Bird’s Eye View of Belfast

Back to Belfast for our last day in Ireland, we decided to do something different and check out the city from an alternative perspective high up on the Divis Ridge Trail in the Black Mountain. This mountain forms a stunning backdrop to the city, it always seems to be looming large in the background and is…

Beach Combing At Warrenpoint

Feeling a bit like the Grand Old Duke of York – marching up and down that big hill to the Big Stone, we decided to stop in the nearby little town of Warrenpoint to explore and check it out. Son lobbied hard for this – he’d seen the sea from up top and felt he…

A Hike to the Big Stone

Cloughmore, or the Big Stone as the locals call it is a 30 tonne granite boulder perched on the slopes of Slieve Meen in Co. Down, one thousand feet above the village of Rostrevor. This is one of those places I wonder why we haven’t visited before, so blown away were we by the scenery…

Chilling on the Down Coast

As Ireland continued to bask in a heatwave during our visit, an afternoon by the sea became a priority.  My childhood memories of summer in Ireland involve many sun baked days at the seaside – it never, ever rained and the sun was always shining.  Reality strikes – with the Irish climate this is highly…

Boyne Valley and another Battle

Another day, another battle.  Not the one we had with Son upon discovering we were headed for the site of yet another famous Irish skirmish (that is a different story).  Suffice to say, peace negotiations with him involved a beach trip at the end of the day.   Today was all about the Battle of…

Walking Derry’s Walls

Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s second largest city, the UK’s City of Culture 2013 and somewhere I last visited over 20 years ago.  This summer, during our annual trek to N.Ireland to visit family, it featured top of our must-see list – something long overdue. There was a lot of bloodshed here during the Troubles, but the…