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    Ronan Shaw

    Ronan Shaw

    Patient | Energetic | Curious

    Mini Bio

    When I tell people I grew up in Dublin, they don’t picture a single-lane road with grass in the middle and sheep grazing behind my house. I grew up following my father around the fields and learned how to reach the seaside through hidden gaps in hedges.

    As a teenager, I headed west to study Outdoor Education, and for over a decade, my address changed regularly as I travelled, first throughout Ireland, then abroad, chasing adventures on far-flung peaks and down remote rivers. Now I’ve made a permanent base in the northwest of Ireland. I’m passionate about sharing my love of our beautiful country with anyone willing to share an adventure with me.

    Favourite Place to Play

    Of our coastal counties, Leitrim has the shortest coastline, but it packs in two rivers, a plethora of surf spots, and bouldering on the shore. The best part? All of it is overlooked by the beautiful plateau mountains of the Darty Hills. Hard to beat it, really!

    Not a lot of People Know This

    I used to get my kicks from karate and competed in two world championships, winning bronze twice.

    Qualifications Read More
    • A degree in Outdoor Education
    • Certified as a Mountain Leader
    • Rock Climbing Leader
    • Trail Cycle Leader (for mountain biking)
    • Kayaking instructor
    • I sat my first remote first aid course 15 years ago and have renewed it every few years since.
    Biggest Adventure Read More

    I’ve been to over 20 countries and had many adventures. That said, my first time to Africa, which I did solo, still loams large in my memory. I booked a flight and little else. After a frighting car journey from the airport, where the taxi nearly hit several people on the unlit dirt roads, I arrived at 2 am to find myself alone and the hostel gates locked.

    After a night of sleeping rough, I found a bed and spent the next two months travelling on motorbikes with my kayak between me and the drivers, paddling the rapids of the White Nile, sleeping in mud huts or with just a net between me and the stars.

    What Fellow Travellers Say About Ronan

    Ronan was great. No issues along the way and felt very comfortable with his assistance. One of our group forgot their phone at one of the stops and he navigated back and retrieved it. Wow!

    Ellen Duffy
    Hiking - Connemara's Atlantic Edge
    Reviewed on 08/07/2024

    Ronan was AMAZING. So knowledgeable and helpful on every level. Loved his stories and his love for Ireland.

    Alice McHugh
    Hiking - Kerry & Clare
    Reviewed on 17/08/2023

    Our guide, Ronan, was so accommodating. He was knowledgeable, thoughtful, and fun. Ronan demonstrated enthusiasm for the outdoors and a love for Ireland. He shared his vast knowledge about plants, animals, and geological features. He was also an exceptional storyteller, sharing wonderful tales of Irish folklore. A bonus was when he guided our group in a hurling practice!

    Kim Stuhlreyer
    Hiking - Kerry & Clare
    Reviewed on 26/06/2023

    Our guide, Ronan, was fantastic. He is the perfect combination of outdoorsman, naturalist, historian, and a classic Irish storyteller. He is also an excellent deejay as we motored about with a great Irish playlist. I’m very happy to be introduced to Christy Moore’s Lisdoonvarna live as we drove through the village! He tailored the walks well to a group that was pretty fit and we lengthened a couple of our jaunts. On top of all that he gave us a fun hurling lesson and some grand pub recommendations in Dublin.

    Thomas Stuhlreyer
    Hiking - Kerry & Clare
    Reviewed on 26/06/2023

    Ronan is a excellent guide, allways kind and helpful.

    Urs Marti
    Hiking - Kerry & Clare
    Reviewed on 26/06/2023

    Book a trip with Ronan

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry
    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024
    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland
    10th Aug - 20th Aug 2024
    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 4,510Book 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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