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

     

Gravestone

     

Graveyard next to Ballintoy's church

     

Ballintoy harbour

     

Love

     

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)

     

Smile!

     

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

     

Family

     

View from the nearby cliffs

     

Cliffside steps

     

Patterns

     

Sunday afternoon

     

Throne

     

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

     

Locked

     

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

     

Valeting

     

Locals

     

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

     

Signature

     

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

     

Yummy

     

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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