A self-guided hiking tour gives you the freedom to enjoy the wonderful Irish countryside at your own pace. Hiking without a guide, we will provide you with all the resources you need to successfully complete the trail alone or in the company of good friends.
We’ll plan your route, transfer your bags and show you all the best places to visit but you decide whether you want that extra hour in bed in the morning!
Guided hiking tours are not available from Hillwalk Tours.
You can start your hiking tour on any day of the week between the 1st of March and the 31st of October.
Our 7-Day tours include 5 days of hiking. The first and last days of all our hiking tours are travel days used to transfer to/from the town where your hike will begin/end. If you would like to hike for 7 days, simply select one of our 9-Day tours.
Our 7-Day tours include 6 nights of accommodation – specifically the first 6 nights on your hiking tour. Your tour finishes on the seventh day when you check out of your last B&B.
A single supplement is an additional charge for walkers booking single accommodation (a room for one person). The supplement covers the extra costs associated with accommodating a single person in their own room.
It is not possible to bring your dog on Hillwalk Tours hiking holidays. Unfortunately, the majority of our accommodation providers do not accept pets of any kind.
Yes, most bus and train tickets can be purchased online in advance of your trip. Specific transport information is available on the tour pages of each hiking region. For example, visit our Dingle Way travel information page.
We can generally arrange for you to park at your first B&B. If you are bringing your car, please contact us in advance.
No, on all our Ireland hiking tours, your luggage will be transported to your next accommodation each day as you walk and will arrive before 4pm. A maximum weight limit of 15 kg per person applies to this luggage transfer service.
You will be staying in traditional Irish Bed & Breakfasts (B&B’s) during your hiking trip. To ensure your comfort, each B&B you will stay in has been personally checked by a member of the Hillwalk Tours team. You can expect a warm welcome, en-suite facilities and a hearty breakfast each morning.
Yes, we normally post out your hiking pack (which includes details of where you will be staying) to your home address one month in advance of the start date of your tour. This can be sent sooner upon request.
In general, we try to book accommodation which is as close to the local amenities as possible. If you are staying in a remote location (where access to local pubs/restaurants is not feasible), the owner of the B&B that you are staying at will ensure that you are well fed.
Please be aware that occasionally, due to the limited supply of accommodation, we may have to make reservations for you at a nearby B&B and arrange transfers to and from the walking trail accordingly. In most locations, this is not a concern but in certain places, availability can be an issue. For more information, just have a chat with the person who is booking your tour.
A ‘twin’ room is a room for two people with two separate beds. A ‘double’ room has just one large bed (for two people).
We have purposely decided to steer clear of GPS as we are trying to keep the walks as true to nature as possible (i.e. just get out in the fresh air with a pair of boots and leave all that modern technology behind).
One hiking pack will be provided per four people. Therefore, for a group of 1 - 4 people, one hiking pack will be sent. For 5 - 8 people, two hiking packs will be sent, etc.
The contents of your hiking pack (route notes, accommodation information, history, etc.) will all be in English.
We believe that the beauty of the Irish countryside should be enjoyed by everyone. With this in mind, we designed our hiking tours to cater for practically all levels of fitness. Our range of ‘Gentle’, ‘Moderate’ and ‘Challenging’ hikes in all regions allows you to decide how far you wish to walk each day. So, whether you are a novice walker or an experienced hiker, we have the tour to suit you.
The difference between these tours is the distance that you will hike each day. Gentle tours cover an average of 12-18 km (8-11 miles) per day, Moderate tours cover an average of 16-23 km (10-14 miles) per day and Challenging Tours cover an average of 22-30 km (14-19 miles) per day. For a more detailed breakdown of how we grade our hiking tours, click here.
Yes, we are more than happy to organise an additional night for you anywhere you please. Suggestions on interesting places to take a rest day are available on the tour pages of each hiking region. For example, visit our Dingle Way Extra Days/Activities page.
ATM facilities are available in many of the towns along the route. Credit cards are also accepted by many bar and restaurants. However, we suggest that you also bring a reasonable sum of cash as a back-up.
The currency used in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro (€). The currency used in Northern Ireland is the Pound Sterling (£). Therefore, if you are taking an Antrim hiking tour, you will need Pound Sterling and for all of our other regions, you will need Euro.
Flights and transport to the start of your hiking tour are not included in our prices. However, we do provide detailed timetables on how to make it to the start of your hike by public transport on our tour pages. For example, visit our Dingle Way Travel Info page.
Hillwalk Tours strongly encourages you to take out adequate insurance cover prior to travel.