Archive for: October 2014

Are you tough enough to Run The Gauntlet?

Why not run the gauntlet in Killarney on Sunday 16th November at 9am. Voted 30 out of the Top 50 Outdoor Events in 2011 by Outsider Magazine, this race starts covers 13.1 miles Over & Back The Gap of Dunloe finishing outside Kate Kearney’s Cottage. It is open to runners and walkers. You can register online, on the day or on the previous day at Race Pick Up. On Saturday 15th, Race Pick Up is in Randles Court Hotel. They offer participants discounted accommodation rates also. There is a Read more [...]

Autumn essentials for the Hillwalker

By October autumn is well and truly with us. In addition to the colder and more unsettled weather this brings to the hills, the available daylight hours reduce rapidly, especially when the clocks go back later in the month. This brings additional challenges to the hillwalker, and to meet those challenges it is important to carry a bit of extra gear to ensure our safety and comfort. Below is a list of the extra kit I would consider essential for an autumn or milder winter day on the hills. (Note Read more [...]

Have you got the Grit for Gullion?

The popular King of Gullion 10k Challenge is back for its second year on Sunday 2nd November 2014. Following from the success of last year’s event, this year’s race promises to be bigger and better than before! Starting at 12 Midday, the King of Gullion 10k Challenge is a chipped race from the Courtyard around mountain roads and trails where participants can enjoy the spectacular scenery in the Ring of Gullion before finishing again at the Courtyard. There are fantastic prizes up for grabs Read more [...]

Mourne by Moonlight by Stephen Wallace

Last July, inspired by Alastair Humphreys’ blogs about how great it is to sleep on top of a hill, as well as Ronald Turnbull’s fantastic ‘Book of the Bivvy’ about the benefits of camping with just a bivvy bag rather than using a tent, Stephen Wallace armed himself with a bivvy bag, camping stove, some nice ales, a curry and sat down with one of his growing collection of maps. Stephen somehow managed to persuade 3 friends, who were hiking-novices, that it would be a good idea to tackle Read more [...]

October Midweek Madness at Achill Cliff House Hotel

Achill Cliff House Hotel & Restaurant, a partner accommodation of Walking And Hiking Ireland, are running a special October midweek deal offering you a chance to enjoy Dinner B&B for only €59pps. The hotel is located on Achill Island at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and on the Great Western Greenway. The restaurant boasts Achill Island's most scenic dining room which has a lovely cosy fire and candle light for the dark eveinings whilst in the morning you will see the stunning landscape Read more [...]