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7 of the Very Best Hikes in Ireland

The hikes described below are some of the very best hikes in Ireland. Some will take you a day, others a week. All with give you a great sense of the country. Even though Ireland is famous for its rain, that shouldn't stop you from hiking here. I found it rarely rained for the entire day. On the occasions that it did rain all day, I actually found it exhilarating to have survived the inclement…

5 Things to do in Galway, Ireland

Galway has been the starting point of a couple of trips for me including a recent six day hike with Wilderness Ireland and a self-guided bike ride with John in Ireland's Connemara region a number of years ago. Galway is a great jumping off point to explore western Ireland. And it's a snap to reach by train or bus from the Dublin airport (it takes about three hours). Once you're in Galway, the only time…

Hiking Mweelrea: Western Ireland’s Highest Mountain

Hiking to the summit of Mweelrea Mountain, the highest peak in western Ireland, was the highlight for me of a week-long hiking trip with adventure company, Wilderness Ireland. There's something about the feeling you get deep inside you when you make it to the summit of a peak. And it doesn't have to be Everest to get that sense of accomplishment. Mweelrea Mountain, located near the village of Leenane (near Westport), tops out at 814…

Hiking in Ireland: The West Coast Experience

I traveled to western Ireland in late April as a guest of Wilderness Ireland to do six days of peak bagging in Connemara and the Mayo region. It's an area that's famous for its mountains, bog wilderness, big views and savage beauty - and one where it's surprisingly easy to get lost, especially if the weather heads south. And while I had traveled through much of this region before on a bike, I had never…

Connemara, Ireland: Why its Well Worth a Visit

There's a lot to see and explore in Connemara Ireland - a region of western Ireland that is most definitely worth a visit. You could easily spend a week touring by car, bike or on foot. Connemara, Ireland Connemara is the name that is given to the area in county Galway which lies in south western Ireland between the Atlantic Ocean and Lough Corrib in the east. It is a beautiful and at times desolate area filled with coves, cliffs,…

Hiking England’s Southwest Coast Path

Last summer my daughter spent three weeks attempting to hike England's 630 mile Southwst Coast Path. I say attempt because she gave it her best shot for three weeks. The Southwest Coast Path is what one would call an epic adventure as it follows the scenic coastline of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. But after rain, rain and more rain, ferry schedules that didn't mesh with my daughter's timetable, expensive plus hard to book B&B's…

10 of the Most Scenic One Day Walks in Devon, England

A lot of people travel to Devon to make the most of the countryside, but if you don’t really know the area, it’s very easy to bite off more than you can chew when it comes to walking. It’s disappointing setting out on a circular walk which ends up being too long to complete, and all too disappointing when your walk finishes just when you are getting going!  With this in mind, we’ve highlighted some…

10 of our Favourite Long Distance Walks in the UK

This is a guest blog post by Luke Scrine, accessories buyer at Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, who offer outdoor clothing and equipment online plus excellent walking, biking and hiking kit advice in any one of their 25 outdoor shops in the UK. With so many footpaths and bridleways criss-crossing the UK it would be possible to spend a lifetime walking the length and breadth of the country, exploring its hidden nooks and crannies, marveling at its favourable…

Mountains to Hike: Ireland’s Croagh Patrick

Looking for mountains to hike in Ireland? Why not try Croagh Patrick. It's a sacred mountain to hike near the town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland doesn't look like a difficult peak to climb from a distance. Even when you start up, it looks like it'll be a snap. But appearances can be deceiving. Croagh Patrick draws believers and adventurous hikers. I belong in the adventurous hiker crowd. The believers are another lot altogether.…

Hiking Tips for England & Scotland

I've just returned from 2 weeks of hiking in England and Scotland- including 6 days hiking the Cumbria Way in England's Lake District and 7 days hiking Scotland's West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William. I've done loads of hiking and backpacking but every trip teaches me something new. Here's my list of tips that will likely make your hike more enjoyable, especially in rainy, windy Great Britain. Don't leave home without the following: If you have a choice…

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