Here in Ireland North & South we are blessed with the resources we have on our own back door. You could be climbing/hiking in the Mournes and within a few hours you could be up on the North Coast doing the same, wither it be scaling the heights of Fair Head or just a gentle stroll along one of the many routes along the cliff tops.
But it is the views and wildlife which make it so special, as we are so lucky to be beside the coast you get the best of both worlds.
Another special factor, is the scope of things to do, we are lucky that we have basic walking routes for a family day out ranging right up to well respected climbing routes known throughout the climbing world.
My personal favourite is the Mourne Mountains, not only because it has provided me with a brilliant training ground, but offers me a great terrain to test bits of kit before embarking on the greater ranges. I often quote ‘you dont get this view in a gym’ and you really dont. Were else could you be on a beautiful beach like Murlogh Bay, walking on its many routes through the sand dunes and have the Mournes as a backdrop, and if you fancy a little luxury to your experience you have a 5* hotel to warm those feet after a great day on the beach or in the hills.
Away from the training aspect of it, I personally feel there is a ‘feel good factor’ when you get those boots on and set out on a route you have plannned the night before. It isnt just reaching that end goal, end of a path/route or summit of a peak, its those experiences you have along the way with friends/family or nature itself.
That’s why I think Trek in Ireland is a great concept and opens the doors to our beautiful landscape and provides young and old, beginner or expect that little new idea or route, becuase lets face it, we dont everything and there’s always that little hidden gem of a route or climb waiting to be discovered.