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Tom Meehan

Cheerful |  Positive | Professional

Favourite Place to Play

The Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford, part of Ireland’s Ancient East

Not a lot of people know this

I once recorded a 4 track CD!

Mini Bio

After 36 years in the maritime world, initially as a Naval Officer and Ship’s Captain and later as a Port Manager, I changed direction and left the office behind for a career in the outdoors.

I am qualified as a Mountain Leader and now spend my much of my time sharing my passion for the hills and mountains of Ireland, and giving people the skills to safely explore the hills.

When not out in the wilderness, I enjoy playing the guitar and singing with my friends in our weekly music session in the local pub.

Qualifications & Awards Read More
  • Naval Watchkeeping Certificate
  • Ships Diver Officer
  • Helicopter Controller
  • Diploma in Shopping Centre Management
  • Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance
  • Mountain Leader Award
  • Mountain Skills Trainer
Previous Experience Read More

I joined the Irish Navy as a cadet straight from school and served for sixteen years in a variety of roles culminating in two years in command of an offshore patrol vessel. After leaving the navy, I managed a shopping centre in Cork for two years before an opportunity arose to return to the maritime world as manager of a commercial harbour.

I left the office behind in 2010 to follow my passion for the outdoors. I qualified as a Mountain Leader and Mountain Skills Trainer and now my work is giving others the skills to safely explore the Irish hills and mountains.

I am immensely proud of everything my country has to offer so it is a joy to share our wonderful landscape, history, culture, food and drink with visitors from overseas as a guide at Wilderness Ireland.

Travel Read More

I first experienced north western Spain in 2014 when I walked 300 km of the Camino Francaise. I have returned there twice since then and particularly to the Picos de Europa mountains. I have also travelled to Guatemala and later this year my partner and I will go trekking in Nepal.

Hobbies & Passions Read More

My major interests are hillwalking/hiking either on my own, with friends or teaching others as well as music. I play the guitar and sing with a group of friends in a weekly session in and in local pubs. I might even have been known to sing a song or two on my trips! 

Expert Regions Read More

The mountains in the southeast of Ireland – I especially love the beautiful and yet underrated Comeragh Mountains. I know the southeast really well (counties Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny,…). I also like the west coast – places like Dingle might be more popular, but there are always hidden gems to be found.

Adventurer's Stories about Tom

Tom was a great guide--very knowledgeable and personable. He was also very flexible as he tried to accommodate some of our individual requests and did a great job providing us with a few alternative itineraries when we couldn't visit some sites due to weather.

Ann Marie Gervino
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 10/09/2019

Tom was key to a wonderful trip. He was mindful of safety and the ability of participants. He was engaging and endeavoured to meet the diverse needs of the group. His skills at bringing all of us together were very much appreciated.

Jan Lackstrom
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 03/09/2019

Top of the range !

Leigh Ashby
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 02/09/2019

Tom know what he's doing; he stopped one of our hikes after we had forded a couple of streams and hit one that was turbulent with very high water. It was a tough decision because we wanted to keep going, but the right one. It gave me a great deal of confidence to know we were with an experienced hiker.

Tom has a light touch with people; he was deft at dealing with idiosyncracies and concerns. This is not an easy thing to do when you have different personalities from various countries.

Jean Jabanoski
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 02/09/2019

Our guide Tom was professional, friendly and knowledgeable and went over and above to make our experience a memorable one

Fiona Ashby
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 02/09/2019

Our guide Tom was knowledgeable, accommodating, respectful to all our needs and made all possible efforts to ensure our satisfaction.

Pazi Deutsch
Private Hiking the Dingle Way
Reviewed on 29/07/2019

Tom Meehan was great. "A Quiet Man" I called him..but a super guide and informative at the same time.

Mary Kay Thomas
Hiking - The Wicklow Way
Reviewed on 27/07/2019

Our guide Tom is what made our hike in Ireland so memorable. He took excellent care of us and went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and that everything ran smoothly. The logistics (luggage transfer, van pick up, check in to our lodging, evening meals) were all very smooth, and the daily hikes included a few challenges, incredible vistas, and walks along the beach. His good humor, expertise, and patience were all greatly appreciated!

Tama Engelking
Hiking - Dingle Way
Reviewed on 23/07/2019

Again Tom was great! I can't say enough positively to reflect how much I enjoyed his knowledge and support during our week with the tour. The highlight was Tom's impromptu concert at the Enniskerry Inn pub

Dan Wherley
Hiking - The Wicklow Way
Reviewed on 19/07/2019

The guide was first class and could not have been more helpful.

John Barrett
Hiking - The Wicklow Way
Reviewed on 18/07/2019

Tom was the total package of a fine guide, from patience, knowledgeability, tolerance, flexibility, and seasoning to a well-honed sense of humor, generosity, and fine musicianship.

Kent Young
Hiking - Dingle Way
Reviewed on 07/07/2019

Tom did a great job. An 11 out of 10.

Bonnie Jones
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
Reviewed on 03/06/2019

Tom was a good man. Even sang us a few tunes at dinner one evening.

Allen Shaw
Hiking - Dingle Way
Reviewed on 01/08/2018

Tom was very good and looked after us well. It was his first Dingle Way expedition and as such he did well. His guitar playing and singing were most enjoyable and a rare treat.

Antoinette Norman
Hiking - Dingle Way
Reviewed on 25/07/2018

Tom was really friendly, and helpful and went out of his way to make sure we didn't miss stuff - he drove a few of us to see something we would otherwise have missed after dinner. He also drove me to my accomodation after the trip which was very much appreciated. Not quite as experienced or as knowledgeable about flowers and things as the last trip I went on but he still knew loads more than me!

Isobel Pennington
Hiking - Dingle Way
Reviewed on 24/07/2018

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Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast
16th May - 22nd May 2020
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Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo
20th Jun - 26th Jun 2020
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Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains
4th Jul - 10th Jul 2020
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Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast
15th Aug - 21st Aug 2020
Trip Full CONFIRMED €0
Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry
5th Sep - 11th Sep 2020
1 place(s) left CONFIRMED €0 Book Now

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