Guided hiking in Ireland & Britain, plus navigation & mountain skills courses to suit both beginners & improvers.

We provide small group guided day hikes and weekend trips in Ireland and the UK, as well as navigation and mountain skills courses. With over 35 years of hike guiding experience and a range of walk itineraries to suit every ability you can be sure of an unforgettable experience when you join us in the wilder parts of Ireland and beyond.

Guided hill walkingGuided Day Hikes

Guided walks including popular peaks and areas of natural beauty in Ireland GO

Navigation Courses >Navigation Courses

From beginners to improvers we’ve navigation courses to suit all abilities GO

Weekend Guided HikesWeekend Guided Hikes

Overnight stops including Snowdonia in Wales and scrambling weekends GO

Mountain Skills CoursesMountain Skills Courses

Mountain Skills Courses, nationally accredited by Mountaineering Ireland GO

Private GuidingPrivate Guiding

Tailor a hike to suit you, totally bespoke options with private guiding GO

Special interest mountain coursesSpecial Interest Courses

From beginners hillwalking to expedition training, we’ve a course to suit  GO


Why choose to join the adventure with Mountaintrails?

Fully qualified and insured Mountain Leader
Rescue and Emergency Care Fist Aid trained
Nationally accredited by Mountaineering Ireland for skills courses
35 years experience in Ireland, Britain, the rest of Europe and Africa.
Smaller group sizes mean more one-to-one time
Insights into the geology, history, plants & animals of the area
Leave No Trace trainer
Our clients rate us ‘Excellent!’ on Tripadvisor

“We felt in very good hands and Russ had a wealth of information to share about the natural and human history of the area. We’re definitely considering other guided tours led by Russ in the future.”
– John P, Lugnaquilla Guided Hike


“I did navigation courses with Russell recently over two days. Both I found excellent, putting into practice what we learnt in the classroom on the hills in Wicklow.
I gained comfort and a level of confidence to go hiking off the beaten track or having to rely on others to lead the way. I would recommend anyone who is interested in hiking to do this course or if you simply want Russell to bring you around the hills, I do not think you would be in better hands.”
– Caroline, Introduction to navigation



Latest posts from our blog

When is it a good time to turn back?

When is it a good time to turn back?

On a recent winter hike with a group of clients to Lugnaquilla mountain (930 metres), I decided we had to turn back when we were on the plateau, and tantalisingly
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Wind in the Mountains

The Effect of Wind in the Mountains

High wind in the mountains can be a real game changer, it can have a profound effect on safety and morale. It can make it feel much colder than it
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Guided Hiking

Our guided hiking packages range from day hikes in the lovely Wicklow, Slieve Bloom and Mourne Mountains to weekend breaks in the Burren and Connemara mountains in the west of Ireland. We also run guided hiking trips to Wales and the wider UK. Check out our itineraries here.

Navigation Courses

Our Navigation training and Mountain Skills courses have been developed over a number of years into an effective modular framework that can cater for both novice and improving navigators, we specialise in taking complete beginners and turning them into competent mountain hikers. For more information on our courses please see navigation courses, mountain skills courses and special interest mountain courses sections of our website.

Private Guiding

If none of our itineraries or dates suit your particular requirements then please click the link to see our Private Guiding options. Here you will find information on booking your own Mountaintrails mountain guide for a tailor-made itinerary built around your needs. We are always happy to consider customer requests for specific dates and/or requirements that are not covered by one of our hikes.

For availability and dates of our guided hiking programs and courses click on the link for the calendar page, for answers to the most common queries please click on this FAQ link.