Ireland's County High Points -
A Walking Guide - Amendments

As the most-talked-about Irish walking guidebook in recent years, Ireland's County High Points - A Walking Guide has received high praise from the media and from the many walkers who've been using it on the hills. Feedback already received from dedicated followers is much appreciated, and has highlighted a small number of minor issues which I hope to address in a revised edition. In the meantime, the main amendments are detailed below.

On-site modifications

Since the book was published, the following on-site modifications are reported to have taken place along routes described in the book.

  Slieve Gullion, County Armagh - It has been brought to my attention that an upgraded path has been constructed on Slieve Gullion - I haven't had an opportunity to personally check this on site. From photos and accounts I've received, the path looks to follow the route described in the book.

  Moylussa, County Clare - It has also been brought to my attention that a number of modifications have also taken place on Moylussa - I haven't had an opportunity to personally check these on site. The reported modifications are: 1) an upgraded path which may have been constructed through the boggy firebreak; 2) the removal of a prefab building; and 3) the introduction of a boulder on one of Moylussa's twin summits. From photos I've received, the upgraded path looks to follow the firebreak described in the book. The precise positioning of the boulder as a CHP marker also needs to be verified.

Errata

While I have put every effort into producing for you the highest standard of walking guidebook, I must report the following two errors which appear in the first edition (both of these have been corrected in the 2014 reprint):

  Page 78 - 'The southwest peak is the actual summit...' should be 'The southeast peak is the actual summit...'  [This has been corrected in the 2014 reprint]

  Page 110 - 'To the right of the CHP is Slieve Beagh summit in neighbouring Fermanagh. To the left of the CHP is a telecommunications mast in Tyrone.' This should be 'To the left of the CHP is Slieve Beagh summit in neighbouring Fermanagh. To the right of the CHP is a telecommunications mast in Tyrone.'  [This has been corrected in the 2014 reprint]

Other items

Readers have also mentioned the following two issues. Please note that these are not errors and will not require any revision, however the following explanations should remove any confusion:

  Sat nav coordinates - A number of readers have informed me that the Lat-Long coordinates on page 110 for the Slieve Beagh East Top start point don't work on their in-car sat nav devices. I have since checked these, and can conclude that they are accurate. It would seem that the cul-de-sac road (signposed 'Three County Hollow') along which the start point lies does not appear to have been included on some sat nav mapping software. If in doubt, please check the Google Map below for all start points featured in the book. As with any walking guidebook, always use one of the published maps recommended in the relevant route details.

  Location map - There appears to have been some confusion about the start point for the Sawel Mountain walk. On the route map on page 86, I have indicated that the road along which the start point lies continues southwards to 'Cranagh' - the closest settlement in that direction with a name sign on approach. On the ground, this road meets the B47 Glennelly Road 3 miles (5 km) east of Cranagh village at an unnamed crossroads marked as 'Sperrin' on most maps. It is worth noting that another road leading from Park village to Cranagh crosses a pass on the west side of Sawel Mountain. You are advised to start from the east as described in the book. Coordinates and grid refs for the start point in the book are correct. If in doubt, please check the Google Map below for all start points featured in the book. Again, as with any walking guidebook, always use one of the published maps recommended in the relevant route details.

Route location map (walk start points):

  View expanded version in Google Maps


If you happen to spot any other items in the book which you feel I should address in a revised edition, please send details to me at mail@kierongribbon.com. Ahead of any revised edition of the book, I will be re-visiting all CHPs to check for modifications on the ground since publication of the first edition.