On our way!

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At long last, we’re on our way! Left Liverpool on the train yesterday, bumpy crossing from Holyhead to Dublin, then train journey down to Cork. Blue sky and sunshine, green fields, occasional old ruins, distant hills – lovely. Good night out in Cork last night sampling the black stuff – … Read More

North from Mizen Head

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About 40 km walked so far – had an unintentionally long day yesterday, blustery Mizen Head to Durrus, and today we’ve reached Bantry, where we’re enjoying good coffee and internet access. Weather mixed – incredibly blustery overnight, now sunshine and showers. Lovely views coming over the Sheep’s Head Peninsula this … Read More

Wet and wild

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The weather’s on the turn! After camping in lovely sunshine on Tuesday night, we woke to thick clag. Very atmospheric  plodding up to Priest’s Leap in the hill fog! After a steep descent and long plod to Kenmare, we were ready for fish and chips – Caoimhin at Wharton’s chippie … Read More

Kindness in Killarney

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You know you’re thru-hiking when you accidentally end up in a rather posh restaurant, dressed in your waterproof trousers and the thermal top you’ve slept in for the past 4 nights because all your other clothes are in the wash! So you put on your best manners and hope nobody … Read More

Cold in Kerry

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On Thursday morning we headed north out of Killarney.The weather has definitely taken a turn for the worse with squally rain and hail showers, and snow on the tops of the mountains. So we followed the old military road in heavy rain for about 26km in pretty much a straight … Read More

The Burren Way

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We’ve been through foul weather and foot pain to get here, but at last we’re in Doolin in County Clare, enjoying a well earned rest day, and the weather is gorgeous. Clear blue sky and sunshine, and no need to pick up a rucksack ALL DAY – perfect.But as far … Read More

Ahoy there, Mr Davies!

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It seemed unlikely, the plan for meeting up was lacking in detail, but a car pulled up about 200 metres below our path, a figure got out, jumped over the drystone wall and headed directly up the hillside. Dinny! It was great to see him and have his company for … Read More

The Burren

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Doolin to Ballyvaughan via the Black Head Loop. A great day’s walk, hope you enjoy the photos!               

Connemara – going the long way round

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Which way to go through Galway and Sligo, that was the question. John and Patrick, sat at the bar in the pub in Kinvarra, were in no doubt – the spectacular scenery of Connemara was not to be missed. But it was a big diversion, and we had a better … Read More

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