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Jim Holmes
2021-07-05 12:28:37
"The "not so common" Common Lizard" from Jim Holmes Contract pics
Picture: The "not so common" Common Lizard (Contract pics)

The "not so common" Common Lizard
The "not so common" Common Lizard!!
Spotted this Happy Chappy on the Wicklow Way, just after the bridge over the Dargle in-between Maulin and Djouce. "The common or viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara) is Irelandís only native species of reptile. This fascinating reptile gives birth to live young, a rarity in the reptile world, where most species lay eggs in order to reproduce. The lizard resides in areas such as bogs, coastal sites, grasslands and uplands is about 13cm long and hunts invertebrates like insects, spiders and snails".
Courtesy Irish Wildlife Trust
jop68
2021-06-17 06:48:14
re caher
hi Simon yep in the reeks
simon3
2021-06-16 17:30:17
Re Caher
Is this Caher in the Reeks?
jop68
2021-06-16 13:44:54
"" from jop68 Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

caher mountain
hi what is this structure on top of caher ? too small for a person ,just a cairn ?
Pepe
2021-04-02 13:38:00
"The new hill at Rogerstown estuary, Lusk" from Pepe Contract pics
Picture: The new hill at Rogerstown estuary, Lusk (Contract pics)

New North Dublin Hill
The new hill known as Rogerstown Park (formerly Baleally tiphead) Lusk, with passing train for scale.
melohara
2021-03-22 22:00:16
Well done to all concerned with the ad
Well done to all concerned with the addition of pronunciations to the MountainViews website
Bunsen7
2021-02-12 23:43:59
Mizen Head
Ah yes - thank you for considering this - and of course if I had watched the end of the show, instead of turning it off perplexed, they would have told me :)

Well that's moved towards the top of my list of places to visit.
Pazapas
2021-02-12 17:49:34
Mizen Head footbridge
The answer is in the title.
A fast search on Google with "bridges of ireland" gives few results :

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lusas.com%2Fcase%2Fbridge%2Fimages%2Fmizen_head_completed_775.JPG&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lusas.com%2Fcase%2Fbridge%2Fmizen_head_footbridge.html&tbnid=Y0PDEzpKXlTFTM&vet=10CLABEDMotgFqFwoTCKDCx53y5O4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD..i&docid=BPxy7G5wmDWBVM&w=775&h=462&q=bridges%20of%20ireland&client=ubuntu&ved=0CLABEDMotgFqFwoTCKDCx53y5O4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Across deep waters - bridges of Ireland, a book written by Michael Barry (1985) shows the same bridge on its cover.
Bunsen7
2021-02-12 08:28:31
"" from Bunsen7 Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

A stranger in my own land?
Seeing as mountainviews now features islands, and many of you are so well travelled in these parts, can anyone tell me where the pictured place is? The image is part of a filler section in episode 3 of "Great Irish Lighthouses", currently on the RTE player. It's close to a section where the weather reporting of lighthouse keepers is discussed.

I shamefully can't name it, having considered carrick-a-rede and duly discounted it after a decent google maps review.

Anyone care to put me out of my misery? Is it even Ireland :) I may hang my head in shame.
PatrickKinsella
2021-02-06 23:04:47
"" from PatrickKinsella Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)
GPS tracker: question and answer
UPDATE 15 February 2021.
I have now tried out both Guru Maps and OsmAnd Maps on my iPhone. My preference is for Guru: the interface suits me better, and seems more straightforward, while OsmAnd's is less intuitive and the help pages are complicated. Also OsmAnd stopped recording for 300m in the middle of one walk.

And OsmAnd asks you to pay Ä5.49 if you want contour lines! I don't mind paying, but I'd prefer a free trial, and then pay for the app if you like it.

My thanks again to march-fixer for his suggestions.

Note: both apps are quite power-hungry, so I strongly advise carrying a good top-up battery. I will probable keep both apps, so I can check where they have different depth of local detail.

UPDATE 7 February
I have downloaded both OsmAnd and Guru Maps, the free versions in both cases.
My initial impression is that there are differently-good features to each. Looking at an area I know quite well, OsmAnd labels the chambered cairn on Tibradden Mountain, but the paths around there seem clearer on Guru. Guru shows your elevation and speed, OsmAnd does not. Neither show lat/long (but I can get that easily from the iPhone compass). For me, Guru has the cleaner look. Be careful of Osmand if data-space is an issue: it will automatically download the Ireland map (345Mb, that's OK), and then a world map of 252Mb, and it takes a bit of work to pause and stop it.

I will report further when I've tried the record features out on the hills (not for a few weeks - I am training-in my new knee!)


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Track
Bolaght Mountain Loop (Includes Roads)
dino 20 hours ago.
This route combines the approaches of a number of members who have commented on the Bolaght Mountain listing. Ple... walk, Len: 15.4km, Climb: 283m, Area: Bolaght Mountain, South Donegal & West T|...

  
Summit Comment
Bolaght Mountain: Making a Loop
dino 21 hours ago.
Having spent very little time in the hills over the last few years I was keen to start with something straightforward and simple to plan and navigate. This is one of my Local 100 and also one of t...

  
Summit Summary
Knocknasheega: Heather-covered, rounded summit surrounded by trees.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a day ago.
Start from the forest entrance at S13175 06653 , room for 5 cars. Walk up the track to a junction. Turn left and walk to around S13960621 Go SW into a ride aiming for S13782 06093 then south along...

Summit Summary
Corran: Pleasant forest track stroll
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
Start from the forest entrance at W66873 95524 and follow the track, ignore the first right after a hundred meters or so and keep on due south . This track then begins to head north east, ign...

  
Track
Oval route turned into a cracked egg shape by circumstance.
simon3 5 days ago.
The plan had been to reach Slievenashaska S (SS) from the Kerry Way to the south just west of Sneem. The Kerry Wa... walk, Len: 17.2km, Climb: 869m, Area: Coomnahorna, Dunkerron Mountains (Irelan|...

  
Summit Comment
Knocknanask: Approach from adjoining hill.
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
Having just bagged Knocksculloge, I headed NW, following a substantial track all the way down to S11780 07951, where the track forks sharply. I turned left for 100m until I reached a rusty ga...

Summit Comment
Knocksculloge: Track on stream
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
The image below shows the stream referred to in the short summary above, approaching from the south. A narrow track follows the line of the gully for about 500m, although it occasionally disa...

  
Track
The rocky rocky road to the big hill.
simon3 5 days ago.
How on earth can a walk there and back to a place just over 2k away take over 3 hours?I had some forebodings about t... walk, Len: 6.3km, Climb: 301m, Area: An Bheann Mhr, Dunkerron Mountains (Irel||

  
Summit Summary
Knocksculloge: Ease on down the road
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
Park on the side of the Mellary to Newcastle road just after you cross the border to Tipperary and an abandoned farmhouse. There is room here for 5-6 cars.Cross the road, down an embankment, ...

Summit Comment
Broemountain: Good views from so-so top
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
Followed jackal's directions and accessed the hill at S13960621, following a muddy trail up the gently rising slope. This appears to be heading to the summit, but is actually taking you to a ...

  
Track
Short walk to a small island.
simon3 a week ago.
walk, Len: 2.0km, Climb: 40m, Area: Abbey Island, Kerry Islands (Ireland) Abbey...

  
Summit Comment
Knocknasheega: The rub of the green
Colin Murphy 3 days ago.
The last part of the ascent to this top involves a trudge through dense, boggy & mossy forestry, which left my rucksack and jacket a distinctly green colour. The only compensation were some u...


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