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The Mournes in Winter

“I have seen landscapes, notably in the Mourne Mountains...which under a particular light made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge.” So wrote C.S. Lewis. The Mourne Mountains, at any time of year are a quite majestic sight.  But in winter, after a fall of snow, they are transformed, if only briefly, into a magical land, seemingly a million miles away from the everyday routines of the surrounding lowlands. It is a sight which made C.S. Lewis “yearn Read more [...]

Inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival to kick off on March 9th

The inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival will take place from March 9th-11th. This fantastic spectacle and celebration of all things mountain related will take place over the weekend of March 9th/10th and 11th and will aim to serve as the biggest and most impressive social event for outdoor enthusiasts in Ireland. The festival will take place in the vibrant and bustling town of Killarney, County Kerry - Ireland's true adventure capital. The festival will be run in close association and with Read more [...]

Hit the road – Ireland’s long distance walking routes

There are over 40 medium and long-distance walking routes in Ireland which are known as National Waymarked Trails. The trails offer a variety of walking and can be completed in full or tackled in sections. There is a concentration of trails in the South-West of Ireland but there are great walking options available right around the country. We take a look at a selection of those trails. The Dingle Way There can be no doubting the beauty of Dingle, the northernmost of the major peninsulae in Read more [...]

Walking Ireland’s Iconic Mountains – Number 6: Croagh Patrick

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Walking Ireland's Iconic Mountains
The last two stops on our Iconic Mountains of Ireland tour were on Achill Island as we took in the magnificent Slievemore and the mighty Croaghaun, the two highest mountains on the island. We're staying in County Mayo and paying a visit to a mountain which is visible from the summit of both Slievemore and Croaghaun and is perhaps the most famous and certainly the most climbed of Ireland's mountains. Croagh Patrick, known locally as 'The Reek' and nicknamed 'Ireland's Holy Mountain', is believed Read more [...]

The Story Behind The Photo: Errigal Panorama

This entry is part 15 of 19 in the series The Story Behind The Photo
It has featured previously in our 'Story Behind The Photo' series but iconic Errigal is a mountain that we never tire of featuring. The latest photo comes from Brendan O' Donnell and it's a quite magnificent shot taken looking from one top of Errigal across to the other. The panoramic shot spans from Lough Nacung on the left to Altan Lough and Aghla More on the right. The image brings to mind the line of a relatively well known song about the hills of Donegal, "To stand on top of Errigal, would 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 [...]

The County Tops: Number 7: Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains, County Down

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series The County Tops of Ireland
In the latest article from the County Top Series, Paul O’ Connor takes a walk up Slieve Donard in the magical Mourne Mountains to visit the highest point in County Down and the province of Ulster. Wonderfully dramatic, rugged and varied, the Mourne Mountains are quite simply a hill walker’s delight. Boasting a compact ring of 12 mountains above 600 metres and many other smaller hills, the range can undoubtedly lay claim to offer something for everyone, from the casual stroller to the seasoned Read more [...]

Cast your vote for your favourite Irish mountain

Ok folks, we are looking to find out what is Ireland's favourite Mountain and we are asking you to cast your vote. Is it one of the Iconic Mountains of Ireland such as Errigal, Croagh Patrick or Ben Bulben? Is it one of the provincial high-points such as Mweelrea, Slieve Donard, Lugnaquilla or Carrauntoohil, the highest in the country? Is it something off the beaten track, perhaps a remote isolated mountain like Slieve Carr or one shrouded in folklore like Slieve Gullion? Whichever Read more [...]