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wicklore
2013-10-10 12:40:05
Re Size doesn't Matter
MV members Marymac and Peter Walker perfectly sum up the challenge of producing a subjective hills list. Every summit nominated for inclusion will be done so because someone loves that hill, sees its historical, physical or cultural value, or just because they like it with no grander justification. I expect for every hill proposed there will be critics who won’t see what the proposer sees. This is all ok – the Hill of Tara is one of the most important historical locations in Ireland and was the seat of the High King of Ireland, and before that the capital of the Tuatha Dé Danann, (pre-Celtic dwellers of Ireland), dating back 5000 years. It also has wide and expansive views across the land. Modern day Tara does not necessarily give everyone a sense of the history beneath their feet, nor does everyone enjoy the views.

Modern day Tara evokes different responses. Some find Tara wonderful, such as this review on Trip Advisor: ‘We visited here on a recent holiday in the east of Ireland. I found the hill enchanting as I love Irish ancient history. The tour was very good and informative and the old graveyard and church is beautiful’

Others find it disappointing: (Trip Advisor) ’We were with another couple but we didn't find it that great. Disappointing would be better. It was just fields with mounds and if you didn't have sturdy shoes you would be unable to go around. The shop was disappointing the Audio Visual gave you some idea what it was all about, but you would need a good imagination also’,

These views are all valid, and all such views will be welcome on MountainViews when we put the Hill of Tara and others up in our new hills list. There are certainly hills currently listed on MountainViews such as Saggart Hill in Dublin/Wicklow, Seltanasaggart SE East Slope in Roscommon, or Castle Conor in the Slieve Blooms to name but three that attract both ridicule and plaudits in equal measure. It’s clear that the Hill of Tara is dear to marymac, and it’s equally clear that it’s not to Peter Walker. We must continue to allow the variety of views people hold to be aired - both good and bad – as feelings and experiences are valid, even if they don’t make sense to others. Let’s not be too harsh on those who disagree with us.
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Croghan Kinsella
jgfitz a few minutes ago.
This is a variation on track #3938, so I will avoid repeating the comments made there, with which I fully agree. This... walk, Len: 11.4km, Climb: 412m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan

  
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THE POWER OF WORDS
Pepe a day ago.
There I was scratching around on Slieve Binnian. Up top, I bumped into a couple out hillwalking for the day. Pleasantries were exchanged – which way did you come up, fabulous views, the weather – ...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Binnian: Mind how you go on a route Not Recommended
Pepe a day ago.
Climbed this yesterday on the route leading from Brackenagh Bridge. Chose this route because I wanted to do Moolieve and the Wee Binnian on the way up. On a plus note a local farmer kindly let me ...

Track
Buckaun - Binnaw circuit.
simon3 a day ago.
Hydro scheme at Lough Nadirkmore.The walk starts from a point high in an east facing coum of Maumtrasna. This road goes walk, Len: 5.8km, Climb: 368m, Area: Partry/Joyce Country (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: A spectacular landscape
Damian120 a day ago.
It's a seldom-visited area of County Mayo yet it boasts some of the most impressive coastal architecture in the entire country. After spending five years covering and exploring the landscape of th...

  
Track
Knocknalougha South Top
Onzy a day ago.
Route to Knocknalougha South Top from Crow Hill carpark ... as outlined by melohara on the Hill Page... walk, Len: 11.7km, Climb: 430m, Area: Knocknalougha South Top, Knockmealdown Mo...

Summit Comment
Big Collin: Permission required?
StephenMullin a week ago.
Hi thereCan anybody tell me if permission is required to walk up Big Collin? If so, how does one go about obtaining this?Many thanks!

  
Track
12 (Listed) Bens - Revisited
GSheehy 4 days ago.
I was drawn back by the lure of completing the 2002 - 12 Bens Challenge route. I got the details from John J. Cotter w... walk, Len: 29.1km, Climb: 2598m, Area: Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Ben

  
Summit Summary
Anglesey Mountain: Great Carlingford views from a so-so top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There is enough space to park one car at 100 167, just on the edge of a wood around a sharp u-bend. Proceed north for 100m before turning NE up a gentle slope, although the terrain is treacherous ...

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Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
Hi daithi07The 'what's left to do in Ireland' article currently lives largely in my head rather than anywhere more tangible. It will see the light of day at some point in the next few months. I am...

  
Track
Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Paou to Chorto return
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 8.3km, Climb: 237m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

  
Summit Summary
Pigeon Rock Mountain South Top: Nondescript summit for baggers only
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
Usually done in conjunction with Pigeon Rock itself, but can be done in isolation if you want. Car park can be found at 234 278 A. Take the track directly across the road that follows the Rocky Ri...


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