how to hike in ireland

Happy Fence Friday! This image was taken during our first hike in Ireland, as we ascended a large rock formation known as Ben Bulben. It certainly wasn't the tallest peak in Ireland, but it was still challenging, and the surrounding countryside was insteresting as well, as it was the home of W. B. Yeats. We actually passed the churchyard where Yeats as buried, and Ben Bulben itself comes up in a number of his poems.

 

Moving on. The most difficult part about this hike was determining where to start. There weren't any labeled trails, nary a sign to be found. We finally ended up asking a local farmer, who told us to "park on the road" and walk up a farm driveway to nearby pasture. So we did. Then we turned around, finding a gate in our path... only to turn back when a couple of fellow hikers assured us that yes, we were in fact going the right way. So it was over the gate, and then through a sheep pasture. Multiple sheep pastures, in which a small foot trail (sometimes no trail at all) wound its way steadily uphill. We crossed a gully of shrubs (to the left of this image) and then had to climb this fence, set on a steep hillside, to continue on. After that the going was a bit simpler, but the winds were incredible... anything not firmly attached to your body was gone immediately. I had to stick my tripod legs about nine inches into the ground to get it to stay steady for a pinhole image. It was crazy.

 

But beautiful. I'll have more images from Ben Bulben eventually, but since it's Friday I went with this one for now.

  • Joelynne PRO 4y

    What a perspective! I'm imagining myself tumbling down camera over hiking boots. I'm coordinated that way. ;)
  • ...arpi... PRO 4y

    awesome b/w! HFF
  • Debby Slater 4y

    wow, this is the most fabulous fence shot - the eye just gets lead further and further down that hill. love it:-) HFF
  • paul beard 4y

    I did that climb but wouldn't you know, as soon as I got to the top, a cloudbank rolled in and took away any view I might have had. I had it easier than you, as i just hired a bike in Sligo (where I was staying) and rode that. If I have any pictures from that trip (in 1988), I have no idea where they are. Whatever I got was nowhere near as nice as this…
  • Laura Sanchez 4y

    beautiful
  • {no rest for the wicked} PRO 4y

    Absolutely incredible work, Danielle. Beautiful tones. One of your most amazing images, Danielle.
  • gone girl PRO 4y

    wow - that sounds incredible, and I love the dizzying steep look of the hill
  • Kirstin PRO 4y

    oh yes!
    I was hoping you would have a fence. But what an amazing fence this is....wow!
    The scenery, the way the fence goes on....and that sky!
  • JP Benante PRO 4y

    I can touch that fencepost, yet see for miles beyond.
    Superb!!
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  • Marc Briggs PRO 4y

    Great submission for Fence Friday!
    I love hiking cross country in open grasslands...Ireland would be a dream to hike ;-)
  • Tom PRO 4y

    truly monumental!!
  • Nicole Toohey 4y

    Wow, how incredible! That is crazy about the winds. I can only hope one day I will be able to experience Ireland. For now though, your pictures are enough and definitely amazing!
  • Ruth Raymond PRO 4y

    This immediately makes me want to go to Ireland (where my ancestors on both sides come from). Fantastic point of view and lovely tones. VeryBelatedHFF!!
  • susan PRO 4y

    what a beautiful view over the countryside.
    lovely!
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  • Patrick 4y

    Great perspective! The hike sounds like a lot of fun. I'm assuming there are sheep photos to come? Who am I kidding, of course there are : )
  • Bryan Hald 4y

    love love love this shot. Well done.
  • Niamh <> 4y

    stunning pic
  • Diyosa Carter 4y

    nice perspective
  • darren forde 4y

    Love the focus, the perspective and the fact it's mono'.
  • Country Music :) 4y

    Your photostream is beautiful! You have such a nice, pure style that threads all your photos together. It's really nice, like a gallery where every picture has a constant quality but each photo is different (I don't know if that makes sense or not!)
    :)
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