Who are Mountain Trails?


“…The guide, Russell Mills, was great. Calm and good-natured and with great skill on keeping a group of people together and in good spirits on a cold raining day in the mountains. Since that first walk I have been on many walks with Russ in various locations on the East Coast of Ireland. He remains a point of inspiration for my adventures into the wild…” S. B. Dublin

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

Mountaintrails is a small, independent business specialising in guided hiking and mountain skills training. Founded and run by Russ Mills, and born out of his long time love of mountains and wild places.

Meet RUSSELL MILLS.   Russ has been hiking, climbing and leading tours in the mountains of Ireland, Britain, Europe and Africa for over 40 years and has a great deal of experience in all types of weather and many different terrains. He also instructs in Mountain Navigation and works with Mountaineering Ireland on their Mountain Skills courses program. Russ is happiest when in Scotland, either winter climbing or summer hiking.  Russell leads many of our tours himself, and is a fully qualified Mountain Leader, has a REC 3 first aid qualification, and is fully insured.
Join the adventure


For mountaineering advice, hints and tips, gear reviews and all things wild view our blog and see our most recent post below.

view our blog


Latest Posts


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
Read more

Meet GRAHAM CONNOLLY.   Graham is a native of Wicklow and has been guiding for Mountaintrails for several years.
He has a keen interest in the natural and cultural heritage of Ireland, as well as its history and folklore. He holds the Mountain Leader award and is working towards further mountain qualifications.
Graham leads a number of our Lugnaquilla hikes as well as guiding private groups.


Meet TOM KENNY.   Tom has been hiking and guiding clients throughout Ireland and Europe for over 20 years. He is a fully qualified Mountain Leader with  a REC 3 first aid qualification, and if fully insured. He has completed an outdoor Adventure management course in Colaiste Dhulaigh.

Tom is actively involved with young people’s groups as a volunteer with Gaisce (The President’s Award), and works with An Oige on their navigation courses. He is always happiest when discussing his next adventure.