Bouldering in Ireland: update on 3rd edition

Recently I have been getting a few messages about Bouldering in Ireland, from people who are looking to get a copy of the 2nd edition (which is out of print) or wondering when the 3rd edition will be out (not soon, is the short answer). The first edition of the guide was published in 2011, […]

October visit to the Island

After exactly a month since my last visit I made it back to the Island for two nights with the Big Unit. Our main goal was to build a woodshed to store firewood. The plan was to make a relatively small (2.4m x 1.2m) open-sided shed. Previously we had stored our wood in the cottage […]

Summer on the island

After a much longer than expected gap I got back to the island last weekend. Having had a good run of visits over the winter and spring I had planned to keep the momentum going through the summer but life got in the way.  However with four nights to spend on the island I was […]

Ireland’s Longest Beach

Ireland is rightly famous for its variety of beautiful beaches, from vast sandy strands to hidden rocky coves. This raises the question: which is it longest beach? Read on to find out, the answer may surprise you… Before I give the answer I just want to mention the criteria I used: firstly I measured each […]

Wild Dublin

Just put together this map of Dublin’s wild places: rivers, stream, fields, parks, farms, forest, beaches, wetlands and uplands. Everything man-made has been removed, with the exception of the canals, piers and docks. The contours give a feel for the terrain that is lost when it’s covered in buildings. They make you realise how close […]

The Island – March trip

Last weekend I got over to the island on Friday afternoon and left on Sunday morning after getting plenty of work done. As the island is surrounded by very shallow water there is no deep water access. At all but the highest low tides the island is completely surrounded by some the stickiest mud you […]

3rd edition of Bouldering in Ireland

The 2nd edition of Bouldering in Ireland has been out of print for a few months making now the ideal time to update the guide and release a third edition. The 2nd edition was published in late 2013 and contained fairly minor updates. The design stayed the same but mistakes were corrected, grades tweaked and […]

Van Life on the Wild Atlantic Way

Richard Creagh is a landscape, adventure and wildlife photographer as well as the co-author of Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The year after the book was published he put his royalties to good use by buying a beautiful 1989 Volkswagen LT31. Now Richard and his girlfriend spend a lot of their free time travelling up […]

The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Sligo and Leitrim

This post, the second in the series about the Wild Atlantic Way’s hidden gems (which includes Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim, Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Cork), David Flanagan (co-author of Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way) takes a look at the counties of Sligo and Leitrim. The Sligo coast (and the 4.5km strip of County Leitrim that […]

Philip Duke does the first ascent of Thea 8a in Turlough Hill, Wicklow

Last week Philip Duke (@philipdukeclimbing) did the first ascent of his long-standing project in Electric Mountain in the Wicklow Mountains. The tall granite boulder (https://goo.gl/maps/mUe2fZTh9Po) stands at the back of the corrie above Lough Nahanagan just off the Wicklow Gap road. Thea 8a tackles the right-hand side of the leaning wall starting with a few […]