Rathlin Island (14th May 2022)

Trekking NI made their first club visit to Rathlin Island. The group enjoyed the ferry sailing across calm waters under the gaze of the sunshine. Following this was a trek through the charming little island being treated with quiet country roads, coastal views, vibrant green fields, spectacular cliffs and inspiring sea views. The group alsoContinue reading “Rathlin Island (14th May 2022)”

Slieve Foye – Carlingford (30th April 2022)

On a wet and grey Saturday morning, Trekking NI congregated at Carlingford town. The grey morning was brightened by the enthusiasm of ten hikers intent on an adventure to the peak of Slieve Foye. We trekked through a colourful and charming Carlingford town following River Lane to ascend towards the foot of Slieve Foye. WeContinue reading “Slieve Foye – Carlingford (30th April 2022)”

Mountaineering Skills (23rd-24th April 2022)

Trekking NI members participated in Mountain Skills Level 1 with Mountaineering Ireland lead by Ronnie. This outdoor seminar was conducted under blue skies within the surrounds of natural beauty that is The Mournes. The two day course saw club members learn the art of navigation gaining competencies in following a bearing, taking a bearing andContinue reading “Mountaineering Skills (23rd-24th April 2022)”

The Robbers Tables (16th April 2022)

Trekking NI gathered on Easter eve embracing the soothing ambience of Gortin Glen Forest Park. We trekked along forest roads surrounded by vibrant green grass at the foot of the spectacular algae coated trees. We followed a steep path up Curraghchosaly Mountain offering impressive views along the way as we reached the peak. Onwards weContinue reading “The Robbers Tables (16th April 2022)”

Waterfalls Walk (02nd April 2022)

Trekking NI had two groups taking on waterfall themed hikes within The Mournes. One group setting off from Ott Car Park and the other from Silent Valley. A low cloud surrounded the valley of Ott Mountain and Slieve Loughshannagh. We opted for the grassy trail following the river that pointed us towards the Mourne Wall.Continue reading “Waterfalls Walk (02nd April 2022)”

What to Pack for a Hike

When going on a hike there is often a dilemma about what to pack. You do not want to carry unnecessary weight but also do not want to be in a position whereby you do not have what you need. At altitude, the weather is variable regardless of the season. The best hiking kit preparesContinue reading “What to Pack for a Hike”

Dromora Hills (19th March 2022)

Commencing at The Windy Gap Car Park, Trekking NI journeyed into the Dromara Hills seeking out Legananny Mountain and Slieve Croob. A mischievous wind passed through the car park as we were getting ready to set off. Just down the road, we entered a trail known as the Windy Gap Pad. The high hedges eitherContinue reading “Dromora Hills (19th March 2022)”

The Blue Lough (05th March 2022)

Arriving at the heavenly Carrick Little, Trekking NI set off on a journey featuring Slieve Binnian, Silent Valley and the Blue Lough. We trekked along the rocky path towards Binnian. Ahead of us the beauty of the Mournes were on full display basking in the sun under a blue sky. Behind us the ocean layContinue reading “The Blue Lough (05th March 2022)”

Scrabo (19th February 2022)

Arriving at Newtownards under a grey weeping grey sky, we got kitted up with our wet gear before setting off for a coastal path. We walked along the Flood Bank Path with open views of Strangford Lough to our left. The tide was afar though the remaining water gave the sandy surface a silvery shine.Continue reading “Scrabo (19th February 2022)”