The Guide


Tony Kirby was born in Limerick city. He has also lived in Dublin (civil servant) and Bologna (English language teacher). He started to conduct walking tours in Dublin city in the late 1990s. In 2002 Tony moved to the Burren in County Clare where he founded a small walking tourism enterprise which offers a wide variety of guided Burren walks.

In 2012 he produced the short film West Cork set at St Gobnait’s monastic site in Ballyvourney, County Cork. The film was screened at the 2012 Cork International Film Festival.

A new edition of Kirby’s critically acclaimed book The Burren and the Aran Islands A Walking Guide (Collins Press, 2009) was published in August 2014.

Heart of Burren Walks was winner of the Burren/Cliffs of Moher Geopark Outdoor Visitor Communication Award 2015/16.

Kirby blogs on Burren life at in collaboration with the renowned landscape photographer Carsten Krieger.

Outside of work, Tony is active at the community hub X-PO in the parish of Killinaboy. X-PO is housed in the former Killinaboy post office.  
X-PO activities include a singers' club, a local history/mapping group, the Burren Ukelele Group, heritage talks, Irish language lessons, exhibitions....

Tony lives in Killinaboy with his wife Eimer. They have two small sons who enjoy the occasional hike in the Burren.


Heart of Burren Walks has featured in………………

MAGAZINES   – Cara (Aer Lingus in-flight) and Knack (Belgium) ;

RADIO –  CBS (USA) and RTE (Ireland);

TV -  RTE and TG4 (Ireland).


Heart of Burren Walks is strongly recommended by guide books Fodor’s, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Guide de Routard and Rick Steves Ireland.

Irish Times, Irish Independent, Sunday Tribune, Sunday Business Post (Ireland) ;
Guardian and Daily Telegraph (UK) ;
Hannoversche Allgemeine (Germany) ;
USA Today and The West Australia


Peter Kyhl Olesen, journalist, Jyllands-Posten, daily broadsheet newspaper, Denmark. September 2014.

I was so lucky to be a part of your tour as a participant of the Fáilte Ireland press trip this September. I really enjoyed your enthusiasm and your deep knowledge of the Burren.


Dinah Heller, New York city U.S.A. on 29th of August 2014 at 3:31 pm

Thank you for a wonderful Burren tour of Slieve Carran. These amazing sites spoke to me on many levels.

Jenny Comeau, Maine U.S.A. on 28th of March 2015 at 9:14 am

Tony Kirby is an exceptional guide who takes you through an exceptional, landscape. Tony is an eloquent figure, so at one with the environment he is describing that you begin to feel the unique life and beauty of the Burren flows as he speaks. Vastly knowledgeable. Tony's Burren hike is strongly recomended!

Tom Quinn, Dublin Ireland on 27th of January 2016 at 10:27 pm

Thanks to Tony for making our guided Burren walk an unforgettable experience. A Burren walk with Tony offers beauty, geology, history, nature, politics, ideas, serenity, spirituality . . . and as much exercise as you tell him you want. This is the one to take.

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