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    Maria O'Reilly

    Maria O’Reilly

    Fun | Excited | Considerate

    A Mini Bio

    Sunday drives, picnics and hiking as a girl guide opened up my love of being outdoors and having fun. Generally speaking whatever the weather, I enjoy spending time exploring and finding hidden gems off the beaten track.

    I love to travel and meet people and share experiences. I am energised by serendipity and going with the flow of life. I am having fun when making mixed media art, decoupage, photographing lichens, paddle boarding, sea swims and being in nature. I love to share these experiences with others and have fun.

    Favourite Place to Play

    Cycling, paddling or walking the Mayo coast – exploring the keeps and castles of Granuaile, Ireland’s infamous Pirate Queen who ruled the seas by Mayo and Galway in the 16th century. I love exploring Mayo’s Nephin Mountains and the beautiful inlets all around Newport and over to Achill Island. Romantic and wild!

    Not a Lot of People Know This

    I have been taught how to relax my thoughts and engage my Qi energy (lifeforce) for ultimate healing. A gift we all share!

    Experience / Education Read More
    • Lowland Leader
    • Remote Emergency First Aid – Level 3
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching – University College Cork (UCC)
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Leadership –
    • University College Cork (UCC) –
    • Foundation in Education – national College of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
    Travel/Biggest Adventures Read More

    I have done a number of fantastic multi-day hikes in Ireland including the Twelve Bens mountains in Connemara and summiting Ireland’s four highest peaks.

    Outside of Ireland, some of my most memorable trips include road trips through the US southwest states and Canada. I’ve hiked Mt Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, Inca Trail, and Mount Toubkal in Morocco.

    Favourite Activities Read More

    What makes me happy are activities such as hiking, paddle-boarding, making art, and photography – particularly the fascinating forms of lichens and rusted metal structures. Training for the Lowland Leader award opened up my love of solo hiking.

    Favourite Regions Read More

    When I can get away for a few days, I love to travel to the west of Ireland. It is a wild and rugged experience throughout the year. Over the past couple of years, I have found so much to do and amazing places to visit right on my doorstep in North County Dublin situated between the Mountains of Mourne as well as the Wicklow Mountains.

    I am drawn to the southwest coast of Crete and Portugal and find similarities in their landscapes and character to the west of Ireland.

    Adventurer's Stories about Maria

    Again, Maria was phenomenal and passionate

    Jeffrey Melton
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 15/09/2023

    Maria was amazing! She knew the history and folklore of everywhere we went. Somehow she managed to pay attention and be encouraging to each of us on the trip. She was warm, and engaging and a truly inspiring person.

    Lynn Pollack
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 11/09/2023

    Maria is a very caring person. She is very knowledgeable about history and nature of Ireland. She was close with every person on tour and made a point of being close with all of us. She is very gifted at her job and just a great person to travel with!

    Joyce Ingber
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 08/09/2023

    very knowledgeable, able to give history of hikes and castles
    told great stories of the people

    Robert Schlosser
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 06/09/2023

    She was fantastic! She could not have been better. Fun, smart, kind and so warm and welcoming to all the guests. The group all enjoyed her guidance and company and the group members got along great and Maria was very flexible too.

    Pauline Ingber
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 05/09/2023

    Maria and Paul could not have been better guides. They kept us effortlessly on schedule while seeing to our every need (and sometimes anticipating what we needed.) They made the history, geology, archeology, and land of Ireland come alive. Most of all they were fun and caring people who represent your company and the country of Ireland in the best possible way.

    Joyce Hengesbach
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 23/07/2023

    Very knowledgeable and upbeat guides.

    Paul Dickie
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 19/07/2023

    Maria and Paul were fantastic guides. Their knowledge was impressive and I loved to learn more about Irelands history. I couldn't have asked for better ones. Just geat!

    Myrta Koblet
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 18/07/2023

    Both guides were great. Maria was lots of fun and really got the group together like family.
    Paul was extremely knowledgeable and fun too.
    Both showed concern for all members of the group and were very helpful. It was great to experience both of them.

    Florence Dickie
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 18/07/2023

    I had a big smile on each time I talked to family in the States telling them about the day and where we had been. Ireland is a beautiful country….and the people we ran into were all very friendly. But I think what really made the trip was the care and thoughtfulness Maria took with our group. It was pretty much a family group…the two non family members were friends….and at time it was like herding turtles trying to get everyone in one place on time. Some of us had not seen each other for a bit….and visiting sometimes trumped the tour agenda. Maria handled it all with good humor and patience.

    Mary Anne Sobieraj
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 15/08/2022

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