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Top 10 Best Hikes in Ireland

Top 10 Best Hikes in Ireland

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10) Glenveagh National Park – Co. Donegal

The Glenveagh National Park is by far the most wide open option on this list with a land area of just over 65 square miles. You can explore different options including the mountains, water, or forests. This leaves you available to explore whatever your heart desires that day, or make it a week long trip and explore different parts of the scenery each day. Either way you cannot go wrong with walking around the Glenveagh National Park!

 

9) Kinbane Castle – Co. Antrim

This hike is by far the most unique option on the list, especially since it is the only castle option. This castle has rundown over time due to erosion, however it does contain some extra fun due to its location. This castle sits on a peninsula extended out into the sea where you can scramble all over different mossy rocks. If you like to take pictures or have a personal drone, this location will give you countless hours of footage that will leave everyone you know in awe. At the end of the day it is a castle on the edge of the sea. What makes for a cooler hike than that?

8) Tollymore Forest – Co. Down

Before you make your own history here, this forest was actually the first state park forest in Northern Ireland. This also includes an old stone entrance which makes you feel as if you are travelling back in time. Due to the large land area, there are many different trails that you can choose from to explore the forest. The shortest being 4.4 miles and the longest option is a total of 11.7 miles. No matter which trail you decide to take, the Tollymore Forest will leave you feeling refreshed and one with nature.

7) Sloughan Glen – Co. Tyrone

This hike is by far the shortest option on the list, but also has some of the best views. It is a roundtrip total of 0.6 miles with very little elevation gain, and takes you right alongside the glen until you reach the final destination of a spectacular waterfall. Sometimes the journey can be just as beautiful as the final destination and that shows with this hike. It is a very popular option however so if you are looking to get away from people this is not the hike for you.

6) Kilbroney Forest Walk – Co.Down

If you are looking to get away from the mountains, this trail is a perfect option for you. It takes you on a loop through the forest where you will be surrounded by trees, streams, and all sorts of nature. It is a loop so you will return exactly where you began, and it is only two miles long. This makes it an excellent option for those who are looking to begin their hiking career or just want to get out of the house for a nice walk.

5) Hares Gap Trail – Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

This trail will take you right through the valley of two mountains, but unfortunately it is not a loop trail like the one above. Hare’s Gap is known as the most breathtaking mountain pass in the Mourne Mountains! However you will want to be careful if you are bringing your pets along, because there are roaming sheep that like to hangout along the trail. So either keep your pets at home or keep them on a leash at all times to prevent any problems.

4) Slieve Bearnagh – Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

If you are tired of the cliffs and want to get back into the mountains, this loop lets you hit three mountain tops all in one trip! It is a total of 8.9 miles and has an elevation gain of 3,211 feet. The only downside is that it can be a little windy on the way, so make sure to bring some jackets. You will not find many other trails in Ireland that let you hit so many mountain peaks in one trip without retracing any of your steps!

3) Slieve League, Co. Donegal

This is the first hike on the list that will give you a great view of the coastline. It includes some of the highest cliffs in all of Ireland. They are not as famous as some of the other cliffs the island has to offer, but they are three times as high. So it is an outstanding option since there will be less people, but higher views. The hike around the cliffs also has minimal elevation gain making it easier than the two hikes above.

2) Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal

If you like the idea of climbing a mountain but are looking for something less strenuous this hike is for you. Mount Errigal is the highest mountain in the county and in the Derryveagh mountains, so you will be the highest thing around at 751 meters (2,464 feet). It is only 2.6 miles so it is a relatively quick trip to the top. Unfortunately it is not recommended to bring your dogs, but with such a short journey you will see them again in no time.

1) Mweelrea, Co. Mayo

This hike takes you up the 26th highest peak in Ireland which sits at an elevation of 814 meters (2,671 feet). It is a total length of 8.2 miles and the only option is to go out and back. Since you will be climbing a mountain it is a strenuous hike, however the end is extremely rewarding. You will be higher than everything around you which gives you a great view of the scenery. The views from the top are truly remarkable which places it at the top of our list.

 

We hope that you have learned something from reading this list of the 10 best hikes in Ireland, and don’t just take our word for it go out and try the hikes on your own!

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The Dirty Truth About Your Water Bottle

The Dirty Truth About Your Water Bottle

Author: Michael Laywlin

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We all know the damage that plastic pollution us causing to the world. Every year, the UK, as a nation, uses 7.7 billion plastic bottles, an average of 117 each. This is a vast amount of waste, and many people are now aiming to reduce their impact on the environment by switching to reusable water bottles. 

However, while a reusable water bottle can reduce your plastic consumption, it could also be making you sick. Refilling your bottle, again and again, might be helping to lower the waste you produce, but it could also be causing enough bacteria to make your bottle dirtier than a toilet seat! 

Just how dirty is your water bottle?

The rise of the reusable water bottle is a fantastic initiative, but research has shown that regularly filling these up, without properly cleaning them, leads to an incredible rate of bacteria growth. A study conducted by TreadmillReviews.net on bacteria in water bottles found that the average person has nearly 315,000 Colony-Forming Units (CFU) for every square centimetre. 

In comparison, the average pet toy contains less than 3,000 CFU, making your water bottle a hive for potentially harmful bacteria. Many people mistakenly believe that as they are only filling their bottle with water, it cannot be getting that dirty and do not clean it that thoroughly. However, think about how you are using your bottle; from throwing it in your bag to grabbing it during a workout, your bottle undergoes a lot. 

As these CFU grow on the inside of your water bottle, it creates a biofilm of bacteria that continues to build up. While not all of these bacteria will be harmful, research has shown that up to 60% can cause sickness. 

How to clean your bottle 

Simply rinsing your water bottle is not enough. To ensure you are removing all of the harmful bacteria, you need to be thorough washing your bottle every day with warm water and soap. This means scrubbing the interior and exterior, as well as the mouthpiece and all additional components.

To reduce the build-up of germs on the outside, you should also get into the habit of using hand sanitiser before reaching for your bottle. 

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Are you looking for a new level of sanitisation? Here at Purified Bottle, we believe in giving our customers a new level of purification. We utilise innovative UV LED technology within the lids of our bottles which emits 275nm of light. 

This has been proven to be the optimal wavelength to target and kill bacteria and germs, ensuring you can always enjoy the purest water with every sip. Each bottle offers two methods of sterilisation, Regular, for when you are on the go, and Deep for when you are looking for more thorough clean. 

So if you are looking to live more sustainably and reduce your plastic consumption, while enjoying the purest water possible, shop Purified today.

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