| 20.4°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Into the West - my thousand-mile, solo horseback ride through Ireland in 1984

Guidebook publisher Hilary Bradt looks back on the biggest adventure of her life — an epic trip in Ireland before the internet was invented, when telephones were scarce and planning ahead was near impossible...

Close

Hilary Bradt and Peggy

Hilary Bradt and Peggy

Hilary Bradt and Peggy

They were the best of times and they were the worst of times to undertake a long-distance journey on horseback in Ireland.

Today, in almost every way, I look back on that leisurely ride in the summer of 1984 as the best of times: this was Ireland before the Celtic Tiger boom, when everyone had time to talk, and hospitality was readily given; when cars were still a rarity on the country roads, and when — amazingly — the sun shone almost every day. Farmers even complained about the drought (“The driest summer that came since the history of time!”), but I just thanked my good fortune to have so few days of the expected rain.


Most Watched





Privacy