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    Liam Fahy

    Fun | Professional | Longshanks

    Place to play

    The Burren in Clare or the 12 Pins mountain range in Connemara. I love them both, but if hard pressed to choose, I think Connemara would be the winner. 

    Not a lot of people know this

    People think I’m over 6 feet tall but I’m actually only 5 feet 16 inches ;-)

    Mini Bio

    I have loved Ireland’s wild places since I was first introduced to them in the scouts as a teenager and I have been exploring and enjoying the Irish wilderness ever since then. My first experience of guiding or leading others in the outdoors was as a scout leader where I realised that I enjoyed introducing others to the environment that I knew and loved as much as I enjoyed exploring it myself. Since then, I have been leading, guiding and instructing in the great Irish outdoors with youth groups, the Irish Defence Forces and as a wilderness guide.

    Education/Qualifications Read More
    • Mountain Leader
    • SPA (rock-climbing Instructor)
    • Confidence Training Instructor
    • Level 6 Outdoor Education
    Experience Read More

    I have been working and playing in the outdoors all my adult life including 23 years in the Irish Army and recently as an outdoor activity instructor and hiking / hill-walking guide. Getting to do what I love for a living is a great gift that I am very thankful for!

    Travel & Biggest Adventures Read More

    I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to have travelled throughout Europe both for work and on my own adventures. I’ve have had the opportunity to visit the Middle East and West Africa through work. My favourite travel destination is always a new one! The more places I visit, the more itchy my feet get to keep travelling!

    Outdoor Activities Read More

    I have always loved hiking/hillwalking ever since I was a child. More recently, I’ve also fallen in love with more technical activities like rock climbing, alpine climbing and cycling. Perhaps it’s because I’m from an island, but I’ve always been drawn to water sports and activities – snorkelling and kayaking are particular favourites!

    Hobbies & Interests Read More

    Being a guide, of course I love exploring new places – and even better, I love finding new corners of old places! History has always fascinated me, especially making the connections between history, landscape and people past and present. And recently, I’ve picked a new hobby (perhaps unusual in Ireland!) – salsa dancing!

    Favourite Regions Read More

    Connemara and West Mayo – Mayo’s Achill Island is a very special place. Also hiking in the Burren is amazing just because it’s so different to anywhere else! It’s impossible to pick a favourite when the whole west coast is so fantastic.

    Adventurer's Stories about Liam

    Liam as guide is quite remarkable. His ability to get us from point A to point B on time, unscathed, happy, well fed and supplied appropriately for each hike is basic. On top of that he is a sponge for information, especially history and archaeology, which he relates as a humerus and confident storyteller. No cold, dry facts here. He kept us constantly intrigued about what we might learn next, and feeling like there was time enough only to scratch the tip of the iceberg of each story. His love of Ireland shines through always.
    He is also able to punt – to adapt to changing circumstances regarding hiker abilities, options for food or transport or changing terrain and time available.
    On a rainy afternoon he responded to a hiker's request by finding us Joyce Country Wool where Carina Coyne has her studio. She takes in raw fleece from neighboring farmers and turns them into lovely yarns and knitted items. Another learning opportunity.
    And Liam is a good driver. I always felt safe riding in the van.

    Sherry Robinson
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 04/10/2022

    Guide Liam was beyond fantastic and really made the trip that much more special. He made sure that we were all sorted at the beginning and end of each day, he made the group tea/ coffee on top of mountains, and taught us all so much about Ireland and Irish history and culture. I feel incredibly lucky to have been of his 'ducklings' for that week.

    Erin Smith
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 01/10/2022

    We truly couldn't have asked for better. I've never done a guided trip and was nervous, but Liam was the perfect guide. He provided so much additional education to the trip and was so knowledgable. Either he's a savant or he just studied up each night or both. I would absolutely request a guided trip with Liam again.

    Kelly Smith Trimble
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 26/09/2022

    Liam was fantastic. Very thoughtful, professional & lots of fun. (We were trying to figure another tour we could take with him as the guide!)

    Trish Hughes
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 21/05/2022

    THE BEST GUIDE EVER Liam Fahy! Thank you Liam for sharing Ireland with us all! Liam every day you shared your enthusiam, knowledge, and love of what you do! From day 1 through day 7 you: shared, cared, taught, drove, walked, hiked, ate and laughed with us! You lead us on an amazing- beautiful weather- Ireland living/hiking experience that I am still processing and hope to never forget. Thank you for an EXCELLENT time! Thank you for inspiring me to drink proper tea, shop for Irish wool, dream about brown bread and the perfect pint of Ireland Guinness, look out for sheep, read Yeats, hike more, pratice gaelic and return to Ireland!

    Tonya Robb
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 19/05/2022

    Liam was a fabulous guide. He was thoughtful and super organized. He had every detail covered. He was also very knowledgeable, providing us with details regarding each locality, its history and natural features.

    Monica Thornton
    Deluxe Hiking - Ireland Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 18/05/2022

    We can't praise Liam enough, we would request him again. Liam was knowledgeable, fun and he paced the hike to accommodate everyone in the group. He climbed down to retrieve a glove someone dropped over a cliff edge, Yikes!!! He rock climbs so he has many talents.

    Pam Turnley
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 11/05/2022

    Liam was exceptional. He kept us interested with all his knowledge of Ireland and it's history. He was amazing and such a fun guide.

    Jill Sneidman
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 02/05/2022

    Liam was absolutely great! He looked for great experiences for us and kept us safe. Liam knew that I loved fiber and arranged a special stop to experience Joyce Country Wool. This was truly above and beyond. The experience was mind-blowing.

    Kathleen Alves
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 11/09/2021

    I can’t say enough in Liam’s favor. It must have been a tricky trip to coordinate, but it went off flawlessly. In the meantime, he was able to rise high above the organizational challenges and make the trip special. His sense of humor and patience are boundless. His storytelling (Finn McCool’s doings especially) and knowledge of Irish/world politics and culture combined to provide a depth to the experience that was a treasure. Oh, and let me say that Liam has inspired me to put more energy into reading poetry. His recitations of Heaney and Yeats were moving. The trip was such a welcome relief from the last many months, but Liam created a lifetime event for us at a moment where much less would still have been a joy. I can’t express my appreciation enough.

    Arthur Glasfeld
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 03/08/2021

    Top man , a veritable encyclopaedia of knowledge, witty , a “ seanchaí , recited poetry , charmed the birds from the trees

    Patrick Donohoe
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 02/08/2021

    Our guide Liam was friendly and knowledgeable and went above and beyond even going so far as to make breakfast for us. He had an upbeat positive attitude and made things work, finding interesting alternatives as the situation developed. He gave credit to the team of folks back at the office too.

    Holly Mocko
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 25/03/2020

    Liam was a knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic guide introducing Ireland in its totality ranging from beauty of connemara, history of Ireland’s struggles, food and drinks, and irish people and culture. Appreciate him greatly.

    Jin Choi
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 09/09/2019

    Fantastic. Full of historical, geographical and cultural knowledge and always ready to impart it. Instilled confidence on the mountains, great company and sense of humour, good driver.

    Jennifer Mirdamadi
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 09/09/2019

    Where do we begin. Liam was fabulous. Full of history and facts, full of laughs, good at knowing our energy levels and pacing even without asking. Working dynamics of a very small group can be tricky- by 1 day in the 4 of us felt like old friends. We wanted Liam in all our group pics.

    Molly Selsby
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 01/07/2019

    Book a trip with Liam

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains
    1st Apr - 7th Apr 2023
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    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast
    6th May - 12th May 2023
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    Hiking – Kerry & Clare
    15th Jul - 21st Jul 2023
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    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains
    30th Sep - 6th Oct 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED€0Book Now

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