Here you will find answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about our trips and Ireland in general. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please either request or download the relevant trip dossier or contact us; we are more than happy to help.
How can I find out if places are still available on a trip?
To find out if there are still places available on the trip you are interested in, please click on that trip, scroll down to the section called ‘prices and departures’. Beside each departure date you will see the price, and next to that you whether there are places available or not. You will also see ‘trip status’ which tells you whether the trip has reached a minimum number of bookings, making it guaranteed to run. We run trips with a minimum of two clients for hiking and four clients for biking/kayaking, so once we have received minimum bookings the trip status changes to ‘confirmed’, meaning you can book with confidence.
What clothing and equipment do I need to bring?
We will send out a recommended equipment list to everyone who books a Wilderness Ireland holiday. If you would like to find out what gear you might need before you book, we would be happy to send you an equipment list any time. These will vary depending on the activity you chose, so please have a look under the ‘adventure holidays’ link at the top of this page for your chosen activity and contact us to request the equipment list for that activity.
Do you allow children on your trips?
The minimum age at which we accept bookings on any of our scheduled trips in 16. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. However, we do trips that we have designed especially for families which we can arrange just for you- take a look at our tailor-made section and fill out out interactive trip planner so we can design your perfect family trip. You can also bring children along on self-drive ‘Discovery Journeys’ and we can tailor activities to suit all members of the family. If neither of these options suit you can also have a look at out Tailor Made section where we can design a holiday just for you.
Can I bring my dog on a trip?
Sadly, you cannot bring dogs (or other animals) on any of our listed trips. However, it is possible for us to design a Tailor Made holiday just for you, ensuring that we find accommodations, walks and activities that are canine-friendly.
Am I fit enough/experienced enough to join a trip?
Each of our trips have a difficulty rating which goes from 1 to 10 (one being easiest) and is colour coded, with green being easiest and red most difficult. To help explain what this all means, you will see a tab called ‘Grading’ under each of the trip pages (towards the top of the page and next to ‘Highlights’), or visit our grading page. This includes a short film which explains what the difficulty rating means and they types of terrain that you many encounter on each trip.
Of course, if you have any concerns or questions regarding your suitability to join a trip, or would like to find a trip that suits your experience level, please do call us on +353-91-457898 or at our US toll free number or email [email protected] and we would be happy to help. Being on the wrong trip (either too easy or too difficult) may have an impact on your enjoyment and on that of the rest of the group, so please do get in touch with any questions.
What’s the weather like in Ireland?
There is nowhere else in the world as beautiful as Ireland when the sun shines, and despite our reputation as a wet place, we have relatively high number of sunshine days a year. While, Ireland is famous for it’s lush, green landscape (kept that way by relatively frequent rainfall) it is not nearly as wet you might think. Rain tends to be light and misty and rarely lasts more than a few hours at a time. Generally it is fairly breezy, with the freshest air in Europe moving in from the Atlantic and keeping the midges (small biting insects) at bay.
Late spring and early summer (April, May and June) tend to be the driest months of the year, with average temperatures of between 12 °C (54 °F) and 18 °C (64.5 °F). We also benefit from our northerly latitude during the summer months, with over 18 hours of daylight at the end of June. It is at this time of year that Ireland is at its greenest, as fresh leaves appear and grasslands come to life. It is also a great time for wild flowers, birds and butterflies.
The Autumn months (August to October) tend to be mild and September is considered to be a particularly temperate month. Popular myth in Ireland says that the sun comes out as soon as children go back to school in early September. October is punctuated by Atlantic storms, high winds and rain that usually blow over in 12 hours or so and are rarely bad enough to stop normal (and outdoor) life carrying on as usual.
Winter (November- January) air temperatures only occasionally drop below freezing, and aside from the odd cold snap (about once every two years) it rarely snows on low ground with occasional snow fall at higher levels. Occasional Atlantic storms mean winter in Ireland can be invigorating and dramatic and make for some memorable outside experiences. Even if you aren’t outside a turf fire and a pint of Guinness feel all the more cosy.
Early spring (February and March), highest average temperatures range from 7 °C (46 °F) to 12 °C (54 °F) but it is at this time of year that signs of spring start to appear and Ireland’s famous green starts to creep back into the landscape.
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