The magical atmosphere of Ireland has long drawn visitors in search of something special. This spirit is beautifully captured by Christopher Somerville in a unique and evocative personal account of one traveller's experiences. The full breadth of Ireland's history, mythology, society, art and culture is explored through a series of charming cameos as the writer's travels take him on foot from the Glens of Antrim in Ulster to the rugged coastline of Galway, encountering many extraordinary characters and places en route. The compelling text is enhanced throughout by a breathtaking array of specially-commissioned colour photographs that bring to life the rich appeal of this enchanting land, both north and south.
Christopher Somerville is a freelance writer, journalist and presenter with a special interest in walking and countryside matters. For over ten years he has written the Daily Telegraph's 'Walk of the Month'. He has devised and presented a number of TV and radio series, including Anglia TV's 'Somerville's Walks' and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's 'Excess Baggage'. Other publications include Walking Old Railways (David and Charles 1979), Coastal Walks in England and Wales (Grafton, 1988), Country Walks near London (Simon and Schuster 1994) and Images of Rural Britain (New Holland 2000). He lives in Bristol, England. Chris Coe specializes in landscape, travel and people photography for the national press, guide books, brochures and calendars. He has worked on the British TV travel programme Wish You Were Here and is winner of the inaugural BGTW Best Travel Photography Award.