Picture: Tomies Mountain
The walks feature a mixture of hillwalking and mindful walking elements. On such selected walks, we practise walking in a variety of weathers, on varied terrain at different paces.
Some sections of the routes will be over tough moorland terrain and broken ground, ascending hills and climbing mountains occasionally over steep ground.
Often we do stop for short breaks to catch our breath; to admire the mountains, nature and wildlife; to take pictures; to talk to each other; to relax and have a snack or lunch break.
Picture: Glena Wood, Killarney National Park
When we practice hillwalking, in a natural way we activate some aspects of mindfulness, like:
as we walk at a comfortable pace.
Picture: Shehy Mountain
This exercise will improve our fitness, stamina, and the performance of the heart and lungs; it will help us to cope with stress, and lower our blood pressure. It is an effective way to strengthen the immune system and to manage our moods, depression and anxiety. It also helps us to control our body weight.
It will encourage us to feel younger and stronger. It will enable us to face tough decisions and everyday stresses with greater fortitude. And do not forget the social aspect of walking in a group and the many benefits which it confers.
Picture: Rossbeigh, Co. Kerry
After a walk, you might feel a little bit tired, but have the impression that time passed quickly and have a feeling of happiness and well-being.
Those are the signs that you enjoyed thoroughly the walk.
Picture: Carrauntoohil and Beenkeragh
Gear advisable for comfort, safety and to cope with Irish weather and mountain terrain in winter:
Picture: Coomasaharn Lake
Picture: Brandon Mountain
Picture: Killarney National Park
We adhere to Mountaineering Ireland access policy when hillwalking:
Picture: Beenoskee Mountain, Dingle Peninsula
With an experienced guide, fully insured (Public Liability Insurance) and able to navigate safely under any weather conditions.
Cesar Lopez observes, approaches and explores the mountains from every angle, he would advise about the most suitable route.
He's a member of Mountaineering Ireland and Bishopstown Hillwalking Club (BHC). During the last 5 years, has walked and extensively explored Killarney National Park (including Tomies and Purple Mountains) the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks from the Gap of Dunloe to Lough Acoose, Mangerton Mountain Range and other parts of Iveragh, Beara and Dingle Peninsulas.
He regularly leads walks, in a voluntary capacity for BHC and has some experience organising and coordinating walking holidays for BHC members in the Alicante Mountains, Spain (his homeland).
Picture: Bernia Mountain, Alicante, Spain
Ann. We all had a wonderful time on the mountains around Alicante. Thanks very much for giving us a wonderful time. I loved every moment of it. I was reliving our adventure on Cabazo all day today. Wished I was back there. Again thanks from the bottom of my heart for a truly amazing walking holiday. It was fantastic.
Picture: Aitana Mountain, Alicante, Spain
Bridie. Back home safe and sound after a wonderful hiking holiday. I really enjoyed it, you made it so good for all of us. Every day brought it's own enjoyment and adventure. Jamie was well chosen as your co-guide.
Ann. I wish to thank you again for the wonderful trip that we all enjoyed so much. You put in a huge amount of time and effort in to organising everything and I can't thank you enough for that. Walks were great, El Campello was lovely and the two meals we had together were superb. There was a great spirit of friendship in the group, even though we were only meeting some for the first time. I enjoyed every minute of it. Again many thanks for a truly amazing walking holiday and I hope to see you on the hills soon.
Betty. On behalf of my sister and myself I wish to thank you so much for the wonderfully organised hiking trip to El Campello. We really enjoyed every minute of it.
Eileen. I just want to say a very big thank you for all your hard work and excellent organisation of such a big group of people. I really enjoyed the holiday and feel very lucky to have been able to go on such a wonderful trip.
Margaret. I just wished to express my sincere appreciation for all your work, thoughtfulness and your care for us as a group. I enjoyed every minute of the holiday and I was so happy that I could walk and see the wondrous beauty of your home area. Thanks you from the bottom of my heart Cesar.
Picture: Sella, Alicante, Spain
David. Thanks for the pictures Cesar, and for organising a wonderful trip. Kind regards.
Goretti. Thanks so very much for all the hard work you put in to make the Alicante trip such a wonderful success. I really enjoyed the magnificent mountains and sunshine and of course the great company.
Miriam. Thank you for a wonderful trip. I was really impressed with the organisation - everything went so smoothly.
Tom. Thank you for these fine photographs. I'm delighted to hear from you. I want to thank you sincerely for a wonderful trip. I realy enjoyed climbing those beautiful mountains - the smell of Thyme and Rosemary and the few pints in the pub afterwards. I also very much enjoyed meeting your two Mountain Guides. I have to say the three of ye were most professional and made the trip very enjoyable.
Eileen. I just want to thank you for organising the holiday to Alicante. It took a lot of time and effort on your part to organise it and I appreciate people who do so.
Teresa. It was a wonderful holiday and I'm still taking it in.
Tom MC. Congratulations on an excellent trip, well done! I heard it was really well organised, and everyone enjoyed themselves, except for the heatwave! maybe too hot for the Irish!!!!