Old trip into Northern Ireland
Sligo to Donegal
We did a day trip to the Atlantic coast again yesterday. We started of at Glenade Lake and then moving along Ben Bulben to the coast. Very beautiful with all views dominated by the mountain range. Most beaches were sandy and ideal for surfing with very clear water. The towns we visited were a bit too touristy for my liking though.
We decided to try the Irish inland for a change and went up to county Cavan. There are loads of rolling hills and small lakes there. Quite pretty but I do prefer the coast;
Warrenpoint, Omeath and Carlingford
Had a nice drive around Carlingford Lough today. Starting in Warrenpoint in NI and then driving down again along the estuary to Omeath and Carlingford. In Carlingford there was a Poultry race where children would release chicken and then try to drive them to the end of a pen to win the race.
First hill of the year in NI was a rather easy hike up up with some great views, you could see Sugar Loaf to the south of Dublin all the way up to the Mournes with the sea in between. There was a large bronze age cairn at the top. Afterwards we stumbled upon a shrine to St Bridget whic apparently is the female version of St Patrick to the Irish. Then went on to a beach in Carlingford overlooking the Mourne mountains
Westport to Achill island part 1
And the last few pics taken in a little bay near Keel. Great views of the cliffs, a beautiful sandy beach and the mountains behind you.
Westport to Achill island part 2
Croagh Patrick dominates the bay between Westport and Newport. It is were St Patrick did a stint being a hermit. There is still a little building on the top, don’t know whether that is the original one though. Definately have to climb that one day.
The bay and Achill island are a beautiful mixture between impressive cliffs and mountains and lush little islands, the best of both worlds.
Westport to Achill island part 1
Friday we went west again and picked up were we left of in Westport some time ago. There was so much to see that I feel it deserves multiple posts. The first is about the houses and buildings we saw. The tower was owned by the pirate queen Grace and is just north of Newport
Cushendall to Whitehead - Northern Ireland
Another day and another day trip, we picked up were we left off last tine in NI and drove south. A very beautiful drive along the coast with some beautiful cliffs and nice little harbours. We closed the day of in Portaferry.
Portstewart to Cushendal - Northern Ireland
Roadtrip to Northern Ireland starting in Portstewart. There was an airshow in Portrush so we could see the planes doing loopings in formation, unfortunately this also meant it was quite busy in the area. Then onto Dunluce castle which is well worth a visit, it stands on the edge of a cliff and apparently the kitchen dropped down into the sea when it was still in use.
The Giant’s causeway was a bit disappointing as it was very busy. The rope bridge island we skipped as well for the same reason. We visited some lovely little harbours afterward and ended the day at a beautiful valley at the bottom of a cliff.
Dungarvan to Roche Point
Another day trip to the south of Ireland, we went from Dungarvan where we had left of to Roche Point which is close to Cork. It was a beautiful day and it was very quiet everywhere now that the holidays are over. Some great beaches, ports and towns. Ireland at it’s best (so far)
Nameless peaks in between Tonelagee and Mullaghcleevaun
I went hiking again today in the middle of the Wicklows. I did two nameless hills in between Tonelagee and Mullaghcleevaun. The hike was about 7 km’s climbing from 400 mtrs to 780 mtrs high. Great weather and a nice hike.
Various in Dublin
Today was buy my kayaking stuff day. We started of at the Grand Canal Dock to buy a wet suit. We then decided to go to the pier that shields the harbor at the Liffey river. It is very long with great views from Howth down to Dalkey and some beautiful lighthouses. (I am always a sucker for those) Then we had a nice Thai lunch outside in Dun Laoghaire. We picked up the rest of the gear including a sit on top kayak. Then quickly to Loughshinny for a quick paddle before darkness. The best first trip ever……..I found a group of about twenty seals lounging on the rocks with the low water.
Wexford to Hook Head
Another road trip today. Beautiful weather throughout which is a nice change after all the rain this summer. We started out the day by an unexpected pilgrimage, we spotted an old building and decided to have a look at it. It turned out to be an ancient and still going place of pilgrimage.
Then we followed the coast down to Hook Head and up the estuary to Waterford while stopping at as many beaches and harbors as usual. This area is on the south of Ireland and felt a lot greener and lusher, also the villages and buildings were more traditional Irish. (loads of thatch cottages)