Coastal, Mountain, and Island Hikes in Cork and Kerry

Spirit of Ireland

Ireland

9 Days

From $6,495

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    To hike Ireland’s gorgeous landscapes with our beloved Trip Leaders Con Moriarty and Ann Curran is to experience the wild and mystical side of this island in ways not possible on an “ordinary” tour. We’ll walk the seascapes of the unspoiled Sheep’s Head Peninsula, discover the pilgrim trails of the Dingle Peninsula, boat out to wild islands steeped in early Christian history, and hike into the Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry past sparkling lakes and green pastures where sheep graze. We’ll hear tales of clans and chieftains, enjoy pub evenings, and meet artists, shepherds, and singers throughout our journey. Come experience days full of magic—and the true spirit of Ireland.

    Arrive: Cork, Ireland

    Depart: Dingle, Ireland

    Highlights

    • Enjoy an insider's introduction to Ireland's rich traditions, powerful history, and breathtaking landscapes
    • Hike the Killarney National Park, Beara Peninsula, and legendary MacGillycuddy's Reeks, with easy or moderate options
    • Meet shepherds, artists, poets, musicians— our Trip Leaders welcome you into their world!
    • Hike sacred Mt. Brandon, optional climb of Corrán Tuathail, Ireland's highest mountain
    • Savor Ireland's superb culinary scene and farm-to-table cuisine

    Overview

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      Itinerary

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      In the lush beauty of West Cork, we hike the narrow Sheep's Head Peninsula, a place of breathtaking beauty with a local community of some 600 souls, a mix of farmers, fishermen, and colorful “blow-ins” (newcomers) who add to the eclectic atmosphere. Our hike here offers views at every turn, from Dunmanus Bay to the broad expanse of Bantry Bay, and we'll enjoy an evening of music, poetry, and song in a local pub. Con regards his friends in this community “as some of my life's richest blessings.” This region's deep history stretches back to the arrival of Ireland's earliest people, through to the collapse of the world of the Gælic chieftains in the 17th century, to the ensuing English plantations, and on to the story of the emergence of modern Ireland. Our accommodation is a wonderful country house set in the heart of West Cork.
      Named for the Gælic land goddess Beara, the Beara Peninsula holds some of Ireland's wildest ground. Bronze Age people recognized the sanctity of the Beara Peninsula and placed many evocative stone circles here. One of our hikes straddles a high ridge dividing the counties of Cork and Kerry, and another brings us into the dramatic glen known as the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass where Con's ancestors have lived since the 18th century. At hike's end, we'll toast with a pint at Kate Kearney's Cottage, a 150-year-old establishment nestled at the entrance to the Gap. A private boat charter brings us out to two very special islands—Church and Beginish, full of early-Christian and Viking history. Overnights are at the grand Aghadoe Heights Hotel, with its magical views over the lakes of Killarney.
      On the Dingle Peninsula, notched with bays and hidden troves of pre-Christian antiquities, we hike a pilgrim route across Mt. Brandon. When we get to Dingle, known for its music scene, Ann and Con will take us to the pubs where the finest musicians join in “a session.” And after a great day of hiking, there is nothing quite like finding yourself in an Irish pub, a pint of Guinness in hand, as the session unfolds. The spirit and energy of this music has to be experienced to be believed. Our grand finale brings us to mesmerizing Great Blasket Island, the westernmost point in continental Europe, where we'll have a sense of walking along the edge of the world. Depart on Day 9

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in charming inns and hotels
      • All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Seaview House Hotel

      Ballylickey, Ireland

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      This country house hotel in the heart of West Cork is charm and character personified. Immaculate guestrooms are furnished in unique antiques and offer views of the bay or the landscaped gardens. A pleasant way to end the day? Tea in the garden, of course! Or, maybe an after-dinner drink...

      The Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa

      Killarney, Ireland

      Days 3-5 (3 nights)

      The Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa is blessed with a stunning setting overlooking the Lakes of Killarney. Besides offering panoramic views of the green mountains of Killarney National Park, the Agadhoe has well-appointed guest rooms, two bars, a pool, and a full spa for enjoying a relaxing sauna or massage...

      Benner's Hotel

      Days 6-8 (3 nights)

      Set in the center of Dingle town close to shopping, restaurants, and pubs, Benner's Hotel offers traditional, “down-home” Irish warmth along with modern amenities. Guest rooms are roomy, comfortable, and nicely decorated, and the staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home.

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Con Moriarty

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      Ann Curran

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      Naoise O Muircheartaigh

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      Liadh Ní Muircheartaigh

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system, depending on the hiking options you choose. You will need to be comfortable hiking 7 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 5 hours a day. You will need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady pace of the group; however, there are alternative hiking options available most days. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.


      Average Hiking Day
      • 5-6 miles
      • 3-4 hours
      • 500-600 feet gain/loss
      Challenge Days
      • Day 6: 6 miles, 5 hours, 1,200 feet gain, and 1,500 feet loss

      Review Trip Level Details
      Some paths and trails are well-groomed, but many can be rough with rocky and uneven terrain. With the frequent rain, trails can be muddy or even wet underfoot. As is common in Ireland, we may sometimes hike off-trail where the terrain allows, gaining lofty summits via switchbacks across wide, grassy hillsides. Hiking boots with ankle support are always best (though sneakers are sufficient for the lighter hiking options) and hiking poles are recommended.
      We strongly urge you to train for your trip, as your enjoyment will be highly dependent on your level of fitness. The best training for a hike is to hike, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling, or other cardiovascular exercises. Stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy, comfortable, and thoroughly broken-in.
      This trip takes place when Ireland has some of its best weather. Being the Emerald Isle, however, you must be prepared for rain showers at any time. Ireland's weather is dictated by the pressure systems coming in from the Atlantic and is notoriously variable. Gore-Tex outerwear, warm layers, and proper boots are necessary. Overall, Ireland's climate is milder than Britain's, thanks to the Gulf Stream, and a morning of rain can easily be followed by a brilliant blue sky and abundant sunshine.
      Our accommodations range from a historic family-run guesthouse to a quaint traditional Irish downtown hotel to a relaxing countryside property with a pool and spa. They are charming and comfortable, but since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Most accommodations serve big, hearty Irish breakfasts, which include sausage, black and white pudding, and homemade apple juice. Most lunches are picnic-style during our hikes, but we occasionally stop at a local cafe or pub. Dinners will be at restaurants in town or at the hotels, and plenty of fresh seafood is available. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      We will use a mini-coach/van throughout the trip, which will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day). We will also take three boat journeys, one over typically calm and placid lake waters, and two in the open ocean. Please note that these can be affected by weather and sea conditions.

      Client Testimonials

      "The Spirit of Ireland was fantastic! This is truly a beautiful experience, and Con and Ann are amazing. Thank you for all you do for travelers like us! I wish I had a way to describe this experience to you!"

      Bill and Jill F.

      Corvallis, OR

      "The trip was beyond great, a satisfying mix of hiking, music, and other activities, amid some of the most beautiful landscapes I've seen. It was 8 days of magic."

      Carol G.

      Brooklyn, NY

      "Well planned, lots of beautiful walks, and plenty of time to enjoy the countryside. Great evening meals, music, and fun!"

      Donald H.

      Farmington, CT

      "I was almost overcome by the beauty, history, and culture of Ireland—a magical trip. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime."

      Ed D.

      Alameda, CA

      "This was a fantastic trip, full of wonderful hiking in a beautiful location, made so much more interesting by our terrific guides, Con Moriarty and Ann Curran. They had a wealth of information about the area, having grown up there, and so much information about the history and lore of Ireland. They also had great knowledge of current happenings and events, the best restaurants and shops and pubs."

      Emily S.

      San Mateo, CA

      "A wonderful trip, with a great mix of hiking and learning."

      Ivy W.

      Essex, CT

      "The Spirit of Ireland is the only possible way to describe this adventure. From beginning to end you are filled with the beauty and history of a very special place, shared with leaders deeply committed to every facet of Ireland, her culture, and landscapes."

      Jane S.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "Definitely one of the best trips I've taken. Not only is Ireland just spectacularly beautiful, the accommodations were nice, we were well fed, and the hiking excursions were outstanding. The best part was our guides, Con and Ann. I'm spoiled for life. Thank you!"

      Joan E.

      Moraga, CA

      "A spectacular trip! Ireland is a beautiful country. Hotels were charming and quaint, food was amazing, hikes were fantastic."

      Joyce E.

      Coral Cables, FL

      "This was the most wonderful walking tour imaginable. The itinerary and the quality of the guides especially, as well as the accommodations, food, etc., were first rate. Southern Ireland is beautiful, the food was fantastic, the music in Dingle divine!"

      Karen R.

      Hayesville, NC

      "‘Excellent’ doesn't come close to how I would describe the trip. It deserves more. ‘Spectacular’ or ‘The Best Ever,’ or words to that effect!"

      Karen S.

      Dallas, TX

      "Ireland’s beauty was beyond all my expectations. People always comment on the green of Ireland, but for me it is a very magical place. The views spectacular, the people very friendly, the hikes were challenging and worth the effort. The history of the Irish people touched my soul."

      Kim T.

      San Diego, CA

      "Con and Ann were incredible leaders. Caring, knowledgeable, wonderful. I cannot say enough of how wonderful they were during our trip."

      Linda F.

      Bend, OR

      "Sometimes the universe opens up and shares with you wondrous and mystical gifts. That was my experience on the Spirit of Ireland journey. I am grateful."

      Linda V.

      Vienna, Austria

      "The Spirit of Ireland was a magical experience infused with the spirit and passion of Con, whose love for his country and the people in our group was evident at every turn of our journey! Ann was fabulous too, with her sunny smiles and sense of humor. The two are an awesome team!"

      Mary Ellen M.

      Nanuet, NY

      "This trip was an experience one could never get on a 'regular' tour of Ireland. You might see the usual tourist sites, but you would never see or experience what we did with Con."

      Midge M.

      Alameda, CA

      "With his larger than life-size charm and personality, Con truly is the Pied Piper of Ireland! He is supremely knowledgeable and passionate about his country's culture. Which means hiking with Con is like taking a moveable history class. Thanks to his intimate knowledge of the area (both in terms of the land and its inhabitants) we were able to enjoy a very personal journey filled with wonderful music, fascinating facts and thought-provoking insights."

      Nikki A.

      Brewster, MA

      "Far above excellent. The experience far exceeded my expectations and sent me home with a love for Ireland, Irish history, music, land, and sea! A perfect trip."

      Paula J.

      Half Moon Bay, CA

      "Our guides, Con and Ann, were absolutely wonderful! They exceeded my expectations by a long shot! They both were so professional, attentive to our needs, concerned for our safety, knowledgeable, and entertaining! I appreciated their warmth, wonderful personalities, and enthusiasm for what they do. Simply put, I couldn't be more pleased."

      Richard M.

      Los Angeles, CA

      "This was an extraordinary experience of the west of Ireland, the wild and mystical side of this amazing island."

      Roy G.

      Sunriver, OR

      "Both Con and Ann went out of their way to make the trip one of the most memorable trips for each of us. Both of them are so knowledgeable of the history of the island and made each of us feel welcome. Perfect leaders."

      Sara P.

      Aptos, CA

      "This trip was absolutely fantastic—especially because of the two guides. The countryside was breathtaking, and the individual destinations were spectacular. And I loved the boat rides!"

      Sara W.

      Longmont, CO

      "This was an excellent trip! We enjoyed every minute of it! The guides were tremendous...the hiking was terrific...and the people we met are our new friends!"

      Sarah T.

      Mahtomedi, MN

      "Con and Ann embraced us as if we were family. Always concerned about our welfare and safety. I would return just to be with them and the ‘spirit of Ireland.’"

      Susan K.

      Franconia, NH

      "Ireland is a magical corner of this world and I feel very lucky to have had it so beautifully revealed."

      Suzy M.

      Pittsburgh, PA

      "This was our first trip with Wilderness Travel, but we were with many friends on the trip who have done over 10 of them...and now I see why. Everything was perfect, from hotels to food, to hiking and itinerary—we loved every minute! Wilderness does it right."

      Tim and Kacey S.

      Amherst, MA

      "Waterfalls everywhere, sometimes seeming to flow backwards when a great gust of wind sent enormous plumes of spray skyward. The wind was strong and the rain was constant with vast sheets of it dancing magically across the mountain sides. The force of the Irish weather combined with the landscape created a feeling of being . . . being in exactly the right place at precisely the right time. You just had to grab the moment with both hands and hold on tight. Imagine the blasts of wind against your body, the sharp peppering of rain on your face, the sloppy sucking sounds your boots make as they land on and pull out of this muddy, mucky, grassy area. Nothing but beauty all around, air so fresh it shocks your lungs, and a heart full to brimming with joy. Do you have that in your mind? If so, you have an inkling of what it felt like to be there."

      Virginia V.

      Salem, OR

      "This trip was a true gem. From start to finish, the experience was filled with spectacular hikes and incredible evening events, each designed to inspire and captivate. Con and Liadh made every moment unforgettable with their passion, commitment, and personal touches that truly set this journey apart. The hikes were breathtaking, offering stunning views and challenging trails that were perfect for all hikers and showcased the diverse and magnificent landscapes of the region. Evenings were filled with events that highlighted the rich culture and traditions of Ireland. "

      Wendy C.

      Kamas, UT

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Now uninhabited, these peaceful islands were once home to an isolated fishing community that produced a surprising trove of native literature including Thomas O&rsquo;Crohan&rsquo;s Islandman, written in the Irish language. From the very tip of the Dingle Peninsula, we boat across the Blasket Sound to Great Blasket and hike along the ancient green roads of this mesmerizing island, the westernmost point in continental Europe, with a sense of walking near the edge of the world. Before we gather for our Farewell Dinner this evening, we enjoy a special cultural celebration at one of our favorite pubs in Dingle.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Morning transfer to Shannon or Kerry Airports or to local bus and rail stations for connections to Dublin airport for departure. An early (6:00 am) transfer is provided to Shannon Airport (about 2.5 hours), to Kerry Airport (50 minutes&mdash;for those flying to Dublin or London), or to local train and bus stations, from where easy transits are also possible to the capital. Your guides \r\nwill be available to assist with your arrangements.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Cork \/ Sheep&apos;s Head Peninsula","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"In the lush beauty of West Cork, we hike the narrow Sheep&apos;s Head Peninsula, a place of breathtaking beauty with a local community of some 600 souls, a mix of farmers, fishermen, and colorful &ldquo;blow-ins&rdquo; (newcomers) who add to the eclectic atmosphere. Our hike here offers views at every turn, from Dunmanus Bay to the broad expanse of Bantry Bay, and we&apos;ll enjoy an evening of music, poetry, and song in a local pub. Con regards his friends in this community &ldquo;as some of my life&apos;s richest blessings.&rdquo; This region&apos;s deep history stretches back to the arrival of Ireland&apos;s earliest people, through to the collapse of the world of the G&aelig;lic chieftains in the 17th century, to the ensuing English plantations, and on to the story of the emergence of modern Ireland. Our accommodation is a wonderful country house set in the heart of West Cork.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":3,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Beara Peninsula \/ Killarney National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Named for the G&aelig;lic land goddess Beara, the Beara Peninsula holds some of Ireland&apos;s wildest ground. 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From an early age, Con has been awake to the spirit of this magical place, its shape and nature combining with its Gaelic culture and spiritual history to weave a rich tapestry of influence. Throughout his life, the intriguing story of Ireland and its people has been a passion for Con, and sharing this with travelers is a privilege he is grateful for. Traveling with Con and his friends in Ireland is truly a learning adventure, walking and experiencing the \"hidden Ireland.\" Con has traveled and climbed throughout the world, extensively in the mountain environments of Scotland, the European Alps, the US, Nepal, Kenya, Irian Jaya, Australia, Patagonia, and New Zealand.","BioLong":"Con Moriarty grew up in one of the world's very special places, amid the wild peaks of the McGillycuddy Reeks and Killarney Valley of Ireland's County Kerry. From an early age, Con has been awake to the spirit of this magical place, its shape and nature combining with its Gaelic culture and spiritual history to weave a rich tapestry of influence. Throughout his life, the intriguing story of Ireland and its people has been a passion for Con, and sharing this with travelers is a privilege he is grateful for. Traveling with Con and his friends in Ireland is truly a learning adventure, walking and experiencing the \"hidden Ireland.\" Con has traveled and climbed throughout the world, extensively in the mountain environments of Scotland, the European Alps, the US, Nepal, Kenya, Irian Jaya, Australia, Patagonia, and New Zealand."},{"GuideID":850708,"First_Name":"Ann","Last_Name":"Curran","BioShort":"Ann Curran was born and raised in Dingle, County Kerry, and grew up surrounded by traditional Gaelic culture. Born into a family with farming, business, and community connections in this colorful market town, Ann enjoyed successful careers in real estate, banking, and guesthouse management. In 1997, she settled on her favorite career to date, one that allows her to share her place with others. It is a gift she is particularly blessed with, and time shared with Ann and her infectious enthusiasm for hiking and wandering in Ireland is an experience that is sure to warm the heart. Ann is widely traveled throughout the world, but Dingle remains her home, where she&apos;s actively engaged in community life, particularly with voluntary environmental and social organizations.","BioLong":"Ann Curran was born and raised in Dingle, County Kerry, and grew up surrounded by traditional Gaelic culture. Born into a family with farming, business, and community connections in this colorful market town, Ann enjoyed successful careers in real estate, banking, and guesthouse management. In 1997, she settled on her favorite career to date, one that allows her to share her place with others. It is a gift she is particularly blessed with, and time shared with Ann and her infectious enthusiasm for hiking and wandering in Ireland is an experience that is sure to warm the heart. Ann is widely traveled throughout the world, but Dingle remains her home, where she&apos;s actively engaged in community life, particularly with voluntary environmental and social organizations."},{"GuideID":851151,"First_Name":"Naoise","Last_Name":"O Muircheartaigh","BioShort":"Born on the Dingle Peninsula and into the distinct Gaelic culture of his ancestors, Naoise O Muircheartaigh (the Gaelic spelling of Moriarty) has been steeped in the culture of Ireland since birth and comes from generations of mountain guides, including his father, Con Moriarty, longtime leader of our Ireland trips. Naoise (pronounced &ldquo;nee-sha&rdquo;) has been hiking Ireland&apos;s mountains and coasts since he could walk, and his pursuits as a rock and ice climber have led him around the world, from New Zealand to North Africa and the US. He has a deep love of nature and for sharing world&apos;s wild landscapes and ancient cultures.","BioLong":"Born on the Dingle Peninsula and into the distinct Gaelic culture of his ancestors, Naoise O Muircheartaigh (the Gaelic spelling of Moriarty) has been steeped in the culture of Ireland since birth and comes from generations of mountain guides, including his father, Con Moriarty, longtime leader of our Ireland trips. Naoise (pronounced &ldquo;nee-sha&rdquo;) has been hiking Ireland&apos;s mountains and coasts since he could walk, and his pursuits as a rock and ice climber have led him around the world, from New Zealand to North Africa and the US. He has a deep love of nature and for sharing world&apos;s wild landscapes and ancient cultures."},{"GuideID":851271,"First_Name":"Liadh","Last_Name":"N&iacute; Muircheartaigh","BioShort":"Growing up surrounded by Ireland's rich culture and natural beauty, and coming from generations of mountain guides (including her father Con Moriarty, a longtime WT leader), it's no surprise that Liadh (pronounced \"Leah\") is a natural when it comes to introducing travelers to the country's wonders. Liadh has travelled and hiked around the world including New Zealand and the Himalayas and has spent the last couple of years living in the French Alps. She is currently based out of British Columbia in Canada but maintains a strong connection to her Irish roots. As a young woman who came of age as her nation celebrated 100 years of independence, she brings a rich and interesting perspective to Ireland.","BioLong":"Growing up surrounded by Ireland's rich culture and natural beauty, and coming from generations of mountain guides (including her father Con Moriarty, a longtime WT leader), it's no surprise that Liadh (pronounced \"Leah\") is a natural when it comes to introducing travelers to the country's wonders. Liadh has travelled and hiked around the world including New Zealand and the Himalayas and has spent the last couple of years living in the French Alps. She is currently based out of British Columbia in Canada but maintains a strong connection to her Irish roots. As a young woman who came of age as her nation celebrated 100 years of independence, she brings a rich and interesting perspective to Ireland."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Bill and Jill F.","GuestLocation":"Corvallis, OR ","GuestReview":"The Spirit of Ireland was fantastic! This is truly a beautiful experience, and Con and Ann are amazing. Thank you for all you do for travelers like us! I wish I had a way to describe this experience to you!"},{"GuestNames":"Carol G.","GuestLocation":"Brooklyn, NY","GuestReview":"The trip was beyond great, a satisfying mix of hiking, music, and other activities, amid some of the most beautiful landscapes I've seen. It was 8 days of magic."},{"GuestNames":"Donald H.","GuestLocation":"Farmington, CT","GuestReview":"Well planned, lots of beautiful walks, and plenty of time to enjoy the countryside. Great evening meals, music, and fun!"},{"GuestNames":"Ed D.","GuestLocation":"Alameda, CA","GuestReview":"I was almost overcome by the beauty, history, and culture of Ireland&#8212;a magical trip. Thank you for memories that will last a lifetime."},{"GuestNames":"Emily S.","GuestLocation":"San Mateo, CA","GuestReview":"This was a fantastic trip, full of wonderful hiking in a beautiful location, made so much more interesting by our terrific guides, Con Moriarty and Ann Curran. They had a wealth of information about the area, having grown up there, and so much information about the history and lore of Ireland. They also had great knowledge of current happenings and events, the best restaurants and shops and pubs."},{"GuestNames":"Ivy W.","GuestLocation":"Essex, CT","GuestReview":"A wonderful trip, with a great mix of hiking and learning."},{"GuestNames":"Jane S.","GuestLocation":"Santa Fe, NM","GuestReview":"The Spirit of Ireland is the only possible way to describe this adventure. From beginning to end you are filled with the beauty and history of a very special place, shared with leaders deeply committed to every facet of Ireland, her culture, and landscapes."},{"GuestNames":"Joan E.","GuestLocation":"Moraga, CA","GuestReview":"Definitely one of the best trips I've taken. Not only is Ireland just spectacularly beautiful, the accommodations were nice, we were well fed, and the hiking excursions were outstanding. The best part was our guides, Con and Ann. I'm spoiled for life. Thank you!"},{"GuestNames":"Joyce E.","GuestLocation":"Coral Cables, FL","GuestReview":"A spectacular trip! Ireland is a beautiful country. Hotels were charming and quaint, food was amazing, hikes were fantastic."},{"GuestNames":"Karen R.","GuestLocation":"Hayesville, NC","GuestReview":"This was the most wonderful walking tour imaginable. The itinerary and the quality of the guides especially, as well as the accommodations, food, etc., were first rate. Southern Ireland is beautiful, the food was fantastic, the music in Dingle divine!"},{"GuestNames":"Karen S.","GuestLocation":"Dallas, TX","GuestReview":"&#8216;Excellent&#8217; doesn't come close to how I would describe the trip. It deserves more. &#8216;Spectacular&#8217; or &#8216;The Best Ever,&#8217; or words to that effect!"},{"GuestNames":"Kim T.","GuestLocation":"San Diego, CA","GuestReview":"Ireland&#8217;s beauty was beyond all my expectations. People always comment on the green of Ireland, but for me it is a very magical place. The views spectacular, the people very friendly, the hikes were challenging and worth the effort. The history of the Irish people touched my soul."},{"GuestNames":"Linda F.","GuestLocation":"Bend, OR","GuestReview":"Con and Ann were incredible leaders. Caring, knowledgeable, wonderful. I cannot say enough of how wonderful they were during our trip."},{"GuestNames":"Linda V.","GuestLocation":"Vienna, Austria","GuestReview":"Sometimes the universe opens up and shares with you wondrous and mystical gifts. That was my experience on the Spirit of Ireland journey. I am grateful."},{"GuestNames":"Mary Ellen M.","GuestLocation":"Nanuet, NY","GuestReview":"The Spirit of Ireland was a magical experience infused with the spirit and passion of Con, whose love for his country and the people in our group was evident at every turn of our journey! Ann was fabulous too, with her sunny smiles and sense of humor. The two are an awesome team!"},{"GuestNames":"Midge M.","GuestLocation":"Alameda, CA","GuestReview":"This trip was an experience one could never get on a 'regular' tour of Ireland. You might see the usual tourist sites, but you would never see or experience what we did with Con."},{"GuestNames":"Nikki A.","GuestLocation":"Brewster, MA","GuestReview":"With his larger than life-size charm and personality, Con truly is the Pied Piper of Ireland! He is supremely knowledgeable and passionate about his country's culture. Which means hiking with Con is like taking a moveable history class. Thanks to his intimate knowledge of the area (both in terms of the land and its inhabitants) we were able to enjoy a very personal journey filled with wonderful music, fascinating facts and thought-provoking insights."},{"GuestNames":"Paula J.","GuestLocation":"Half Moon Bay, CA","GuestReview":"Far above excellent. The experience far exceeded my expectations and sent me home with a love for Ireland, Irish history, music, land, and sea! A perfect trip."},{"GuestNames":"Richard M.","GuestLocation":"Los Angeles, CA","GuestReview":"Our guides, Con and Ann, were absolutely wonderful! They exceeded my expectations by a long shot! They both were so professional, attentive to our needs, concerned for our safety, knowledgeable, and entertaining! I appreciated their warmth, wonderful personalities, and enthusiasm for what they do. Simply put, I couldn't be more pleased."},{"GuestNames":"Roy G.","GuestLocation":"Sunriver, OR","GuestReview":"This was an extraordinary experience of the west of Ireland, the wild and mystical side of this amazing island."},{"GuestNames":"Sara P.","GuestLocation":"Aptos, CA","GuestReview":"Both Con and Ann went out of their way to make the trip one of the most memorable trips for each of us. Both of them are so knowledgeable of the history of the island and made each of us feel welcome. Perfect leaders."},{"GuestNames":"Sara W.","GuestLocation":"Longmont, CO","GuestReview":"This trip was absolutely fantastic&#8212;especially because of the two guides. The countryside was breathtaking, and the individual destinations were spectacular. And I loved the boat rides!"},{"GuestNames":"Sarah T.","GuestLocation":"Mahtomedi, MN","GuestReview":"This was an excellent trip! We enjoyed every minute of it! The guides were tremendous...the hiking was terrific...and the people we met are our new friends!"},{"GuestNames":"Susan K.","GuestLocation":"Franconia, NH","GuestReview":"Con and Ann embraced us as if we were family. Always concerned about our welfare and safety. I would return just to be with them and the &#8216;spirit of Ireland.&#8217;"},{"GuestNames":"Suzy M.","GuestLocation":"Pittsburgh, PA","GuestReview":"Ireland is a magical corner of this world and I feel very lucky to have had it so beautifully revealed."},{"GuestNames":"Tim and Kacey S.","GuestLocation":"Amherst, MA","GuestReview":"This was our first trip with Wilderness Travel, but we were with many friends on the trip who have done over 10 of them...and now I see why. Everything was perfect, from hotels to food, to hiking and itinerary&#8212;we loved every minute! Wilderness does it right."},{"GuestNames":"Virginia V.","GuestLocation":"Salem, OR","GuestReview":"Waterfalls everywhere, sometimes seeming to flow backwards when a great gust of wind sent enormous plumes of spray skyward. The wind was strong and the rain was constant with vast sheets of it dancing magically across the mountain sides. The force of the Irish weather combined with the landscape created a feeling of being . . . being in exactly the right place at precisely the right time. You just had to grab the moment with both hands and hold on tight. Imagine the blasts of wind against your body, the sharp peppering of rain on your face, the sloppy sucking sounds your boots make as they land on and pull out of this muddy, mucky, grassy area. Nothing but beauty all around, air so fresh it shocks your lungs, and a heart full to brimming with joy. Do you have that in your mind? If so, you have an inkling of what it felt like to be there."},{"GuestNames":"Wendy C.","GuestLocation":"Kamas, UT","GuestReview":"This trip was a true gem. From start to finish, the experience was filled with spectacular hikes and incredible evening events, each designed to inspire and captivate. Con and Liadh made every moment unforgettable with their passion, commitment, and personal touches that truly set this journey apart. The hikes were breathtaking, offering stunning views and challenging trails that were perfect for all hikers and showcased the diverse and magnificent landscapes of the region. Evenings were filled with events that highlighted the rich culture and traditions of Ireland. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}