About Walking Holiday Ireland

About Walking Holiday Ireland: Discover the Magic of Ireland on Foot

Céad Míle Fáilte

Céad Míle Fáilte or “a hundred thousand welcomes” in Irish, embodies the spirit of Walking Holiday Ireland and our guided hiking tours and self-guided walking tours. Whether you’re seeking adventurous hikes across challenging terrain or leisurely trekking along picturesque coastal paths, we offer the perfect walking holiday in Ireland!

All our walking tours are hand-selected and checked by us, ensuring top-notch accommodation for your journey. We also pride ourselves on being ECO-Friendly and adhering to the Leave No Trace outdoor principles.

Meet Cliff & Louise, Owners of Walking Holiday Ireland

Hiking in the Mourne Mountains, Cooley and Mourne Self-guided Hiking Tour, Walking Holiday Ireland
Cliff Waijenberg shows the group when we will get to the pub!

Cliff, a Dutch native who has lived in Ireland since 1994, and Louise, born and bred in the Dublin Mountains’ foothills, have settled in Blackrock, a seaside village just south of Dundalk, with their children. As a family, they have walked many routes and highly recommend this area to other families, adventurous travellers, and enthusiastic ramblers.

Their relocation to County Louth in the northeast from Dublin, near the Wicklow Mountains National Park and West Cork’s mountains and coast, brought some delightful surprises. Cliff and Louise Wayenberg discovered that the landscapes of this area were not only breathtaking but also steeped in myth, legend, and history.

Irish Mythology and Legends Interwoven in the Landscape

The Cooley’s rolling hills, a patchwork quilt of colour, and the magnificent Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the sea captivated Cliff and Louise. As outdoor enthusiasts, they were inspired by the area’s legends and history, 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 and numerous historic sites in the county, including religious sites like Monasterboice and Mellifont Abbey, endear them to the area. They are also just a short drive from the Boyne Valley with the famous Newgrange Mesolithic monument, which predates the pyramids of Giza, and the ‘Battle of the Boyne’ visitor’s centre and museum.

Self-Guided Walking Tours

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

Walking Routes in Ireland

We update and check the routes on our walking tours every year, ensuring that our walking notes and maps are always up-to-date. Our friendly accommodations and B&B partners are meticulously selected and handpicked to ensure that your walking holiday in Ireland is an experience to be remembered and cherished.

Tailor-Made Hiking Tours

As a small organisation, Walking Holiday Ireland is personal and flexible. If you have special requests, don’t hesitate to ask us! We strive to make your walking holiday in Ireland memorable. Our website offers helpful information if you want to make Ireland your hiking holiday destination, such as Irish weather, how to get to Ireland, and things to see and do. Check out this blog post about our National Parks, for instance.

Don’t forget to contact us with any queries—we’re here to help and always happy to do so!