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Embark on an Irish Adventure with Rachel along Ireland’s beautiful Wild Atlantic Way, and she’ll bring you a fun-packed journey of discovery through the hidden gems of the West of Ireland. Throughout the unspoiled countryside of Mayo and Sligo, whether you’re seeking a weekend of adrenaline-fueled outdoor activity, or a revitalising escape in the sumptuous surroundings of a luxurious boutique hotel, she has you covered.

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Great! So does Rachel.
Together, you can explore the Wild Atlantic Way on foot or by bike. From sky to seabed, you can scale the great heights of Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick, Stand up Paddle on the famous river Moy or run on the edge of Ireland’s highest sea cliffs. There are no limits …

Rachel can, using her local knowledge craft a package to meet your needs, ranging from a one-day trip to a three-week holiday. You’ll learn about the heritage and culture of the region, see spectacular scenery, feast on fine food and have the craic* with fun-loving, like-minded people. And most of all, you’ll get a down-to-earth, warm, personalised experience like no other.

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Meet the team of Rachel’s Irish Adventures

Rachel Nolan

Born and bred in North Mayo, Rachel has blazed a trail around the world in recent years. She’s learned languages, ran races, forged friendships and made memories, but to Rachel, there’s just no place like home.

Rachel just adores the outdoors and she believes with a passion that the secret gems of Mayo and Sligo along the Wild Atlantic Way are next to none when it comes to challenging your body and mind, and living life to the absolute MAX.

“Get out there, be open, kind and curious. You’ll find freedom with no limits !” 

Wild Atlantic Way Adventurer

Spontaneous, energetic, with an insatiable thirst for adventure, you could find Rachel anywhere. Running up Nephin Mountain overlooking Loch Conn, sea kayaking among the rugged, cliff-lined coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way, biking hard in the Ox Mountains by night, or exploring the underwater sea caves at Downpatrick Head? That’s just in one day!

An ultra-distance endurance & adventure racer, qualified Krav Maga self-defence instructor, personal trainer, yoga instructor and passionate explorer, the only thing Rachel enjoys more than pushing the boundaries is encouraging others to push them with her.

Having travelled the world, Rachel knows how to get under the skin of a place, learn its secrets, and live it like a local.

Whiskey Enthusiast

In her downtime, you might also find Rachel sharing her knowledge and passion for whiskey and wine with eager locals on one of her sought-after wine or whiskey appreciation sessions.

Marjorie

Baking experience in Marjories kitchenIf you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet Rachel’s mother Marjorie, an acclaimed chef who just never stops baking! Marjorie runs Brigown Bed & Breakfast and will be delighted to invite you into in her homely kitchen for a traditional baking lesson. When done, you might savour the fruits of your labour with Ireland’s favourite drink – a mug of steaming hot tea! Or you might relax and breathe in the aromas while exploring the craft and heritage of some of Ireland’s finest whiskeys beside the open fire at one of Rachel’s whiskey appreciation sessions.

Iszy

Tour logistics, accounting, web design, photography, bike mechanics, sometimes ghost writing and a little bit of everything else. Meet the ‘Jack of all trades’ behind the scenes of our tours. Iszy moved to Ireland in 2019 to enjoy life, organise adventures and travel the world with Rachel. The native Austrian loves to explore, experience and learn about new things. With her laidback attitude and curious open mind she’s become an irreplaceable part of Rachel’s Irish Adventures.

Let us invite you into our home

Brigown Bed & Breakfast

Looking for a B&B with a difference?

Rachel’s Mam Marjorie started to welcome guests into her home over 30 years ago. Ideally situated with magnificent elevated views overlooking the famous River Moy and Belleek Woods, Brigown has been a cosy holiday accommodation with an outstanding breakfast menu for decades.

In recent years Brigown became the home base of Rachel’s Irish Adventures and the most important hub for Rachel’s bespoke Ireland experiences. Marjorie’s kitchen is regularly opening its doors for traditional baking lessons and Rachel enjoys hosting private Whiskey Appreciation session in the dining room.

Located on the coast road in Ballina’s ‘Quay Village’ – a stunning Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way Brigown is the perfect base to unwind in nature & discover the hidden gems along the rugged and unspoilt Irish west coast.

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The West of Ireland

The wave-rich Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway coastlines harbour many of the hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way. Blessed with breath-taking seascapes, stunning landscapes, vibrant towns and villages and over 5,000 years of ancient history, this is not just a place to visit, but a place to feel alive.

Our home base Ballina in County Mayo is internationally renowned as the Salmon capital of Europe. As a gateway location to some of Ireland’s most stunning coastline, spectacular hikes and unspoilt golden beaches, Ballina now becomes Ireland’s ‘off the beaten path’ – nature & adventure hub!

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Rachel's Irish Adventures

The reopening of Bikes2Rent on Monday May 18th will be the first step of reopening Rachel's Irish Adventures.

Our electric bikes and touring bikes are now available for hire again🚴🏻‍♀️😁

The bikes can be picked up at our base Brigown B&B (Quay Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo) and will be sanatised thoroughly before every rental.

For everyone who doesn't live within 5km of our base we can arange a delivery to your doorstep.

For everyones safety we will only serve customers after they making an appointment and won't accept walk ins.

Contact us to book your bike:
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Looking forward to getting back exploring all of Mayo again; climbing the big hills, paddling on the lakes & cycling until my legs scream🏃🏽‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️I feel so lucky to call this place home & I’m excited to share it with everyone again
💚❤️#mayoday #WhenWeTravelAgain #discovermyireland

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Most importantly, Rachel’s tours are all about you. Once you arrive, she’ll take care of everything.

And she will bring you on an experience we can guarantee will leave you wanting more.

All tours are 100% tailor-made to meet and exceed your needs. What are you waiting for?