Oldcourt – Garryduff

One of the other days I made a walk at Oldcourt – Garryduff. I already have that on my list since I started to blog about walking. And believe me, it was hard to find. So near, but so hidden. My research source was Coillte.ie. It doesn’t matter which entrance you chose. A few meters off the road and you feel far away from the city. However, it is so close, almost around the corner. You probably won’t find this area, if you aren’t local. You will pass by, not knowing, that there is an entrance at all, because both entrances are outlined as private premises. But the best thing is: Both entrances can be reached by bus. Continue reading “Oldcourt – Garryduff”


Sun protection

In my last post, I took a walk along the beaches in Ballycotton. Wonderful weather attracted me. And because the sun has burned me a bit, it’s time to talk about sunscreen.

Never underestimate the sun in Ireland

A sunscreen with an adequate sun protection factor is a must have when walking along the waterfront. But first a few important facts about our skin:

Our skin has many functions:

  • Protection against the environment
  • Regulation of body temperature
  • Sensory function
  • Immune function
  • Communication
  • Production of vitamin D
  • It’s the biggest organ of our body

Why do we get a sunburn?

UV radiation is always particularly strong when it is very bright. This has nothing to do with summer or heat. Even at temperatures well below zero in the mountains, you can get a proper sunburn. The height is a factor, another the reflection of ice and snow. At the sea, we have the same phenomenon.

Especially dangerous for the skin is an intense sun exposure. This can happen right now because, in the winter, the sun has rarely shown. The skin is hardly used to the sun. But the long-awaited sunshine now leads to excessive sunshine.

In adults, there is a self-protection of the skin, which results from the pigmentation and a thickening of the horny layer. Thus, a portion of the radiation is trapped in the uppermost layers of skin and can do no harm. However, when our skin is not used to the sun e.g. because of a long winter, the portion of radiation we can deal with, is very low the first sunny days.

And it’s very different with children. Their skin is many times thinner and more sensitive. The self-protection of our skin is formed only from the second year of life. About 80 percent of the UV radiation the skin has to cope with over the course of life, will be absorbed up to the age of 20 and leads to the formation of birthmarks and, in the worst case, skin cancer. Therefore there’s no doubt about, that children’s skin needs a specific protection against excessive sunlight.

Rules for a good experience in the sun

Additionally, snow, ice, and water reflect the UV radiation. In addition to the direct radiation from the sun, the reflected portion leads to a significantly higher UV exposure. Therefore, special precautions apply here:

  • Use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor even in fog or overcast skies.
  • Use sunblock for lips, nose, ears or sensitive skin.
  • Wear sunglasses
  • For children and adults, there are different types of creams available to protect their skin. The safest way to protect your skin might be the use of creams based on these 2 ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. They don’t irritate the skin as other creams might do. However, have a look if it is combined with a UV-filter. The ingredients themselves don’t protect from the sun.

And now have much fun with the first sun rays in the next upcoming days! It’s so necessary to get a bit natural vitamin D.


Ballycotton Bay, Co. Cork – on to the beaches!

Well, at the moment Ireland is hit by “The beast from the east”.  Europe as a whole seems to be hit by that cold front, and almost everybody might have a good laugh about my headline.

Who wants to walk along the beach these days?

Nobody! (at least not voluntarily)

However, the days before this cold front were wonderful sunny and mild and they will be afterwards, too. It’s already the end of February and the first warmer days definitely will come. The weather forecast for the weekend looks already better and then you can enjoy a few hours at the beaches in Ballycotton Bay.

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Ballycotton Cliff Walk, Co. Cork

This February acts like April. Snow – frost – rain – sun. Every day a bit different but it tends to be a bit warmer some days.  And once the sun comes out, you can feel the power. However, the piercing wind finally seems to turn north rather than south and now we have the opportunity to walk at the beaches and the cliffs. And County Cork has a few nice walks along the coasts.

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Waterfalls in Co. Cork, No. 2

Basically, it’s already the 3rd waterfall I introduce, if I take the tiny one into account that is located just behind the Inniscara Dam in Lee Valley. Nevertheless, it is the 2nd one that is worth to go for a walk because of it.

Ballard Waterfall

One of my blog readers made me aware of this waterfall and that’s the reason to be back in North Cork. A big thank you to Matthias! If you hadn’t mentioned it, maybe I’d found it anytime in summer or not at all.

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Dungourney and Leahy’s Open Farm

Believe it or not, it’s only about 50 days to go until Easter. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. It’s true. In 2018, Easter Sunday is on the 1st of April! Time to plan what to do on such a special weekend. Why not try the Northeast of County Cork?
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Between Ballincollig and Dripsey, Co. Cork

To be honest, going for a walk or a hike at this time of the year, can be a big effort for some people. I don’t exclude myself. To make it easier for me to go out and if it is at least for half an hour or a bit more, I search for somebody to join me.

Who wants to walk alone, when the weather doesn’t look really inviting?

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My neighbor was not really keen to walk her dog recently and so we made a deal. She takes her dog and I drive the car to the next walk I wanted to report about.

If I don’t walk, I can’t write about.

If I don’t write, I can’t post my article

If I don’t post it, you won’t have a chance to read.

If you don’t read, you can’t find out if it suits you.

And so on and so forth. It’s a vicious cycle!

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Glenbower Woods

The first weekend in January 2018 was freezing cold. But it was so sunny and that’s why I decided to walk in one of my favorite areas.

Glenbower woods in Killeagh. Easy to get there, away from the noise and you have the choice.

The choice how far you want to walk and which route you want to go for.
To the left of the river Dissour or to the right. In the shade of the woods or a bit more exposed to the sun.

And if you are keen on history or learning about the different trees, birds, plants in that very old forest, you will find it here as well. The website Glenbower.com is a wonderful resource.

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Coachford Greenwalk and Farran Forest

On the way, but more or less by fortune, I found a few locations in Lee Valley. Amongst them is Farran Forest and Coachford Greenwalk.

When you possibly want to combine Mullinghassig waterfall with another nice walk or an activity, because you are anyway in the Coachford area, turn in Coachford into the R619. Right in front of the bridge turn left and after a few meters is the entrance to:

Coachford Green Way:


5,7 km to and back. No loop, but a beautiful walk along the lee-banks. There is no gradient and suitable for everyone.

GPS: 51°53′48″ N  8°47′2″ W

For everyone that is dependent on public traffic, here is the timetable:

Bus No. 233

Best is to ask the bus driver where to get off the bus.


Afterwards or instead of, you can visit Farran Forest, which is more or less an activity park. Comparable with a huge adventure playground for children and grown-ups. For more information please have a look here:


It is not only the Zipit-Park. There is a rowing club and a small swan lake included and you can walk around a bit. And additionally, there is a playground for the small ones available and a picnic area. The area isn’t that huge, but it might be worth to spend the parking fee which is 5€. For all, who plans to go there the next weeks, please note, that the Zipit-Park as such might not be serviced until end of February 2018. Everything else should be fine to access.

When coming from Coachford cross the bridge, turn left after the bridge and follow this street for a few km. You will see the entrance to Farran Woods on the left-hand side. Watch out: 5€ parking fee.

GPS: 51°53′27″ N  8°45′34″W


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Waterfalls in Co. Cork, No. 1

The more I go walking, the more I feel, what I missed in the last 10 years. Unintentionally. Driven by duties, finding a balance between job and life, acting between sunrise and sunset. Like all of us. Unfortunately! Life is no walk in the park.

There are so many beautiful walks available, but I tried to find a topic for 2018, which was not that easy to decide. At the end, I decided to go for

Waterfalls in Co. Cork.

Let’s see, if I can find in 2018 12 nice waterfalls to introduce to you. Today I had 1 location on my list, which was Mullinghassig waterfall.

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