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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 :

Across deep waters - bridges of Ireland, a book written by Michael Barry (1985) shows the same bridge on its cover.
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.
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 €5.49 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!)
2021-02-06 14:00:47
Hill Suited?
It is a frightening and spooky thing when someone seems to have delved into your cranium and poked about in your still generally unformed thoughts! BleckCra has voiced the feelings of many a "mature" mountain walker with his very astute observations! We have got too cautious to just go out there and "Give it a lash Jack"!
2021-02-06 13:34:04
Map, GPS and tracker app?
PatrickKinsella asked about a replacement for the iOS version of MotionX. I am presuming that since the query was posted on MountainViews that he requires a robust app that can track his GPX on open terrain rather that in an urban location.

GPS tracker apps are used for any number of applications. Mostly they are used in city and urban locations to find directions. Using them out in open countryside is quite another matter. Here you are at the mercy of the map terrain quality so as to reference your location on the ground. There are a number of GPS Tracker apps on iOS. However, getting a good one is more difficult than for Android users. Many use standard maps that have scant open terrain detail. Downloading other maps can cost you. Good apps that use the facilities of OpenStreetMap are free and up-to-date. Proprietary apps have the nasty habit of harvesting your data!

As I am not an iOS user it is difficult to give a solid user view of these apps. However, having researched a number of them and surveyed user reviews it can give a reasonable appreciation of their usefulness. I personally prefer open source applications to the proprietary ones.

Apple Maps - In June 2020, Apple announced that the UK, Ireland, and Canada would be the first places outside of the US to receive updated maps. In September 2020 Apple updated these areas to include their new maps detail. Like Google Maps it is more urban related.
Google Maps - This is probably the most widely used and has good detail but is more urban related. Its use in open countryside is difficult due to lack of ground terrain detail.
Scout GPS Navigation - This tends to be more focused on social connection tracking rather than remote outdoor track recording.
Maps.Me - This was a promising contender until recently. The new version 11.0.0 released in December 2020 has changed the app significantly and removed what made this app interesting and worth using. GPX Track recording is not simple and outputs a .dat file which needs converting to .gpx using a convertor.
Waze - Waze is owned and operated by Google but it does not allow you to download maps on your phone. It tends to be orientated towards traffic management much like Google Maps.
OsmAnd - Provides optional offline maps and turn by turn directions. OsmAnd is a collaborative, open source (GPL) software project that incorporates the 100% free OpenStreetMap data to deliver a complete, user-friendly, mobile GPS solution. Frequently updated map and POI data are typically downloaded beforehand and stored on the navigation device. OsmAnd+ is the pay-version of the app (EUR 14.99) and supports the project and development of new features. OsmAnd is a large software project with millions of users worldwide.
Guru Maps - (formerly known as Galileo Offline Maps) for Offline Maps & Navigation. Vector Maps are based on OpenStreetMap data (up-to-date and accurate). There is no limit on the number of countries/regions you can download. Record your trips and export them as KML/GPX files. Monitor your real-time speed, distance and time traveled, as well as altitude right on the map during the trip. Beautiful gradients to visualize altitude and speed changes. Changeable size of labels - large labels on maps is extremely useful depending on the quality of your eyesight. Takes up less space than most others and works really fast - the app uses GPUs in addition to CPUs to render the vector maps.

My final opinion would favour both OsmAnd+ and Guru Maps. Best to read their respective web sites and see which best suits your needs!
2021-02-04 18:35:09
Farmers ask hillwalkers to leave dogs at home

Link above to farmers appeal to hillwalkers to leave their dogs at home.
Anyone who has seen sheep after they had been worried by dogs or anyone who has seen a dog after it was shot with a shotgun will not need this reminder but others may.
2021-02-04 03:55:14
"No longer working well" from PatrickKinsella Contract pics
Picture: No longer working well (Contract pics)
Map, GPS and tracker app?
UPDATED 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.

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.

I am looking for advice, please.
MotionX GPS is an iPhone app that shows your location on a simple map, and (importantly for me) records your track for sharing later with friends. Thanks again to march-fixer for pointing me in the right direction.
Unfortunately it no longer functions fully and is not being supported by the developer.
So I've looked at possible alternatives including AllTrails and Outdoor GPS etc. They mostly seem to be very USA focused. Has anybody got any experience or advice they can share about an alternative app that works well?
(I apologise if this has been covered before, I cannot find a way to search the forum.)
Colin Murphy
2021-02-01 11:48:13
"At the summit of A’Mhaighdean." from Colin Murphy Contract pics
Picture: At the summit of A’Mhaighdean. (Contract pics)
Grandmother, 81, bags all of Scotland's Munro
Grandmother, 81, bags all of Scotland's Munroes.
2021-01-29 17:00:43
"" from BleckCra Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

Hill Suited?
Here in the North we have a 10 mile COVID thingy. Me, I'm so lucky to live exactly 10 miles from the Mournes. To the millimetre. Your Honour.
So that's another day the weatherman is talking out of his hat. He averred it was to be cloudy/sunny, sunny/cloudy all day. As it was, vis was down to 40m on the tops and the air hung heavy with that atomised, aerosol water that's all the rage nowadays. Invisible though.
The kind where no one needs a top layer until it is too late and pints of water cascade into one's underwear.
Two thirds of the way off the Trassey Track and a third on - to them - three wee girls. Little of stature, puppy of build, huge of personality. Late teens. Three wee chickens.
"Mister do you know the way to ... eh ...?"
I waited - but nothing came ...
..."the way to ... eh ...?"
"You could be in trouble," I said "if you don't know the way to it or what it is."
They giggled.
"Slieve Bearnagh!" and pronounced it like Armagh.
I explained with some grandpaternal advice and knew they hadn't a notion. Not a one. But as the day was middling ordinary I doubted if they'd come to much harm, it was only mid day and there were a few others on the hill already.
A coat, a hat and boots. Eyeliner applied with emulsion brushes and one with enough brown slap to sink a battleship.
That was it. Not one thing more. No bags. Nuttin'.
But they would ascend Slieve Bearnagh and descend it in much better form than I.
I on the other hand had on Zamberlan boots, full length gaiters, Bridgedales, long johns, Ronhills, technical base, windproof middle and showerproof top, gloves and a 2' buff. In the bag I had a lightweight waterproof top layer, top layer trousers, a 4 season mountain jacket, winter gloves, 2 hats, goggles, spikes, a survival bag, a foil blanket, a first aid kit, and a thing for taking stones out of unicorns' hooves.
I started this mountain lark when I was little older that these wee girls - with a pair of oxfam trousers, a jacket that couldn't breathe if you fed an airline into it and a bumbag free with after shave.
What happened?
It was always de trop to be over dressed and quite fashionable to be underdressed.
Somewhere enroute I seem to have gone wrong.
2021-01-26 16:53:51
"Looking north towards Brandon Peak, Gearhane and Mount Brandon" from liz50 Contract pics
Picture: Looking north towards Brandon Peak, Gearhane and Mount Brandon (Contract pics)

5km from home
What would you consider the top 5km radius from home to be for a hillwalker? I am quite happy with mine as I live at the bottom of the Brandon range near Dingle in Co Kerry. It has been particularly good recently due to the falls of snow.

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Cashel Hill: Hill by the bay
fieldoptic 12 hours ago.
Parking at the church at L80303 42385 you can pass through the gate to the left side of the church as you face it, up the slope. This boithrín leads to the graveyard at L80714 42976. The grav...

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Lettercallow: Easy stroll for some nice views
markmjcampion 21 hours ago.
I cycled over from Bealdangan and left the bike just after a couple of bungalows. It was only when I started walking that I spotted that you can also head off from the nearby, obvious concret...

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Lettercallow: Coastal Hill
sandman 22 hours ago.
By parking at L8760028966 you can walk on to open hillside with no access issues . A gentle ascent to the summit area which unlike its nearest neighbour has no seating arrangements for the vi...

Newtown Hill
conormcbandon 3 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.2km, Climb: 103m, Area: Cnoc an Bhaile Nua, South Connemara (Irela...

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Lettermore: Great Afternoon.
sandman 22 hours ago.
Parking at L89230 29062 will allow you open hill access to the summit L89125 28564.As mentioned in the previous comment fantastic views.Having great weather and as this was the first time for...

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Lettermore: The only trig Pillar with a seat !
Fergalh 22 hours ago.
Drive onto Lettermore island, then at Lettermore village take first right. Park at space just before cottage at L89230 29062. Then proceed up hill to see a stunning vista. And this has the on...

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Gortmore: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Parking in the small car park at L92721 38700 which is the normal start point for those who wish to visit Knockadav and on to Shannovara this trail been part of the Connemara Way Unfortunatel...

Spinans Hill and Cloghnagaune
simoburn a week ago.
Spinans Hill and CloghnagauneThis route is a fantastic day out in the minor hills of West Wicklow. The Spinans are e... walk, Len: 15.9km, Climb: 561m, Area: Spinans Hill, Wicklow (Ireland) Spinans||

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Knocknasilloge: A lesser visited hill.
TommyV 2 days ago.
Access to this hill is through a farm at L99675 40297. I was lucky enough to meet the farmer and his family just as I parked my car. I asked for permission and the farmer happily walked me th...

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Knocknasilloge: Knocknasilloge
Jamessheerin 2 days ago.
Well worth the effort; this hill is off the beaten track but has great views of the usual suspects in Connemara - the Bens & Turks, from an unusual angle. Going off road at L99296 40127, head...

Crockaneel via Ballypatrick Forest
Colin Murphy a week ago.
This route involves a long walk through the woods - almost 12km return trip. Start at the entrance to Ballypatrick F... walk, Len: 5.9km, Climb: 326m, Area: Crockaneel, Antrim Hills (Ireland) Crock||

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Knocknasilloge: Where there is a trig .
sandman 2 days ago.
Trig points were in operation for a period of circa 20 years and depended on line of sight so that is why at their locations the view is quite good, except in circumstances where, after their...

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