“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


July 27th, 2016|0 Comments

THE WEXFORD STRAWBERRY County Wexford is renowned for its strawberries which are reputed to be the best in the whole of Ireland. The quality of the fruit is due to the local soils and [...]


July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

  Rapeseed Oil crop During the months of May and June, the landscape isbrightened by large fields of small, bright yellow flowers, balancing on a tall stem and swaying in the gentle breeze [...]


June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

MOUNT USHER GARDENS - NEW LIFE Mount Usher Gardens, Co Wicklow, Ireland I first visited Mount Usher Gardens in early March this year. The trees were leafless, the grounds open as [...]


May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

RNLI Lifeboats meet up with an old two master gaff rigged sailing ship at the mouth of the river Slaney in the Irish Sea. The conditions were calm, a whole different perspective to the turbulent conditions that the Irish Sea can dish out.


March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

MOUNT USHER GARDENS Enormous, exotic and native trees, a natural garden walkways lined with shrubbery, a cascading river with fleeting king fishers and the elusive Dipper diving to the river bed to feed. This [...]


September 30th, 2015|0 Comments

The Hook Peninsula in Co Wexford, Ireland is a fertile promontory with a rugged coastline stretching out into the Irish Sea. On the farthest point is the Hook Lighthouse.