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    Pearse O’Toole

    Pearse O’Toole

    People | Passion | Adventure

    Mini Bio

    I am a keen Gaeilgeoir (Irish speaker) with a passion for the history and heritage of the Emerald Isle. I feel privileged to be in a position to showcase Ireland to those willing to experience it through adventure. Packing up the boat, bike or campervan has and always will give me happiness.

    Favourite Place to Play

    After spending years wandering remote areas of the world trying to find the ideal hideaway, I’ve come to realise that the most beautiful place in the world has been on my doorstep this whole time. The lakes, mountains, shores and rivers of Connemara have everything an outdoor enthusiast could ever dream of exploring.

    Not a lot of People Know This

    I was so cold one time, I asked a Bedouin man on camelback to buy the socks he was wearing. They stank. I still have them.

    Qualifications Read More
    • BA Honours in Outdoor Education and Heritage of the Irish Landscape
    • MA Personal and Guidance Counselling
    • Dip Business, Executive and Life Coaching
    • Dip Outdoor Recreation Management
    • Dip Drug and Alcohol Addiction
    • Level 3 White-water Kayak instructor
    • Single Pitch Award Trainee
    • Surf instructor
    • Dinghy Sailing Instructor
    • Windsurfing Instructor
    • City & Guild Accredited Bike Mechanic
    • Mountain Leader Award
    Experience Read More

    For over ten years, I worked as an Outdoor Instructor in Ireland and New Zealand. A chance trip to Southern Africa in 2011 created an opportunity for me to lead personal development programmes as Head Guide with Irish charities in some of the most remote and amazing parts of the world over the next eight years.
    I currently lead an adventure therapy programme for Ireland’s harshest critiques – teenagers.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    It’s been my ambition for a long time now to travel to wild, remote and exciting parts of the world. I try to make at least one big trip each year. Some of these trips include kayaking around Ireland in 37 days, cycling through Mexico in 33 days or living in one of the most remote and poverty-stricken areas of Southern Africa for two years.

    What Fellow Travellers Say About Pearse

    You could not ask for better guides and a better team than Pearse and Fergus. They were excellent. Their knowledge and history of the country and were top-notch. I would recommend them to anyone taking this trip. Their flexibility to tailor some parts of the trip in accordance with the group dynamics was the best. Your company has two excellent assets in Pearse and Fergus - as I am sure you realize.

    Sherman Alfors
    E-bike - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 21/09/2023

    See previous comment. No one could believe that Ferguson and Pearse had met just shortly before the trip. They worked seamlessly together

    Stewart Kennedy
    E-bike - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 19/09/2023

    Both guides were very keen on providing us the best Ireland experience. Very supportive. Very helpful would be e.g. either before dinner or after breakfast to have a "map meeting" where one of the guides go through the upcoming route e.g. explains it more, what are the challenges [e.g. upcoming punchy hills] and other specials concerning the route.

    Martina Merkle
    Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    Reviewed on 07/08/2023

    As mentioned earlier, Jerome and Pearse were wonderful. They were patient and very supportive, as well as being a whole lot of fun! I really appreciated their ability to make the trip so great for me!

    Christine Lawson
    Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    Reviewed on 02/08/2023

    Jerome and Pierce were proud Irishman, skilled bikers /drivers, and caring individuals. They made the trip special.

    Tom Brogan
    Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    Reviewed on 28/07/2023

    Every day, Pearse went out of his way to make sure each guest was receiving what ever they need

    Kelly Fust
    Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    Reviewed on 28/07/2023

    Jerome and Pearse were wonderful, fun, informative. Absolutely loved them.

    LuAngela Cervone
    Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    Reviewed on 24/07/2023

    As stated before, we very much enjoyed our time with both Jerome & Pearse. They remained upbeat during weather & technical challenges & when some members of the group discovered 'alternate unscheduled detours.'

    Tamara Koermer
    Bike Tour - Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    Reviewed on 24/07/2023

    Pearce was outstanding. Went out of his way to do anything he could to make our experience memorable. Really appreciated him sharing his knowledge of Irish history.

    John Griffin
    Self Guided plus+ Cycling - Wild Atlantic Way Southwest
    Reviewed on 24/06/2022

    Book a trip with Pearse

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Bike Tour – Donegal From Cliffs to Coast
    24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024
    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 3,210Book Now

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    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.

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