“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 experiences”

Join me on my Travels

Highways Byways & Beyond is a collection of personal travel experiences enjoyed by Photographer, Author and Travel Blogger, John Ironside. These experiences are regularly presented as articles in which he highlights areas, activities and services of his experience.

Experiences to Challenge the Body and Mind

John’s interest in conservation, nature and our environment, local cultures and traditions are the basis for his travels and subsequent articles. Over the years he has travelled to many parts of the world and experienced many different kinds’ of conditions and adventures. These articles are written to encourage you to explore travel, sometimes beyond the ordinary, but always an experience to look back on.

Home or Far Away

Whether you are driving, caravaning, camping or backpacking, traveling at home or far away, the blog will be a source of encouragement and first-hand information on personally tried travel experiences 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 Articles

Glenavon Japanese Gardens

June 15th, 2021|0 Comments

Glenavon Japanese Garden Glen Richards, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland Iris Checkett, after completing a gardening course, began work on the designing of her “dream garden”. In 2001, at the age of 65 [...]

  • Formal French style Geometric Formal Garden, Huntington Castle and Garden, Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland.

Huntington Castle and Gardens

June 14th, 2021|0 Comments

Huntington Castle & Garden 17th Century Wilderness Woodland Garden Huntington Castle is the ancient seat of the Esmonde family. The Esmonde's moved over to Ireland in 1192 and were involved in other castles [...]

  • Mount Usher Garden, Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland

Mount Usher Garden

May 25th, 2021|0 Comments

Mount Usher Gardens Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland. This garden, covering 22 acres (8.9 hectares) is described as a “Robinsonian Style” Wild Garden. A unique space filled with magnificent, towering tree specimens and [...]

  • Woodville House and Gardens, New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland

Woodville House and Garden

May 20th, 2021|0 Comments

Woodville House and Garden Woodville House and Garden is located on the outskirts of the town of New Ross, County Wexford on a working farm owned by Gerald and Helen Roche. The Victorian house [...]