From Ireland to the Island

After a brilliant ten days exploring Ireland's southwest coast - its rugged peninsulas, spectacular coastline, dramatic mountains and forested valleys - it was time to head back across the Irish Sea to Wales on Friday. Remarkably calm conditions prevailing beneath a high pressure meant we were also able to board the first boat back home …

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Wild Woods of Glengarriff

We’ve spent the last couple of days of our Irish escapade exploring a stunning valley of ancient Sessile Oak woodland in County Cork’s rugged western coast. The Glengarriff Nature Reserve encompasses a rich mix of woodlands, bogs, rocky mountainsides, wet heaths and riverine habitats nestled in the drainage basin of the surrounding Caha Mountains. From …

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Winging it….#30DaysWild Day 29

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula was today’s destination for exploring by bike and van. A finger-like projection of carboniferous granite and sedimentary seams thrust into the atlantic, it is one of the many headlands making up Ireland’s rugged south-west coastline. A superb route circumnavigates the area, which made for a very pleasant cycle ride; hedgerows passed …

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30 Days Wild update | Day 28 on Cape Clear

I was planning on something of a digital detox for the final few days of the #30DaysWild challenge: dooing away with the cameras, smartphone, laptops and other such electric paraphernalia that we’ve become so dependent on in our everyday lives… It seems my laptop caught wind of this thought and decided to die today, taking …

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The ‘smellscape’ | #30DaysWild Day 24

Another Saturday, another busy changeover day; the difference today, however, was that we were amongst the final boatload of visitors leaving the island aboard Colin’s bright yellow catamaran in the afternoon. Saying farewell to Bardsey’s familiar hump-backed silhouette, we passed the bustling auk colonies along the East Side, the oscillating flocks of Manx Shearwaters passing …

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