Tara National Park, Serbia

Serbia: Hiking in Tara National Park

Greetings, Readers. I've neglected this blog for the past six months, firstly because I had a lot on with work and then because I took some time out to go travelling around my favourite part of Europe, the Balkans.To get things back on track, I thought I'd add some photos from a hike I did … Continue reading Serbia: Hiking in Tara National Park

Trails of Edinburgh: Union Canal and Water of Leith Walkway

I visited Edinburgh for a weekend at the end of April to visit friends and managed to fit in some great walks in the city and surrounding region.  It's long been one of my favourite cites and a big part of this is its easy access to the outdoors (helped by the hilly topography) and … Continue reading Trails of Edinburgh: Union Canal and Water of Leith Walkway

Back in the Mournes: Meelmore, Commedagh and the Brandy Pad

I visited the Mourne Mountains at the weekend to get some practise in for a challenge hike I'm doing next month. The Blackstairs Challenge is a 31km route over the Blackstairs range in Ireland's southeast. The Mournes are an ideal training ground, with their steep ascents and descents and endless options for longer walks. Top … Continue reading Back in the Mournes: Meelmore, Commedagh and the Brandy Pad

Hikes of 2018: January to March Round-up

I've got out of the habit of blogging for a while (the bad weather and lack of outings may have played a part; temporarily adopting two guinea pigs may have been another factor) so I thought I'd check in.  I still have to add a Part 2 to the 'Places I'd Love to Revisit' but … Continue reading Hikes of 2018: January to March Round-up

First Hike of 2018: Mullaghclogher via Father Devine’s Well

It's become something of a minor tradition (it started in 2016/17) that my first and last hikes of the year take place in the Sperrins, my nearest mountain range. The target for my opening hike of 2018 was a small man-made landmark high up in the hills, known as Father Devine's Well. My walking companion … Continue reading First Hike of 2018: Mullaghclogher via Father Devine’s Well

Snow in the Sperrins, Christmas 2017: Mullaghsallagh

I always like to fit in a hike in the days after Christmas and it often ends up being in the Sperrins, my closest mountain range. This year's excursion wasn't the most ambitious but gave some magical views, thanks to an impressive and unexpected covering of snow on the higher ground. Top image: Looking back on … Continue reading Snow in the Sperrins, Christmas 2017: Mullaghsallagh

2017: A Look Back in Images (Part 2)

Here's the second part of my 2017 review/memory jogging exercise in what I've been up to during the year. I didn't make it outside Ireland in the latter half of 2017 but did visit all four provinces.  June Tullyhogue Fort (County Tyrone) One of my favourite local places to visit with its serene atmosphere and … Continue reading 2017: A Look Back in Images (Part 2)

2017: A Look Back in Images (Part 1)

It's almost Christmas so it's time for another 'year in review' post, partly to remind myself what I've been up to during 2017. I had a quick look through my 2016 round-up and it was possibly a bit 'showy', featuring highlights from my voluntary redundancy-funded adventures in places like Austria, Macedonia, Jordan, Vietnam, China and … Continue reading 2017: A Look Back in Images (Part 1)

The Barrow Way: Monasterevin to Athy

I returned to one of my favourite Irish trails for a third visit recently. My first experience of the Barrow Way was walking the section between Carlow and Bagenalstown back in 2015. I paid a second visit earlier this year to walk from Athy to Carlow. I continued my journey along the route earlier this … Continue reading The Barrow Way: Monasterevin to Athy

Autumn Photo Compilation

I thought I'd add a 'quick' post pulling together some photos from my hiking and cycling excursions over the past couple of months. First up is an image from a cycle back in September. This was taken quite close to home, along the southwest shore of Lough Neagh at Brockagh, County Tyrone. I regularly cycle … Continue reading Autumn Photo Compilation