Hammock Insulation – Bags vs. Quilts

Over the last one decade, the way people go camping has changed completely. While people used to carry heavy camping equipment that made the process very difficult and complicated, Hammocks have changed the narrative. A hammock only requires several trees to tie the ropes and enjoy an undisturbed rest in the woods. So effective are the hammocks that you can complete the setup in less than 10 minutes. To make every minute of your camping enjoyable in the hammock when camping in the mountains, you need the right insulation. In order to establish how to stay warm in a hammock, this post is a deep comparison between bags and quilts.

How the bags work to keep you warm

The bags work through compression. This involves trapping the body heat and preventing it from escaping. To stay warmer, the bag needs to be thicker. Bags work well with conventional camping because people can warm the tent, so the heat is trapped inside. However, this cannot work well in a hammock because there is no space for heating.

Because bags work by trapping heat, people using hammocks cannot use them appropriately since people always want to have some breaks. Whether it is the call of nature or other reasons for unzipping the bag, all the trapped heat will be released.

Hammock insulation with quilts

Though quilts work the same way like a sleeping bag, they differ slightly. The quilt wraps underneath and around the hammock user reducing the danger of loft compression. This means that the under-quilt traps heat in the special pockets so that the body can reuse it

As quilts wrap on the underside of the hammock, they are carefully suspended around the camper so that a bigger part is in contact with the occupant. As the quilt takes the shape of the body, it means that all the heat will be absorbed to ensure that you stay warm without worrying about compression.

Unlike the ordinary sleeping bags, quilts allow for the hammock occupant to adjust the insulation. Because the quilt is separate from the camper’s body, there is ample space for additional movements and versatility without causing problems (the quilt will never get trapped underneath).

Quilts provide a larger surface area that allows users to use occupy the hammock in pairs. If you are camping with a partner, there is a larger surface area of insulation compared to the common sleeping bags.  Sleeping in pairs will help to raise the efficiency of hammock insulation because more heat will be released and space is not limiting.


Staying warm in winter or mountain camping is crucial to the success of any excursion. Just like people have shifted from the conventional camping, so is the trend drifting away from the sleeping bag. The design is made to trap heat only if you do not open the hammock. However, quilts are better because they use the latest technology that makes it possible to store the body heat and enjoy for longer. Besides, they are spacious and can allow several people to use the same hammock.



Top 5 Cycling Tracks in Ireland

If you love cycling, there is nothing as great as participating in a tournament. It is the best moment to showcase personal skill on the track, outdo others to emerge the winner, and explore new destinations. Ireland stands out when it comes to cycling because of its attractive tracks that take you to great areas with picturesque sceneries. Here are the top 5 cycling tracks in Ireland that you should know.

The ring of Kerry

This is one of the most popular tracks because it takes cyclists to scenic sites and historic regions such as Ross Castle. Besides, the route takes riders to the famous Gardens of Traditional Farms and Muckross house that gives you a sense of royalty to the early leadership in Ireland. Whether you are rushing to complete the race or has simply gone out on a reconnaissance, the mysterious Relics Orgham stones cannot escape your attention.

The Mourne Mountains tracks

These tracks rest in the Country Dawn and are some of the most scenic mountains in entire Ireland. The attractive mountain is used by writers to envision Ireland and riders have to enjoy this greatness. Because of its big size, numerous tracks cut it from each side so that riders can keep coming back without getting bored. Cycling in the Mourne Mountains will also take you to the famous Bagenal’s Castel, Moyl Castel, and Kilnasaggrt Inscribed Stone.

The King Fisher Trail

For those seeking to get authentic cycling, the King Fisher track will not disappoint. The 300 miles track provides a great ride because of low traffic that allows riders to cruise at top speed. The beautiful landscapes on both sides of the road will give you a special connection to Ireland. Most riders indicate that they always come back after tournaments to see the caves at Marble Arch Geo Park

The Aran Islands

Many visitors who prefer cycling enjoy this track because it takes them to the famous Aran Islands. The relatively flat terrain makes it easy to cycle rapidly and explore the rich island. Take a break from the track to see divers at RedBull’s Cliff Divers or if you have courage, be part of them. Other things that make this route great include the diverse sea wildlife and numerous pre-Christian mythological monuments.

The Derroura Mountain Bike Track

The Derroura Mountain Bike Track in the Galway County is among the most favorite for cyclists especially those interested in exploring the attractive scenes. The track is more than 10 miles of breathtaking terrain with great Ballynahinch Castle and rich natural environment. It will also take you to top notch accommodation facilities such as Oughterard Holiday Hostels. Whether you prefer to go hiking or be part of the rich Ireland culture, this route will not disappoint.


The cycling trails in Ireland have become famous because visitors can take to the road and enjoy the rich touristic facilities in every county. Make sure to get the right bike depending on the nature of the track you anticipate to follow. Because most of the tracks are rough, it is advisable to go for a mountain bike that can withstand the punishment of the tracks.

For the avid cyclist

Challenging Connemara

This is a wonderful tour for independent cyclists, who wish to cycle more challenging distances each day. The circle is for the more advanced and avid cyclist wanting to enjoy cycling in fantastic settings, and explore the many attractions in the area at their own pace and leisure by covering around 70km.

Discover Connemara

The western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches.  Here there is a peace no longer found in the populated areas, and purity so refreshing in contrast to the pollution of the cities.  It is also a land of great contrast from mountain to sea.   With this tour you will discover the delights of Clifden, the capital of Connemara as well as the raw beauty of South Connemara and as you perch on the edge of the West of Ireland you can watch one of the many glorious sunsets, on the Renvyle Peninsula.

Connemara Island Beauties

Visit two of the most beautiful islands in Connemara, Inishbofin and Inishmore, the biggest of the Aran Islands. You will enjoy cycling trough Galway, the bustling and historical city, Gateway to Connemara. You will get a glimpse of some dramatic scenery and the opportunity to meet real Irish characters.

Connemara Trail

You could explore the countryside on foot and on bike. Landscapes of immense beauty like Killary Harbour, Croagh Patrick (the Holy Mountain), Lough Mask and Lough Corrib, but also charming towns like Westport and Cong.

Dingle Way Cycling

The Dingle Peninsula is located in the Southwest of the County of Kerry. With its capital Tralee it runs in a westerly direction as far as the Blasket Islands.

The Dingle Peninsula is home to many wonders – second highest mountain range in the country, a wealth of archaeological sites, home to some of the finest traditional music, dance and the Irish language. The Dingle Peninsula experience is one you will remember for a long time to come.

Kerry Peninsula Self Guided Cycling

The Iveragh peninsula, known world wide as the Ring of Kerry.  The Ring of Kerry abounds in natural wonders and the beauty and grandeur of the scenery is unsurpassed by any in Ireland.

We recommend starting in the town of Killarney – made famous by the magnificent “Three Lakes of Killarney” the “Ring” then continue anti-clockwise through Killorglin, to Caherciveen, on to Waterville and Sneem before returning to Killarney. However, this route is known to be “over-run” with tourists and therefore unkind to cycles – so for that reason – we suggest a much more leisurely and quieter mix of inland and coastal routes to give just the same beauty and splendour – if not more.

Connemara Escapade

You don’t have a week just a couple of days and you want to be on the road.  This mini cycling break still captures the essence of this beautiful region on the Western Coast of Ireland. Discover the unique beauty of Killary Harbour, the bustling atmosphere of the market town of Westport, Cong’s quaint village, as well as the many attractions along the way.   Connemara – the western wonderland of Europe, where rugged mountains soar above wild Atlantic beaches. Here there is a peace no longer found in the populated areas, and purity so refreshing in contrast to the pollution of the cities. It is also a land of great contrast from mountain to sea.

The weather !?

The Irish weather can be changeable and is often very localised. This means that you may well have a morning of rain and an afternoon of sunshine – and that the weather may be quite different 10 miles away.

Cool days in summer: 10 – 15° C (50 – 60° F).
Warm days in summer: 21 – 27° C (70 – 80° F)

It is a good idea to take layers of clothing with you each day and to change whenever the temperature does. As a general rule, always take rain gear with you and remember that the higher you go, the cooler it gets.

Seasons – the best time to come to Ireland

Traditionally the peak season for visiting Ireland and Connemara and Kerry is in July and August, but don’t be put off coming to either Kerry or Connemara earlier or later in the year, as the weather can be just as good if not better. The chances are that over a week or so in Ireland the weather will be varied, with some good and some not so good days, no matter what the time of the year. Another point to remember is that while it does rain in Ireland, it is not as bad as some people make out – it is quite often “soft rain”.

January & February. These months feel traditionally cold and unpleasant. Due to the golf stream, it never really freezes and snow is very, very rare. If there is a high pressure the days can be sunny and wonderfully clear. However the days are still very short in these months so they aren’t the best for a cycling holiday even if the weather is okay.

March and April. The days are getting longer, and especially April counts as one month with least precipitation (believe it or not), especially around Easters there seems to be always a nice spell with sun-shine. But it can potentially be still quite grim, and temperatures do still feel quite cold. Nature however awakes with brilliant yellow gorse bushes everywhere.

In May there can be some excellent spells of spring sunshine. There is considerable range in the conditions in this month, it can even be variable on a daily basis – you may experience rain, hail and sunshine all in the same day – which can add interest to the scenery and your cycle. There is usually a good spell of high pressure in May, which lasts a week or so and brings sunny & warm weather to the whole country, and guests have been known to go away with sun-burns.

June is traditionally together with May and September one of the best month to visit Ireland for weather – and the month when the days are longest – with the sun setting as late as 23.00. As the days are long, and if there is some settled weather it can get hot inland, but along the coast there tends to be a constant sea-breeze cooling you down. The sun can burn too – sun cream and sunglasses are strongly advised. (This applies from April onwards). Late May, start of June sees the wild rhododendron in bloom, with a mass of pink/purple flowers, an absolutely amazing sight.

July & August. These months are with a mean temperature of 15.2° C and 14.9° C the warmest, but are also with the wettest months. If you still want to avoid the peak season try to come in the first two weeks in July, before the school holidays start in the UK and on the Continent.

September. The weather in this month is not as hot as July or August, but is usually fine and very comfortable for cycling. The trees start to turn to their autumn colours later in the month.

October. We don’t get many cyclists at all in this month – despite the fact that the autumn colours are usually at their best in early October. But after the first week the weather tends to turn cold and wet, and the days get progressively shorter (the sun sets about 6pm). For these reasons we don’t advise you to take your bicycling vacation after the first week of this month.

November & December. These months are characterised by short days, and usually cold and wet weather, with frequent storms – not the best time to come to Connemara.


The West Coast of Ireland offers some of the most fabulous scenery. The main regions are Connemara, Galway, and to the Aran islands and the Burren in Co. Clare.

However there are also tours in County Kerry. Enjoy a beautiful loop around the Ring of Kerry or on the Dingle Peninsula, steeped in history.

Guided bicycling tours

Why a guided group bicycling tour?

Guided group bicycle tours attract people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, and even different nationalities. Together with the help of an experienced, personable tour guide, it will make for an authentic experience of the Irish culture and countryside, as well as the creation of a special camaraderie. You will find that other cyclists share with you the same appreciation for freedom, and nature and are like-minded companions.
Nevertheless, there will be no regimented daily bicycling itinerary. You will receive for each day, a detailed, clear route description as well as copies of maps, detailing the various options to bring you to your next accommodation. For cyclists, who prefer to bicycle longer distances, there are side trips and extra mileage options. And for extra ease, a support vehicle is on hand to offer you a lift if desired.
Usually the group size is about 12 bicyclists, allowing for you to experience the un-divided attention of the tour guide, yet being big enough for you to find cyclists going at the same speed. Generally groups are a mix of singles, two friends, and couples.

What is included in a guided group cycling tour?

  • Experienced guide
  • Bicycle rental – touring hybrid bicycles
  • Assistance by skilled bicycle mechanic
  • Support van all the way
  • Detailed route descriptions & maps
  • Luggage transport throughout
  • Accommodation carefully selected for comfort & charm
  • Pre-departure information

Self-guided cycling tours

What is a self-guided cycling tour?

On a self-guided tour, there is no guide, no un-known group cycling with you at the same time, only the person you choose to be with you for your bicycling tour in Ireland. A self-guided cycling tour means choice, flexibility, and a tour that is just right for you. You can start on any day of the week in Connemara. You are independent, however, if you need technical or emergency support, there are phone numbers to call. Self-led tours are safe, affordable, individualistic, and enriching since you meet Irish characters, and are able to talk to them, which you may not necessarily in a group environment.