Books about the outdoors

While we wait and wait for Winter to end Vandra Costello, author,  landscape historian, Garden editor for Image Interiors Magazine and Contributing Editor for Garden Heaven Magazine and madly keen gardener on books about the outdoors. She is the author of  Irish demesne landscapes 1660-1740, Four Courts Press.

‘There are several superb books by Irish writers which are always welcome on my bookshelves. I find that I always return to the same few books. There is nothing nicer, on the darkest days of winter than sitting in front of a roaring fire, gazing at wonderful pictures, in happy reverie, making plans for the coming year in my garden and beyond.’

Antiquities of Rural Ireland. Muiris O’Sullivan, Liam Downey and Dara Downey. Wordwell Ltd; 240pp, 120 images; €29 hb; 978-0-9933518-9-1. A compilation of over 50 articles from the ‘Know Your Monuments’ series in Archaeology Ireland magazine, each devoted to a specific topic; assembled together, with copious images, they shed light on Ireland’s agricultural and rural past.

The Open Gardens of Ireland. Shirley Lanigan. Butter Slip Press; 399pp; €22.50/£19.99 pb; 21cm; 978-0-9955825-0-7. An attractively illustrated book from a new publisher listing all the gardens in Ireland open to the public, with a description, location and opening times.

Exploring Ireland’s Castles. Tarquin Blake. Collins Press; 232pp; €29.99/£26.99 hb; 21cm; 978-1-84889-326-9. Blake takes the reader on a guided tour of a selection of castles from across the island—some ancient shells, others lived-in mansions—in this lavishly illustrated book.

Family Walks Around Dublin: a walking guide. Adrian Hendroff. Collins Press; 160pp; €14.99/£12.99 pb; 20cm; 978-1-84889-311-5. Nice, pocket-sized book to get the kids away from the screen and onto the streets, hills and shorelines in and around Dublin.

Cycling South Leinster: great road routes. Turlough O’Brien. Collins Press; 144pp; €14.99 pb; 20cm; 978-1-84889-305-4. This handy guide with maps and illustrations from an experienced cyclist presents 30 routes of different lengths and geography.

Scrambles in Ulster and Connacht. Alan Tees. Collins Press; 118pp; €14.99 pb; 20cm; 978-1-84889-317-7. The scrambling in question is done on feet (and hands) up and down mountains. An experienced mountaineer describes 24 graded routes in the north and west of Ireland.

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