Hot and cold?

With the recent unseasonably late snow ("Beast from the East" and his younger brother!) my thoughts turned to the warmest and coldest tours I have ever done. There was no competition - two tours jumped out of the archive in my head, straight away!

In 2013 I took a notion and organised a tour to Ireland's Eye, a little island, just ten minutes by boat from the busy fishing port of Howth. This was one of my better ideas - I managed to get the hottest day of the entire summer - a balmy 28 degrees (82 degrees in fahrenheit). 39 people were there to greet me as we arrived on the train in Howth - three boat loads!

The island was fantastic - home to a lot of seagulls, a Martello tower (signal towers built when Napoleon was a threat) and a ruined church - St Nessan's. We explored it all and then settled on the beach to bask in the sun. Some enterprising person had even set up a "pop up" sushi bar on the beach. I knew that this was a "golden moment" and wanted the clock to stop for a while.

When we got back to Howth, most of us were "underwalked" and enjoyed the cliff walk, an ice cream/pint at the Summit and gloried in the knowledge that we had spent the hottest day in Ireland that year with good company, in a lovely and interesting place.

And the coldest? Mullaghcleevaughan, Wicklow's second highest mountain in January 2015! Too cold to eat our lunch at the top - now that's cold!

Ireland's Eye - July 2013

Mullaghcleevaughan January 2015

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Please note that a deposit of €50, payable through Paypal, is required to book any tour. The balance is payable on the day.

 Dairine Nuttall is a Tour Guide, approved by the  Irish Tourist Board to guide in Dublin and surrounding counties on the east coast of Ireland. With ten years experience of guiding, and leading hikes and tours, you can expect a great day out with her. 

Transport can be provided in a fully licensed Mercedes E200 which can take four passengers in great comfort.

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