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    Ruth O’Meara

    On an adventure!

    A Mini Bio

    I’m from the Irish Midlands and love hiking, surfing and cycling along the Irish coast. After years of living abroad and travelling around the world in international sales and teaching roles, I moved to Achill Island to pursue my passions and obtain my outdoor education leadership qualifications.

    I’ve since been lucky enough to teach many people to surf and guide them along the Irish hills and hidden gems. I love sharing my joy of the outdoors with others. With the right gear, you can explore and enjoy the outdoors in any weather – in Ireland, we can be lucky enough to experience four seasons in one day.

    Favourite Place to Play

    I’m happiest in the surf or mountains, so wherever that takes me along the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Not a Lot of People Know This

    As a child, one of my favourite sports was gymnastics, and I once held the title of county gymnastics champion!

    Experience & Education Read More
    • Mountaineering Ireland Mountain Skills 1 & 2
    • Mountaineering Ireland Lowland Leader
    • Fáilte Ireland National Tour Guide
    • Fáilte Ireland Regional Coastal Guide
    • ISA Surf Instructor & Beach Award
    • Remote Emergency Care 3
    • QQI certified in Gaeilge
    • Leave No Trace Trainer
    • RLSS National Pool Lifeguard
    • Traditional Reiki Practitioner
    • Institute Cervantes Diploma in Spanish
    • ACELS Certificate in English Language Teaching
    • BBS Honours Degree in Business Studies with French & German
    Travel & Biggest Adventures Read More

    I lived in Valparaíso, Chile for a year teaching English, and first learned to surf at Playa la Boca in Concón, Chile. I came back to Ireland and with a new appreciation of what an epic surf location I was living in, bought a surfboard, and have had many adventures along the Irish coastline since.

    While in South America, I had many adventures travelling through Peru, Argentina, and Ecuador. I completed a biking and white-water rafting tour to the incredible wonder of Macchu Picchu, cycled Mendoza’s vineyard region and stayed in the rainforest in Ecuador, and met many wonderful people along the way.

    I especially remember a magical town called Vilcabamba in south Ecuador, also known as the Valley of Longevity, where locals are rumoured to have one of the longest lifespans in the world.

    Favourite Regions Read More

    I love exploring the entire coastline of Ireland, and the more I explore, the more I realise there is to discover. I spent a summer surf instructing and hiking in north Donegal and love the friendly surf culture of Donegal and Sligo.

    The wilds of Mayo hold a special place in my heart, and I am still awed by the beautiful views, white sand beaches, and remote, pristine hills and mountains on Achill Island and the Corraun Peninsula.

    I also love the chilled-out vibes and artistic culture of Galway city and surrounds, as well as the Gaeltacht (Irish -speaking) regions dotted around the country.

    Adventurer's Stories about Ruth

    Our guide Ruth was awesome!!! She went above and beyond to make the trip the best!!! I have problems with arthritis in my knees and she stopped at the pharmacy and got me a few ice packs. She really cared about each one of us. She had lots of info to share on the places we stopped. Very laid back!!

    Susan Fruland
    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    Reviewed on 18/08/2022

    Our guide, Ruth, was very knowledgeable about all of the places we visited and the guided us on how to navigate the terrain of each hike.

    Sharon Burns
    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    Reviewed on 27/07/2022

    Ruth was amazing! This is my third Wilderness trip and she was my best guide ever! I had heard before the trip that Ruth was a new guide this year but she has a natural talent for the way she guides and did an amazing job with us.

    Gary Fruland
    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
    Reviewed on 25/07/2022

    Our whole party - ranging in age from 20-85 - LOVE Ruth. She was like a good friend by the end of our time together. Enough said :-) See our earlier comment.

    Margaret Moore
    Private Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 06/06/2022

    Ruth was an excellent very patient guide. She always consulted the weather the night before so we made the best use of the day.

    Ann Cuddy Moore
    Private Hiking and Island Hopping - Ireland's West Coast
    Reviewed on 06/06/2022

    Book a trip with Ruth

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast
    8th Jul - 14th Jul 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED€0Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast
    16th Sep - 22nd Sep 2023
    8 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED€0Book Now

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