A Day in Ordesa

November 5, 2017By JamesHiking, Zoology No Comments

Last month my girlfriend and I hired a car in Barcelona and drove up to the Spanish Pyrenees for a few days of hiking and bird watching. We stayed in a small campsite in Valle de Bujaruelo beside Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. We decided to spend one of our days in the mountains … Read More

Full Moon Hike in Glendalough

August 1, 2017By JamesHiking No Comments

Glendalough, in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, can be a very busy place, especially in summer. One way to avoid the coaches packed full of people and the traffic jams on the mountain trails, is to visit… at night. After work one evening I looked up the forecast and the moon phase for the coming … Read More

Hiking, Camping and Photographing the West Highland Way

February 19, 2017By JamesHiking 1 Comment

The West Highland Way is Scotland’s oldest long distance walking route. It starts in Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, and finished 151km later at the base of Ben Nevis in Fort William. Every year, thousands of people from around the world complete the route. My corkonian companion, Sam, and I spent seven days at the end … Read More

Mweelrea in Winter

January 17, 2017By JamesHiking No Comments

Rising 814m or 2,670 feet above sea level, Mweelrea is Connacht’s highest mountain. Its Irish name, “Cnoc Maol Réidh”, means “smooth bald hill”. Looking at the flat, curved and often snowy summit, its clear where the name comes from. Mweelrea is on the edge of Ireland surrounded by Doolough Valley to the north, Killary Harbor … Read More