Dave Byrnes' Adventures

Round Ireland - 2016

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After two quiet years "adventure-wise", for various reasons, I have been keen to resume my annual adventures.


I enjoyed my hike from Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG) in the UK in 2010 so much that I began looking for something similar.  Ireland seemed like a possibility and I began seriously researching the subject last year.  Although there were few recognised trails matching the scale of the UK long-distance footpaths, I did find the Irish Trails website and the Walk Northern Ireland website, both of which provide a wealth of information on trails in their respective jurisdictions.  The idea began to form of linking together some of the trails to build a hiking route around Ireland.  Between the marked trails, I have plotted routes that utilise back roads that I hope will not carry much traffic and give me a feel for the country.  The trails I plan to follow, at least in part, are:

The total calculated distance is 2600 kilometres, but my route will be flexible and I would like to finish inside of 90 days, given visa-free travel requirements, if I can manage it.  Local knowledge, weather, boredom and injuries could all lead to itinerary changes.


I will carry a tent, sleeping bag and some extra food, but intend to use hostels, bed & breakfasts and hotels where available at a reasonable price.


I will leave Australia on 16 March, four days after a big trail marathon for which I have been training, spend a few days in London followed by a few days in Dublin, and begin hiking around 25 March.



Round Ireland

Hume & Hovell Walking Track

Via Alpina

Australian Alps Walking Track

Land's End to John O'Groats

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt

Australia Tip to Top MTB

Adelaide to Darwin MTB

Sydney to Melbourne MTB

Three Peaks Race

Appalachian Trail

Alpine Track

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