Philip James is a qualified mountain leader who has been leading walks in Ireland for more than 10 years and is chairman of the Boyle Curlew Walkers, a hill walking club based in Boyle, County Roscommon.
James is available seven days a week to take individuals, families, and groups on walks into the Irish hills, where they can learn to enjoy nature, pick up a few map reading skills, and learn about flora and fauna as well as weather, geology, and local history and mythology. Philip focuses his walks in the Leitrim, North Roscommon, and Sligo areas, which have a number of national trails that are maintained to a good standard. He offers walks to suit all levels of hill walker, from the person trying it out for the first time to seasoned ramblers.
Access to the region is excellent as the N4 national route runs right through the area and Ireland West Airport in Knock links the region to 27 international airports. You are also within easy access of three of Ireland’s national waymarked trails, the Leitrim Way, the Miner's Way, and the Historical Trail. The combined length of these trails is almost 120km.
Carrick-on-Shannon is just 16km from the Miner's Way and the Arigna Mining Experience. There are also trailheads in Drumshanbo, Keadue, Boyle, and Castlebaldwin, while Sligo and Roscommon are megalithic tomb hotspots. One of the highest concentrations of Neolithic passage tombs in Ireland is nearby, the most spectacular of which are Carrowmore and Carrowkeel.
Finally, nearby Benbulben and Knocknarea Mountains are iconic landmarks for the region. Benbulben has a flat top and western end pointed out to the sea, while Knocknarea is famous for its 60m hilltop cairn known as Queen Maeve’s Grave. Both mountains provide fantastic views over Sligo Bay.