Archive for: August 2012

Book Review: ‘Ireland’s County High Points – A Walking Guide’ by Kieron Gribbon

If you're a regular visitor to Walking And Hiking Ireland, you'll know that we have published a few articles on the County Tops of Ireland. From the feedback we've received, it would appear that the sport of 'bagging the County Tops' has gained popularity over the last few years. The great news for anyone who is considering or indeed in the process of hiking to the top of each county is that Kieron Gribbon has produced a superb guidebook which will no doubt become the Bible on this particular Read more [...]

Achill ROAR Adventure Race – Sat 8th September

The Achill ROAR Adventure Race returns to Achill on 8th September. This event offers entrants the choice of beginner friendly Mini course (18km), intermediate friendly Sport (31km) or Expert (65km) challenges. All events offer a choice of a short swim or longer kayak or standup paddle board (all equipment supplied) water based section to start in Keel Lough. This will then be followed by a beach and mountain (beach only for Mini) run and a scenic cycle to the finish at Keel Beach. The Read more [...]

Walk Safely in the Irish hills and countryside

Mountaineering Ireland (MI) is delighted to unveil the new Walk Safely leaflet. Walk Safely is a resource for those who are new to walking in the Irish hills and countryside, be they tourists or friends, family and colleagues who want to get outdoors and benefit from the beauty of Ireland's countryside. Walk Safely highlights some tips which will give you confidence and make your experience more enjoyable. It also promotes responsible enjoyment of the Irish Countryside. Read more [...]

Helping the Hills – Glendalough 13-14 September

Ireland has tremendous potential for walking and other outdoor recreation activities, but wise management is required to deliver quality recreation experiences and long-term benefit. Many of Ireland’s mountains are suffering the effects of erosion, whether through increased recreational activity or natural processes, or indeed a combination of these. As these areas have a high conservation value, it’s important to respond appropriately. Helping the Hills is a conference on the management Read more [...]

Boheh Stone Walking Festival for Heritage Week

As part of Heritage Week 2012 (18th to 26th August), the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is hosting the Boheh Stone Walking Festival taking place on the Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2012. Come and join local archaeologists and walking guides for an exploration of ancient Neolithic sites, the rolling sun phenomenon, and folklore and heritage stories. On the Friday evening hear about the unique Rock of Boheh and experience the rolling sun phenomenon where the sun appears to roll down the Read more [...]

Sponsored Hill Walk in the Land of Legends

On Sunday 12th of August St Josephs GFC in Louth will take on a Sponsored 6km Hill Walk and Activity Day in the Cooley Mountains. This is a great event, open to all, from children to seniors, assuming that they have a moderate level of fitness. You will get a fully guided walk through one of the finest areas of the Land of Legends, with panoramic views into the Mournes, Carlingford Lough, out to the Isle of Man and down as far as Dublin & Wicklow. There will be buses out and back from St Josephs Read more [...]

Get into the Olympic spirit and get active to BEAT MS

Whether you’re a seasoned hill walker or more of an ‘arm chair’ athlete looking for a fun way to get active, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northern Ireland have got just the challenge for you. The MS Society annual Slieve Donard Dander will take place on Sunday 19th August and offers a great way for all the family to get active and help the society to beat MS (Multiple sclerosis). Their expert guides will lead you up the Glen River Trail and through the Forest to enjoy the spectacular Read more [...]

Wee Binnians Walking festival 2012

As Autumn approaches and school term start back, make a break for the hills and a date with ancient history and join the Wee Binnian Walkers for their 17th Annual Walking Festival from Friday, 7th to Sunday 9th September 2012. Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2012 the Wee Binnians invite you to come along and help them make this festival an unforgettable occasion. Based in Killeavey football club on the Forkhill road out of Newry, this independently run event with its ability to combine Read more [...]