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Guided day hikes - Wicklow Mountains
Guided day hikes - Wicklow Mountains
Guided hikes - Ireland beyond Wicklow
Guided hikes - Ireland beyond Wicklow
Navigation courses
Navigation courses
Mountain Skills courses
Mountain Skills courses
Weekend guided hiking breaks
Weekend guided hiking breaks
Special interest courses
Special interest courses
First Aid Courses
First Aid Courses

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Why choose to join the adventure with Mountaintrails?

OUR MISSION: To Educate, Enthuse and Encourage hillwalkers to experience the mountains in an enjoyable, responsible and safe manner.

Russ Mills - Mountaintrails founder
Russ Mills – Mountaintrails founder

All our guides are fully qualified and insured Mountain Leaders with first aid training.
Your safety and enjoyment is our number 1 priority. Read our comprehensive Covid-19 Policy here:
Nationally accredited by Mountaineering Ireland for skills courses.
Over 40 years experience guiding and training clients in Ireland, UK, and Europe.
A wide range of hikes and training courses across Ireland and the UK at a range of grades to suit your own abilities and aspirations.
Our clients rate us ‘Excellent!’ on Tripadvisor.

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Most popular hikes

Slieve Foye and Carlingford Mountain

Slieve Foye and Carlingford mountain - day hike (Hard) This hike, beginning in a quaint seaside village, takes in the
17km (10.5 miles)

The Spinc, Derrybawn and Glendalough

The Spinc, Glendalough, Derrybawn Ridge - guided day hike The Spinc and Monastic Settlement - day hike (Moderate) Starting at
14km (8.5 miles)

Scarr Mountain

Scarr Mountain - guided day hike (moderate) Following part of the Wicklow Way along a narrow lane, the route soon
11km (6.8 miles)

Climb Lugnaquilla mountain

Climb Lugnaquilla mountain Glenmalure, Fraughan Rock Glen and Art’s Lough - day hike (Hard) We climb Lugnaquilla mountain via Fraughan
17km (10.5 miles)

Only 5 star reviews!
“…Russell is obviously very skilled at guiding people through the various mountains in Wicklow, and this was evident during the Lug hike as it was practically zero visibility, and he managed to get us all up/down the mountain safely.”
– Naomi, Dublin, Lugnaquilla Guided Hike


“Russell used various resources very well to teach skills and his explanations were clear. He made sure we felt comfortable asking questions and trying things out. His attention to detail during our practice navigation ensured that we all developed our skills and gained confidence. I didn’t know anyone but felt part of the group quickly and we all had a very enjoyable weekend.”
– I Dow, France, Mountain Skills


“My sister and I traveled to Dublin over the holidays and arranged a private hike with Russell in the Wicklow Mountains. We can’t compliment Russell enough! He was fully prepared for the hike and thoroughly knowledgable about the area
– Melanie, Chicago, Private Hire


Featured Hike - Benbaun and the Glencorbet Horseshoe.

Benbaun (Binn Bhán) is the highest mountain in Co. Galway and the 12 Bens range in Connemara. The name means  'White Peak' and at 729 metres is an impressive sight
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More about what we do

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.