Reviews


Tiraporn, Portsmouth - October, 2018

Two weeks ago, I booked Philip to guide me to the top of Slieve Donard. As his experiences and being the mountain rescue team, he has lots of knowledge and local information to entertain me during the walk to Slieve Donard. Very impressive in the way that he answers all of my curiosities about the forest and wild animals, and also give me more explanation, including how to read the map. Additionally, he gave me the map of walk before getting started. The path we took were slightly different from the tourist path. That means I had walked on Slieve Commedagh to Slieve Donard. Fantastic view indeed. Thank you very much indeed for this wonderful experience.



Steve, UK - November, 2018

I booked an Airbnb experience with Phil for the 6 November 2018 to walk in the beautiful Irish mountains. Prior to meeting Phil, I contacted him to confirm the details and I found him to be extremely helpful and accommodating. I told him what I had in mind regarding my experience and what I would like to do. No request seemed too much trouble and Phil went above and beyond to make my walk a fantastic memory. When I met Phil in Belfast I was met with a huge smile and a firm handshake and I knew I was in for a great day. On the drive down to the Mournes, he chatted away and we got on like a house on fire. The walk started from the base of a mountain called Binnian at the Ben Crom Reservoir and as we started Phil let me walk at my own pace. I didn’t feel pushed and that was the way it was throughout the entire walk. He pointed out lots of interesting fauna and flora and gave me some interesting stories about local folk lore. This wasn’t just a walk, it really opened up my eyes to the mountains in an entirely new way. During the walk, my hands got cold and Phil came to the rescue with a spare pair of gloves, in fact, he seemed to have thought of everything, even bringing a small shelter to allow us to eat lunch out of the wind on the top. I would thoroughly recommend Phil’s experience, it was one of the best days I have ever had in the mountains and one I will always look back on with fondness.



Teresa, Waverly, OH - November, 2018

What can we say but grateful we stumbled upon Phillip prior to our trip! From the start of our day when he picked us up and might we add he was waiting on us promptly 7am to our hike on the Great Causeway to suggesting and having us lunch reservations set up and the wealth of knowledge he provided to us on the hike was amazing!! He was very accommodating to our requests for what we would like to do and corresponded to make sure everything was planned days leading to our arrival. Would highly recommend Phillip to any travelers coming to visit this area.



J, Washington, DC - January, 2019

what an amazing hike, just amazing and crazy and grande! the Mournes, from looking forward to it, upon it, and from behind it; they are beautiful and rich, breathtaking and unforgettable. depending on time of year, don’t expect this to be a walk in the park. Phil, the guide was beyond great. he took complete care for our comfort, safety, and enjoyment. he is full of much wonderful and unique Belfast-insider scoop, as well as all-around general trail knowledge and life experience. he is a master of the journey. i defly hope to book another journey with him and would recommend his trips for those who want a full and robust experience.



Kirsty, Charlottesville, VA - January, 2019

Wow! What an amazing experience!! This challenging mountain hike was more than I expected and I’m so glad that I got the chance to do it. Phil is an expert guide and a terrific person. His knowledge, passion and humor made the hike all the more memorable.He was also able to supply gear that made the trip more comfortable.



Paul, UK - February, 2019

A great experience. Have walked the mournes the tourist route many times but with Philip I saw parts that never knew existed. The guy is a legend, a credit to Northern Ireland with his knowledge and passion for the great outdoors. With 6 hrs together I felt refreshed, at ease and all in all a great experience that I would highly recommend. I totally intend to work with Phillip again and he is such a decent guy and great at what he does. The whole experience was a bargain for what I paid. Well done Phillip and thanks



Megan, UK - February, 2019

This trip was absolutely brilliant, couldn’t have asked for better weather and the route Philip took us on meant we got the best panoramic views and avoided other walkers – it was like having the mountains to yourself! Philip was extremely professional, knowledgeable and safe. He taught me a lot about the history and stories of the area, the geology and geography and flora and fauna. He’s a wealth of knowledge and made the trip even more special! He also let me set the pace and I didn’t feel rushed despite being a bit slow on the steep parts. Would love to come back again



Leo, Toronto, Canada - March, 2019

Phil was a fantastic tour guide–he provided excellent insight on the history, folklore, geology, plants, and animals during the day-long trip. Not only did we do all that was on the agenda, he also accommodated me by stopping at the Dark Hedges en route to the clifftop walk. The walk itself was gorgeous and was not very strenuous at all. We stopped many times to take photographs because the views were outstanding. Phil made reservations at a great beachside restaurant where we enjoyed a late lunch. On return into Belfast, Phil also made an additional stop over a bridge so we could view a murmuration of starlings. Sightseeing spots tend to get very crowded with people but for the most part we were able to escape from the crowds because we visited areas that normal tour groups would not see. If you are planning on taking a day trip out from Belfast, choose to go with Phil instead of one of those big bus tours! You will enjoy a unique experience that you won’t soon forget.



Lisa, Fairfax, VA - April, 2019

If you do anything at all in Northern Ireland or are just trying to decide what kinds of outdoor adventures you might enjoy, then look no further: go on this unique & exceptional hiking tour of the Mourne Mountains with Philip! His attention to detail is superb. For example, he noticed that I love to drink tea so he brewed me a large flask of freshly made tea so I could enjoy some hot tea while on the hike. And at the start, he met me with yet another hot flask of tea to get the day started for me. Philip made me feel safe on this journey & he really looked out for me to ensure that I had the best time possible, which I did. This is the highlight of my trip to N. Ireland! We hiked to the summit! Of the Slieve Donard, or, the highest mountain peak in all of N. Ireland. I could not have done this without him. And, he took pictures for me so that I’d have those memories to share, and enjoy. Philip is super knowledgeable about all the flora and fauna of the area, as well as Irish folklore vs the facts. I learned so much about mountaineering from him. This tour / hike of the Mournes was so well thought out and enjoyable that after I launch my website when I return home, I’ll be featuring Philip on my top 10 list of things to do in N. Ireland. This hike with him is in first place! I can’t say enough about this tour. Just book it and see for yourself. Whatever you might expect it to be, he will exceed your expectations! Philip will tailor the hike to your needs as well. He is very thoughtful, warm, & kind and his passion and knowledge of the area is something that, as he shares it with you on the journey, will become a part of you, as well. Don’t miss this! This hike will be the highlight of your trip to Ireland, too. 🙂



Elizabeth, UK - April, 2019

Philip was a wonderful guide, and shared his knowledge the local history, Irish folktales, and the wildlife. The views were stunning! Philip was super friendly, I’d definitely recommend this day tour 🙂



Justin, Epsom, NH - April, 2019

Philip is world class – he took our group of 3 down a great walking trail along the coastline, where we saw only a handful of people until we reached the Giant’s Causeway. It felt private, and unique, despite not being difficult to get to. Between his knowledge of the area, culture, flora and fauna, and the trails we walked down, I can’t think of a better way to spend a day out in Northern Ireland, except maybe to go on one of Philip’s Mountain Tours!



Angela, Hanover, Germany - April, 2019

We had a fantastic day trip with breathtaking views. We got many insights into the Irish flora and fauna as well as geology. On top of that, Philip was a wonderful guide, providing everything you could wish for on a coastal walk – rain gear, water, binoculars, snacks, and he took a lot of great pictures of us along the walk. We heartily recommend this trip to anyone interested in an authentic Irish outdoor experience!



Elizabeth, Harrisonburg, VA - April, 2019

An adventure! Phillip ensured these two Americans made it to the top in awful conditions. He had all the gear we needed and made sure we had hot tea and shelter for our breaks. As another reviewer noted: it’s not for the faint of heart. But you’ll definitely be glad about what you accomplished.



Brenda, Ankeny, IA - May, 2019

The best day of my trip to Ireland, full memorable moments! Philip was an excellent host and guide. I couldn’t have imagined anything to make the day or trip better.



Jeff, Canada - May, 2019

This was a fantastic experience!! Philip was an awesome host. He was 100% engaged throughout the day, was knowledgeable about the fauna and history, was funny and spent time getting to know all 5 of his guests. He was very accommodating, provided coffee in the morning and a delicious assortment of treats throughout the day. We have done many smaller group trips such as this and Philip was by far the best host we have ever had. On top of this the hike and Giant’s Causeway were extraordinary. Highly, highly recommended.



Catherine, North Coogee, AUS - May, 2019

The tour Walk with a Giant by Philip is really brilliant. Philip is a very generous person who really thinks about providing an exceptional experience. He picked us up at 7am and we were out all day till about 7.30pm. For a couple of days prior all the members of the group were in touch which was lovely. Phil took us to some of the GOT sights as well as the Giants Causeway and Carrick a Rede Bridge. The walk along the coast was amazing. Phil’s knowledge of plants and birds was great. I’d give you an A+ for that Phil. But he doesn’t know how wide Northern Ireland is so I hope by the time you are going on the trip with him he can tell you. Just book the tour you’ll have a great day. Chocolate abounds. Catherine



Abigail, Distrito Federal, Brazil - May, 2019

This is a great experience! Of course, the Giant Causeway, and other sights are gorgeous. The entire trip is really beautiful! Philip does a wonderful job personalizing this walking tour, conversing and getting to know his guests, and sharing his passion and knowledge about the science and history of the area throughout the day. He also goes the extra step to make his service thoughtful and enjoyable (like bringing you hot tea or coffee when he picks you up and having chocolate available during the day). I highly recommend this tour!



Cassandra, Fairbanks, AK - May, 2019

Philip’ coast walking experience was fantastic! For one, he picks you up right from your accommodation. Two, he only takes a small group of people along which allows for a more personal adventure. Three, he takes you to a variety of amazing sights throughout the day, some of which aren’t accessible by tour buses. Four, he is very knowledgeable about the fauna in the area and is always happy to answer questions. And five, he has a very welcoming personality and is easy to have a conversation with. I would definitely recommend this experience!



Erin, Wellington, NZ - May, 2019

What an incredible experience! Phil is an excellent guide, full of knowledge about the history, geology, and flora/fauna of the area. He told us about some local myths and superstitions and pointed out lovely birds and plant life along the hike. I liked how Phil was friendly and relaxed and didn’t rush us along but let us explore cool spots. He even stopped at certain scenic points along the road so we could take photos and had hot tea/coffee ready made in the car. It was such a lovely experience!



Johanna, Benicia - May, 2019

The whole day was wonderful. Phil was knowledgeable and modified our schedule based on it being a holiday (busier at attractions), which we were grateful for. The local insight of where to start our hike, and off-the-beaten path sights, etc were worth the cost. He was friendly and there was plenty of chat the whole time. He even took several photos for us from “the best spots” we would have otherwise not dared to go to.



Jutta, Karlsruhe - May, 2019

It was a fantastic day. You really should not miss out on that!



Krystal, Edinburgh - May, 2019

Phil is the real deal. I booked a tour with Phil for my husband’s birthday, and I was apprehensive at first because we’d never done a guided tour before. I shouldn’t have worried. From the moment I messaged him to when he dropped us off, he was completely lovey and accommodating. He tailored the walk to our time constraints, which was very considerate. We climbed all the way to the top of gorgeous Slieve Donner, (the type of view at the top that you just can’t take a photo of because nothing does it justice) had the best lunch ever (just sandwiches, but we had worked hard for them!), coffees/teas, chocolates. He not only has vast geological knowledge of Northern Ireland, but also knows all about local recent history, legends, and can even point you toward the best local pubs. Toward the end of our day-long tour, I was leaning down to put my hands in a river and stupidly fell in! I started sliding down river, wondering how this could possibly be happening, and Phil threw himself in front of me to save me. Luckily we both came out soaking wet but unscathed. At least everyone in the group now has a story about how a daft American woman fell in a freezing Irish river. Can’t not mention Phil’s great personality too; he has just the right amount of chat and humour for everyone. Thanks so much for everything Phil, hope to see you again!



Jeffrey, Vancouver - May, 2019

I had an excellent time walking the Mourne Mountains will Philip. He was very knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, local geology and history of the area, which made the time walking very informative. Philip was also very encouraging and made me feel confident and comfortable while walking in the mountains. He led our group at a pace that was comfortable for everyone and let us take all the breaks we wanted. Overall, it was a great experience and I would be more than happy to go on another tour Philip.



Sarah, United Kingdom - May, 2019

One of the very best days of my life. An incredible hike, beautiful views, and with an expert guide who is friendly, knowledgeable and pitches the pace to suit the needs of the group. I found some of the steeper sections challenging, but Philip encouraged us to stop whenever we needed to, as a group, and was so incredibly supportive and well prepared. The group I was with were a pleasure to walk with and I feel so proud of us all for completing the walk! I really can’t recommend this enough – a day I’ll remember forever 🙂



Katrina, Ireland - May, 2019

I can’t recommend this trip enough. The Mournes are beautiful and the sense of achievement once you reach the top is brilliant. Philip goes above and beyond to make it an exceptional day. He put everyone at ease, was encouraging all the way and is full of expertise on the wildlife and the history of the mountains. Whatever the weather, you’ll have a fantastic and truly memorable day.



Laxminarayan - May, 2019

The beautiful and picturesque Mourne mountains first look intimidating from the base when you think of scaling them and to overcome such a feeling you need a guy like Phil in your corner. I was totally unprepared for this trek – didnt have the right gear, didn’t pack food, etc. Phil got me the gear (without charge) and was so accommodative. He has an amazing knowledge about the topography of the place, the vegetation and the folklore as well. He is a supercool guy, you can literally talk to him about anything. The trek was a little challenging for me near the summit of Slieve Donard, specially because of the wind blowing at 35 mph in my face and the steep climb. Thankfully, I had Phil and a great group of people who kept motivating me by their actions. There were few moments in the climb, where I struggled but still moved on, which I will remember for the rest of my life. Great conversations made the descent even more memorable. Simply put, this is the best experience in Northern Ireland I have had so far. I would recommend this to everyone but I’d also advise them to be a little physical fit as well to enjoy this experience.



Beth - May, 2019

If you are interested in having a once in a lifetime off trail hiking experience, go with Philip on this hike! I learned about flowers , birds, the mountain range, map/compass basics, how to free climb rock faces with three hold technique, how to maneuver terrain, importance of hiking/climbing partner, climbing communities and about this part of Ireland nature. He was kind, listened to make a personalized experience that fulfilled what you were hoping for day, and brought coffee which was perfect! He has expert qualifications in this area and I felt safe and confident to hike this terrain with his instruction and guidance. Truly memorable!



Johanna - June, 2019

The whole day was wonderful. Phil was knowledgeable and modified our schedule based on it being a holiday (busier at attractions), which we were grateful for. The local insight of where to start our hike, and off-the-beaten path sights, etc were worth the cost. He was friendly and there was plenty of chat the whole time. He even took several photos for us from “the best spots” we would have otherwise not dared to go to.



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