreciated more info like "look out for the Poulnabrone dolmen at about 30 km".

    Another suggestion I'd like to make : providing us with gps devices was great but I had also my own gps (if only to record my data) to which I am more accustomed. Therefore it would have been great if I had had the opportunity to download a gpx file on my own device. (I didn't ask the guide because I didn't want to bother him with that : I suppose that is something that should be administered by IT with a secure website to download gpx with a password if you do not want to make the gpx avalaible to everyone.)

    Eddy Flas
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling - Wild Atlantic Way Southwest
    Reviewed on 14/08/2023

    Jerome was a really good guide, and also a very kind person. I'm a bit of a slow hiker, but I never felt pressure to keep up with the group.

    Suzanne Goegan
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 13/07/2023

    Jerome was terrific. Obviously an experienced and knowledgeable guide. With great people skills. He shared a lot of information about the area. And he spent time walking with each hiker to chat with them personally.

    Arlene Turinchak
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 11/07/2023

    Our guide, Jerome, handled all the quirks of our tour seamlessly - from multiple drivers to Slieve League closure. When he needed to pivot for an alternative, he found an amazing spot and we didn't feel like we missed out. His willingness to educate us on Ireland and answer all questions we asked him was appreciated. I learned about the history, the habitat, and everything in between.

    Susan Reid
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 05/07/2023

    While there were some communication issues initially, the overall experience was positive due to the guides' incredible hospitality and accommodating nature. We were on Jerome's first trip with Wilderness Ireland. There was a breakdown in communication between him and the sales office. We were told that hikes would be determined daily based on our fitness level. Jerome thought we were following the itinerary. He quickly pivoted and accommodated our preferences. However, to avoid confusion, the sales office should communicate with the guide about the group's daily hiking plans and fitness levels before the trip. This would ensure that the guide can plan the hikes accordingly and avoid any last-minute adjustments.

    As mentioned earlier, Gabhan was an incredible addition and was so accommodating and hospitable. The conversation with our guides was easy and comfortable. Both were avid world travelers with extensive local knowledge of the regions we were traveling to. We learned a lot about the Irish culture and the incredible natural environment on our daily hikes, while driving in the car, or over a picnic lunch or end-of-day meal. Darragh set the stage with entertainment. He had the best playlist, and we had so much fun listening to different playlists/ artists on our long drives.

    We had the best time, and our guides truly made the experience.

    Bernie Park
    Private Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route and Donegal
    Reviewed on 14/05/2023

    Book a trip with Jerome

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling – Connemara & The Burren
    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024
    10 place(s) leftGuaranteed 1,980Book Now
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling – Connemara & The Burren
    3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2024
    7 place(s) leftGuaranteed 1,980Book 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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