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North Mayo Cliffs with Ravens and Choughs

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By

Walking the spectacular North Mayo cliffs is an exhilarating but tough 2-day hike. From the tiny village of Belderg, heading west, this is an area you will have all to yourself. Apart, that is, from the entertaining Ravens and Choughs.

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And so to Winter …

Oct 28th, 2014 | By

I must admit that I’ve no problem with winter. In fact, I’m a fan. I kind of think it suits a place like the West of Ireland.

Rather than grumble about the summer showers (of which, by the way, there were precious few during 2014), the rain of wintertime just feels right. It belongs. It fits.

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Poland Wildlife Tour, May 2015

Oct 1st, 2014 | By

I’m delighted to announce my Poland wildlife tour for May 2015 to the truly magnificent National Parks of Biebrza and Bialowieza, in eastern Poland.

Dates : May 11 – 17, 2015.
Price : Euro 800 pps (excluding flights)
Minimum group size : 9
Interested ? Email info[at]tourismpurewalking.com or call 086-8318748

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Often, It’s the Simple Pleasures…

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

While we all love to view the spectacular sights and experience the wonderful places, often it’s the simple pleasures that we enjoy the most.

Like sitting on a rock, in silence, and watching the seals go about their daily routines. Or sharing a forest track with a hare for a surprisingly long time. Or coming across a fox in the middle off the road after dark, sitting on his hind legs as a dog would. Indeed, when he eventually noticed my approach, that fox jumped up, left the road and took up the same sitting position on a narrow garden wall.

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Autumn in the West

Sep 5th, 2014 | By

I’ve always loved autumn.

As is my wont when I have a bit of spare time, I recently went to a wood I know near Lough Key Forest Park to look for some deer.

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Aasleagh Falls to Drummin Village

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

Aasleagh Falls is a tiny but celebrated waterfall at the head of the Killary, Ireland’s only true fjord, in south County Mayo. The very beautiful Erriff River tumbles down the couple of metres, before babbling over rocks and into the sea just beyond.

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St Kevins Way in Wicklow

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

St Kevins Way in Wicklow was the target as I left Mayo in the dead of night recently. A supposed pilgrim’s path, St Kevins Way travels some 25 km from Hollywood in the east of the county, over the Wicklow Gap and down into Glendalough, the great monastic city of the Wicklow mountains.

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Corraun Peninsula – Between Island and Mainland

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Corraun is kept attached to the Irish mainland by rocky boggy land to its east, barely 800 m wide. Off its western shore, meanwhile, a channel just 150 m wide holds Achill Island at bay.

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Bangor Erris to Slieve Carr

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

Rather than simply moving along The Bangor Trail and then veering left, while out for a hike last week, I decided to leave the village of Bangor Erris, cross over the modest summits of Knocklettercuss and Maumykelly and head for the peak of wonderful Slieve Carr beyond.

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Hedge Life at our Mayo Home

Apr 11th, 2014 | By

Our hedge gives us great joy, especially during spring and early summer. As much as I’d love to live out in the wilds of Mayo, maybe under a mountain or by a lake, with a wooded area nearby, unfortunately this isn’t the case. At my semi-urban home, the hedge separating our house from the open fields beyond, with her Ash, Whitethorn, Bramble and wildflowers, is my little bit of nature.

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