Hike the Hook tours

Join Liam Colfer for a walking tour around the tip of the Hook peninsula. Liam is a fully qualified Regional Tour Guide of Ireland and has been working as a tour guide since 2008. He was raised here on the Hook peninsula and spent ten years working as the head tour guide at Hook Lighthouse, the oldest intact lighthouse in the world and the gem of this peninsula and more recently he worked for the Commissioners of Irish Lights carrying out maintenance duties on Hook Lighthouse as lighthouse keepers of the past would have done. A self confessed pharologist (lighthouse enthusiast), he has just come back to the Hook after spending two years travelling with his family and visiting lighthouses all over Europe.

Liam spent his childhood roaming the shoreline discovering every rock, chan, cave as well as the numerous historic buildings and ruins dotted along the route. He knows it inside and out, is passionate about the whole area, the history, geography and nature of the Hook and he looks forward to sharing his stories with you. Whether you’re already living on the Hook or are visiting this beautiful peninsula you will enjoy this relaxing, informative and enjoyable three mile hiking tour around the tip of the peninsula.

On this tour, you will learn about the seafaring tradition on the Hook, leaning about past storms, the history, the shipwrecks and folklore along the way. Explore Slade harbour and see the castle, salt houses, traditional Hook cottages and local fishing boats, continuing your tour along the road to Churchtown, where you will see Loftus Hall and explore the ruins of Hook Church, talking about the traditional stone walls, the bays, the limekiln along the Hook road to finish our hike back at Hook Lighthouse. You will discover lots of insights into the hidden history and stories of this fascinating headland breathing in that fresh sea air along the way.

We meet at Hook lighthouse and begin the tour from there walking around the trail along the banks discovering breath taking views, chans, rock formations, fossils and caves.

A video made by Áine from the Celtic Coridor who recently took a tour with Liam.

What People Say

This really is a tour of a lifetime delivered by a passionate local who clearly demonstrates a love for the place he grew up. The tour starts at the Hook lighthouse where Liam begins his fascinating tour through the history of the Hook. Liam really seems to enjoy sharing old stories about the Hook and has so many interesting facts that kept me engaged throughout the tour. He truly knows every nook and every rock along the way. I would say it is suitable for most ages and I consider it a must if visiting the area.


Liam is a fantastic guide – having grown up on the peninsula makes Liam an exceptional tour guide with a wealth of local knowledge, current & historical. I am a regular walker of this route & the guided tour makes me now appreciate & enjoy the breathtaking views even more! Highly recommend for locals & visitors. It was so chilled & relaxed – We all Loved it!!


I have been going to the Hook since I was a child and I know a little bit about the area but I have to say I found Liam’s walking tour so interesting. He has an in-depth knowledge of the locality and is someone you could talk to all day. I learnt so much interesting and fascinating information about the peninsula that I never knew. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is visiting the area or if you live locally. I am fascinated by the I story and folklore of the area I spent my childhood summers at, Liam’s walking tour has made want to find out a more about this beautiful little gem.


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Scheduled tours run every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning at 10am (weather permitting). Private bookings available on request for other available days and times. By purchasing these tickets you accept the terms of the disclaimer below. Please get in touch before booking to make sure there is space on the tour as tours are limited to no more than ten people. Call Liam on 0831157316 to arrange.

Safety Disclaimer

No matter what activity in life there is always an element of risk and that includes walking with me. Before attending any of my walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. Duration is another factor to consider; most of our walks take 90mins to 2 hours. Are you comfortable walking and standing for that duration? If you have a concern then please contact us before the day of the walk. If you have any pre-medical conditions, or injuries that may affect your walking, please let me know before booking your tour.

Liam Colfer at Livin’ off the Hook accepts no responsibility or liability for loss or injury. You agree that you are participating in the guided walk at your own risk and that I will not be liable under any circumstances for any matter arising out of your participation. We will accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may occur in the course of a tour. This includes incidences, which may occur as a result of certain risks during the course of a tour. These risks include but are not limited to walking uneven ground in places, street crossing and the crossing of fields using stiles nor will he accept liability for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused during the duration of the tour. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes.

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