Category: Hill Walking Articles & Reports

Hiking the Highlands of Iceland

One of Europe’s most unique destinations, an island where heaven and earth meet with volcanoes, glaciers, geysers and fantastic nightlife. Think of Iceland and there are several familiar associations: hip Reykjavík, the beautiful therapeutic Blue Lagoon, or perhaps our musical exports Björk or Sigur Rós. But this land of boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls is also an adventure playground. Much of Iceland is still taking shape before your very eyes - raw, dramatic Read more [...]

Walking Ireland’s Iconic Mountains – Number 5: Croaghaun

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Walking Ireland's Iconic Mountains
Our tour of the Iconic Mountains of Ireland has already taken us to wonderful Achill Island. On that occasion, we enjoyed a walk up Slievemore from the pretty and serene blue-flag Silver Strand beach at Dugort. Once you have spent any amount of time on the island and fallen in love with its rugged and dramatic landscape, it is nigh on impossible to leave behind. The island’s awe inspiring coastline has been carefully crafted by the sheer power of the Atlantic waves that start some five thousand Read more [...]

My Walk in Photos: Errigal by Martin McAlinden

Martin McAlinden is currently working his way through The County Tops of Ireland, an activity which is becoming increasingly popular in Ireland. Martin's most recent walk took him up Iconic Errigal, the County Top of Donegal and probably one of the most scenic of the County Tops. Martin has kindly shared some stunning photos of his recent walk to the top of Donegal. These are sure to inspire you to take up The County Top challenge yourself. The first shot was taken on the stony path which Read more [...]

If Wicklow has a Round, why not South Kerry

Conor Murphy has come up with a novel idea. You may have heard of the Wicklow Round, a long distance run covering many of the peaks in County Wicklow. Conor has raised the possibility of having a South Kerry Round. Conor explans his idea below: It seems to me that with 102 mountains between the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Dunkerron, Purple and Mangerton ranges, South Kerry would be an ideal location for a tough high altitude route for walkers and runners. So was pondering a few options recently and Read more [...]

My Round of The County Tops: Dr Sharron P. Schwartz

I claimed some time ago that I was no summit bagger but having done many of the County Tops whilst completing various circuits, the MountainViews list began to create something of an itch that needed to be scratched. Simon Stewart and his infectious lists!! It became an irresistible challenge for my partner, Martin, and I to complete his County Tops list. On 16th November 2012, on a bitterly cold day with occasional hail showers, we assailed Slieve Beagh, our final summit in County Monaghan. Later Read more [...]

Off The Beaten Track: The Hidden Valley of Wicklow’s River Ow

David Deighan takes a look at the Ow Valley in County Wicklow, a hidden gem that is often overlooked in the Garden County. Poet J.M. Synge spoke of his beloved Wicklow in terms of heading ‘South and west and south again’. If you do so from Dublin city, you may end up in the gorgeous valley of the River Ow – a little known, magical place so far off the beaten path that it rarely turns up in the guide books.  The setting, below the tumbling cliffs of Lugnaquilla Mountain, belies the fact Read more [...]

Truly Amazing Errigal Mountain

Stephanie and Joe Chastain of Inifinite Ireland share their experience of climbing the Iconic Errigal Mountain in Donegal. It was about half a day into our first trip to Ireland, my husband Joe had the idea that we should climb every mountain and hill we saw. Not having any idea about hill walking in Ireland, I thought he was crazy! We were on our honeymoon and I certainly did not bring any shoes that you could walk up a mountain in. He was so excited that I promised, next time (because by then I knew there would be a next time), we would climb as many mountains as he wanted. Read more [...]

Intrepid pair complete 6 County Challenge

On the 23rd June 2012 Emma McCann and Pauline McGurk took on not one but six of the highest mountains in Northern Ireland in a unique fundraiser for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. The intrepid pair certainly lived up to the challenge travelling across all six counties to reach the peaks of Slieve Donard in Co Down (850m), Slieve Gullion in Co Armagh (573m), Cuilcagh in Co Fermanagh (666m), Trostan in Co Antrim (550m), Sawel in Co Derry (678m) and Mullaghcarn in Co Tyrone (542) in just 24hrs. Emma McCann has kindly written a guest blog for us on her highs and lows – both physical and mental during this inspirational challenge. It’s the early hours of 23rd June and the wind is howling around the Slieve Donard Hotel. Looking into the blackness, it’s hard to imagine that we will be out there in just 2 hours; heading up the first of 6 mountains to be climbed that day. Read more [...]