Category: Mountains

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A practical guide to climbing Ireland’s ‘munros’

Having recently made the trip over to Ireland to climb its 3,000+ foot mountains I thought I’d put together a short overview of the logistics behind my trip.  I spent quite a bit of time carrying out research on the web and in print and really struggled to find much good quality information. Coming from Scotland, where munro-bagging is a hugely popular hobby, we’re spoiled … Read More A practical guide to climbing Ireland’s ‘munros’

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Brandon Mountain

    Standing proud towards the end of the Dingle Peninsula in the far southwest of Ireland is Brandon Mountain.  It’s the most westerly of Ireland’s 900 metre ‘munros’, in County Kerry. In these parts, all place names and landmarks are in the Irish language and so you’ll find Brandon Mountain marked as Cnoc Breanainn (or Brendan’s Hill), after Brendan the Navigator who was … Read More Brandon Mountain

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A lazy summer’s wild camp

      Lazy summer days are perfect for wild camping. With yet another weekend of warm, sunny weather I had itchy feet.  I’d been cooped up in an office all week and had to get out into the hills.  But where to go?  Climbing a mountain felt just too much like hard work in the hot sun.  Driving an hour or so felt … Read More A lazy summer’s wild camp

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Hiking the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks

The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks ridge in County Kerry has it all: wonderful views, great scrambling and a superb mountain environment.  I have to say that this combination, together with the fact that there are ten 3000ft summits along its ridge, made it one of my favourite mountain days over the last 20 years. The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks stand out in many ways.  First, they’re home to … Read More Hiking the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks

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Galtymore and Galtybeg

At 919 metres Galtymore only just qualifies as an Irish ‘munro’.  It’s part of the Galty mountains in County Tipperary, about 20km west of the attractive town of Caher, and I climbed the peak along with its smaller neighbour, Galtybeg. There are two main routes up Galtymore.  The first is via the Black road from the south (the ‘tourist route’), with the walk-in along … Read More Galtymore and Galtybeg

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Lugnaquilla – The ‘Lug’ of the Irish

It was a day of firsts.  It was my first time in Ireland, my first ‘munro’ outwith the UK and my first mountain bordering on a military firing range. It was also a very long day.  Starting with a late night ferry from Cairnryan over to Belfast I arrived at 1am into a rainy and deserted city.  It was far too late to contemplate finding … Read More Lugnaquilla – The ‘Lug’ of the Irish

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Lochs and Bens: A cycling tour of the Trossachs

“An exhilarating and hilly ride through the heart of the Trossachs – a classic roadie circuit featuring a big climb, quiet roads and outstanding scenery“.  This is how the cycling tour of the Trossachs is described by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and who am I to disagree? Within an hour’s drive of Glasgow and Stirling, the Trossachs is on … Read More Lochs and Bens: A cycling tour of the Trossachs

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Appin’s sparkling peaks

Draped in a snowy winter coat the Scottish mountains provide an irresistible allure for walkers.  White-topped hills gleam against a deep blue sky, sparkling in the crisp, cold air.  They invite challenge, adventure and the surefire certainty that a day climbing mountains in winter will provide highs and lows not experienced in the summer months. If last weekend was anything to go by I … Read More Appin’s sparkling peaks

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An airy circuit of Ben More Coigach

  Picking my way up through the steep sandstone cliffs the ‘path’ soon disappeared and the gradient increased sharply.  Soon, I realised the only way up was to grab great handfuls of heather and hope they were well dug in.  I put away my walking poles to concentrate on the task in hand.  I was now committed … to some pretty serious scrambling. There were … Read More An airy circuit of Ben More Coigach

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Overnighting on Quinag

    I was in an expectant mood as I drove north.  A large area of high pressure was due to cover the UK and bring fine, dry and settled conditions.  Just perfect, I thought, for a wild summit camp, ticking off three Corbetts followed by an afternoon’s cycling.  Even if the scattered clouds didn’t give a clear sunset there was still the prospect … Read More Overnighting on Quinag

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Exhilarating Eigg

I was fortunate to enjoy superb weather for my weekend on Eigg and, as I described in my previous post, I was blown away with the island.  Having climbed An Sgurr, Eigg’s prominent peak, in the morning I ventured to the north of the island for the rest of the day. Cycling is a great way to get around Eigg.  There’s one hill over … Read More Exhilarating Eigg

Scottish mountain and coastal webcams

Webcams provide an easy way to check the weather conditions before you head out.  Here’s my selection of 25 good webcams of mountain and coastal locations across Scotland, plus a link to a long list of traffic cams. I’ve provided thumbnails of those webcams that refresh every few seconds.  Those without any pictures are more modern cams that provide a live stream, and some … Read More Scottish mountain and coastal webcams