I’ve been here before. The hardest time was a few months before my mother died. Then, I was travelling alone and desperate for the biting winds of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ at Malin Head to blow right through me. This time was going to be different. It was the same time of year of course, … Continue reading Lost and found in Donegal
Hiding in the mists of Northern Ireland's beautiful 'border country' lies Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, home to Slievemartin and thee most stunning views of Carlingford Lough you will ever see. We allowed 3 hours for this 7km walk which included plenty of time for breathers and a relaxing lunch. Part of the splendid ‘Kingdom of Mourne’ … Continue reading Slievemartin – Shore to Summit – Kilbroney
Ooooooooooh ...CON-TRO-VER-SIAL. Well, a report commissioned by Belfast City Council has recently recommended a total ban on mountain bikes on Cave Hill but in classic Northern Ireland style when the proposal came before the People and Communities Committee this week, a decision couldn’t be reached. So again, in classic Northern Ireland style, tensions are mounting … Continue reading Should mountain bikes be banned from Cave Hill?
This mountain has an extra special place in my heart. For those that may not know, Belfast was built in a valley. It's surrounded by beautiful hills with Belfast Lough completing the circle. Divis & Black Mountain form part of these hills and have been an ever present companion to me. They were the focus … Continue reading Divis & Black Mountain
OS: D193308 "Tread softly because you tread on my dreams" W B Yeats Nestled in the mystical Glens of Antrim, 'Ronan's Way' proved to be a fabulous day out. Well, that was my view last Saturday (27 Jan 2018) after a strenuous hike on the red 'upper loop' trail with a group of seven seasoned … Continue reading Ronan’s Way
My earliest memory is fear. It has dominated my emotional landscape ever since I can remember but after falling in love with skiing nearly 20 years ago I decided that every subsequent winter I would use my mountain time to try and overcome one particular manifestation, Acrophobia — the fear of heights. My experiences, although rooted in … Continue reading Hints & Tips for Nervous Skiers