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Bleck Cra
2011-06-29 20:08:42
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HOME TRUTH
On the red poppy, next year’s precious seeds. Pale blossom from wild rhododendron decays beneath drunken wasps. Meadowsweet carpets the verge and horse chestnut creaks under the sudden strain. As we still blah on about Queen Betty’s blouse, Barack’s barricaded limo and the meaning of austerity in ancient (that is to say, it is “history”) Greece, another year flies past with the speed and aimlessness of a dissident republican’s bullet – and we stand transfixed like fence posts and with just about as much wit.
Sunday’s uncompromisingly contrary weather sent me scuttling off a perishing Slieve Donard into the arms of the hottest day in months – and I found myself drawn irresistibly into the peculiar emptiness that is Tullybrannigan. A careful contour around Slievenamaddy dissecting the killing fields of a million spruce and amongst their boney stumps, stands of foxglove, purple and tenacious white, a red squirrel the size of a fox and ejection out on to Slievenabrock. None of this would in any way be challenging other than neither man nor goat has marked any kind of serious track here – for miles. From Slievenabrock, the dunes that are Dundrum Bay seemed to climb up and clockwise like a giant roller coaster and white horses charged the shore. Slieve Croob, from other perspectives, unimposing – from here, master of the horizon. At moments, shamrock wall-to-wall – at others, bullrushes seven feet high; a red kite, the musk smell of fallow deer and not the whisper of a human soul for six clean hours. There will be some of us recounting our visit to Chamonix this year – sniff; others our second visit – sniff, sniff. Please deny me the detail of this search for Shangris La and Mobies Dick and leave me to oul Ireland – the most beautiful place on earth.
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BRANDON HILL - THE QUICK WAY
David-Guenot a day ago.
A steep but quick ascent along the forestry on rocky terrain, along what I believe has been dug as a firebreak rather ... walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 305m, Area: Brandon Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) B

  
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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 2 days ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Carrickarede: Island.
sandman a day ago.
Carrickarede island is connected to the mainland by the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. One of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions it is operated by the National Trust but unfortun...

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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 2 days ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...

  
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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep 2 days ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

  
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BLACKSTAIRS CHALLENGE 2017 - A PEAK-BAGGER'S ROUTE
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 34.1km, Climb: 1629m, Area: Black Rock Mountain, Blackstairs Mountai...

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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep 2 days ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.

  
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Inishsirrer: Part of a road from the past
magicstep 2 days ago.
There's a salty tidal lake on the island.

  
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ewen
ewen 4 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

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THE LONG WAY UP LUG
David-Guenot a day ago.
walk, Len: 21.0km, Climb: 980m, Area: Cloghernagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Clo...

  
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep 3 days ago.
I did kayak to the island in 2014. There is a slipway facing the mainland. Lot's of ruined houses. Walking is decent as the island is flat but in places ground is uneven and overgrown, there are o...

  
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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe 4 days ago.
Decided to make a day out of a Dublin-Waterford drive, despite low-hanging cloud. Knockroe wore a misty white cap as I glanced up from the Sculloge Gap carpark. Planning my attack (so I thought), ...


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