‘Even a bad day in the mountains is still better than a great day in the office’

Wild Geese: A 'gap year' in Spain at 45 led John Keogh to a new career as a walking guide

John Keogh: “Nobody was offering this in southern Spain, so I did.”

John Keogh: “Nobody was offering this in southern Spain, so I did.”

John Keogh and his wife, Christine, visited the pretty-as-a-picture Spanish town of Frigiliana while on a driving holiday in Andalusia in 2007.

“I recognised the town’s name from the lyrics of the great Christy Moore song about Lisdoonvarna,” Keogh says. “‘The summer comes around each year and we go there and they come here. Some jet off to Frigiliana but I head down to Lisdoonvarna.’ And two years later we were living here. At 45, I took a gap year, went to school and learned Spanish and spent all my free time walking the mountains.”

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