Meet the Guides

The choice of walking trails on offer cover a range of walking abilities from the challenge of The Reeks and Carrantuohill to ambling through the National Park.

All our walks are led by experienced walk leaders who are there to ensure that the correct routes are followed and carry all necessary equipment for the safety of the group. They have a great wealth of knowledge about the mountains and hills as well as providing interesting information on the beautiful scenic landscape.

Valerie O’Sullivan
Walking Guide/Photographer
Valerie O’Sullivan is a full time Photographer, based in Killarney, Co Kerry and is a regular contributor to National Print Media – namely, The Irish Times, Examiner Newspaper, Irish Farmers Journal, Sunday Times, Outsider Magazine, Mountain Log, Press Association News Agency. Her clients include, Maxwells News/PR Agency, Gleneagle Hotel, Muckross House, Killarney, Béaloideas Chiarraí and Kerry way Folklore Project. She has won many National Awards the AIB Press Photographers Association Annual Competition and recently she has expanded her portfolio to include videography, working with Brian Coakley of tourism media provider, collecting data, GPS, mapping, Video, and Photography to enhance the experience of the visitor using apps, social media and websites. She enjoys trekking in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks with friends, and the tranquillity (not often, just coxing nowadays) of Lough Lein, rowing and club pro with the Workmen’s Rowing Club. She is also a trustee of the White Tailed Eagle Project, and volunteer with GOAL International Humanitarian Organisation.
John O’ Sullivan
Walking Guide
Born and raised on the foothills of the McGuillycuddy Reeks, where his family are fourth generation landowners, John O’Sullivan spent his childhood working with his father sheep farming in the mountain terrain of The Reeks. He has now been climbing The Reeks for over 3 decades and has an intimate knowledge of the peaks, valleys and hidden glens of these beautiful mountains.

John has been a voluntary member of Kerry Mountain Rescue for the past 20 years and operates and runs The Lodge and Reeks Guiding Company, From his vast experience and knowledge of the terrain Johns guiding business offers a diverse range of walks, climbs and challenges in The Reeks to cater for all levels of Fitness. Covering The Kerry Way, Dingle Way, Cliffs of Moher and Day Trips to mountain walks and climbs in the South West. Website: