“The mountain is my cathedral… it’s freedom, it’s where I feel alive”
Brian Hoey grew up in the magical ring of mountains that surround Slieve Gullion, South Armagh. The landscape is etched in his DNA coming from a 7th generation mountain farming family. Walk with Brian, an expert, all Ireland and UK qualified Mountain Leader and local Tour Guide as he shares his unique story and passion for his ‘home place’. Listen to the folklore, myth and legend, handed down to Brian from his Grandparents, an unbroken oral tradition stretching back into the mists of Irish History.
Brian is a keen forager of wild edibles. Learn about Irelands wild plants and how they have been part of the culture for thousands of years.
Experience this secret mountain community at first hand as Brian reveals the authentic rural Ireland. 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.
“I like meeting new people and sharing my stories with them“
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.
Lorraine will share the real heart and soul of the country with you.
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.