Dalkey and Killiney Hill – enjoyable short walks in Dublin

After a very lazy Christmas Day, I was definitely in need of a good stretch of the legs on St. Stephen’s Day. I managed to convince my family to get up early too and join me for out to trip out to Killiney for some fresh air!

I sold it as a short walk up Killiney hill but in the end 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.

Read More

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

Rainbow over Poolbeg Lighthouse

A Wander Along Dublin’s Great South Wall

Since I moved back to Ireland it’s like I have this uncontrollable urge to make up for lost time. I just need to see and do everything! Easy, right. Well, some things are definitely less challenging than others and this week I headed out to do a couple of easy walks that have been on my to-do list for a while. One of those was the walk along the Great South Wall out to Poolbeg Lighthouse. Given the fact that I’m Dublin born and bred, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that it was my first time doing this walk but hey, I’ve done it now!Read More

Tunnel along the Bray to Greystones cliff walk

An afternoon along the Greystones to Bray Cliff Walk

The Greystones to Bray cliff walk (or Bray to Greystones if you prefer!) has long been a favourite of mine. When I was living in New Zealand it was a regular on my to-do list for my visits home. The walk covers roughly a 7km stretch between the coastal towns of Bray and Greystones in county Wicklow.  It’s a really picturesque route with stunning rugged scenery. The path hugs the coastline around Bray Head, following the train line below and taking in some truly amazing views along the way.Read More

The Hymany Way – Portumna to Meelick

The Hymany Way is a 50km trail in Galway, beginning in Portumna and ending in Aughrim. It is a section of the longer Beara Breifne Way and is usually completed over two days. We weren’t feeling quite that adventurous, so we just did a smaller section of the walk from Portumna to Meelick, which is approx 15km and estimated to be 3 – 4 hrs. In the end it took us about 4.5 hrs. As always, we were stopping often to take photos and video, holding up my parents who joined us and ended up waiting for us a lot!Read More