Hello there. My name is CormAc McGinley and here's a little background information about me and what I do.
I grew up in the small fishing and farming community of Teelin in county Donegal on Irelands North West Atlantic coast, under the shadow of Slieve League (some of Europes highest sea cliffs). My Father was a fisherman whose family were from small (now uninhabited) islands off the Atlantic coast and my Mothers family were from the city of Derry.
I studied Zoology, Marine Biology, some geology and paeleontology at Aberdeen University Scotland.
Traveled extensively and still do any chance I get.
I spent 5 weeks at Gerald Durrell's world famous Jersey Zoo studying endangerd animals and their reintroduction.
11 years as a Ranger at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre.
Worked as the education officer at the cliffs of moher visitor centre, setting up their education and conservation programmes and providing information on flora and fauna in their awrd winning exhibition area.
Was responsible for most of their specialist tours (everything from university groups to v.i.p.s and royalty), training up staff at the visitor centre on flora, fauna and geology for delivering tours and answering guests questions.
Was involved in assisting with the set up of the "Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark.
I have extensive touring experience and specialise in delivering high level content on Fauna, Flora, Geology and History and Heritage of the Cliffs of Moher and Burren area.
Tours generally last for a duration of Three to Four hours, although can run longer depending on weather and enjoyment levels.
Tours of the Cliffs of Moher begin at one of three points
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre.
Carpark at Hags Head area at the South end of the cliffs.
Car Park at Fisher street, Doolin at the North end of the cliffs
Advance notice of topics of interest allows for tours to be tailored to suit the specific interests of the customers.
Additional information and reading material can be provided by e-mail on request at the end of a tour.
Maximum Eight persons per Tour.
Binoculars are provided with a minimum of one pair per two persons.
Viewing loops for closer inspection of fossils are available.
A viewing scope is also provided to enable more intimate views of the nesting seabirds.
Hazel Walking sticks are also available.
Feel free to bring any of your own binoculars or scopes.
Equipment you should bring.
Bring robust hiking boots and a change of shoes for when you return as the going can get a little mucky.
Layered clothing and rain gear (waterproofs) is a must along the West coast of Ireland as our typical weather can best be described as changeable. Allow for wind and the constant threat of rain!!
Talks can be delivered at any hotel with a conference room or similar facility - they generally last for an hour and consist of a photographic display and talk on the geology, wildlife and local heritage and history of the Cliffs of Moher and Burren area. Followed by a Q&A session.
Talks can be tailored to concentrate on subject matter of most interest to a particular group.
€ 75 Per Person for 3 to 4 hour guided tour with Cormac.
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people per tour.
(Please enquire via email if you are interested in a tailored talk or tour.)