ABOUT BEYOND THE GLASS ADVENTURE TOURS
Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours is one of Ireland’s youngest activity holiday companies. We have developed three of the best, hiking and cycling tours on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Our ambition is to take you ‘BEYOND THE GLASS’ of your work PC, your phone and the bus window, and immerse you completely into the wonder and beauty of the Irish landscape. We will show you the best of Ireland while delivering to you the ultimate adventure travel experience.
On our tours you will see some of the most spectacular and scenic places in Ireland, as well as Ireland’s richest historical and cultural sites. All our guides are knowledgeable, experienced and have an appreciation and love for what Ireland is and has to offer. They have a passion for Ireland’s natural beauty, culture and heritage and an understanding of what is required for a successful and enjoyable travel experience.
The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world. It stretches for over 2,500km along Ireland’s spectacular western seaboard. We at BEYOND THE GLASS ADVENTURE TOURS have selected the very best parts of the way to include in our tours, offering you the best Adventure Holidays in Ireland.
Beyond The Glass Adventure Tours was established by James Foley. James was born and raised on a farm in Aghabullogue, Co. Cork. His passion and love for Ireland was instilled in him from a young age as he travelled with his family the length and breadth of Ireland. His appreciation for Ireland grew further in his adult years as he began to hike Ireland’s Mountains and Cycle along its Wild Atlantic Coast.
James’s previous career, with multi-national pharmaceutical companies, allowed him to travel to some fantastic places across Europe, Africa, Asia and America. While travelling he got to hike and cycle in many wonderful locations.
He has setup BTG Tours to take you “beyond the glass”—the glass of your device, the bus window, and your office PC— for your very own unforgettable Adventure Tour of Ireland.
What others have saidRyan French, Canada
My wife and I participated in the 8 day Adventure Tour on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way run by Beyond the Glass (BTG) adventure tours. Our tour guide was James – it is his business and he has created an incredible experience!
First of all, the tour guide: James is a true gentlemen, with a passion for his country, the outdoors, history, geography, and sharing this with his patrons. Every step of the way you felt that you were catered to, specific desires and needs were met, and that you having fun was always the most important thing. I really couldn’t speak highly enough about James, and the commitment he has to making your experience an amazing one.
The travel: The motor coach is big, comfortable, and seats 10-12 people. We had 8 people in the van and felt like there was a tonne of space. You are in the van for short drives between cities – during which you’ll hear authentic music, historical stories, geography lessons, or just plain chilling out – it really was super comfortable.
The hotels/B & B’s: I was concerned about accommodations before going – as usually I don’t choose 3 star places to stay at – well I can tell you that the star system in Ireland must be way different than in North America – because every place we stayed was unique, tidy, clean, with comfortable beds and more. They exceeded what I expected. The food was fantastic. I put a priority on having a choice of healthier meals, and these were readily available if desired. Every hotel included a breakfast, included in the price of the trip – and, to my surprise, all of these included more than your typical buffet/continental breakfast, but also anything you wanted off a menu as well. This was a great bonus – starting your day with a great breakfast was always important, because every day was sure an adventure!
The most important part: THE ACTIVITIES.
Ireland is beyond stunning. The activities are described in the tripadvisor profile – but they hardly do it justice. I’m not sure I have ever said “WOW” so many times! Whatever you are expecting – IT IS BETTER!! Imagine hiking and riding bikes through the mountains, valleys and along waterways with sheep and horses freely roaming the fields around you, the greenery, rock and flowers covering the landscape, and laughing and learning all the way along. We regularly stopped for breaks for those who needed it, and he had option after option to ensure that you were comfortable yet challenged too.
One day my wife and I wanted to add in a run along the cliffs of Moher – he quickly said “let’s go” and we were off enjoying ourselves in one of the most scenic runs we have ever done. On a few days, there were others in our group that needed assistance, and James made sure to create alternate routes, easier adventures, and other activities for them so that they too could enjoy their trip. I’m telling you that in a regular tour company, this would NEVER happen. He was accommodating and gentlemanly throughout the trip.
That means that if you are super fit – he’ll find a way to challenge you. If you are less physically capable, he’ll find something for you too. Now, granted, you should be able to walk for a few hours, and know how to ride a bike to fully enjoy the trip. If you aren’t fit, it would make sense to go for long 2-3 hour walks at home, and be steady on a bike in order to get the full enjoyment of the Wild Atlantic Way. At the top of the mountain, the views are incredible and the sense of accomplishment is palpable.
We had a great group of people, and will look upon this as one of our favourite trips, ever.
Thank you James, for exceeding our expectations. We value your friendship, and feel privileged to have travelled with you.
If you’ve read this far down, I am telling you – don’t think twice – schedule your trip with James and relax knowing that you are going to have the trip of a lifetime.
We deliver high quality small group Adventure Tours on Irelands Wild Atlantic Way.
All tours include:
Bed and breakfast accommodation.
Entry into all sites.
All sports equipment outside your personal wear.
All activities are guided with a maximum of 10 people on each tour.
All transport for the duration of the tour is included.
James is as efficient as he is easy-going. It took him no time to get us set up properly on our bikes and on our way. Like so many of... read more
Amazing trip from start to finish. James' engaging tour combined with spectacular views led to an amazing week in Ireland. We were pointed towards amazing local food options at every... read more
Wonderful ride, beautiful city, we saw parts of the city we wouldn't normally would have. Great orientation. A great tour guide, with lots of interesting information and stories about Cork.... read more