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At Brack Tours we believe in supporting the local culture and historic heritage of the destinations in which we travel. With this in mind one of our key features that we try to incorporate within our tours, are walking and hiking tours with the locals who know the history and stories of each destination we travel to. This helps to sustain the the history of the area and to in-part knowledge to our clients. With this in mind we have included some of our preferred walking guides or hiking guides which we can incorporate in any tour for groups, families and students. We believe that these tours help keep Brack Tours green and are experiences that our clients will never forget.

Walking Tours

To learn more about walking tours that we can incorporate for your tour of Ireland/Northern Ireland please see below.

Peter MakemPeter Makem – Armagh City

Armagh has been the spiritual capital of Ireland for 1500 years and the seat of both Protestant and Catholic archbishops. It is the most venerated of Irish cities. St. Patrick called it ‘my sweet hill’ and built his stone church on the hill where the Anglican cathedral now stands. Peter Makem’s poetic storytelling and knowledge helps you to envision the ancient and spiritual history of Armagh. Peter will guide your group to the Navan Centre & Fort, while incorporating a panoramic city tour of Armagh, with visits to the St Patrick’s Cathedral’s (church of Ireland/Catholic Cathedral).

Ronan McNamaraRonan McNamara – Derry City

A family man who boasts an impressive knowledge – local, national and international – Ronan is a natural storyteller and breathes life into each and every word. Born of Buddhist and Irish extraction his uniqueness lies in his cultural mix and his great Irish accent. Ronan and his team will bring you on a tour to remember. The tours will catapult you into a world steeped in Irish history; inspiring you with tales and anecdotes about our roots and what makes us such unique people.

Martin Murtagh – Newry City

Martin MurtaghThe Psychic Ghost Walk , an unrivaled tour of Old Newry with spine-tingling and grisly tales of witchcraft, torture and restless spirits. These tours have exclusive access to Hangman’s Hill and the haunted and atmospheric tunnels beneath the city streets. This is not for the faint hearted…You are warned..! Newry City Tours are also apart of the green tourism scheme and received a Silver Award.

Pat Tynan

Pat Tynan – Kilkenny City

Pat Tynan BA H Dip Ed commenced his Medieval Walking Tours of Kilkenny in 1983. He has been involved in the tourism industry in Kilkenny for nearly thirty years. The Medieval Walking Tours have been based at the Shee Alms House, Kilkenny Tourist Office since 1983. In 1985 the Medieval Walking Tours was officially recognised as the official city tour by the city authorities.

Dermot Ryan – Kinsale

Dermot RyanDermot Ryan, guiding in Kinsale for over forty years, is founder, secretary and editor of the Kinsale History Society which works to preserve the heritage of this historic town. He has also lead visits to the major heritage sites in Ireland and lectured on Kinsale and Irish history in the U.S. and the U.K. He is also Secretary of the Irish Federation of History Societies, and has organised their visits to Rome and other centres and is a regular contributor to local and national press He is an approved Failte Ireland Guide, a member of the Association of Approved Guides in Ireland, a member of the Heritage in Schools Scheme and the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism.

Jack Burtchaell – Waterford City

Jack BurtchaellJack Burtchaell studied Archaeology, History and Geography at University College Dublin and graduated in 1982 with a First Class Honours Degree. After winning a post graduate scholarship he continued in U.C.D. in the Geography Department specialising in the field of Historical Geography. Further research work followed at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. While teaching field studies to undergraduates his interest in heritage tourism developed, and ever since he has combined tourism and active historical research.

Hiking Tours Of Ireland

Let us help you experience spectacular hikes in Ireland whether you are a beginner or an advanced hiker we can cater for all needs.

John Connolly – The Burren Region

Burren Wild ToursWe offer a full programme of day tours. Each tour covers a broad range of interests such as an introduction to a working farm where you learn of old and new practices. Irish history, the archaeology of the Burren, mythology, the Burren’s unique botany, storytelling, folklore & folk traditions, Poteen distilling and much more.

Ton KirbyTony Kirby- The Burren Region

Tony Kirby was born in Limerick city. He has also lived in Dublin and Bologna in the north of Italy. He conducted guided walking tours in Dublin in the late 1990s. In 2002 Tony moved to the Burren in County Clare where he founded a small walking tourism enterprise which offers a wide variety of guided Burren walks. Tony also works as a heritage education specialist conducting Burren classroom workshops and field trips for primary school pupils.

Contact us to get your Green Tour customised:

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  • Fill out our short enquiry form or
  • Email your request with details of number of passengers, preferred travel dates and other details to info@bracktours.com and we will customise your trip to suit your requirementsCarbon Footprint

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