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    Paul Quinn

    Life | People | Outdoors

    Place to Play

    Really, anywhere outdoors with friends! But to highlight a few favourites, I think that the Nephin Beg hills in West Mayo are the perfect place to get out and hike, as they have panoramic views but are still completely wild.

    I love the dramatic headlands of Howth Head, as they are just north of Dublin but feel so far away from the city. If I’m looking for a challenge, I head down to Lugnaquilla mountain in the beautiful Co Wicklow.

    The wild Mweelrea mountain in Co. Mayo just north of Killary Fjord is another favourite. And finally, the ancient Celtic site of the Hill of Tara is an amazing place to re-energise.  

    Not a lot of people know this

    I had a pet pig who was a great soccer player – what an excellent defender!

    Mini Bio

    I’ve been playing outside in the mountains all over Ireland for the past 30 years and I’m not stopping anytime soon! Working as a mountain guide is the cherry on top – life is certainly looking after me. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to trek through high mountains all over the world.

    Working and being outdoors in Ireland is what I truly love. I am passionate about sharing my love of Ireland as well as its great adventures, people and culture with others.

    My hobby is ‘Adventure Racing’ which I do badly but I thoroughly enjoy. I adore being alive and enjoying places and experiences to the max!

    Adventurer's Stories about Paul

    Paul. He is the Best guide I ever had. Can go with him to any Wilderness trips

    Michael Riskevich
    Deluxe Hiking - Ireland Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 27/09/2022

    Paul was fantastic. He is passionate about all things Ireland and just living life.

    Bevan Noack
    Deluxe Hiking - Ireland Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 26/09/2022

    Paul gave individual attention to each member of the trip. He was always positive, always enthusiastic, and very willing to share his knowledge and stories. I can’t imagine a better guide.

    Renee Noack
    Deluxe Hiking - Ireland Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 26/09/2022

    Our guide was the best guide ever! With him we felt pampered every single moment of our journey! Also he was so knowledgeable and always entertained us with his stories about Ireland. He made us to get in love with this beautiful country!

    Anna Vershuta
    Deluxe Hiking - Ireland Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 26/09/2022

    Paul Quinn exceeded all expectations for what a guide should be. His love of Ireland and the outdoors is apparent, but not only that he showed a genuine interest in each and every member of the group. His level of care is exemplary.

    We were all so grateful for what he brought to the trip. I wish I was a better writer to accurately put into words how amazing he is as a human. He really went above and beyond.

    Jonathan Dowling
    Deluxe Hiking - The Kerry Mountains
    Reviewed on 15/08/2022

    I found our guide Paul Quinn to be a consummate professional. He quickly learned about our physical abilities and our underlying reasons for making the journey. I was impressed with his ability to describe the natural features of the Irish countryside around us while also weaving a tale of the cultural significance of the paths were following.

    Kevin Deiters
    Deluxe Hiking - The Kerry Mountains
    Reviewed on 15/08/2022

    Paul Quinn is a tremendous guide: he knows how to connect with the group, meets people where they are, and has a story to share about Irish people, places and history at every turn. I admired his non-anxious energy. He made us feel safe on the more challenging bits of trail, and he encouraged us to find our own stride in the wilderness.

    Whitney Coe
    Deluxe Hiking - Ireland Coast to Coast
    Reviewed on 01/08/2022

    Paul and his wife who was with him as a learning apprentice were fabulous. They went beyond expectations to see to our comfort and trip enjoyment.

    Roxanne Jones
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 24/07/2022

    Actually I would describe Paul as beyond excellent in understanding each person in our group and their limits or desire to do more, his level of knowledge and finally being fully engaged and interested in each of each

    Roxanne Jones
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 21/07/2022

    More than excellent! I’m a teacher so the learning part happened all the time along with body lessons about how to conquer each day, hill or stairway.

    Anna Gender
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 11/07/2022

    There just aren't enough good things to say about Paul. He was so easy to talk to and goodness such a wonderful ambassador for the company. He had a cheerful word for anyone we encountered on or off the trail - I'm certain he make fast friends wherever he goes! He couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating to our very diverse group. And my goodness! such a font of knowledge on so many topics! Stopping for a moment to point out a flower or fern endemic to Scotland, sharing stories of his childhood and growing up in Ireland, giving geology or history lessons, or telling us stories of the Great Famine - how it evolved and devolved into the current culture of Ireland. We were well entertained, and I feel, came away with a better sense of the country!

    Kathleen Cunha
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 07/06/2022

    Paul was outstanding in every way - a great ambassador for your company and your country. Besides his endless knowledge - there wasn't a question he couldn't answer, he made sure he was attentive to everyone in our group. At several points during the hikes, he would reach into his bag and pull out an article of clothing, a snack or whatever was needed to make someone a bit more comfortable. The trip went flawlessly thanks to Paul and his meticulous planning. He was also very helpful in recommending pubs - both in the towns we visited and in Dublin where we ended our trip.

    Kevin Long
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 06/06/2022

    Paul was amazing from the experience at the train station in Belfast to the end of our time together. His warm personality and amazing narratives kept us all entertained and satisfied with every aspect of our trip. The 9 of us bonded together like one happy family and Paul was instrumental in this process. When I needed to see a physician, he quickly made it happen which made me very grateful. Further, I had a very special goal to achieve and Paul worked several days to make it happen which reflected well on Wilderness Ireland but even more so on Paul as a kind and caring person.

    Joe Brosky
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 30/05/2022

    Paul is an excellent guide. He paced our group perfectly, and most importantly shared his passion and love for Ireland with us.

    Donna Brosky
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 25/05/2022

    Our guide, Paul Quinn, was outstanding. He has set the bar high for any future guides. Paul was so knowledgeable on the history of Ireland and the sites we were hiking. He made a noted effort to assure each one of us had the experience we were looking for on this trip while maintaining a sense of humor. I really cannot say enough about his ability as a guide, thank you!

    Sally Willms
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 25/05/2022

    From the meet-up at the beginning till saying good-byes at the end, Paul was professional, knowledgeable, attentive, and helpful to the max.

    Donna Stephens
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 23/05/2022

    I don't know what you're paying your guides, but it's not enough.

    Like stated earlier, each one was engaging and amazing. What really set these guides apart from others that we've had on previous trips was that each of them took the time to explain everything we could have wanted to know about anything with Ireland. Additionally, each of them made sure that our trip and experience was truly about us. If we needed to stop to rest, we did. They were in no rush and they wanted to have as much fun as we did.

    Keltin Wiens
    Self Drive - Belfast, Giant’s Causeway & Donegal
    Reviewed on 18/05/2022

    Most of our trip was self-guided the routes provide were beautiful. Sometimes we did take more direct routes due to timing.

    As for our hiking and boat guides. They were great to work with. We always felt safe and comfortable, the hiking guides took there time on routes that were difficult. Our boat guide was upfront about how the weather and tides affects what we can see. All of them were a wealth of information on so many things and had some good suggestions that we tried out later in our trip. I would hike with both Berry and Paul again. I would love to come back and scuba dive with Aquaholics.

    Laci McGee
    Self Drive - Belfast, Giant’s Causeway & Donegal
    Reviewed on 18/05/2022

    Five stars for Paul Quinn! So knowledgeable about history, geology, botany, and very kind and thoughtful.

    Lisa VandenBerghe
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 27/04/2022

    Our guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable of the history, flora, fauna, geology, culture, etc. of the areas visited. Found out the clients varied interests and found ways to connect to everyone.

    Marnie Connelly
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 25/04/2022

    Paul was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor.

    Brenda Fries
    Hiking - Dingle Way
    Reviewed on 11/10/2021

    Paul was a great guide! He was knowledgeable about Irish history, plants, the environment, and a pleasure to be around.

    Michael Montoya
    Hiking - Dingle Way
    Reviewed on 09/10/2021

    Both Callum and Paul were excellent guides, with their individual strong points.

    Deb Horner
    Hiking - Dingle Way
    Reviewed on 07/10/2021

    Paul Quinn did a remarkable job as our tour guide. He made all the hikes enriching and interesting with the bits of trivia that he made us aware of. Paul is considerate of the group and constantly ensures that everyone is comfortable and safe.
    He is reliable and a great conversationist too. I feel like I have gained a great experience and some knowledge from this trip, all thanks to our guide and the carefully crafted itinerary!

    Savneet Kaur
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 20/09/2021

    Paul Quinn was excellent. Very prepared, hard working and solicitous of the welfare of his clients

    Douglas Todd
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 20/09/2021

    Paul was excellent. He was the best kind of guide: our group had wide ranging abilities and everyone felt taken care of and encouraged. He was knowledgeable, kind and patient. He's also hilarious and empathic. We can't wait to return and take another trip with him!

    Lynn Smith
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 11/08/2021

    Paul was excellent. He shared so much information with us on a wide range of topics from history to flora. Cant say enough nice things about him as he was organized, attentive to the needs of everyone in the group. Felt safe with him on the hikes and loved his passion for his country, the landscapes and wanting all of us to have the best possible experience

    Sara Thomas
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 10/08/2021

    Such a lovely, caring guide who knows how to find the hidden gems and seems to know everything about history, geology, plants and animals. Really felt in good hands.

    Ria Pronk
    Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 09/08/2021

    The guide makes the journey and Paul did it.
    We were with Duncan Warner in April and he is equally outstanding. We recommend them Louise and wilderness Ireland everywhere

    Stephen Larson
    19WITM Ireland Tailor Made Trips
    Reviewed on 28/09/2019

    This category needs a level above excellent - how about "fantastic?" Knowledge and enthusiasm along with guide skills showed at every instant.

    George Winters
    19WITM Ireland Tailor Made Trips
    Reviewed on 10/04/2019

    I mentioned a lot in my previous answer, so please share that with Paul as well. Paul made the trip what it was - an amazing adventure exploring beautiful Ireland on bike, horse, boat, foot, and van. Wow! We so appreciated the top-notch level of service from Paul. Welcoming us with the Halloween Van, the always replenished goodie box below the seats, the fascinating level of knowledge of the area and of Ireland as a whole, guiding us through the gorgeous landscapes of Ireland, and being so friendly and kind to us throughout the trip. He was excellent with the kids who at times weren't feeling up to the challenge - helping to motivate them to finish the long cycle ride for example. He brought us to delicious restaurants which after a long day of activities was always welcomed. We thank Paul so much for creating the most memorable, fun trip to Ireland for us.

    Lisa Sarfati
    Deluxe Family Adventure - Paddling and Pirates
    Reviewed on 29/11/2018

    Can't say enough about how fabulous Paul was for our particular group. We were a mature (lol) group with a wide range of hiking capabilities. No one was ever not looked after from the fastest to the slowest of us. Paul would talk, laugh, educate, encourage and hike alongside each and everyone of us at various times along every route. He would always ensure everyone was okay and it was obvious he took his job seriously about trying to make our experience the best he could. I'm not even sure what would ruffle him as he even took a car accident in stride and just kept trucking right along with us. All I can say is if I ever get the chance to do another hike with you, it will be my pleasure any time, any where. Thank you very much.

    Jullie Andersen
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 29/10/2018

    Paul Quinn..fabulous, knowledgeable, patient and passionate about his work!

    Mary Kay Thomas
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 07/10/2018

    Pauls level of service was outstanding! His knowledge of both natural science and history was a real highlight. He is extremely personable and genuinely encouraging during some of the more difficult walks. He accommodated people's personal needs well and is an asset to the business

    Pete Harrison
    Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal
    Reviewed on 01/10/2018

    As previously mentioned, Paul was phenomenal - could not have asked for a better guide; felt like he was part of our family throughout the entire trip!!!

    Don Nestor
    Deluxe Family Adventure - Paddling and Pirates
    Reviewed on 24/09/2018

    Paul is a caring, attentive and available guide to his work.
    He was able to organize hiking, swimming and discovering the country.
    He took care to repeat slowly and choosing his words when I did not understand all his explanations.
    A big thank you

    Isabelle Gourraud
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 08/07/2018

    Paul has been exellent. Gentleman and FairPlay ,he was always present and helpfull
    History and other knowledge were présent . Hi tried to find good words for our poor English . I would recommand him to everybod

    Cathy Etchepare
    Hiking - The Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
    Reviewed on 02/07/2018

    Paul and John were amazing guides, and extremely thoughtful of every detail. Helped make this one of the best guides tours we have ever had. They are both truly special people!

    Carol Biederman
    Hiking - Connemara to the Cliffs of Moher
    Reviewed on 24/05/2018

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    Hiking – Kerry & Clare
    8th Apr - 14th Apr 2023
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    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast
    3rd Jun - 9th Jun 2023
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    Hiking – Kerry & Clare
    17th Jun - 23rd Jun 2023
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    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains
    1st Jul - 7th Jul 2023
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    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast
    22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2023
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    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry
    12th Aug - 18th Aug 2023
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    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains
    2nd Sep - 8th Sep 2023
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    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast
    16th Sep - 22nd Sep 2023
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    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast
    7th Oct - 13th Oct 2023
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