It’s more than one year since I finished my walk around Ireland. I was surprised by how much adventure/excitement I found on that trip and the many reasons for it being more “enjoyable” than my other one distance trips:
-There were no immediate dangers (no bears, no lion, no desert crossings).
-I encountered so much beauty “in between” the known places of interest.
-Walking and camping my way around Ireland brought a great sense of freedom.
-I felt more “connected” to the land than on my trips in America, Africa etc.
-It challenged the way I think about adventure.
-It made me want to stay in Ireland after 12 years of travelling/living abroad.
And these last two were quite important.
That trip challenged the way I thought about adventure. That is to say, it’s easy to associate adventure (trips) with far away places but I found the very same sense of excitement during my walk around Ireland. This was an interesting discovery as it meant that adventure was much more attainable and affordable. It also prompted me to stay in Ireland and think about another long distance trip on which I could recreate a similar experience elsewhere in Ireland.
With this in mind, I will be walking right down the middle of the country for my next long distance walk. As part of this hike, I will follow The Ireland Way which links up a numbers of long distance trails between the Giants Causeway in Antrim and the Beara Peninsula in County Cork. It will take approximately one month to walk 1,000km on this route.