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    Top 5 Reasons to Be a Solo Traveller in Ireland

    5 min read

    By Dawn Rainbolt, PR Manager
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    All About Solo Travel

    Most people tend to travel with spouses, family or friends, but there’s an increasing trend to travel solo. Over recent years, the number of solo travellers has continued to grow as people realise there are great often-overlooked benefits to becoming a solo traveller in Ireland. Whatever your motivation for going it solo, Ireland is an ideal destination. Join a group trip to combine travel independence with safety, and take advantage of a local guide’s knowledge and expertise about the area.

    If you’re still on the fence about being a solo traveller in Ireland, scroll down to see our top 5 reasons why booking a trip as a solo traveller could be the start of the best vacation you can imagine.

    1. Meet new people

    solo traveller in Ireland

    There are various reasons why you’ve decided to become a solo traveller in Ireland, but in all cases, the result is usually the same: since you’re on your own, you’ll be much more motivated to meet and talk to new people than if you were travelling with a partner. Being amidst a small group, you’ll be able to get to know the other travellers, adventure guide, and local people you’ll meet along the way. While you can still meet new people when travelling with others, you won’t be as motivated if you’re on your own.

    2. Get the trip that you want

    Killary fjord

    No need to worry about compromising – have the holiday you imagine! We have plenty of holidays to choose from, including hiking, biking and kayaking holidays, as well as several different ability levels and types of accommodation. Though being part of our scheduled trips means that you’ll be following a set itinerary, any free time, meal choices, breaks or add-ons will be up to you – and only you. Travel at a speed comfortable for you without worrying about your travel companion – whether that means pushing the pace, hanging out with the guide, or taking your time, travel at your own pace.

    3. Enjoy the benefits of group travel

    You could, of course, simply decide to be a solo traveller in Ireland on your own. But by booking one of our trips, you’ll get the best of both worlds: the holiday you want, but without the stress of organising it all yourself. Generally, it is not advisable to go hiking in the wilderness alone, but as part of a small group, you benefit from safety in numbers. There is also the benefit of shared costs, such as the costs for the guide, transport and even the accommodation if you choose to share a room with another traveller.

    4. Give yourself some TLC

    Female cyclist on a narrow road with distant hills

    By choosing to travel solo on the holiday you want – especially as you’ll be spending your vacation in the Irish countryside and wilderness – you’ll be able to do a little soul-searching, completely free of your normal environment and the people you know. It’ll give you the opportunity to try new thing and see the world from a new perspective – and perhaps, you’ll even discover a few new interests along the way!

    5. You don't need to pay a solo supplement

    Frequent solo travellers will have run into this problem before. A lot of tour operators will immediately charge a solo traveller a higher price and book them into a single room. At Wilderness Ireland, you’ll have a choice. If there is more than one solo traveller on the trip, you’ll be paired with each other into twin rooms unless otherwise requested. Do note though that if you want to occupy a room by yourself, you will be charged extra (cost dependent on the accommodation for that trip).

    Trips to Join Solo

    Wilderness Ireland Departure DatesAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    1st Jun - 7th Jun 2024

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,640Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    22nd Jun - 2nd Jul 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 4,510Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains

    29th Jun - 5th Jul 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,680Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024 Women only departure

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    20th Jul - 26th Jul 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    10th Aug - 20th Aug 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 4,510Book Now
    Bike Tour – Donegal From Cliffs to Coast

    24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 3,210Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains

    31st Aug - 6th Sep 2024

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,680Book Now
    E-bike – Ireland’s West Coast

    21st Sep - 27th Sep 2024

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 3,350Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    29th Mar - 4th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    5th Apr - 15th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,510Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    5th Apr - 11th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    12th Apr - 18th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    19th Apr - 25th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    19th Apr - 29th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,510Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    26th Apr - 2nd May 2025

    7 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    10th May - 16th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    10th May - 16th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    10th May - 16th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    17th May - 27th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,510Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    24th May - 30th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    7th Jun - 13th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    14th Jun - 20th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    14th Jun - 24th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,510Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    21st Jun - 27th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    28th Jun - 8th Jul 2025

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 4,510Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    5th Jul - 11th Jul 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    5th Jul - 11th Jul 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    12th Jul - 18th Jul 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    19th Jul - 25th Jul 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    19th Jul - 29th Jul 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,510Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    2nd Aug - 8th Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    9th Aug - 15th Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    16th Aug - 26th Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,510Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    16th Aug - 22nd Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    30th Aug - 9th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,510Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    30th Aug - 5th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    6th Sep - 12th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    13th Sep - 19th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    13th Sep - 19th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Highlights of Ireland

    20th Sep - 30th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 4,510Book Now

    Meet the Author: Dawn Rainbolt

    American by birth but European in spirit, Dawn has called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and now Ireland home over the years. While she has travelled to more than 30 countries, she has fallen in love with the rich Irish culture and sweeping landscapes of Ireland. Armed with a Masters Degree in Tourism Marketing and a love of writing and photography, she is Wilderness Ireland's Marketing Executive since 2017.

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