While we are livin’ on the Hook you can join Liam for a walking tour around the tip of the Hook peninsula. Liam grew up here on the Hook, he knows every chan, rock, nook and cranny. For ten years he worked as the head tour guide at Hook Lighthouse; the oldest intact lighthouse in the world and was employed by the Comissioners of Irish Lights to check and maintain two of the local lighthouses including the Hook as lighthouse keepers of the past would have done.
He is very passionate about this area, the history, geography and nature of the place and loves to share his stories and knowledge.
Whether you’re already living on the Hook or visiting the area you will enjoy this walking tour. It is a hiking tour which starts at Hook Lighthouse. You can park on the headland and we meet Liam at the turning circle parking area. From there you will walk the 3 mile loop guided by Liam along the cliffs discovering the breathtaking views over the Celtic Sea and Waterford harbour, discover its unique landscape, caves, chans, geology, flora, fauna, wells as well as chats about the seafaring tradition, shipwrecks, history and folklore along the way. We continue onwards discovering the rugged coast of the hook, limestone formations, fossils and blowholes to Slade harbour where we see the dock built during the famine, the local fishing boats, the old salthouses, the 16th Century castle at Slade and some traditional Hook cottages. We will continue on the loop from Slade harbour along the road back to the lighthouse where we see and talk about Loftus Hall, explore Hook Church, talk about the traditional Hook walls along the way as well as the bays and limekiln along the the Hook road to finish our hike back at the Lighthouse. You will discover lots of insights into the hidden history and stories of this fascinating headland breathing in the fresh sea air along the way.
Get in touch for more information and to book. We are closely following the rules and restrictions implemented here due to Covid-19 so tours will be in small groups. Attendees should respect the social distancing measures set out by the Irish government.