Archive for: November 2013

The Story Behind The Photo: After The Rain

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series The Story Behind The Photo
Recently, we featured Croaghuan on Achill Island, one of the Iconic Mountains of Ireland. In the piece, we mentioned that the dramatic sea cliffs of Croaghaun can only fully be appreciated either by boat trip or by hiking to the summit of Achill’s highest mountain. This stunning photo of Croaghaun by Richard Creagh proves otherwise. Taken from the Mullet Peninsula, Richard's shot captures this fantastic mountain from an unusual perspective which illustrates how it falls sheer into the Atlantic Read more [...]

Snow-Watch Winter 2013/2014

This is the place to keep updated on reports of snow on the Mountains and Hills of Ireland this winter. Updates will appear below.

Fuelling your body for the mountains – Nutrition and Hydration

Our bodies need fuel to provide energy for our bodies to function; this energy is often quantified in terms of kilocalories, (Kcal). On average, a man will require 2800Kcal – 3000Kcal a day and a woman 2000Kcal – 2200Kcal. When we exercise this demand will increase and we might burn another 1000Kcal on a long day out in the mountains. These figures are somewhat generalised, our metabolism slows as we get older, using less energy, and there are always variations between individuals. To provide Read more [...]

Snow pics of the morning

We mentioned yesterday that there were reports of snow on the Sperrins over the weekend. This was confirmed by Sperrins Hillwalking Club who shared these pictures with us from their walk yesterday. We think you'll agree that the mountains look fantastic with the sprinkling of snow. Many thanks to the club for sharing the pictures with us,all of which were taken by their talented and intrepid photographer Carmel Jackson. For good measure, here's a shot from the top of Errigal Read more [...]

Now we have Ireland’s first snowman of the Winter!

We brought you news earlier on about the first snow of winter on Errigal. Billy Horan, who previously submitted a stunning shot of a cloud inversion above the gap of Dunloe, caught not only the first snow of the year but also the first snowman of the year! Billy and his father ‘Nelius reached the top of Carraunthoohil to discover about an inch of snow at the summit, the first snow of the year at the top of the mountain. This surely must be the first snowman of the winter in Ireland! Billy Read more [...]

First snow of the Winter

It's only the beginning of November and already reports are coming in of snow on the Mountains of Ireland. We've had confirmed sightings of snow on Slieve Donard in The Mourne Mountains as well as on the Sperrins. Today we received some photos of snow on the upper reaches of Errigal in County Donegal. The first shot of Errigal comes from from Daragh McDonough. Eugene Coll also sent in the following shots of Errigal. If you have any shots of the first snow on the mountains of Read more [...]

Amazing Brocken spectre on Croagh Patrick

Check out this amazing footage of a Brocken spectre on Croagh Patrick, captured by Matt Loughrey. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Way Out West - by Matt Loughrey. Read more [...]

Take a Break: Autumn/Winter Walking Specials

Fancy a few nights away from it all? Walking and Hiking Ireland have teamed up with a number of accommodation providers to bring you some special offers on autumn/winter walking breaks. Take advantage of our special offers to explore some new areas as well as to relax and rewind. We will bring you more deals over the winter and are starting with offers in Sligo, Achill Island, Cork and Wicklow. Discover the rich landscape of Sligo Described as "The Land of Heart’s Desire" by William Butler Read more [...]