Here is a great leaflet from Mountainterring Ireland on how to Stay safe when walking in the Irish hills and Countryside. For more information go to https://www.mountaineering.ie/hillwalking/HowToStart/default.aspx or the PDF is located here: https://www.mountaineering.ie/_files/20201211155126_6ccd7084.pdf
Ballyhoura Country have launched an app to help you navigate the Ballyhoura Region, below is a press realease from Ballyhoura Country:
Ballyhoura Country is delighted to officially launch an exciting new addition to its famous looped walks. Now walkers, hikers, scramblers and adventurers can use the Ballyhoura Trails Guide App to navigate the area and keep up to date on everything Ballyhoura related.
Famed for its beauty and wild places, Ballyhoura Country provides the perfect setting for an action packed activity based holiday, the opportunity to stroll through medieval history or unwind alongside its riverbanks. Stretching from North Limerick, west to County Tipperary and south to North Cork, Ballyhoura Country encompasses 11 looped walks that provide all levels of challenges and spectacular scenery for hikers.
The Kerry Way : Glenbeigh to Galway’s Bridge
On Saturday May 25th twelve members of Ballyhoura Bears spent a very enjoyable nine and a half hours on the Kerry way. On a soft Irish May morning we left Glenbeigh at 10 o’clock climbing steadily through Gowlane up Windy Gap to descend into Glencar to a very welcome cup of coffee at The Climber’s Inn served with a welcoming smile. Then on to a soft green path beside the river Caragh mermeging onto a tarred road at Bealalawbridge. After ten minutes we were back on the hillside guided by the waymarks at all the significant points gazing in awe at the serene beauty of Lough Acoose. We were now into remote mountain area meeting occasional hikers coming against us before we zigzagged up to the pass between Beanndarrig and Curraghmore.
20 club members travelled to Morocco in early May to seek adventure in The High Atlas mountain range. And adventure they found – from the mysterious pink walled city of Marrakesh to the summit of Jebel Toubkal ( 4167m). 5 days trekking along mule trodden and sometimes precarious paths ascending to the passes between the Azzadene and Imlil valleys allowed for spectacular scenery. The brown housed villages were in contrast to the green terraces where farmers harvested barley and wheat. We admired well developed irrigation systems are fed by the melting snows flowing from the towering pinnacles of the great Atlas barrier.
The Bears headed to Kerry for Easter 2019. Our base was the Manor West hotel in Tralee. Accommodation, cuisine and service were excellent. The walking was thoroughly enjoyable as on both Friday and Saturday we basked in warm sunshine.On Good Friday 7 intrepid A moderate walkers completed a loop from the lakes in Glanteenassig including summiting Strradbally and Benoskee mountains. Magnificent views of Dingle and Tralee bays was the reward for some stiff climbing. On Saturday the A walkers enjoyed a linear walk from Derrymore to Caherconcree, Baurtregaum and back along the ridge to Blennerville. Once again we were rewarded with spectacular views on the south to the McGillycuddy Reeksa and the Lakes of Killarney, to the west we could see Brandon mountain while the beaches of Tralee bay were visible to the north. The B walkers enjoyed some stunning scenery along the Kerry way from beyond Camp all the way back to Blennerville where both groups shared a welcome cuppa and deoch.