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    Kevin Cronin

    Kevin Cronin

    Adventurous | Active | Ageless

    Mini Bio

    From my earliest memories, I have been drawn to exploring the remote, the wild and the isolated. Sharing these places with others on foot or bike brings me the greatest joy. The change of seasons, the abundance of nature, the sun, the wind and the rain are my oxygen. Hidden valleys, stone walls and ancient roads race in my blood. A quiet pint, fresh crab claws, a beautiful ballad or a story well told feed my soul.

    I have been fortunate to have walked, cycled and explored much of Europe’s most amazing backdrops but I am always drawn back to the wilds of Ireland. As a child and later as a parent its extraordinary landscape, history and culture have kept me nurtured.

    I am lucky to have been able to share these experiences with family and friends for many years. Mountain biking steep slopes, cycling remote roads, climbing a mountain or paddling an estuary, always so much to do.

    Favourite Place to Play

    Sheep’s Head and the Beara Peninsulas in West Cork are very, very special to me.

    Not a lot of People Know This

    In my bio photo, I am sitting in the upper jawbone of a whale!

    Qualifications Read More
    • BSc – Forty years a Biology Teacher.
    • Wilderness First Aid Level 3.
    • Mountain Leader Award.
    • Trail Cycle Leader Award.
    Experience Read More

    As a seventeen-year-old, I set off on my motorbike and I hostelled, camped and explored the Ireland of that time.

    Then I cycled it.

    Then I climbed it.

    And eventually, I walked it.

    I love to share my lifelong love for these adventures with other people.

    Biggest Adventure Read More
    • Many Alpine summits, including Mt Blanc.
    • I have competed in over 50 Mountain Bike Enduro races and numerous Irish Sportive Cycles
    • I completed the gruelling TransSavoie Six-Day Alpine Mountain Bike Enduro Race in 2014 and the Six-Day EpicCymru MTB Race (in Wales) the following year.
    • In 2017, I crossed the line after nine days of racing in the TransAtlanticWayRace (2500km long, with 25,000m of ascent), a non-stop race along the Wild Atlantic Way anti-clockwise from Dublin to Blarney.
    • 2018 included Les Cinglé du Ventoux (three ascents of Mt Ventoux in a day) and Le Marmotte des Alpes (a one-day amateur Classic).
    • In 2019 I bike-packed through twenty-two of the highest Cols in the Pyrenees.

    What Fellow Travellers Say About Kevin

    Kevin did a excellent job of try to meet everyone's expectations.

    Barry Smith
    Hiking & Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 13/09/2023

    Kevin was excellent, perhaps the best guide my wife and I have had on any of our hiking trips. He eas knowledgable about the relevant history and geography of each area. He communicated clearly and responded well to questions. Equally important, he made the eight of us feel we were part of a vibrant group.

    Robert Larner
    Hiking & Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 03/09/2023

    Excellent - we all enjoyed Kevin’s company and he organised and entertained us professionally and with care.

    Rose Somerset
    Hiking & Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 28/08/2023

    Kevin was one of the best guides we've ever had. Well versed in history of the areas - and birds, flowers, animals, land, geology, etc. Really worked well with a motley crew of interesting folks who signed on for the trip. Always aware of safety, of comfort for the individuals and of trying to meet special interests of individuals. Supported but did not coddle - had a great sense of humor and seemed to never tire.

    Anne Larner
    Hiking & Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 28/08/2023

    Fergus and Kevin were caring and great guides.

    Lois Larsen
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 19/07/2023

    Both Kevin and Fyrgas were so encouraging on some challenging rides. They ensured all riders were safe, doing well. Kevin was a source of vast knowledge on history of Ireland which I loved to hear about. They both were so personable and kind

    Patricia Yodis
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 03/07/2023

    Fergus and Kevin were so much fun and so knowledgeable about cycling and also the Irish landscape and history. They are clearly passionate about their heritage. We also enjoyed our “guest” photographer Connor.

    Diane McCahill
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 03/07/2023

    AMAZING... extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Both Kevin and Fergus love Ireland and passed that love on to us. Great lads! Well done!

    Terrence McCahill
    Deluxe E-Bike Tour - The Kerry Peninsulas
    Reviewed on 03/07/2023

    Kevin is an exceptional guide. He went to a lot of effort to understand our interests and to adapt our itinerary accordingly. He has vast knowledge of and passion for Ireland, the history, and the wild places we visited. We very much enjoyed his company for the week and loved the music he shared with us in the van.

    Carrie Knapp
    Private Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route and Donegal
    Reviewed on 23/05/2023

    Kevin Cronin was excellent. To add to previous comments, he was very personable, helpful, a good driver, and always willing to go out of his way to make our trip a meaningful, memorable experience.

    Barbara Nishi
    Private Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route and Donegal
    Reviewed on 22/05/2023

    Kevin Cronin is a kind, skilled, knowledgable driver and guide. He went out of his way to deal with daily unplanned events that prevented us from completing all of the planned events and visits. We covered many miles in our VW van which was clean,spacious, comfortable and enjoyable. We collaborated constantly to find locations and events that met our goals of experiencing prehistoric northern ireland, seeing birds and other unique wildlife and experiencing natural beauty.

    Stephen Larson
    2022 Ireland Tailor Made Trip
    Reviewed on 17/07/2022

    Book a trip with Kevin

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Bike Tour – The Wild Atlantic Way
    1st Jun - 14th Jun 2024
    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 5,620Book 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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