Hike the Hook tours

Join Liam Colfer for a walking tour around the tip of the Hook peninsula.

Liam, your guide was raised on the Hook. He 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. 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 (studying lighthouses), he has just come back to the Hook after spending the past few 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 visiting you are welcome to join me on this three mile hiking tour around the tip of the peninsula. 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.

We will discuss the seafaring tradition here, past storms, history, shipwrecks and folklore along the way. We arrive at Slade harbour and see the castle, salt houses, traditional Hook cottages and local fishing boats. We continue our walk along the road to Churchtown, where we see and talk about 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.

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.


Book Now

Scheduled tours run every Saturday morning at 10:30am during the winter months (weather permitting) and more frequently during the summer months. 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.


Liam Colfer at Hike The Hook walking tours 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.

%d bloggers like this: