Coronavirus Statement

    The spread of COVID-19 is naturally of concern for Joyce’s Ireland Hiking Tours customers. I understand that the uncertainty regarding travel is frustrating, and I want to assure you that I am monitoring the issue carefully.

    The wellbeing and holiday enjoyment of my guests is my priority. Joyce’s Ireland Hiking Tours and all guides and suppliers are committed to high hygiene and health standards.

    Please note that the travel restrictions in the announcement made by the United States on March 12th and 14th now apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

    As a travel company with trips in 5 different countries, we are prepared for adverse and unexpected situations. We prioritise the security and safety of our guests and employees above all else.

    April to August 2020 tours have been postponed to 2021 as follows:-

    “England’s Lake District” April 20th to April 28th 2021

     “Highlands and Islands of Scotland” April 30th to May 9th 2021

    “Into the West” May 19th to May 24th 2021

    “Hidden Ireland North” June 1st to June 7th 2021

    “Hidden Ireland South” June 7th to June 15th 2021

    “Chamonix and the Alps” (Private Tour) July 24th to July 30th

    “Hidden Ireland South” which was to take place August 11th to August 19th has now been postponed to 2021 for the same dates but as a different tour: “Spectacular South West and East”

    We intend to run all of our other trips from April 2021 as planned, and believe this is the best response to this changing situation.  We are closely monitoring information sources such as the World Health Organization, UK, Ireland, and France Government information.

    Please be assured that the following precautions will be in place during your tour with Joyce’s Ireland Hiking Tours:

    Drivers and Transportation:-

    We will complete the relevant Government-endorsed COVID-19 safety rules, demonstrating that we can operate safely. We will ensure  implementation of health, hygiene & safety protocols, to the strictest levels.

    • We agree to follow the recommended cleaning and safety guidelines 
    • All drivers have completed hygiene and safety control training

    Hotels and Guest Houses:-

    There will be a sufficient supply of hand sanitisers, wipes, paper towels and disinfectant materials.

    ‍Face masks will be available at all times, but we would much prefer if you bring your own recyclable masks.

    You should expect to see cleaning staff around at all accommodations.  Staff will wear gloves and face masks / visors whilst cleaning your room.  Staff will be regularly washing their hands and hand sanitiser will be available to them at all times

    There will be additional cleaning of public areas, especially of common touch points,

    Bedroom keys are sanitised on departure.  Reception desks are wiped down after each arrival/departure.  

    Adequate social distancing space will be allocated in the areas where we dine, either in our hotel dining rooms or outside restaurants.

    Hikes:

    Masks will not be required when hiking, but social distancing will be maintained.  When in public areas indoors masks will need to be worn.  You should carry a mask at all times.  Participants will be required to wash hands at every possible opportunity. 

    I look forward to welcoming you on your tour in 2021.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay well.

    All the best

    Joyce

    Last updated: October 15th 2020