Tracks and Trails Series 5 was broadcast on RTÉ 1 between 27th February and 27th March 2015.
You can view the original series trailer here, or explore the full synopsis for each episode below.
Episode 1: Roscommon
Writer and storyteller Michael Harding is walking from the historic town of Boyle in Roscommon to his home in Arigna. Michael is following the Miner’s Way and Historical Trail, part of which is based on the routes miners walked over the mountains to Arigna, the site of the last underground coal mine in Ireland.
Episode 2: Waterford
Pól O Conghaile, travel journalist and broadcaster, is in West Waterford to walk two routes in the Comeragh Mountains. His first walk takes him through the Mahon Valley to a well-known landmark in the area, the Mahon Falls. On his second route, Pól is accompanied by a local guide where they walk part of two looped walks in the Nire Valley.
Episode 3: The Shannon Blueway
Rob and Amy Rankin run a travel tour business. Along with their son Finn and daughter Sana they spend a weekend exploring the Shannon Blueway starting in Drumshanbo and follow the Allen canal to Battlebridge. Over the two days the Rankin family head east towards Ballinamore on a stretch of waterway that connects the Shannon ultimately to Lough Erne. Along the way they explore some of the many activities and amenities available to them.
Episode 4: Cork
Singer and songwriter Eleanor McEvoy is undertaking two walks in North County Cork. Her first walk sees her tackle a 15 km stretch of the Avondhu-Blackwater Way, from Ballyhooly to the town of Fermoy which is a mix of open road and woodland walks. Eleanor’s second walk takes her to Doneraile Park which is now in State ownership. She follows a path called the “Long Walk” around the outskirts of the estate and takes in the many features of the estate.
Episode 5: Inishturk
Architect and popular television personality, Dermot Bannon, explores the island of Inishturk, nine miles off the coast of County Mayo. He scales the island’s summits and seacliffs and visits one of Inishturk’s most interesting sights the ‘Spirit of Place’ sculpture.