Discovery, Walking

Italy or Ireland?

10 Feb , 2017  

Over the course of the 6 Nations, considered by many to be rugby’s greatest championship, we will be comparing some of our favourite walking and cycling tours in the competing nations: Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France & Italy.


Italy v Ireland

 

Italy: Going Wild in Sardinia

The colourful buildings on the banks of the River Bosa

The colourful buildings on the banks of the River Bosa.

Discover Sardinia’s wild and untouched landscapes where the high Supramonte mountains meet rocky cliffs that fall into the pristine white sand and glimmering Tyrrhenian Sea. Sardinia’s dramatic mountainous scenery and stunning coastline, coupled with its unique, distinct culture and fascinating archaeological finds make it a dream destination for adventurous walkers.

The azure waters around the coast of Sardinia.

The azure waters around the coast of Sardinia.

Enjoy superb walking in the Supramonte mountains, completing a circular route around Monte Corrasi, which gives magnificent views of the deep valleys below. The following days you’ll hike through holm oak woods which adorn the limestone slopes, climb across a vast plateau, explore the cavernous Grotta sa Oche and wander through the narrow gorge of Surtana before climbing up to Monte Tiscali to a prehistoric Nuraghe village. The highlight of the trip, visually, has to be the day spent exploring the spectacular Gola su Gorropu, which contends with Vikos gorge in Greece for the title of ‘deepest gorge in Europe’.

Monte Corrasi

Monte Corrasi

If you are looking for wild, rugged landscapes, a unique untouched culture and stunning coastline, as well as the added bonus of delicious food and wine Sardinia should be high up on your list of potential 2017 adventures.

Ireland: The Wicklow Way

Take a journey through the Irish countryside on the oldest way-marked trail in Ireland, brought to the attention of the public by the famous hill walker J.B. Malone who developed an extremely detailed knowledge of the Wicklow Mountains and worked tirelessly to bring his vision of a walking trail to fruition.

The picturesque Wicklow mountains

The picturesque Wicklow mountains with Lough Tay in the distance.

Beginning in Dublin, a lively city that has plenty of centuries-old monuments and welcoming pubs, the start point for the Wicklow Way is in Marlay Park. The Glenmalure Valley grants some of the most impressive scenery as well as plenty of opportunities to spot the varied wildlife in the area. Other highlights include Ireland’s highest waterfall, Powerscourt, and the tranquil Lough Tay known as ‘Guinness Lake’. The lake is surrounded by mountains and on the northern side there is a beach of pristine white sand, appearing slightly out of place, the sand was imported by the Guinness family who own an estate in the area.

Lough Tay or Guinness Lake

Lough Tay otherwise known as Guinness Lake

The Wicklow Way is an achievable walk for anyone with a decent level of fitness and by visiting the capital, Dublin, as well as passing through stunning scenery this is a great introduction to the beautiful emerald isle.

In the Wicklow hills looking towards Greystones.

In the Wicklow hills looking towards Greystones.

 


 

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Having graduated in 2015 I joined the team here at Macs Adventure in May 2016. I split my time between spreading the word about our range of fantastic walking and cycling tours, building my knowledge of digital marketing and deciding where to travel next...