Scotia Ireland was founded by husband and wife team, Con and Samantha O’Leary in 2012. Con O’Leary has worked for many years in the Irish Tourism industry as a Fáilte Ireland National Tour Driver/Guide and has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland with groups large and small from all over the world, especially with groups from the United States and Canada.
Con is a very well know figure within the travel industry in Ireland and can provide many testimonials from delighted clients down through the years, and has made numerous friends with members of his walking tours and visitors to Ireland from around the world. Con is passionate of his Irish heritage and his aspiration is to provide the discerning traveller an experience that incorporates true Irish tradition, culture and heritage and the genuine warmth of local hospitality.
Samantha has a background in hotel and catering and tourism marketing. Both Samantha and Con have a very deep love of Ireland, its history and landscape and are very active walkers. More often than not during the winter months both Sam and Con enjoy scouting walking routes and exploring the area for quality hospitality and leisure persuits.
Con’s decision to create Scotia Ireland came in response to the many requests from previous clients and visitors, asking Con to create walking vacations in Ireland which combined the essential elements of the Irish cultural experience, i.e. in-depth local knowledge, history, music and poetry and the very best of what Ireland has to offer in accommodation and fine dining.
The name came about from memories of Con’s childhood and trying to reflect the richness of Ireland’s history. The Milesian warrior queen, Scotia was an Egyptian princess and daughter of a pharaoh of Egypt died in battle on Kerry’s Slieve Mish Mountain. In a wooded valley just south of Tralee town where Con grew up a large long red sandstone rock is reputed to mark the final resting place of the Milesian warrior queen and thus inspired Con.
We continuously strive to seek out the very best of Ireland’s walking trails and the highest standard of Luxury Guest house, Castle or Boutique Hotel accommodation. Cuisine along the various routes is carefully sampled and selected by both Samantha and Con.
We offer premium walking vacations where quality of hospitality and service throughout is never compromised. Committed in providing a unique memorable cultural experience, allow us to take you back to over 350 Million years ago and forward to 8 - 10,000 BC when man first stepped on to the Irish shore and to when the Irish race as we recognise it today, began. We have a story to tell……