Gaisce Information

  • Loreto Abbey Dalkey

    Loreto Abbey Dalkey

  • Gaisce Group, Glenmalure Co Wicklow

    Gaisce Group, Glenmalure Co Wicklow

  • Camp fire

    Camp fire

  • Slippy slide

    Slippy slide

  • Gaisce Group, Lough Dan, Co Wicklow

    Gaisce Group, Lough Dan, Co Wicklow

  • Tree Climbing

    Tree Climbing

What is Gaisce?

Gaisce – The President’s Award  is an award in Ireland, earned by young people between the ages of 15 and 25 for participating in several activities for a certain period. There are three awards; gold,silver and bronze

The term “gaisce” is from the Irish Language and can be translated as “achievement”. The award was established by a trust deed under the patronage of the Irish president on 28 March 1985 – the award is part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Association of international awards

The profile of the award was raised substantially during the term of president  Mary Robinson.

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Gaisce’s mission is to contribute to the development of all young people through the achievement of personal challenges. Our staff here love a challenge and through our love of the outdoors and adventure we are ideally suited to guide your group through theirs!

As former teachers and Dublin city youth workers, we understand the needs of your group and have spend many years developing our Gaisce package to be the most fun and best value around.

We will look after everything from leading your group, looking after accommodation and food and organizing evening activities ensuring you will have an amazing and hassle free Gaisce experience

For further information visit the Gaisce official website here

We have several accommodation options that we use in the Wicklow Mountains.

One of our favorites is the Scouting Ireland hostel at Lough Dan. It is a modern, comfortable hostel in a really amazing location.

It is ideally placed on the Wicklow Way and along the route of our most popular Gaisce walks and also has plenty of options for evening activities.

We are sure that you will love it as much as we do.


You can be sure that your group will be well fed on all Outdoor Adventure Ireland’s Gaisce adventures.

For your Bronze journey you can expect a full home cooked dinner with desert on the first evening, tea toast and biscuits at supper time, a hearty breakfast the following morning and also lunch to take on your walk on day two.

We also provide tea and biscuits at supper time when your students come in after their evening activities.

To ensure that your group get the most out of their Gaisce trip we have included a range of evening activities at no extra cost.

We have developed the programme of evening activities over many years working with Gaisce groups and have found that work really well after a long hike.

The activities we run are chosen by our staff in consultation with our visiting teachers and can include,

Low ropes course


Mud run obstacle course

Team games

Commando run

Outdoor Adventure Ireland only employ the best outdoor instructors in the business. We believe in sticking to sensible ratios and abiding by guidelines set down by Mountaineering Ireland for hillwalking.

All our staff have years of experience working with youth and school groups and have been trained in best practice for working with young people. In addition to this all group leaders are qualified Mountain Leaders, and every staff member has Garda clearance and has completed remote first aid training.

To read more about who will be working with you on your Gaisce adventure see “our staff” page.