The Yoga Picnic Ireland – The Yoga Picnic Reviews

The Yoga Picnic has just celebrated its third year. The festival is run by 3 incredibly inspiring women who aim to “showcase Ireland’s incredible yoga teachers and promote awareness about yogic philosophies, wellness, mental health, sustainability and the environment”. There have always been those of us who have had an interest in wellness and the outdoors. But the pandemic saw one good outcome, a spread of the passion for wellness and the outdoors. This has paved the way for festivals of this nature to thrive in Ireland. I was lucky enough to be invited along to experience the day, so let me tell you all about it! If you’re considering buying tickets for again, check out The Yoga Picnic Reviews I gathered.

Best Dryrobe Alternatives

When looking for a dry robe it’s hard to know what to go with. There’s the really cheap and affordable options from the likes of Penneys (Primark) and Dunnes. You can also get more sustainable options like the official DryRobe brand and options like Passenger (at a higher price).  Personally, when I chose a changing robe, I wanted something high quality, sustainable and something that would last me a long time. With these in mind, I went with the Passenger Roaming Recycled Sherpa Changing Robe. But let’s look at some of the Best Dryrobe Alternatives.

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Alternative Dry Robes – What is as Good as Dry Robe?

I’ve had the Passenger Changing Robe for a good 2 years now and I absolutely love it.

How is it sustainable?

  • The fleece is made from recycled sherpa
  • The outer layer is recycled polyester – it’s made up of 14 recycled bottles
  • The outer layer is water-resistant (not waterproof)

Is the Passenger DryRobe waterproof? 

The one I have is water-resistant but not waterproof. 

Passenger Dry Robe Review – Best Dryrobe Alternatives

I absolutely love the changing robe I have from here. Mine is the orchid/violet colour and it’s so vibrant. I get compliments on it all the time. There are so many other options to choose from including lovely earthy tones.

It is a must-have with me on all my road trips not only for after swimming, but I use it as a jacket for evening walks along the windy coast too. It keeps the wind out and it keeps me nice and toasty.

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What are the Best Dry Robes

Personally, I would avoid cheap and fast-fashion options as they just are not made with the same quality.

I think the best options are:

  • DryRobe
  • Passenger 
  • Cois Farraige 

All of these brands make their dry robes/changing robes with recycled materials. 

Conclusion – Best DryRobe Alternatives 

When searching for the best Dryrobe alternative, it’s important to thing about factors like material, warmth, and design. You’ll get from this post that options like the Passenger Changing Robe are top of my list. The only other option I’d go-to would be DryRobe itself. They both provide performance and eco-consciousness.

Ultimately, the best Dryrobe alternative for you will depend on your specific needs and values. Whether you prioritise sustainability or budget-friendliness.



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Croagh Patrick is a hike that most Irish people will undertake at least once in their lifetime – whether it be as a school tour, for fun or even for the yearly pilgrimage. It’s undoubtedly the most famous hike in Ireland.  Whatever the reason, when climbing Croagh Patrick you’ll realise it’s a tough aul climb! The 100,000 people who do it each year will know this first-hand.  And it takes time. But just how tough is Croagh Patrick? Let’s have a look (coming from someone who has done it twice!).

What is Croagh Patrick

Where is it?

Croagh Patrick is undoubtedly one of the most famous hikes in Ireland. It stands proudly in the background when visiting Westport in Co.Mayo. In fact, it’s just 10 minutes drive (9.3km) from the buzzing tourist town. It quite literally towers over the area and you can’t miss it when exploring this part of Mayo.

Why is it so important?

Croagh Patrick is actually a famous pilgrimage. The name means Hill of Patrick – Croagh is the Irish for mountain or hill. The legend is that in 441AD, St Patrick spent lent on top of the mountain, and remains were found of an old stone chapel at the top.

What is at the top of Croagh Patrick?

To honour this, once a year mass is held on top of the mountain in the new chapel. It’s on the last Sunday of July and up to 25K people are thought to make the climb.

How long is Croagh Patrick climb?

Croagh Patrick is 7km to the top which might not seem like much, but it’s the incline that makes it so difficult. It stands at 764m (2,507 feet) and while it’s not the highest mountain in Ireland, nor is it close, it’s the steep incline that makes it so tough!

How long does it take to climb?

This will completely depend on your fitness, age, and how often you like to stop. I’ve done it twice now. The first time took me 6 hours – but this is a lot. I stopped a lot and stayed at the summit for an hour to fly a drone and have lunch.

The second time it took 4 and a half hours. I would say this is a pretty average time to do it with a lunch break at the top.

When is the best time to climb Croagh Patrick?

I would say that early morning is the best time to start the climb. For views, shortly after sunrise or just before sunset would be best, but for safety I’d definitely go for the morning. Why?

Doing Croagh Patrick in the morning

Firstly, if you’re doing it in the summer, it won’t be too warm yet. You’ll also have the most amount of daylight hours to complete the hike and most importantly, it won’t be too busy yet!

In the middle of the day it can get quite busy and the steps at the top are narrow, so it’s easier if you aren’t competing with people racing up behind you and those on their way back down. By going in the morning you can take your time, enjoy the views and not feel rushed by people behind you.

Doing Croagh Patrick in the morning

I’ve done the climb just before sunset and the views were insane. We got the most beautiful golden light at the top. However, I wouldn’t say this is the best time to climb for a few reasons:

  • There was a huge number of people coming back down which made the steps more tricky and you’d have to pull in a lot to let people by
  • The midges were out – these flies will be out in thick clouds in the evening / late afternoon and will have you destroyed in bites. It was not pleasant so avoid this time especially in the summer – unless you’re ladden in bug spray
  • if you stay at the top too long you risk coming down in the dark which would be very dangerous on the steep steps

What to wear climbing Croagh Patrick?

The main thing you need to remember is in Ireland, you must change for ever-changing conditions.

Croagh Patrick in Summer:

In summer, definitely wear lighter clothes but have layers. You’ll be really warm climbing but as you reach the top you’ll get cold quick. It’s exposed and the winds are normally strong and cold. So be sure to have a warm top for when you reach the summit and a windproof and waterproof layer for the top or if it’s raining.

What to wear in winter:

For winter, you’ll want to be dressed extra warm, have a hat, thick gloves, scarf/snood and thermals on. Be prepared for the wind, the cold and rain.

Do You Need Hiking Boots for Croagh Patrick?

Definitely have hiking boots or good trail runners. The first time I did it in boots and the second time I did it in really good trail runners. Both were fine. You need good footwear with grip but prepare for blisters no matter what!

Conclusion – How Tough is Croagh Patrick

There is no doubt this is a tough climb. The first time I took on this mountain I HATED it. I actually had a panic attack near the top because I was so tired and was nervous looking down from the height. But I kept going and the second time I actually enjoyed it a lot. Some people will only go to the first summit and that’s ok. The views from here are just as beautiful. However far you get or however long it takes, remember to look around and enjoy it!



How Much Time is Needed for Harry Potter Studio Tour London

I visited the London Harry Potter Studio Tour at what I would say is the best time of year for it – Christmas. The Hogwarts Experience was decked out for the Christmas Season but as it’s the most wonderful time of year, my schedule in London was completely maxed out. As a result, I’d only given myself a certain amount of time for the Harry Potter Studio Tour experience in London. But was it enough? How much time is really needed for the Harry Potter Studio Tour?

Is Donegal Part of Ireland or Uk

Where is Donegal? Is it part of Northern Ireland or is it part of the south (republic). While an Irish person might be disowned for asking such a question, I can see why this might be confusing to a tourist. Donegal is not part of the UK but a county of the Republic of Ireland.

Where exactly is Donegal? Where in Ireland is Donegal?

Donegal is a country along the northern coast of Ireland  – so I can see why some might assume it’s part of Northern Ireland. It’s the most North West county on the island of Ireland – however, it is most definitely part of the republic!

Donegal is actually touching Derry, which is part of the UK.

Is Donegal Part of Ireland or UK?

What counties in Ireland are part of the UK

Which 6 counties in Ireland are part of UK?

6 counties on the island of Ireland make up Northern Ireland:

  1. Derry
  2. Down
  3. Fermanagh
  4. Antrim
  5. Armagh
  6. Tyrone


Is Donegal Irish or Northern Irish? What nationality is Donegal?

Donegal is absolutely Irish. While those living in the county might forgive you for confusing the county as Northern, it would be better to remember this for your visit!

Is Donegal Part of Ulster?

Donegal is part of the Ulster province, including the northern counties. So again, I can see where the confusion lies.

Ulster is made up of:

  • Armagh (Northern Ireland)
  • Antrim (Northern Ireland)
  • Down (Northern Ireland)
  • Derry (Northern Ireland)
  • Tyrone (Northern Ireland)
  • Fermanagh (Northern Ireland)
  • Donegal (Republic)
  • Cavan (Republic)
  • Monaghan (Republic)urris hills donegal

Why is Donegal not part of Northern Ireland (why is Donegal not part of the UK)

When the lines were drawn for Northern Ireland there was one main thing in mind (keeping a protestant majority).  Keeping a protestant/unionist majority meant most of the people wanted to be part of the UK. It’s good to remember that mainly Catholics wanted to be independent from the UK.

The idea was, that by choosing areas with a Protestant majority, it would be easier to keep the land for the UK, with less protest. As Donegal was almost entirely Catholic, it was left outside the lines of Northern Ireland.

Donegal Population

The census of 2022 showed that Donegal has a population of 167,084 – and that the population was up 5% from the last census. It has a female majority (but only slightly) and the average person was 40 years old.

Is Donegal Catholic or Protestant?

In the 2022 census, 77% of people from Donegal were catholic (128,000), which had come down from 82% in 2016. Just to compare, 5469 people were Presbyterian (a Protestant denomination).

What are Donegal people called?

I’m not gonna lie to you, I had no idea what people from Donegal were called and had to do my own research. While I know what people from other counties are called “Dubs”, “Galwegians” “Longfordians”, I had never heard someone to refer to a person from Donegal.

While undertaking extensive research here is my favourite one:

People from Donegal are called . . . Legends!!

So to summarise, Donegal is 100% Irish and made up of a group of legends, there you have it!


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