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IMRA Winter/Spring League Fixtures Announced

The Irish Mountain Running Association have released details of their Winter/Spring League for 2020. The league consists of 5 events building in distance and difficulty each week. In order to qualify for a league position, participants need to complete 3 of the 5 scheduled events. All events are fully marked The league kicks off with ‘Brockagh Burst’, a 6km run with an elevation gain of 200 metres which takes place on Saturday 25th January. The second race of the league is ‘Ticknock Read more [...]

Stocking Fillers: Running Books

Looking for some ideas for a stocking filler for the running addict in your life?Want to treat yourself to something to read in front of the fire during the Christmas break?We have compiled a list of some of our favourite running books. Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and ObsessionRichard Askwith Billed as ‘The Classic Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession’, this book doesn’t disappoint. Richard Askwith effortlessly weaves the history of Fell Running with the story of his Read more [...]

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 [...]