Meet your guide
Céad mile fáilte go ‘Hillwalking Donegal’.
Go dté mar atá sibh!
My name is Seamus Doohan. I was born and raised in the Gaeltacht area of Falcarragh in Co. Donegal, under the shadow of the majestic Derryveagh mountains, and within a whisper of the rugged coastline of the wild north Atlantic.
As someone who has a passion for the outdoors, it was inevitable that I would take to hill walking. From an early age, I have spent many enjoyable days roaming and exploring the hills, mountains and coastline of the region and have gone on to become an experienced hillwalking guide. I have built up an intimate knowledge of the landscape and can choose from a host of enticing and exceptional routes.
I’d like to invite you to join me,so you too can experience some of the most beautiful, invigorating and magical walks in Europe
Yours in boots!
An authentic Donegal experience
As well as making sure your walk is both pleasurable and enjoyable, I want to ensure you gain an authentic experience of Donegal.
I have a thorough knowledge of the rich culture and unique history of the region. I can tell you about the place names and landmarks we come across during the walk, and share stories, history, mythology, social history and folklore that relate to them. You can learn a bit about the locality, and there is sure to be a few local anecdotes and yarns thrown in. You can even learn a cúpla focal Gaeilge!
Is cainteoir dúchas mé. Beidh lúcháir orm an Ghaeilge a úsáid mar theanga na siúlóide!
Improve your navigation skills
If you are someone who would like to learn a little more about hill-walking, I can offer you a few tips on navigation, map reading and compass usage.
Learn about Donegal’s Flora and Fauna
The region is teeming with animal and plant life. I can enlighten you about the flora and fauna of the area. On some walks we may see deer, golden eagles, foxes, badgers and other animal life. On coastal walks especially during the summer months, it is not uncommon to see basking sharks, porpoises or dolphins. We will come across many plants, flowers and insect life.
My goal is to make your walk a happy, enjoyable and memorable one. I can offer a wide range of tailor-made walks that suit all tastes and abilities regardless of fitness or experience – from gentle, leisurely strolls; to more energetic walks; to arduous treks that challenge the levels of your endurance.
People walk for many different reasons: for the scenery; to get away from the pressures of modern living; to get closer to nature; to build up fitness; to have a bit of ‘craic’ as part of a group – there are innumerable reasons. Whatever your reasons are, I can tailor a walk to suit them!
More about Séamus Doohan
Séamus Doohan is a Qualified Walking Group instructor and a vastly experienced hill walker. He has always held a passion for the great outdoors and at a young age he learnt basic outdoor skills with the local sea scouts.
Séamus was a member of the Irish Defence Forces for 5 years and advanced his navigation and hill walking skills at summer training camps in the Wicklow mountains. He has honed these skills through regular jaunts into the hills and along the coast. He is an active member of the North West Mountaineering Club and is currently a training officer with the club. He continuously upgrades his skills and has retained his thirst for knowledge for the outdoors and for outdoor activity. On the wet side of things, Séamus enjoys snorkelling and is a keen surfer (Donegal has some great surfing beaches).
I can cater to all your travel requirements, whether it is by booking your accommodation (if required) or by providing transport to and from the walks.
Allow me to ensure all the hassle is taken from the organisation of your walking trip.
Here’s some of the Guided Walks I offer.
For more check out my Guided Walks page to choose a walk for you!