A little bit about Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours

At Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours, we’re passionate about sharing the natural beauty and cultural richness of Cork City and its surrounding areas with adventurers of all kinds. Our mission is simple: to provide unforgettable outdoor experiences that connect people with the heart of Ireland’s landscapes.

Founded with a love for exploration and a commitment to safety and enjoyment, our company offers Cycle Tours in Cork City, Scavenger Hunts in Cork City and Guided Day Hikes in Galtymore and in the Mountains of Munster. All tours and activities can be tailored to suit every adventurer’s interests. Whether you’re cycling through Cork’s vibrant streets, hiking in the rugged mountains of Munster, or engaging in team-building activities with your colleagues, we’re here to make your outdoor dreams a reality.

What sets us apart is our dedication to authenticity and connection. Our local expert guides, fuelled by their passion for the outdoors, ensure that each tour is not just an adventure, but an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and heritage of Ireland. We believe in creating experiences that leave lasting memories and forge meaningful connections with the places we explore.

From international tourists seeking to discover Cork’s hidden gems to local businesses looking for unique team-building activities, we welcome adventurers of all backgrounds and ages to join us on our journey. Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours is more than just a tour company; we’re your partners in exploration, here to guide you on unforgettable adventures through the heart of Ireland’s landscapes.

Join us, and let’s embark on a journey beyond the ordinary.

Our Staff meet the team

James Foley

James Foley

Hey there, I’m James Foley, the founder of Beyond The Glass Adventure Tours. Growing up in rural County Cork, specifically in Aghabullogue, I developed a deep love for the outdoors from a young age. My passion for Ireland’s landscapes grew as my family and I traversed the country, exploring every nook and cranny.

As an adult, I’ve hiked and cycled across Ireland which has given me a greater appreciation for my homeland. I’ve been lucky to have hiked and cycled in some beautiful Countries, there’s nowhere I’d rather explore than Ireland.

With Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours, my aim is simple: to take you beyond the confines of screens and office desks and into the heart of Ireland’s beauty. Let’s embark on an unforgettable adventure, leaving the glass behind and immersing ourselves in the wonders of Ireland’s landscapes together.

Sustainability Policy

We have developed our sustainability policy to align with the UNWTO definition of sustainable tourism – “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”

At Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours, we bring you ‘Beyond the Glass’ – be it the glass of your office window, the glass of the bus windows or the glass of your electronic devise – to enjoy enriching experiences in the outdoors.

In 2024 we continue our journey to becoming a sustainable travel company. We believe small steps and simplicity can lead to big change.

We want every journey we make to have a positive impact on the habitats we travel through and the inhabitants, from the wood mite to the human, we encounter. We will share our passion for the natural world with all who journey with us and it is our hope that those who do will gain a deeper appreciation of the natural world and personal commitment to sustainability.

Our Adventure Tours travel through Ireland’s most scenic locations, particularly along its wild and rugged coastlines and its remote and beautiful mountains. These locations are susceptible to suffering the erosive effect of climate change and the associated weather pattern changes. They are also areas where there may be increased footfall. To alleviate these impacts Beyond the Glass Adventure Tours:

  • Runs all outdoor activities in line with the leave no trace principles.
  • Will where practical, include lesser visited locations in our itineraries.
  • Will favour using accommodation providers who have a sustainability policy in place.

Beyond the Glass is a micro business which delivers a high-quality personalised product.

  • We commit to sourcing ethical produced and environmentally friendly equipment.
  • We commit to moving towards using a more energy efficient tour vehicle.

Our small team live in the communities where we work. We strive to embed the company in the local community and contribute to local schemes which are aligned to our policy.

  • We commit supporting local organisations that support environmentally friendly policies.
  • We will work with local projects that are specifically set up to off-set carbon.
  • We will use our resources to take local community groups on journeys of discovery into the outdoors.
  • We will measure and move to reduce our workplace carbon footprint
  • Will favour using accommodation providers who have a sustainability policy in place.

As we progress on our sustainability journey we will:

  • Commit to reviewing the policy on an annual basis
  • Remain honest and communicate our progress on our website, on email and on our social media channels.
  • Allow you measure our sustainability credentials and hold us to account as you travel with us.