Exploring the North of Ireland
|ISBN||ISBN-10: 0 7063 7471 1 (Hardback Edition)
ISBN-10: 0 7063 7772 9 (Paperback Edition)
|Price||£17.99 (Hardback Edition), £12.99 (Paperback Edition)|
A tower-house stands at the head of Altan Lough in the Highlands of Donegal.
A walker looks northwards from a gritstone outcrop near the summit of Cuilcagh in Co Fermanagh.
Walkers follow an old track through the Sperrin Mountains.
The initial idea for this guidebook came from Tom Lawton, who was working on an 'Exploring' series of guidebooks with Ward Lock. Initial discussions swung from the idea of publishing a single guidebook for the whole of Ireland to a series of four guidebooks covering the four historic Provinces of Ireland.
The northern book was requested first and was planned to cover a series of walks throughout the length and breadth of the ancient Province of Ulster. The route research was conducted in a solid month of walking, checking a total of 31 rich and varied one-day walks, from the rugged Highlands of Donegal to the Mountains of Mourne. A brief account of the long-distance Ulster Way was added afterwards, based on an earlier walk around that enormous circular route.
Well, the book was good news for the North, but even while the route research was in progress, a decision was taken by Ward Lock to put the rest of Ireland in a single volume, instead of producing three more books, a Province at a time.
In a review in TGO (The Great Outdoors) magazine, Mike Harding described Paddy Dillon as "a one-man writing factory on Ireland."
See Also: Exploring the South of Ireland
||The Belfast Hills
||Lagan Canal Towpath
||North Down Coastal Path
Ulster Border Country
||Cliffs of Magho
||Glencolumbkille Coastal Walk
Blue Stack Mountains
Glenveagh National Park
||Slieve Snaght (Derryveagh)
||Slieve Snaght (Inishowen)
||The Urris Hills
||Sawel and Dart
||Benbradagh and Carntogher
Antrim Coast and Glens
||Causeway Coast Path
||Shane's Hill to Glenarm