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Rachel’s top 10 Irish trail running and hiking routes

Rachel’s Irish Adventures offers customised hiking and trail running experiences on the most mind-blowingly stunning coastal trails along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and Ancient East. We know the best locations in Ireland to get off the beaten-track, get out in the nature and explore the rugged coastline and the hidden valleys. There are so many […]

The Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge

Belize was more than just an adventure! Bush whacking in the jungle for over 20 hours, bikes sinking with the canoe, stranded on a deserted island, rescued by the Belize military, making camp fires with maps, serious bike collusions, cave swimming, abseiling down cliffs, bike swimming down rivers, eaten alive by bugs, up close and […]

London-Edinburgh-London cycle, August 2017

The Outsider Magazine caught up with endurance athlete Rachel Nolan to talk about her recent London-Edinburgh-London cycle. Rachel Nolan (31) is a badass. The Mayo woman, who is supported by Columbia, has racked up a serious amount of events in Ireland and further afield this year. She won The Race in Donegal, a 250km unsupported endurance event, […]

THE RACE 2017, a personal report on Ireland’s toughest endurance race

The 5am whistle goes and we’re off.. THE RACE is known ultimately as Ireland’s toughest endurance event due to the harsh unpredictable weather conditions, the relentless hills and the duration of the adventure. Participants have 24 hours to complete the unsupported course of 247km which incorporates running, biking and kayaking. It’s a non for profit event, […]

Is whiskey really a man’s drink?

Being a woman and a whiskey drinker has a certain stigma but that is all changing.. and fast! Greta Garbo perhaps said it best when she uttered her very first words on film in the 1930 movie Anna Christie: “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby!” I believe whiskey […]

ITERA world series expedition adventure race

Gaelforce winds and relentless rain, sleep deprivation, life threatening situations- this was a seriously hardcore 5 days of adventure and certainly not for the inexperienced! ITERA 2016 was a 5 day non-stop 600km expedition race as part of the Adventure Racing World Series and this year it took place along the rugged coastline and peaks […]

Part 4: Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

4am and it’s time to take on day 6! Even though the body wasn’t fresh, I was excited to get up and eat again. Growing up in a Bed & Breakfast and having a mother that is passionate about baking and experimenting with new recipies, I was fortunate to always be surrounded with the finest […]

Part 3: Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

We cruised up alongside the Cliffs of Moher, with a heavy fog rolling around us, it was all very mystic. Looking at all the carparks, I wondered if I could get all these ‘tick the box’ tourists up to the wilds of Mayo to discover the unspoilt and spectacular landscape and get them off the […]

Part 2: Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Day 1: Kinsale- Kenmare 326km and a lot of big hills. 4.14am on Friday, the epic journey begins.. A couple of buckets of museli and 2 coffees, on the bike and a nice roll down to the centre of Kinsale. We were all anxiously hanging around till the ‘GO’ at 6am. It was like a […]

Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, 2100km in 7 days

What does it take to cycle 2100km in 7 days with over 24000 metres of climbing, along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way? It takes character! Why would someone choose to endure this physical and mental gruelling challenge? Is it to escape, to live in the moment, to test your limits and beyond, to explore the unknown […]