If you do opt to engage a local guide, you’ll get a lot more than someone to just show you the way. With each step you take, you’ll be gleaning fascinating details about the region’s flora, fauna, archaeology, history, myths and legends.
And when it’s time to rest those weary legs, your guide is likely to be a rich source of information about where you can relax and revive yourself. He/she is likely to know which cosy pub serves the best pint and hosts the best trad music session and which restaurants will help you to refuel in style.
Some local operators and guides have developed their own inspirational routes such as island hopping through Connemara or meandering along the Ring of Kerry. With others, your routes will take you along our fabulous way marked ways like the Burren Way, Connemara Way, Dingle Way, Kerry Way, Sheep’s Head Way or Wicklow Way.
Likewise, there is literally a hiking trip for every budget, whether you want to treat yourself to gourmet picnics and high-end hotels or if staying in small friendly B&Bs and eating hearty sandwiches for lunch is more your style.