Crannóg at Srahrevagh

Crannóg at Srahrevagh

It was surprisingly mild and dry for this time of year, so I decided to go visit the crannóg at Srahrevagh in the Nephin Begs. [An tSraith Riabhach = The grey or streaked river-meadow or valley-bottom, per https://www.logainm.ie/ga/37558] Crannógs are man-made island...
Fanore to Ballyvaughan Hike

Fanore to Ballyvaughan Hike

The Burren in County Clare boasts many magnificent walks, of which one of my favourites is the wonderful Fanore to Ballyvaughan hike. On the R477, about 1km north of the turn down to Fanore beach, there is a widening on the right (heading north), where some houses and...
A Visit to Pompeii

A Visit to Pompeii

Until you take a visit to Pompeii, you simply ain’t seen nothing. Famous for having been buried under ash and rock from the Mount Vesuvius explosion and subsequent pyroclastic flow in autumn of 79AD, this is a stunning site. While the ruined houses and public...
4 Days in Rome

4 Days in Rome

What a wonderful 4 days in Rome we enjoyed during February. A really compact city centre means you encounter extraordinary ruins from the Ancient Roman era around nearly every corner. We stayed in a lovely little hotel less than 5 minutes walk from the Fori Imperiali...
Memorable Wildlife Encounters in Mayo

Memorable Wildlife Encounters in Mayo

I get outdoors frequently, although not as often as I’d like. Along the way, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some memorable wildlife encounters. Here are just some from Mayo, in alphabetical order of the beauties I’ve met, rather than any kind of hierarchical chart....