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We pride ourselves on being a family-run Irish business in an age when the travel industry is dominated by big business and conglomerates.

We are passionate about delivering a high quality product with a strong emphasis on safety, fun, professionalism and a personal service. Our philosophy of Explore, Experience, Evolve epitomises our ultimate goal to provide a life-changing experience for our guests in a safe and fun environment.

Born of a lifelong passion for adventure travel, the company was set up in 2007 by James McManus. James grew up in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. From a young age he enjoyed exploring the mountains and rivers of Ireland with friends and family. In 1990 a trip with his family to climb Mt Kenya ignited his passion in the outdoors. James got his first job as a kayak instructor in Kinsale in 1999. The year after he represented Ireland at the Kayak freestyle world championships. He went on to work as a guide in the Alps (2000), Zambia (2001), Uganda (2002), Wales (2002 – 05), India (2005 – 07) California (2006 – 07). He has also been on personal expeditions and adventures in over 40 countries around the world. With the help of his wife Rosie the company grew from concept to inception. James’s father George works as an expedition doctor and travels with Earth’s Edge regularly.

“I started the company as I was passionate about running high quality trips which focused on my guest’s safety, fun and experiences. I wanted to start a professional company with itineraries, destinations and a service that amazed clients. Happy clients always put a smile on my face and are the corner stone of our business. I am also passionate about providing sustainable employment to good people and local suppliers in this industry” James McManus – MD Earth’s Edge

As MD James’s current role at Earth’s Edge is dynamic to say the least! He leads from the front and supports and inspires others around him. James still does what he loves most and guides on five to six expeditions a year, so you are quite likely to meet him on an Earth’s Edge expedition!