RUN IRELAND FAQS
Because Ireland is everything that you imagine it to be: dramatic coastal cliffs, lively pubs, crumbling castles, moody weather, astoundingly green hills, rich traditions, cozy BnBs and warm, hospitable locals that will leave you feeling right at home no matter where you roam. Long distance walks are a national pastime, and running only makes sense given the countless paths that criss cross the countryside.
What’s included in the trip cost?
The trip price includes pre-trip communication & guidance, airport pickup on the start date, airport drop-off on the finish date, all accommodation, all meals aside from 1 lunch from lunch on the first day until breakfast on the final day, transportation, drivers, experienced trip leaders, local logistics team, 6 organized, supported runs, sea kayaking, boat tickets, sightseeing entry fees and a Rogue Expeditions shirt. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave!
What isn’t included in the trip cost?
The cost does not include flight, transport to our first-day meeting spot for those already in Dublin, 1 lunch, alcohol, tips or personal purchases/extra activities.
Why isn’t the flight included?
Let’s be honest, we are all unique and your schedules (and originating airport!) are no exception. Come early, stay late. Participants will be responsible for booking their travel arrangements and ensuring that they arrive and depart according to the specific instructions for your chosen itinerary. Suggestions and guidance will be provided once you are signed up.
How far do I have to be able to run?
There is no set requirement, but we recommend that you be comfortable with daily running (or at least hiking!). Aside from one mandatory 6.5 mile run*, all routes are adjustable in terms of distance and plans will be tweaked according to the ability mix of the group. There will be at least one long run day included (~16-18 miles on a challenging route), but this can also be shortened as much as needed. Keep in mind that many people end up running quite a bit more during our trips than they would at home - when running is your only responsibility for the day, you'll be amazed at how much more you can do!
*If you absolutely cannot cover that distance, don't worry - there is always a plan B!
What sort of terrain will we be running on?
The terrain will be a mix of dirt/gravel roads, single track trail, pavement and definitely some bog. Expect some mud, and expect some hills! You are strongly encouraged to pack both road and trail shoes; not only will they help with the varied terrain, but it also gives you a backup pair when the other needs to dry out.
What time of day will be be running?
The time of day will vary depending on where we are, where we’re headed and also weather conditions. We mostly plan for mid-morning runs (after breakfast, before lunch), but there is always a chance that weather or other logistical considerations could result in an afternoon run. The key is to just relax and roll with it – it’s not about “getting it in,” but rather about exploring a brand new place each day!
What will we do when we aren’t running?
In short, we'll experience Ireland! Drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, go sea kayaking, cruise the Cliffs of Moher, learn the rich history of each region and, most importantly, sip perfectly poured pints alongside locals and catch the live performance of the night at the nearest pub.
Can my non-runner spouse/friend come too?
Non-runners are certainly welcome as long as they don't mind hanging out with a bunch of runners, and typically works out just fine if they enjoy hiking or walking. If you aren't sure whether it's a good fit, drop a line to Allison and we can talk through it!
What will the hotels be like?
The accommodation will be a mix of mid-range bed & breakfast and lodge-style, often with a view and nearly always within walking distance to the town or village center. We use unique, family-run establishments whenever possible for an authentic experience with local impact; you can expect clean, cozy, welcoming places each night!
What is the weather like?
Ireland's weather is famous for its unpredictability, but it's rarely extreme. August and September are generally mild (highs around 60F / 15C, lows around 50F / 10C) and offer the best chance for sunshine, though you should expect to experience bouts of fog, rain and wind at some point as well. Pack with layers in mind (we’ll provide a detailed packing list), and don't let bad weather bother you - it's part of the experience, and it'll most likely change completely a few minutes later!
Can I have my own room at hotels?
Due to the size of most of our accommodation, we can only offer 4 private rooms, an upgrade that you can select when you register - first come, first serve! Solo travelers who do not choose the private room upgrade will be placed with a same-sex roommate.
What sort of food will we be eating?
Irish cuisine typically features hearty comfort food that reflects the locally available ingredients and an often wet, chilly climate. Days will start with hearty Irish breakfasts (think eggs, sausages, toast, yogurt, fruit, muesli, etc) and lunches will be a mix of packed sandwiches, serve-yourself type picnic spreads and the occasional sit-down restaurant or cafe. In each destination we'll enjoy dinner in a local establishment - you'll generally find plenty of pub fare (stews, fish & chips, etc) along with salads, soups, pasta, etc in the smaller towns, a wider selection in the larger towns and wonderful fresh seafood just about everywhere. Most special diets can be accommodated.
What sort of vehicles will we be traveling in?
We will be traveling in clean, comfortable 9-person mini-buses with professional drivers.
What should I pack?
We’ll provide guidance and a detailed packing list after you sign up, but do note that both trail and road running shoes are recommended and that a handheld water bottle or hydration pack and a rain jacket is required. A friendly reminder: packing light will make everything easier for you (and everyone else)!
How much should I tip?
Your entire trip will be spent with drivers and guides who will go above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience for everyone. Although tips are not expected, they are often given and always appreciated. We will arrange a group collection at the end of the trip where you will be free to contribute if you wish.
If I change my mind or something comes up, can I cancel?
We know that life happens, and on occasion a participant will have to back out of a trip. As most of our costs are paid well in advance, we have set a cancellation policy that applies to all trips. Travel insurance is highly recommended to cover potential cancellations on your part.
If you cancel:
Within 30 days of signup: Full refund
90+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
61-90 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds
**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, your deposit is non-refundable.
Can I switch to another trip?
If you wish to transfer your deposit from one trip to another you must notify us at least 90 days prior to your original departure date. A fee of $150 per person will apply and will be deducted from your original deposit. If you notify us less than 90 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Deposit transfers may only be made once, and must be made to another trip departing within 12 months of your original departure date.
How do I sign up?
A $600 deposit will reserve your spot, and balances are due 3 months prior to the trip start date. Spots are limited, and are first come-first serve. Don’t wait!
Who should I contact for more info?
Feel free to contact Allison Macsas at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!