Sugar Loaf trail

Great Sugar Loaf trail – lots of gain for little pain!

You know when you finally do something you’ve been meaning to do for ages and you wonder how the hell did it take me so long to get around to this? Well, that was me with the Great Sugar Loaf in Wicklow. I only climbed it for the first time recently and it’s a great little hike. Short and sweet but at the end of the day you still get to boast that you climbed a mountain! Read More

Cable car leaving from Dursey Island and heading to the mainland

Visit Dursey Island on Ireland’s only cable car

If you’re looking for fun and unique things to do in Ireland, then taking a ride on the Dursey Island cable car should be up there on your list. Originally opened in 1969, the cable car allowed residents of Dursey Island to cross to the mainland safely. Prior to that, they were often stranded for days at a time.Read More

Dalkey and Killiney Hill – Coastal Views for Miles

After a very lazy Christmas Day, I was definitely in need of stretching the legs on St. Stephen’s Day. It looked like it would be a fine day so I figured Killiney Hill would be a good option. I even managed to convince my family to get up early and join me for for some fresh air!

While I sold it as a short walk up Killiney Hill, we did manage to add on a few extra kilometres. This really is a very scenic part of Dublin with stunning coastal views.  So if you make the trip out it’s well worth exploring Killiney and Dalkey a little. Read More

Beautiful pink skies over Portmagee

Valentia Island – Stunning Views on the Bray Head Loop Walk

The stunning 7km Bray Head loop walk on Valentia Island in Kerry is well worth doing if you have time. Actually, you should really make time for this one! It’s spectacular and a great vantage point for viewing the magical Skellig Islands. From Portmagee where we stayed, it’s only a short drive across the bridge to Valentia Island. As you drive across the bridge you can clearly see Bray Head to your left so just head that way at the next junction where you’ll see it signposted. Follow the coastal road and you’ll come to a carpark (cost €2) from where you start the walk. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.

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Stunning views of Eagle's Rock from the carpark.

Flying high at Eagle’s Rock in Leitrim

Hiking to Eagle’s Rock in the Glenade Valley was a must-do on my list for our recent trip to Leitrim. It hadn’t been the best of days for us weather-wise but as we headed for Eagle’s Rock the blue sky reappeared. It was getting late in the day and having shaken off the clouds, the sun was now casting some beautiful golden light over the Dartry mountains as we approached. Given that these mountains are some of the most remarkable looking in the country anyway, the views were really quite breathtaking.Read More