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

 With over 4000km of coastline Ireland’s has no shortage of beaches from sheltered coves to vast, windswept strands. Naturally the question arises of which is Ireland’s longest beach? A quick google returns a wide variety of answers from the plausible to the ridiculous. TripAdvisor in particular seems to throw up some silly results, Inch […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Arctic Circle Trail Greenland – packing and gear list

I’m just back from walking the Arctic Circle Trail in west Greenland and wanted to document the gear I used in the hope that others might find it useful when preparing for the trail. The ACT is a 165km trail that links the towns of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut in west Greenland. Most of the year […]