Footfalls Walking Holidays are Ireland’s leading provider for walking tours. It was founded in 1994 by Christopher and Teresa Stacey, who both wanted to share their love and interest in the great outdoors with others so started guiding individuals and groups in the Wicklow Mountains.
Before long, they were getting requests from customers to see more of Ireland than just Wicklow and also to organise self-guided tours. Today, they attract customers from all over the world to take guided and self-guided walking tours to almost every corner of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Lake District. Despite the growth of Footfalls Walking Holidays, almost all of their tours are guided by Christopher and Teresa so they continue to guarantee that personal touch which brings customers back year after year.
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 by Christopher 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 Footfalls guided and self-guided tours, ensuring that all aspects of every tour runs to schedule. Her main remit is the self-guided tours program for which she manages all aspects of the tours including accommodation, customer transfers, luggage transport and customer tour packs.
“Our mission is to provide you with a stress-free, personal, professional, safe and user-friendly service on our guided and self-guided walking tours of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Lake District. We are dedicated to excellence in ensuring that your holiday exceeds your expectations. ”
Christopher & Teresa Stacey