Our walking guides are extremely knowledgeable and experienced with a love of the outdoors...
Con O’Leary. Chauffer Driver / Guide.
Con is the founder of Scotia Ireland Tours and is the Senior Guide with the company. Con has been approved as a Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland Tour Driver / Guide, and has many years of experience leading Walkers and Adventure Tours throughout the Island of Ireland.
Con a native of Ireland has spent much of his time living abroad including, San Francisco, England, and has travelled extensively in India, Thailand, North Africa and Europe
Con’s love of Ireland and subsequent interest in the archaeology and history of the country stems from an interest that was instilled by his father, also named Con at a very early age. An idyllic childhood rambling the hills and mountains of County Kerry as a young boy, with his best friend his Dad, nurtured an obvious love of Ireland and her history.
Con also has a great interest in Adventure pursuits and enjoys Surfing off the beach where he lives and also enjoys a relatively new and exciting adventure sport Coasteering which is a combination of swimming and exploring gullies, caves, cracks and different rock formations that occur along the base of the sea cliffs in Ireland.
Whilst walking with Con you shall be assured of good company and lively varied conversation, lots of stories and humour! Traditional Irish music and poetry are Cons abiding interests, and he is a Gaelic Irish speaker.
He lives by the Atlantic coast in County Kerry with his wife Samantha and three sons. He loves to cook and enjoys a good wine, and in the evening has been known to sample a pint of Guinness or an Irish Ale!
Paul Ó Colmáin. Walking Guide / Musician / Poet.
Paul Ó Colmáin is a poet, visual artist and musician. A fluent Irish speaker and student of the history & archaeology, folklore & mythology, literature & culture of his native Ireland, he loves to share his country and has been leading walking tours here for over twenty years.
Martin Fitzpatrick. Walking Guide / Archaeologist.
is an enthusiastic walker who has been walking the hills of Ireland for the past 20 years. A native of County Galway he is especially fond of the wild Connemara mountains and the hills of the Burren in County Clare but has trekked all of Ireland’s upland regions.
His walking experiences have brought him to the Pyreneese, the Picos de Europa and the Alpahurios in Spain but Martin has also rambled the heights of Italy and France in his walking adventures. A member of Mountaineering Ireland, he has completed his Mountain Skills and is preparing for Mountain Leader qualification. A professional archaeologist for the past 20 years Martin runs his own company providing archaeological services throughout the Island of Ireland.
His love of both archaeology and the outdoors has naturally evolved to him guiding others through our unique landscape and his aim is always to enrich the experience of others through sharing knowledge. Martin has a keen interest in the research and experience of pilgrim paths throughout Europe and has walked and published on the Irish connection with the Christian pilgrimage to Santiago. Walking in his company is a key to unlocking some of out hidden treasures.
Martin Jones. Walking Guide / Mountain Leader.
Native of Dorset, England fell in love with County Kerry and her people after visiting and cycling from one side of the country to the other. He relocated to Ireland 20 years ago to persue his dreams of surfing, walking the Kerry mountains and relaxing with his new found friends. Martin is now a freelance Mountain Leader, level 2 kayak and canoe instructor and qualified to teach "Leave no Trace".
Martin is passionate about preserving the country's clean environment, wildlife and native plants. When Martin isn't working he spends all of his time with his dog Dory who goes everywhere with him. He likes to fish, especially for Sea Bass and Mackerel when conditions are good and is a budding artist given the time!
After a day in the mountains Martin loves to unwind in his local with a pint of Guiness and catch up on the day's news by the turf fire.