Primal Challenges

Primal Challenges – creating memories that last a lifetime!

Primal Challenges specialises in the organisation of premium trail running tours, cycling tours and Open or Bespoke Charity events.

Our tours and events run through some of the most stunning and iconic locations in the world and we ensure that all guest expectations are exceeded when delivering an event.

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Celtic Traverse 17th – 24th June 2018

Introduction to Celtic Traverse 2018

Celtic Traverse 2018 is an iconic, six day adventure across Ireland. Run ancient trails and pathways through some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world and at night enjoy the fantastic hospitality Ireland is famous for. Book your great Irish adventure now!

The 2018 event will include three unique base locations, set in spectacular surroundings deep in the heart of the emerald isle.

Base 1: Glendalough, County Wicklow is world-renowned for its historical sites and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are nearby preserved early medieval monastic settlements, founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. The local scenery is unrivalled, with mountains, rivers and waterfalls surrounding the magnificent Glendalough lake.

Base 2: The Ballyhoura Mountains are located in south-east Limerick in the heart of the historic province of Munster. The area is famous for its walking and running trails where you can view stunning panoramas and mountain vistas. Lots of great photo opportunities with castle ruins, wide open lakes and meandering rivers in this unique location.

Base 3: Sneem, Ring of Kerry, County Kerry. Few villages are surrounded by the same rugged beauty as the picturesque village of Sneem which is neatly set on the shores of Kenmare Bay and on the estuary of the River Sneem. The village centre is teeming with brightly coloured shop facades and cafes and a warm welcome awaits from the people of the Kingdom of Kerry.

This unique event is planned and managed by Primal Challenges, one of Ireland’s premier events companies, Primal Challenges. Our experienced team will ensure that your journey across Ireland will take you to places where few Irish people have even ventured. Expect deserted ancient pathways, breathtaking scenery and some of the best trails you have ever run across.

This is truly an adventure of a lifetime, on foot, across Ireland and one certainly not to be missed.

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Whats Included?

Six Day Event

Six epic days of running across Ireland

Detailed Routes

Fully marked routes for six days

Food Stations

Food & water stations on each route – water, cake, pretzels, fruit


Event handbook showing each day’s route, elevation and trail / tarmac percentages

Medical Cover

There will be medical support throughout each day

Event Medal

Bespoke Celtic Traverse Event Medal

Clothing Gift

Bespoke Celtic Traverse Gilet & Technical T Shirt

Bus Pickup

Bus pickup from Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport


Daily bus transfers to event start locations


Bus transfers to each location – Wicklow, Ballyhoura and Sneem

Drop Off

Bus drop off on homeward journey at Killarney or Dublin Airport


Seven days accommodation on a twin room shared basis – 2 days in Wicklow, 2 days in Ballyhoura, 3 days in Sneem


Breakfast each morning – 2 days cooked breakfast (Wicklow), 5 days (Ballyhoura & Sneem) self-service continental style. Cooked breakfast available in Sneem at additional cost, if required


Final day BBQ for all participants to tell tales of their journey across Ireland.

Location Transfers

Seven of the most memorable days you will ever spend in your life!


Please note – if you are booking homeward flights from Dublin Airport they MUST NOT fly out before 5pm on Sunday 25 June 2017. Any guests travelling on earlier flights will have to arrange their own Airport transfer from Sneem to Dublin Airport

Whats NOT included

Not included in your entry fee are:-


  • Accommodation upgrades. We have chosen top class accommodation and feel that there is no need to upgrade. However should you wish to upgrade to single occupancy this can be done upon arrival at each accommodation provider and is subject to availability.


  • Evening meals are not included. Different people like to eat at different times in the evening and we will leave this to yourselves. We will however make recommendations for suitable restaurants if asked.


  • Energy gels and energy drinks. These are too person specific and to drink a different one than you are used to can cause upset stomachs and cramping. We will however have some stock of energy gels should anyone want to purchase some.


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Registration options for Celtic Traverse 2018

Celtic Traverse Package Payment Options

  • Payment of Registration fee in full
  • Payment of registration fee in staged payments


Full Payment Options (Prices in Euros)


Staged Payment Options (Prices in Euros)



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Cancellation/Refund Policy

Registration fees are fully refundable within 30 days of registering. If unable to attend you can roll 50% of your fees to the following year provided you notify us of your cancellation up to five months before the event. No rollover of fees can be made within five months of scheduled event.


Travel/Cancellation Insurance

We cannot make exceptions so we highly recommend travel insurance to protect your investment in case of unforeseen circumstances that may cause you to cancel.


For more information on this event please contact –

Primal Challenges Ltd

Event Director – Rowan McMahon –

Event Admin – Annemarie McMahon –

View the detailed itinerary for the 2018 Celtic Traverse

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