Céad Míle Fáilte

This means “a hundred thousand welcomes” in Irish and is at the heart of Walking Holiday Ireland and our guided hiking tours and self-guided walking tours!

Whether you are into adventurous hikes across challenging terrain or leisurely trekking along beautiful coastal paths, we have the ideal walking holiday in Ireland! All our walking tours are hand-selected and checked by us, as is all our accommodation! We also pride ourselves on being ECO-Friendly and adhering to the Leave No Trace outdoor principles.

Cliff & Louise Waijenberg of Walking Holiday Ireland
Cliff & Louise Wayenberg of Walking Holiday Ireland

Cliff is a Dutch native, having lived in Ireland since ’94, and Louise, born and bred on the Dublin Mountains’ foothills, along with their children, have settled in Blackrock, a seaside village just south of Dundalk (itself a unique area of conservation).  As a family, they have walked many routes and highly recommend this area to other families, adventurous travellers, and enthusiastic ramblers.

Having lived in Dublin, with proximity to the Wicklow Mountains National Park and in West Cork, near the mountains of Kerry and the Cork coast, relocation to County Louth in the northeast had some welcome surprises for Cliff and Louise Wayenberg. They found the landscapes of this area not only breathtaking but also steeped in myth, legend and history.

From the Cooley’s rolling hills, a patchwork quilt of colour, to the magnificent Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the sea. Outdoor and avid hiking and trekking enthusiasts, they were inspired by the legends and history of the area, from the ancient days of the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cooley Cattle Raid) and Cú Chulainn to the later influence of the Vikings visible in the nearby Carlingford Lough.

The mythology endears them to the area and the number of historic sites in the county, including religious sites such as Monasterboice and Mellifont Abbey. They are also just a short drive from the Boyne Valley with the famous Newgrange Mesolithic monument (did you know they predate the pyramids of Giza!) and the ‘Battle of the Boyne’ visitor’s centre and museum.

Hiking to round tower in Glendalought
Round Tower of Glendalough in Wicklow National Park

Self-Guided Walking Tours

Our self-guided walking holidays allow you to discover the beautiful landscape and Irish countryside at your pace while we take care of all the details, including baggage transfers.

Walking Routes in Ireland

The routes on our walking tours are updated and checked by us every year. This means our walking notes and maps are always up to date.

Our friendly accommodations and B&B partners are meticulously selected and handpicked to ensure your walking holiday in Ireland is an experience to be remembered and cherished.

Tailor-made Hiking Tours

Hiking in Ireland on the Cooley Peninsula - Walking Tour - Walking Holiday Ireland

Walking Holiday Ireland is a small organisation and, therefore, personal and flexible. So if you have special requests, ask us! We ensure that your walking holiday in Ireland is memorable. Our website contains helpful information if you want to make Ireland your hiking holiday destination. Please find out about our Irish weather, about us, how to get to Ireland, and what there is to see and do. Check out this blog post about our National Parks for instance.

Don’t forget to contact us, of course, with any queries. After all, that is what we are here for, and we are always happy to help!