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 [...]
In our first article looking at the Classic Walks in Ireland, Raymond Cummins gives an account of tackling the Blackstairs Challenge Walk, a walk which covers 26km over a total ascent of 1,525m. The walk took place on May 22nd in searing heat which gave the challenge an extra dimension.
Although a Corkman originally, The Blackstairs are the mountains I live closest to, and see them everyday when I drive home from Dublin. I never tire of seeing the beautiful silhouette. Last May after some 4 years I returned to Ireland with my wife Suzanne. During my time in Kent I did very little hiking. The Blackstairs Challenge was my first challenge walk in some 6 years. My first hike was some 16 years ago in a day of rain and hailstones in The Gap of Dunloe.
At 4.45am I got up and cooked breakfast, and made the final preparations, for the day. With my good friend Mark we headed off to the finish in Glynn, with concerns over the heat off the day, already on our minds. I am over 16 stone in weight, and was a bit concerned it might be a problem.