The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Mayo

When you see lists of Ireland’s hidden gems including the likes of the Cliff of Moher (which saw over 1.4 million visitors in 2016) then you know that the term ‘hidden gem’ has become a cliche and is in danger of losing all meaning.  However that doesn’t meant that the 2500km of the Wild Atlantic […]

Fatbiking the Wicklow coast

In the eighties mountain bikes were known as ‘all terrain bikes’, a term that lives on today in the French for mountain bike – velo tout terrain. But in recent years the concept of a bike that could go anywhere has fallen by the wayside, mountain biking has become increasingly specialised, and the bikes have […]

Cycling the Barrow Way

In the last few week Waterways Ireland submitted an application to create a walking and cycling route along the Barrow Line. The Line is a canal that links the River Barrow with the Grand Canal and shadows the river as it makes it way down to the sea in Wexford. Currently there is a towpath […]

Cycling the Grand and Royal Canals

As an impressionable teenager and keen mountain biker back in the mid-nineties the images of John Tomac dominating on his drop bar mountain bike left an indelible mark. And since then I have always lusted after one. A few months ago my wish was fulfilled when Garry Davoren, of MBW Bike Shop in Galway, lent […]

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Six days into our trip the big passes were behind us and we had only a few days of easy riding through the wide river valleys before returning to UB and flying home. After a gentle 40km we stopped in the early afternoon at a glade of larch trees beside the road. Even though the […]

Ireland’s most remote point?

It’s not that surprising that as our world becomes increasingly tame that we place more value on the remaining wild places. The rising profile of the principle of rewilding and the prominence of  #adventure etc etc on social media points towards a reaction against the always connected, always on lifestyle. There is a huge amount […]

Mongolia Bikepacking – logistics

Some information about the logistics of my trip to Mongolia. You can find a post on the gear I used here. Next up will be blow by blow account of the trip. Flying I flew into Ulaanbaatar (ULN) via London Heathrow and Moscow. The only other options are to fly from Beijing or Istanbul. From […]

Mongolia Bikepacking – gear review

Before the trip I spent a lot of time researching what gear I should bring and considering how well everything worked out I think that was time well spent. I didn’t bring much that I didn’t need or use. I could have left a few items behind but overall, and especially considering we were unsure […]