Footfalls Walking Holidays was founded in 1994 by Christopher and Teresa Stacey. We wanted to share our love and interest in the great outdoors with others so we started guiding individuals and groups in the Wicklow Mountains.
Before long we were getting requests from our customers to see more of Ireland than just Wicklow and also do self-guided tours. Today we have expanded to where we are offering guided and self-guided walking tours to almost every corner of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Lake District. Despite our growth almost all of our tours are guided by us, Christopher and Teresa, to guarantee that personal touch.
Christopher Stacey is well acquainted with the mountains in all their moods. He has lived and worked a lifetime in the more remote forest areas of Wicklow. He knows and loves the local characters, the people whose lives are steeped in local traditions and folkways. In his childhood, he was closely involved in the world of his grandparents. He is witness to ways that have all but disappeared; the hay-making meitheal, cutting turf in the bog and stories by the open hearth can all be recounted in vivid detail to add colour and texture to the pleasures of walking. Having worked in forestry harvesting for most of his life, Christopher wished to share his love of nature and the richness of the traditional ways of his childhood.
More recently, he has completed the BOS Mountain Leader course, which covers all aspects of mountain leadership, including safety, first aid, map reading and navigation. Christopher is also a member of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team.
Teresa Stacey was born and raised by Wicklow’s coastline. She knows and loves the countryside. Working quietly in the background, Teresa monitors the progress of our tours, ensuring that all aspects of the tours run to schedule. Her main remit is the self-guided tours program for which she manages luggage transport to the various accommodations.
Our mission is to provide you with a personal, professional, safe and user-friendly service on our guided/Escorted and self-guided walking tours of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Lake District.
There is no better way to relax and de-stress then on one of our walking tours. Staying in one of our carefully chosen comfortable accommodations, enjoying wonderful food, walking in an awe-inspiring landscape, listening to traditional music and good company along the way. All our walking tours can be customised to precisely the needs of our walkers to provide you with an interesting, life enhancing experience. Our wealth of experience that we have earned over the years has gained us the respect of our customers and friends around the world.
Why Take A Walking Tour With Us:
We offer you everything from mountain peaks to lush green valleys, broad-leaved woodlands and a rugged Atlantic coastline. Ireland has less then five million people with walking tours being a relative new pursuit means that we virtually have the hills to ourselves! Back in the villages you will encounter the homely warmth of the local hospitality-fine food, music, and ‘craic’.
Our walking tours and vacations offer you a unique opportunity to discover our Celtic culture and lifestyle. Our team is renowned for their friendliness and professional manner in which all their walking tours are carried out. They are dedicated to the quality of excellence that motivates everyone within the team.
Our Guided and Independent/self-guided walking Tours and vacations:
On our guided and self-guided walking vacations we offer walking tours from four to ten day duration, staying in quality hand-picked accommodations throughout the tour. We can also pre-arrange for you to stay in one of our Dublin accommodations before or after your tour. We also specialise in tailor made tours of any duration; from a full to a half-day walk in the Wicklow Hills to a corporate activity day.
If you are coming to do some golfing in Ireland and would like to start or finish with a day or a few days walking in the Irish Countryside; or you have a partner that may not be interested in golfing; why not contact us and let us set up something for you.