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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 [...]

Snow-watch.. ‘The Beast From The East’

So ‘The Beast From The East’ is on the way. Feel free to share your photos from the hills and mountains of Ireland and we will feature them on here. You can drop us an email at info@walkingandhikingireland.com, contact us via Twitter or via Facebook.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Story Behind The Photo: Errigal Reflection

This entry is part 13 of 19 in the series The Story Behind The Photo
It has been a while since we featured a photo in our 'Story Behind The Photo' series of articles but we think you will agree that the wait has been worthwhile when you see the latest shot in the series.We have a very special shot for you courtesy of Derek Smyth. This stunning shot features the iconic Errigal Mountain sitting majestically over Dunlewy Lough in County Donegal. You can see more of Derek's stunning photography at http://www.dereksmythphotography.com/. Derek provides some background 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 [...]