Monday, 2 March 2020

Fiddler on the Hoof: Around Ireland on Horseback with a Violin

At long last here it is: Fiddler on the Hoof - the book about our adventure to and around Ireland in 2018! 
To keep printing costs to a minimum no photos were included in the book, instead they can be found here:

Ready to leave home






Setting off in the heat wave

Dakota appraoching Horsebridge

Leaving the Bowyer's

Burrow Mump, Somerset

Burrow Mump

Watching the sun set over the Somerset Levels

One exhausted Vlad at Guy's house in Glastonbury

Hi-viz horse

Dakota meets Maggie Brombley's billy goat

Spirit sporting some home-made boots

Leaving Maggie Brombley's



At the Red Horse Foundation

Crossing the River Severn

At Perrygrove Railway

Oisín sampling cider

John Crofts shoeing Dakota

Watching the sun set over the Black Mountains

Hot air balloons over the Black Mountains

Approaching Abergavenny

Our accommodation for the night near Grwyne Fawr Reservoir

Coming down from the Black Mountains

Weary creatures having a rest


On our day off with Jacqui and Phil in South Wales


Exploring Brechfa Forest

Vlad and Oisín in Brechfa Forest

Vlad in his element fixing a tractor at Plas Dwbl

Leaving West Cork Equine Centre on our first day in Ireland

An abandoned road with an optimistic speed limit near Clonakilty

We tried our best to break the speed limit

Leaving Jane Scully's

Mizen Head 

Mizen Head



Boats in Dunmanus Bay

Ruined churches and graveyards were a regular feature throughout Ireland

Some donkeys watching our progress

Heading for Bantry
The Cork and Kerry Mountains


Arriving in Kilgarvan

Writing up the events of the day in the local chippy

Leaving Kilgarvan

Heading for Moll's Gap

The 'Tolkenian Dwarf' in the Black Valley

Tired horses in the Black Valley


Coming down from the Gap of Dunloe

Kate Kearney's Cottage

Eric, our kind host for the night

Dakota on Inch Beach

Vlad and Oisín on Inch Beach

Leaving Dingle, we followed the beach for nine miles from Castlegregory to Derrymore

A house in Kerry with flapping flags and bunting

Beautiful mules near Broadford

Micheál's baptism by fire

A 'gate' in County Clare

Micheál's blanket

Micheál sporting his new blanket

Leaving Mountshannon 

Curious donkeys

Joe Cooley's House, Peterswell

A wall in Galway

Our bed for the night in Mountbellew


Chatting to some friendly locals in Drumshanbo

Micheál in the Leitrim Mountains


With famous fiddlers Maurice and Ben Lennon

With Paul, Catherine, and Micheal


Spirit making herself at home in Francie and Wendy's house


On the Inishowen Peninsula

Spirit making herself at home in Toni's kitchen

On the finish line at Malin Head

Vlad and Oisín on the finish line at Malin Head


















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