Hiking Up and Around Nephin Beg

On Saturday, I left Castlebar at 7.20 am, to begin a climb of Nephin Beg from its eastern side, around 8.20 am. I parked the car on The Western Way and took to the hills from the little bridge over the second stream after the Coillte hut. As I gained ground, I was...

Six Places to Walk in Mayo

Here is a selection of lovely places to go for a walk in County Mayo.  The walks vary from hillwalking to ca. 800 m, down to on-road and some are more suited to bringing children than others.  1. Sheefry Hills (SW Mayo) :  Straight south from Croagh Patrick and...

Schizophrenic Coillte

I regularly bring groups walking on Coillte managed land. Although virtually exclusively non-native afforestation, nevertheless these habitats do support a range of wildlife and afford good long off-road walking routes. You can ‘get lost’ in these huge...