10 Places I’d Love to Revisit (Part 1: Europe)

I've had itchy feet pretty much the whole time since I got back from my voluntary redundancy-funded travels around the world (well, the Northern Hemisphere anyway) during 2016. I'm hoping to fit in a mini trip in the next few months if circumstances allow. In the meantime, I thought I'd pull together a list of … Continue reading 10 Places I’d Love to Revisit (Part 1: Europe)

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

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)

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

Back in Donegal: Cnoc Fola

I revisited northwest County Donegal for a few days last week and fitted in a hike I'd missed out on during my previous trip to the area, back in June.  Cnoc Fola (also known as Bloody Foreland, even though the Irish name translates as 'hill of blood') is a spud-shaped hill which dominates the landscape … Continue reading Back in Donegal: Cnoc Fola

On the Antrim Hills Way

I've been wanting to hike more waymarked trails and got a chance recently on part of the Antrim Hills Way.  This mostly off-road route runs for 35kms / 22 miles between the coastal village of Glenarm and the iconic, standalone Slemish, famous for its association with Saint Patrick. Top image: A zoomed in view of … Continue reading On the Antrim Hills Way

Donegal: Around Falcarragh

I recently spent a few very enjoyable days in northwest County Donegal, in a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) part of Ireland's rugged Atlantic coast. A highlight was visiting the small village of Falcarragh and exploring some of the surrounding sights, including its long sandy beach. Top image: Walkers (and an angler) on Falcarragh Beach First, though, … Continue reading Donegal: Around Falcarragh

Midweek Retreat: Tullyhogue Fort

I thought I'd pull myself away from the hilarious online commentary on the UK General Election and add a post on one of my favourite local places to visit. Tullyhogue Fort is one of the most important sites in medieval Irish history.  It's also a beautiful and tranquil viewpoint that's been made a lot more … Continue reading Midweek Retreat: Tullyhogue Fort

Unfinished Business Part 2: Slieve League

Two days after tackling lowly Cairngaver in County Down, I revisted another hill that had previously defeated me: Slieve League on the rugged southwest coast of Donegal. I first attempted Slieve League back in 2007 but it was a half-assed, hungover attempt following a night out in nearby Killybegs. Top image: Couldn't resist this photo … Continue reading Unfinished Business Part 2: Slieve League