“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience”

Not Just Another Travel Blog

Highways Byways and Beyond is a collection of personal travel experiences enjoyed by Author, Photographer and Travel Writer, John Ironside presented in Blog form and downloadable e-books.

Experiences to Challenge the Body and Mind

Areas of travel interests revolve around conservation, nature and our environment, local cultures and traditions and lifestyle holiday experiences suited to all the family and the independent traveler.

Home or Far Away

Whether you are driving, caravanning, camping or backpacking, my blog and e-books will be a source of information on personally tried activities that will contribute to you achieving your own travel goals.

A World Of Experience

John has travelled to many parts of our beautiful world, experiencing different climates and natural environments in all sorts of conditions. This Blog is an on-going project and my experiences will be updated regularly.

The effect of travel on you will vary because of personality and personal travel goals. Some people like to travel in the security of a group for support whilst others like to travel on their own. One thing for sure, a broad, wholesome and generous view of man and our environment cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth for all of one’s lifetime.

Moving out of the comfort zone, away from what you imagine is your secure zone, is difficult for most. Even a walk in the rain can pose a challenge. By not taking these challenges, you never really discover yourself. Is it always about what is safe or easy or what’s uncomfortable or momentarily unpleasant or the task of planning and preparation that limits you travel goals? How can you discover what makes you tick if you don’t move these boundaries outward and try something new; like speaking to new people, experience a completely different lifestyle, experience new cultures or navigate your way around a mountain.

“Ever changing horizons and new experiences, within those we truly live in the moment, we are gifted with the present”

Latest Posts

The Saltee Islands; Pirates, Smugglers, and now amazing wildlife

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

The Saltee Islands You know that feeling when you look out across the water to an island in the distance and your imagination just starts to run away with you? The Saltee Islands are [...]

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens; wander through lush woodland with a colourful, peaceful atmosphere

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Kilmokea House & Gardens, seven acres of manicured walled area and lush tropical, jungle like woodland, a peaceful experience with a magical touch for all the family. Kilmokea, a manor house and garden with [...]

Colclough Walled Garden, a restored Victorian Geometric Gardenesque Wonder

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

COLCLOUGH WALLED GARDEN The Colclough estate of Tintern was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th Centaury up to the 1960s, Lucy Marie Colclough being the last member to live there.   This [...]

Mount Usher Gardens; an autumn spectacular

October 20th, 2016|0 Comments

MOUNT USHER GARDENS, AN AUTUMN SPECTACULAR There was a definite nip in the air signalling the arrival of autumn. Love this time of year, the landscape transforms from the lush greens into a new [...]


September 27th, 2016|2 Comments

CLIFFS OF MOHER AND THE ISLAND OF INIS OIRR If you are visiting Co Clare in Ireland, just south of the Burren on the western seaboard are the Cliffs of Moher. Formed some 320 [...]


September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

WHERE THE KARST LIMESTONE PAVEMENTS STRETCH DOWN TO THE OCEAN; A STARK BEAUTY. The Burren National Park in North County Clare is a limestone wilderness with green grasslands interspersed and divided by a latticework [...]