?Who takes a Wolfhound Tour?
It's a good question and an easy answer that we hope you'll like. Anyone who doesn't want to be on a great big coach tour, stuck in lines for the toilets and dragged from gift shop to gift shop.
Wolfhound is a mixed activity adventure of Ireland for all ages. The youngest we have guided around Ireland is two and a half, the eldest so far eighty five.
Wolfhound is for anyone who wants to get their teeth in to the local history, politics, myths and legends and get some fresh air and fun along the way.
Lots of activity and lots to discover from ancient castles and tombs to stone circles and hidden villages.
You'll explore more of Ireland on a Wolfhound adventure.
?Is Wolfhound suitable for single Travellers?
Of course. Our small-group sizes make it ideal for independent travellers.
You'll meet likeminded travellers eager to explore and make interesting new friends from around the world.
?Is there a single supplement charge?
There is a single supplement on accommodation. But not on the tour price itself.
The supplement varies for each of our adventures. Wolfhound (with your permission) will try to make twin rooms available to same sex single travellers where available. However if you prefer your privacy that's fine too.
?Is Wolfhound a Cycling tour?
Not exactly. Wolfhound is a mixed activity adventure. You can hike, bike, kayak, horse-ride and even take a surf lesson if you wish.
What makes Wolfhound special is that we can include some or all of the above. But we bring bikes with us on our custom-built trailers.
We'll drive you away from the cities and into the wilderness so that you can cycle through the most awesome scenery that we can find for you.
Every day on tour will include some short hiking and the option of having a cycle if you wish.
But Wolfhound is also about the poetry, music, history, heritage and culture of Ireland.
?What sort of Bikes do we use?
We have a variety of hybrids and mountain bikes that we bring on tour of varying shapes and sizes. But all are chosen to be durable and easy to use.
Although we are not cycling all day every day but really an hour here or there, we have chosen our bikes with durability as well as comfort for your touring pleasure.
We really want you to experience the countryside as often as you can and cycling is a wonderful way to enrich your experience with the sights, smells and sounds of Ireland.
If you are bringing your own bike too that's not a problem - just let us know so that there's room on the trailer for it.
?Where do we stay?
A big part of what makes Wolfhound the best way to explore more of Ireland is that we have put great effort into sourcing the finest quality bed and breakfasts and small locally owned hotels as our overnights.
Each night there are great eating options and traditional Irish pubs and local music most nights.
All bedrooms have private bathrooms, TV and tea and coffee facilities. Many of our overnights also will have dial up internet access or wireless.
If you would prefer to stay in Castle overnights or on the lower end in hostels and are booking a private vacation Wolfhound would be happy to arrange it for you.
?What's included in the price?
The prices quoted include a fully-escorted Wolfhound adventure for the duration of your adventure. Usually 5 or 6 Days.
The full attention of your 100% Irish guide. All on-tour accommodation. All on tour breakfasts. All hikes and bike rides are included.
Other activities such as boat trips, surfing or horse-riding and certain entrance fees to attractions are not included.
?What should I bring with me?
As luggage space is limited on board the 'Wolfmobile' we do ask you to travel reasonably lightly.
One small case or backpack and a daypack usually are enough. If you have more luggage you can usually put it in storage in your Dublin hotel and collect it on your return to Dublin.
There are some essentials though, that you need to have with you to get the most from your Wolfhound adventure:
- Desire to explore more – make sure you bring your spirit of adventure and discovery with you.
- Equipment/Clothing - Ireland's weather is the main factor you'll need to consider when deciding what to bring.
But in a nutshell, you'll need to bring some warm clothes, a sweater or two, a good waterproof jacket, hiking boots or sneakers with ankle support.
- Towel - in case you go swimming, kayaking or surfing. Ireland's climate is generally mild but we can have rain at any time of year.
- Sunscreen - you may need some sunscreen in the summer, believe it or not! Bugspray is also not a bad idea as we have midges here when the wind drops.
- Music - feel free to bring your MP3 player and we can listen to your favourites too, although we will be trying to open your ears to the local sounds and stories.
- Camera - (and batteries) On Wolfhound as we explore well beyond the reach of the coach tours there'll be plenty of amazing photo opportunities.
- Medication – Don't forget to bring your meds, and please ensure that you inform your Wolfhound guide if you have any medical conditions or special dietary requirements which they should be aware of.
- Good jokes – In Ireland we have a great sense of humour so stock up on some funny stories and good jokes to share around the turf fires in the evening over a creamy pint.
- Some Euros & your toothbrush!
You won't need to bring a cycling helmet or cycling gear but feel free to if you're very attached to your own stuff. Wolfhound provides helmets and very fetching yellow safety vests if you want them.
We do insist that you have private travel insurance of your own which includes activities cover before taking a Wolfhound adventure.
If you're travelling with Wolfhound to Northern Ireland remember that in the North we still use British Pounds Sterling so you'll need to have Euros and Sterling.
That said, most places will also accept Euros in the North and all our evening stops accept credit cards. But it's always handy to have some local cash in case you see that special gift you'd like to buy.
?Do I need insurance?
Yes Absolutely. Definitely. 100%.
As is stated in the Terms and Conditions, Wolfhound recommends that our passengers purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance which also covers you for activities before travelling.
?Is this a trip for adults or for kids?
Wolfhound is a family friendly adventure and is for adventure travellers of all ages.
Our tours are designed to be flexible and our skill (after years of touring experience) is to tailor-make each adventure to our clients' needs.
We can add everything from leprechaun hunting, rainbow chasing to visiting local artists or shopping for crystal.
A large part of the experience of Wolfhound is to make the country, the culture and the landscape come alive for you through music and storytelling.
There's music and stories for all ages!
We also have several smaller bikes for the younger kids but we would recommend that your children can cycle without the use of stabilisers if you wish for them to cycle also.
?How long will I cycle or hike each day?
At Wolfhound we know that you want to be out in the air as much as possible so each day will include some activity.
We aim to get a hike and a bit of biking in on each day but this may vary should you decide to surf or horse-ride or take a boat trip on any given day.
But either way you'll sleep well each night after your daily adventures rounded off with local cuisine and perhaps a creamy pint by a turf fire. Awesome.
Bear in mind though that it's your adventure and your holiday too. So we won't be cracking any whips!
If there's a cycling option it'll generally be on fairly flat terrain and if you'd rather not cycle your guide will be happy to suggest an alternative for you, whether that's sitting on a stone wall, reading a book or simply taking a shorter stroll.
?How do I know that my tour will run?
Wolfhound offers you the Wolfhound Guarantee.
If your booking is confirmed by us, then you travel.
We've never cancelled!
?What size group will I be with?
At Wolfhound we are small group specialists. Our maximum group size is 13.
Other companies promise this but often you may find that you are on a multi-vehicle trip so every time you stop your group size is doubled.
With Wolfhound small group size means small group size – so there.
?How do I book my adventure?
A great question and thanks for asking. If you would like to book a tour you can do so
- Online. You can book online via Paypal. Please ensure that you have checked availability with Wolfhound first. Call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Over the phone - call Wolfhound on +353 876 665 049
- By fax – fax a completed booking form to +353 1 8323972
The best thing to do is simply call Wolfhound and we can have a chat .We will confirm with you that there is a tour scheduled for your dates or if not we'll suggest an alternative date. Either way, Wolfhound will be delighted to accept your business and we will be very much looking forward to meeting you on board.
Wolfhound will accept payment by
- Credit Card
- Bank transfer
- Euro cheque or bank draft
?When do I need to pay?
Wolfhound will secure a place for you on receipt of a 15% deposit.
The balance needs to be paid no later than 45 days before departure date.
?Where do I stay in Dublin?
There's so much choice in Dublin from quaint townhouse B+B's to stylish modern hotels. Bear in mind if you're thinking of booking in the heart of Temple Bar that it can get noisy at night so bring your ear plugs.
Also Dublin is a busy tourist hub these days and especially at festival times or for large concerts or big sporting occasions.
There are many new Hotels in Dublin now but it's still essential to book well in advance.
?Where does my Adventure begin and end?
We meet at the front door of Jury's Inn Hotel at Christchurch, directly opposite Christchurch cathedral.
It might good idea to stay here on the night before the tour. It's centrally located and front rooms have a breathtaking view of the cathedral.
You'll be a stone's throw from Temple Bar (but away from the noise during the night), and you'll be equidistant from Trinity College and The Guinness Storehouse.
If you stay elsewhere, you can always take a stroll up to the cathedral the night before departure to get your bearings.
On our return to Dublin we drop off once more at Christchurch.
If you have booked a private adventure and are staying on the North of the city or near the airport we'll be happy to drop you to your hotel door.
?How do I get into Dublin from the Airport?
There are plenty of taxis which should cost about €25-30, or you can get a bus for €7.
The Aircoach bus service leaves from outside the airport every 20 minutes and drops you off in the city centre or there is another service called 747 Airport Express.
As Ireland is the friendliest country in the world if you let your driver know where you are staying they should give you plenty of notice and may even drop you at the door!
?What sort of vehicle is the 'Wolfmobile'?
The Wolfmobile is a sleek and silver VW 14 seater crewbus.
It's small and sturdy with comfy seats and large windows.
Two passengers each day get to sit up front and navigate or chat with your 100% Irish Wolfhound guide.
The Wolfmobile's small size means that we can explore more off the beaten track areas, small country lanes and remote valleys and mountains.
?Which Adventure is best?
That's a tough one to answer.
It really depends what you are after yourself but each of our adventures features places that will stay with you forever, whether it's the monastery of Skellig Michael on our Southwest 'Trail of Ancients' tour, Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands on the 'Ireland West and Wild' tour or hiking to the Giants' Causeway on our Northern 'Footsteps of Giants' tour.
Apart from that each Wolfhound adventure has such great activity options from Black Taxi tours of Belfast to Kayaking in West Cork to Horse-riding in Sligo that whichever adventure you choose will guarantee that you'll have great fun and never want to leave.
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