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 18th – 25th June 2017

An Epic Running Adventure Across Ireland

Introduction to The Celtic Traverse 2017

The 2017 Celtic Traverse is an iconic, six day, running tour across Ireland and will take place on 18 – 25 June 2017. By day participants will run through some of the most remote parts of Ireland, in the evenings you will enjoy the fantastic hospitality that Ireland has to offer and by night you will stay in great hotel and self-catering accommodation.

For 2017 we are also pleased to announce the “Giants Causeway Trail Run” add-on. If you choose to arrive on Friday 16 June 2017 you can run a fantastic 15km trail run through the world famous Giants Causeway and finish in a regular Game of Thrones filming location (Ballintoy harbour) before joining the rest of the tour for another six days of running across Ireland. This add-on includes bus transfer from Dublin Airport to the Giants Causeway, two night’s accommodation and a trail run through the Giants Causeway and along the world famous Causeway Coastal Path.

Planned and staged by one of Ireland’s premier events companies, Primal Challenges (, we will ensure that your journey across Ireland will take you to places where few Irish people have even ventured. Expect deserted trails, 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 the Celtic Traverse

Celtic Traverse Package Payment Options

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


Full Payment Option


Staged Payment Option



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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 2017 Celtic Traverse

View Stages