Mountain Ways Ireland is a leading Irish company offering self-guided but fully supported multi day walking tours throughout Ireland, Scotland and along the Camino Frances in Spain. With our fully qualified mountain leaders and tour guides, we also offer fully guided themed day walks and mountain skills training in the historic Irish mountain ranges of Mourne, Cooley, Gullion , a largely undiscovered area of outstanding natural beauty that makes up the borderlands of East Ulster, the gate way to Irelands Ancient East.
We want you to experience and immerse fully in the history, culture and everyday life that Ireland has to offer. We will do this by working with you to design bespoke multi-day hiking tours. On our walking holiday packages, we look after the details, booking accommodation, transferring your luggage along the way, providing clear and comprehensive route notes and offering emergency back up support. We want you to go home from your vacation with memories to cherish, feeling refreshed and re-connected with nature.
With Mountain Ways Ireland you will always receive a personal, friendly and professional service.
Brian, your guide, comes from and lives in a beautiful mountainous rural area right in the heart of the ‘Ring of Gullion’, South Armagh. His family have lived and farmed on these mountain slopes as far back as records go and still do to this day so the connection between past and present is very much alive.
He is waiting to extend a warm Irish welcome and open a window on the world where he is so lucky to call his homeplace!
A member of the mountain training association, he is also a fully qualified and insured Mountain leader (MLS), accredited Tour guide and Geo-ambassador for these areas so you are safe in his hands.
You can experience these mountain vistas as Brian reveals the authentic rural Ireland of yester year. He knows the local characters, their superstitions or ‘pishtogues’ as the people call them. This is a world that is steeped in tradition and folklore.
The history of the people is etched on the small green fields, its recorded in the old Gaelic placenames and written on the very mountain sides themselves. Brian will show you the pre-famine tenant houses where his people eked out a living for centuries and the abandoned potato famine fields still hanging on the hillsides.
Visit the Landlords house where Brian’s grandfather worked as a young boy and contrast that with the abandoned stone cottage remains where he was reared high on the mountainside. In his childhood, Brian was closely involved in this world of his grandparents.
This mountain farming way of life has stretched back for millennia, back through the mists of Christian, Celtic and Pagan times. Brian will bring to life folk ways that have all but disappeared; farm life that followed the seasons, hay-making, milking the cows by hand to the dancing light of a tilley lamp, drawing water from the well and stories by the open hearth.
Stories of myth and legend, sagas of epic Irish battles, warrior Kings and Queens, Celt, Viking, Norman, Saxon and ordinary Farming folk are all weaved into this landscape through the old art of Irish storytelling.
You can visit, touch and step inside ancient burial cairns older than the pyramids of Egypt, stone masons shelters, smugglers mountain paths and caves, old ‘booley’ sites and fairy forts.
Mountain Ways Ireland is not just about hiking through the landscape, it’s about bringing it all to life as we connect with nature, and re-connect with the people, past and present.
Lorraine is also a passionate hill walker and has walked many of Irelands mountain ranges. Along with Brian she has walked every step of the 790 kms Camino Frances across the Pyrenees into the heart of the Basque country and Northern Spain to reach Santiago de Compostela.
Lorraine is the ‘brains’ in the background and will be there making sure everything goes smoothly for you.
She also comes from a rural part of County Armagh where she remembers the old ways and as a child cutting turf on her grandfather ‘Toner’s Bog’. Lorraine loves nothing more than to share with you her choice of the best places to stay, to eat and unwind along the trail, the hidden gems that make a hike organised by Mountain Ways Ireland a memory to cherish.
Our desire is to share with you what we consider to be the real heart and soul of the country
The B & B’s are spotlessly clean, comfortable and well located. What a treat to have your full day of walking through breath taking scenery and arrive at your B & B with a friendly welcome from the inn – keeper and your bags waiting for you.
In the evening go into the local village or town to a recommended restaurant where you might sample some top-quality local produce, be it succulent grass-fed beef, mountain raised lamb, wild venison, seafood from the wild Atlantic coasts or beautiful organic seasonal vegetables.
Relax and unwind at the end of the day among locals with a well-earned whiskey or pint, if you’re lucky enough you may even chance in on a traditional Irish music session.
Each morning you head out, in your own time, after a great night’s sleep, a generous hearty breakfast, your batteries recharged ready to explore new pathways, myths and legends at every turn in the trail.
You need to smell the freshness of the air, taste, feel and sense this wonderful part of the world that you are passing through.
From day one, you can switch off, embrace and immerse fully in the rich culture of Ireland.
Trust us to look after the detail and you will go home refreshed, revitalized and already planning your next adventure with us
Let the Mountain ways Ireland team design the perfect escape for you where you will immerse yourself in the landscape and culture of this ancient land on the fringe of Europe.
Just like you we are walkers, we love to explore and discover new cultures, the real essence of any country that we visit. We want to get off the beaten track, meet the local people and hear their stories. We want to taste the local food understand the history and embrace the experience.
We understand all the small things that are so important, the warm welcome and smile at your B&B at the end of the days walking, the offer of a cup of tea or coffee, the offer to dry your damp clothes.
All these small things make the vacation so much better.
We want you to go home from your vacation with memories to cherish, feeling refreshed and re-connected with nature. We want you to come back on another adventure next year and the year after.
Our primary goal is to share what we consider to be the real heart and soul of the country.