Back in the Sperrins 1: Reliving the Flight of the Earls

I've been neglecting this blog once again so thought I'd post some photos from a couple of recent hikes in the Sperrin Mountains. The first was part of the Omagh and Sperrins Walking Festival and led by outdoors adventure providers Far and Wild.  Top image: Our group descending the summit of Carnanelly with a view … Continue reading Back in the Sperrins 1: Reliving the Flight of the Earls

Donegal: Aghla Mountain

This outlier of Donegal's Bluestack range had vaguely been on my radar for years. I finally climbed it at the weekend as part of an annual pre-Christmas hike and get together with some of my hiking buddies. Aghla's rugged bulk rises from the southern shore of the 5km-long Lough Finn, source of the River Finn, … Continue reading Donegal: Aghla Mountain

Crockbrack Way (and a bit of Hudy’s Way)

Needing a midweek mountain fix to clear the head, I drove to the Sperrins to walk the Crockbrack Way. This circular route is one of a number of new/upgraded trails launched in 2015 to help open up the eastern Sperrins area to walkers and visitors. It largely follows long-existing tracks, with a good stretch over open mountain in … Continue reading Crockbrack Way (and a bit of Hudy’s Way)

Ireland County High Point Round-up

Top image: On the summit of Sawel, Derry/Tyrone This Summer I completed a challenge which took me almost eight years: getting to the highest point of each of Ireland's 32 counties. It's been a fantastic journey all around the island, with new friends made along the way. Below are some musings and images for each of the … Continue reading Ireland County High Point Round-up