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2021-12-23 17:18:57
Viewranger is shutting down its smartphone ap
Wondering if anyone has come across a smartphone app that offers gps tracking service and OS Ireland discovery series mapping?

The ViewRanger android smartphone app has been providing this service for a number of years - in a very affordable offering whereby you only paid to purchase small sections of maps as you needed them and then you supposedly had them forever (or at least until the app's owners decided to shut it down). This app allowed users to download sections of Discovery series maps and then track a route walked across the mapped area using the gps locator on your smartphone. Once the map was downloaded it could be used offline - i.e. outside of mobile phone service.

ViewRanger has been taken over by another provider called OutdoorActive which does not have OSI mapping, is subscription based and its functionality appears to be less user-friendly.
2021-12-22 14:27:11
"Coming down off Two Rock" from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Coming down off Two Rock (Contract pics)

Mist on Two Rock on a clear blue day
Heading towards Glencullen from Fairy Castle
2021-12-22 14:22:04
"Coming down off Two Rock " from tomlug48 Contract pics
Picture: Coming down off Two Rock (Contract pics)

Two Rock Mountain
A crisp and clear blue day on Two Rock mountain with beautiful cloud and mist patterns .
Jim Holmes
2021-12-16 16:46:39
"Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way" from Jim Holmes Contract pics
Picture: Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way (Contract pics)

Sugar Loaf from The Wicklow Way
Sugar Loaf (in the distance) as viewed from The Wicklow Way, off the slopes of Djouce. The lower sun and longer shadows highlight long lost potato drills and deep furrows!
Jim Holmes
2021-12-16 16:42:49
"Maulin from The Wicklow Way" from Jim Holmes Contract pics
Picture: Maulin from The Wicklow Way (Contract pics)

Maulin from The Wicklow Way
Longer shadows in December yet still some lovely days to be had!
2021-12-07 08:31:04
"Rambling Round Ireland - cover." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: Rambling Round Ireland - cover. (Contract pics)

Book reviewer wanted: Rambling Round Ireland
This book has come into focus. Originally it was published in 2010, and contains a route right around the coastline of Ireland.
We are looking for a reviewer of the book. If you are interested, please get in touch with
We will need your postal address.
2021-12-05 11:08:50
"Picture of the Irish Times" from simon3 Contract pics
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Comte de Buffon in Irish Times
Last month we published an article on a curious way of estimating the length of a walk on maps with a 1km square. The prolific "maths populiser" and MV member Paco published something based on this in his blog and in the Irish Times. Thanks Paco for kind words about our newsletter.

And all thanks to the original blog we saw this on from Ben Craven:

Irish Times online version:
2021-10-27 15:03:42
Reviewer(s) wanted: Books on the Munros.
MountainViews are being asked if we are interested in reviewing these books:

1 The Munros A History by Andrew Dempster published by Luath Press

2 The Munros Rab Anderson and Tom Prentice
Most recent (fourth edition) published 2021 Scottish Mountaineering Club

Should you be interested and feel yourself qualified, please put your name forward to

We would consider someone reviewing both or two people reviewing one each.
2021-10-15 08:35:37
Reviewer wanted. Book about JB Malone
MV is looking for a reviewer for a new book about JB Malone, written by Michael Fewer.

please contact if interested.
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 Ireland’s 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

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Ulsterpooka 22 hours ago.
Keen Hill/Mountian hiker walking in the mist covered mountains in the haunts of the deer away from the populated urban wastelands

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Abbey Hill: Wood Tiger Moth
paddyhillsbagger a day ago.
One of the joys of scaling Abbey Hill is the abundance of flora & fauna on it's slopes.Climbing It for the 3rd time with my brother & his daughters with their young & keen eyes uncovered an u...

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Binn Mhairg: Rocky northern ridge end, impressive cliffs to 3 sides
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Binn Mhairg or ‘Peak of Woe’ has a slightly off-line location. Situated as it is at the end of a ridge extending 500 metres north from Binn Chaonaigh, it is just that bit too isolated to attr...

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Knocksheegowna: Rocky bump on scarp with good views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
There are 3 main access points for the summitNire valley carpark S27640 12815(269m), the track through Moanyarha bog that starts at S25500 17490(423m) and from the forest entrance at Glenpatr...

Hike into Gleann na gCapall
InTheFade 3 days ago.
A nice hike up Gleann na gCapall up to Lough Erhogh ascending up the back to saddle between Mangerton and Mangerton Nort walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 733m, Area: Mangerton (Ireland) ||

Near Preban Hill, Wicklow (Ireland)
Colmtheclimber 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 6.0km, Climb: 245m, Area: Preban Hill, Wicklow (Ireland) Preban Hill...

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Crohaun: An Easy Hike
JohnFinn a week ago.
Crohaun is an easy hike - it only takes about 45 minutes to get there from the parking area and back - so it's best to combine it with a walk up to Coumaraglin or even Seefin a bit further on...

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Doulus Head: On the climb of Killelan Mountain Don't forget this gem
Fergalh a week ago.
From Killelan Mountain a steep descent leads to this very impressive head. Steep cliffs surround this and as it was a sunny day I was spoiled with the view. A short walk to the south of this ...

Ibiza: Circuit from Isla Blanca
Onzy 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 8.3km, Climb: 471m, Area: Spain () ||

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Killelan Mountain East Top: Short trek from Killelan Mountain
Fergalh a week ago.
When climbing Killelan Mountain an easy walk to the east leads to this rocky summit which is much nicer than Killelan itself. Extensive views in all directions one of the finer coastal Hills

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Slievagh: Easy stroll to summit
Fergalh a week ago.
Easy walk up from Car park follow circular forest track until you come to offshot to the north. Follow this through two gates to unmarked summit by the fence, Great views 3 km walk to and fro...

Ibiza: Circuit north of Cals Sant Vincent
Onzy 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 9.4km, Climb: 619m, Area: Spain () ||

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