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2007-07-05 16:12:10
Are they national? Are they parks?
The Scottish experience of National Parks has not been entirely happy. The Cairngorms NP has failed to fight against some horrendous developments round Aviemore, though this area's arguably unsaveable anyway. More seriously, it has supported the funicular, ostensibly as an investment in our fast-disappearing skiing industry. This white elephant had written into its charter that there would be no access from it to the plateau for walkers (keeping access difficult is key in protecting this fantastic but vulnerable area.) As skiing has disappeared, there is a desperate move to get summer income by relaxing this requirement. The NP is not appearing on the side of the angels in this fight. In similar development against environment squabbles, Loch Lomond NP has tended to go for growth. Both NPs have acquired lots of staff with no clear function.

It seems to me that Ireland has more need of single issue organisations. Freedom of Access is obviously a problem, though not one I've encountered in my narrow Galway / Mayo focus. A National Park won't necessarily be an improvement here. Instead of addressing core issues in Scotland we see the expenditure of massive funds and cubic metres of hot air on marginal matters like the survival of the Capercaillie. This is a turkey-like bird with a habit of dicing itself trying to fly through deer-fences. It's been wiped out once already in the last century, reintroduced from Scandinavia and now it's back down to the margin once again. It's clearly a case where Darwin says no but it's an ideal way to waste public and charitable money. A real problem, on the other hand, is estates bulldozing tracks without permission. Individuals challenging these have generally had more success than the NPs.

Go on - fight your own causes. Simon's militant rambling force is more likely to be able to wage a single-minded campaign than any new bureaucratic body.

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Torc Mountain W Top: Big brother ....
hivisibility a day ago.
Here's a picture of Torc itself from Torc West Top. Approx 600m between the two summits.

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Barnahowna: Fine-weather photo
bryanmccabe 2 days ago.
Thought a fine-weather photo of Barnahowna summit was needed!

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Maumtrasna North-East Top: Worth a visit!
Collaborative entry Last edit by: bryanmccabe 2 days ago.
Maumtrasna NE top, approximately 2km NE of Maumtrasna, is worth a visit in its own right. The most direct access is via the steep ridge up to nearby spot height 542. One possible starting point is...

Ott Mountain to Slieve Meelmore
Aidy 3 days ago.
Started at the Ott/Blue Quarry car park on the Moyad Road, and took a route taking in six summits, going over Ott Mou... walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 730m, Area: Ott Mountain, Mourne Mountains (Ireland)

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Crossderry: Summit No 2 of a fine ridge walk.
hivisibility 2 days ago.
Here is another view of Crossderry taken from Mothillín. You can see the twin peaks at the summit area. The summit proper is the one on the right. Knocknabreeda in the background.Its pretty rugged...

Glenbeigh to Galway's Bridge
GSheehy 3 days ago.
I?m putting this one up because it was a club walk and I was thinking about the other day. There aren?t too many clu walk, Len: 40.5km, Climb: 917m, Area: Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Ireland)

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Mothaillín: Fabulous views to the west from the summit.
hivisibility 3 days ago.
Fine view towards Broghnabinnia and Caher from Mothillín summit.

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Mothaillín: Summit area as seen from Crossderry.
hivisibility 3 days ago.
Mothillín summit from Crossderry.

Peak bagging in The Sperrins in autumn
peter1 4 days ago.
Again, the use of a mountain bike is highly recommended for this route, if you are a solo walker. I left my bike in a... walk, Len: 16.2km, Climb: 1048m, Area: Mullaghclogha, Sperrin Mountains (Irela

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Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10
cave-dweller 5 days ago.
Hello, There is a meeting being held in the Yellow House Pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin 14 tomorrow night at 8 pm about some proposed "redevelopments" in and around the Hellfire Club/Montpelier Hill...

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Crossderry: Towards Knocknabreeda and Stumoa Dúloigh
hivisibility 3 days ago.
The view towards Knocknabreeda fro Crossderry summit. Stumpa Dúloigh in the background. Knocknabreeda summit is located over to the far left of the ridge.

Slieve Foye
Onzy a week ago.
Sunday route over Slieve Foye and along the ridge for a bit... walk, Len: 9.9km, Climb: 439m, Area: Slieve Foye, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland) Slie...

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