Your Guide Muiris Walsh is a native of South Kerry and a local character.
As a child growing up, Muiris Walsh remembers strangers calling to his home asking for permission to see the ancient Standing Stone pair on his family farm that over look beautiful Valentia island and the Wild Atlantic Way. The generations of farmers before Muiris never disturbed the Mystical Standing Stones and respected them perhaps out of fear of old ‘piseogs’ that often surrounded such ancient stones. He often wondered about what their purpose was, why they were there and when he was younger he even complained about the standing stones getting in the way when silage needed to be cut!
Ironically it was these very same Standing Stones on his family farm that gave him the wonderful idea to show visitors the many fascinating sites along the Skellig Coast and bring their stories to life. And so Iveragh Historical Tours started out in 2013, with Muiris showing off his home place to visitors of beautiful South Kerry as only a local can. According to Muiris, visiting the sites without a local guide is like visiting someone’s home when no one is there, the house might be beautiful and comfortable with lots of happy family photos but the real enjoyment happens and heart warming memories are made when you are greeted and entertained by the hosts in their own home.
Muiris is a farmer when he is not guiding. Furthermore, Muiris is not an archaeologist and ironically was not a fan of history at school but he loves the stories behind the many amazing sites along the Skellig Coast, from the 385 million year old Tetrapod Tracks, Ogham stones and medieval stone ring forts to the birth place of the world wide web of telecommunication – the Transatlantic cable.
Muiris loves meeting new people from all walks of life, making them laugh and having the craic and most importantly he really enjoys helping his guests make their dream of having a great Irish adventure come true.
Muiris with his children, Tom & Doireann.