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A visit to the Scottish Highlands

I have always wanted to visit the Scottish Highlands and I finally got my act together and went for a 6-day trip last summer 2014.  We flew into Glasgow Prestwick with Ryanair, and being able to fly midweek, we managed to get return flights from Dublin for €30. What a bargain! There is so much to see and do in Scotland that it was difficult to plan an itinerary for the six days but we decided to visit Iona, the Cairngorm mountains and Inverness.  We hired a car at Prestwick and after we arrived on our evening flight, we drove to Balloch (often referred to as the gateway to Loch Lomond) where we stayed overnight and enjoyed the spectacular sunset.

The Great Western Greenway – Achill to Westport, Co. Mayo

I am not a cyclist.  I do not own a bicycle.  In fact, I cannot remember the last time I was on a bicycle.  However, I really wanted to cycle the Great Western Greenway from Achill to Westport.  All 42km of it.  In one go…  Many of my friends (particularly those well aware of my level of fitness) were kind when they told me I was being a little ambitious.  Of course, that made me determined to do it. The 42km long Greenway is the longest off-road cycling (or walking) trail in Ireland.  It follows the old Westport to Achill railway line.  It passes through Mulranny and Newport and some of the most beautiful views in Ireland can be seen along the way.

A (dangerous) walk with Cheetahs!

I love cats. My last trip (Nov 2010) to South Africa included a 4 night stay along the Garden Route – 1 night in Storms River and 3 in Plettenberg Bay, a thoroughly beautiful section of the Garden Route.  When I discovered a wildcat sanctuary close to Plettenberg Bay, Tenikwa, I knew I had to visit and booked a Sunrise Walk with Cheetahs for myself and my friend.  I was really looking forward to this activity as one of the highlights of an overall 16 day trip to South Africa. We arrived early on a beautiful sunny morning and after a cup of tea were led out to walk the cheetahs.  There were two guides, two cheetahs and a group of about 7 tourists in all. The male cheetah, Chester, appeared a bit agitated from the outset and took a paw swipe at one of the guides early on, but this was laughed off by them with a gentle chastise. The female cheetah was much more placid and we enjoyed walking her (on a lead) and …