Donegal, Sligo & Leitrim in OWPG Awards 2012

01st November 2012

Donegal, Sligo & Leitrim: Mountain and Coastal Hillwalks by Adrian Hendroff and published by The Collins Press has been Highly Commended in the Guidebook Category at the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild Awards 2012 in the UK. This literary and photographic awards is made to its members in recognition of their work during the previous twelve months.

The judges commented: "In many parts of Ireland there are few public paths and rights of way, a deficiency which creates inherent difficulties for an author in writing walking guides. However, this book tackles the problem well, by highlighting grid reference points and giving clear instructions throughout."

This is the second year running that Adrian has won an award. In 2011, his debut book From High Places: A Journey Through Ireland's Great Mountains won the main prize and his feature article Mountains Of A Lonely Land (TGO Magazine, March 2011) was Highly Commended in the Words and Pictures category, both at the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild Awards.

Of From High Places, the OWPG judges said it is "An eye-opener of a book, full of stunningly sharp and strikingly composed photographs, which makes the reader feel like setting off straight away to an easily-reached but under-appreciated part of the world. Folklore, history and modern developments are all covered in the elegantly-phrased and informative text."

From High Places was also commended at the Boardman Tasker Awards 2011 as "...a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive celebration of Ireland’s mountains,based on the author’s journeys and enhanced with stories from Ireland’s history and folklore" and by bestselling authors Bernadette McDonald "From High Places reveals a primeval mountain landscape that is rich with history, tradition and romance. The stunning images and compelling narrative are more than enough to inspire this reader..." and Cameron McNeish "This is the most beautiful book I have seen about the hills of Ireland...This is a book in a thousand. Buy it, read it, then go west".

Adrian's other book The Dingle, Iveragh & Beara Peninsulas has also earned praise from The Irish Examiner, RTE, Irish Mountain Log and Walking World Ireland.

More information and trailers on these books may be found here,

Press releases:

Tribute in Outdoor Focus, magazine of the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild:

Mountains Of A Lonely Land, TGO, March 2011:

OWPG Award Certificates: