Up in the Mourne Mountains, a small but extremely scenic mountain range in Northern Ireland


The lunar landscape of the Mourne Mountains


On top of the world (well, kind of)


Spelga Dam, a reservoir in the Mournes


Lough Shannagh and the Silent Valley Reservoir


Starting point


View towards the sea


The 35km long Mourne Wall, built to enclose the catchment area of the nearby reservoirs (I'm not quite sure how it works though)


Local residents


Spelga Dam and the surrounding mountains


Rugged lands seen from Carn Mountain


The Mourne Wall zigzags across the mountains


View along the Causeway Coast in Ballintoy Port. Not a bad place for a seaside house.


Viewpoint from the coast near the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge


View from the top of the Antrim Coast cliffs near Ballintoy




Graveyard next to Ballintoy's church


Ballintoy harbour




Horses on the Antrim Coast


Apparently only a few houses were allowed to be built in this area to prevent it from becoming crowded


Stone hut serving as a cafe in Ballintoy harbour


People approaching the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge


View of the North Channel with Rathlin Island (pop. 75) in the background


Wobbly Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge leads to Carrick Island, formerly used by salmon fishermen as it was a prime fishing location (though the bridge they usde was a lot less stable)


View from the Antrim Coast towards Rathlin Island (Reachlainn in Gaelic Irish)


Rather interesting architecture


Beware of the fighting - fictional traffic signs near the studio of the Bogside Artists


The firemen of Derry


Guinness are famous for the creativity of their ads


An offer you can't refuse - Guinness meets the Godfather


The mural Operation Motorman by the Bogside Artists, symbolising the way the British Army attacked the territories controlled by the Provisional IRA in 1972


I was only joking


The colours of Ireland


Ode to Claude's (in the loo of Claude's coffee house)


The Bogside Artists mural Petrol Bomber - a kid with a gas mask and a petrol bomb during The Troubles (the Irish vs. British conflict)


The Petrol Bomber (Bogside Artists)




Colourful terraced housing


The road leading to the Giant's Causeway


The size of the Causeway is best seen from the surrounding cliffs


The causeway's lava formations


The hills around the Giant's Causeway


The dramatic Causeway Coast


These are actually quite comfortable when used as chairs


It's quite hard to believe this isn't man-made, but was formed as a result of volcanic activity in the area


People exploring the Causeway




View from the nearby cliffs


Cliffside steps




Sunday afternoon




The paths around the causeway, as seen from the top of the highest rock formation in the water


The colours of Ireland


The dome and viewing platform of Victoria Square shopping centre


The viewing platform inside the dome of Victoria Square


View over Belfast


Daily life in Belfast


The 17 metre Ring of Thanksgiving sculpture on the bank of the River Lagan


Temple Bar (and the pub of the same name), the entertainment district of Dublin


Inner Dublin


Feel strong


Mounted member of the Irish police, the Garda


Broken angel


On the campus of the Trinity College (officially called simply the Provost, Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin)


Bag City


May cause death - bus timetable in Dublin


The wall of one of Dublin's most subtle sex shops


Not to worry!


Booze 2 Go - a pretty straightforward off licence in Parnell Street




Freebird Records


Sightseeing boat in Dublin


While almost everyone speaks English, Irish is used on official signs in an attempt to preserve the language


Banner celebrating Sinn Féin ('We Ourselves'), the Irish nationalist political party closely linked to the IRA


Skateboarding Prohibited - sign on a hideous (brutalist style?) office building, designed to suck the life out of you anyway


Life in Dublin


Despite the city's relatively compact size Dublin's streets can be extremely busy


Architecture by St Stephen's Green, a public park in South Dublin


Dame Street


View across the narrow River Liffey


The Oliver St John Gogarty pub, named after a surgeon/writer/football player of the same name.


Southwest Ireland's weather is among the country's driest, with only about 200 rainy days a year






Graveyard in Glendalough's Monastic City


Celtic High Crosses on tombs


On the shore of the Upper Lake


View from the ridge between peaks Lugduff and Mullacor


View from Lugduff


The Monastic City with St Kevin's monastery


The ruins of St Kevin's Cathedral with tombstones lying flat on the ground


817m Tonelagee as seen from the Camaderry ridge


What looks like an extremely dry landscape is in fact one giant bog (a type of wetland) hiding under the plants


Surreal-looking peat hags at the top of Camaderry


The valley of Glendalough


This is not a blurry shot - the effect is due to the dense plantation of pines


Ominous views over Glendalough's pinewoods


Flowers love the wet climate


Towards the valley


Not really an indigenous species, but it seems to like the place


The red hiking route passing by Mullacor mountain


10 minutes' rest among the boulders by the Glenealo River - the signposted route ends here, and the bog walk begins


The ridge of Camaderry that leads down to the valley of Glendalough


Hikers at the footbridge over the Glenealo river leading to the Spink ridge


To get a sense of scale: those specks on the sand are people


Walking on water sign in the Upper Lake


View from the the middle of the peat bogs covering the mountainside of Camaderry


Sunny days are a rare thing here, though the county's 200 rainy days a year make it one of the driest areas of Ireland


The steep side of the Spink




The path to the Monastic City's graveyard


There are graves dating from the 18th century


The long descent from Camaderry


The Upper Lake


The Glenealo River as seen from the Spink, a series of cliffs along the Upper Lake


View from Camaderry towards the East


View from the Camaderry ridge


The red water of acidic Glenealo River


The Upper Lake


From the footpath running around the edge of the Howth Head peninsula


Dangerous cliffs sign attacked by German stickers


Nie wieder Faschismus - Never again fascism


Dog in a sweater at low tide


Fishing boats in Howth Harbour


Fishing equipment


A day by the sea


Angling in the Irish Sea


Howth Head peninsula as seen from Howth pier




Frutti del mare


Looking towards the uninhabited island called Ireland's Eye (Inis Mac Neasáin)


Low tide in Howth harbour


A nice day


Yield right of way - for some reason the standard triangle sign needed explanation here; The island Ireland's Eye is in the background


Sunday afternoon on the beach in Portrush


Irish bar with the West Strand in the background


The port of Portrush


Portrush is a seaside resort town (weather permitting)


The East Strand of Portrush


Two signs apparently targeted at two different audiences

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