The Road To Lough Dan
Day Tripping in The Wicklow Mountains
Hidden away and down stony lanes, over grassy hills, banked by screens of bracken fern, walk through the verdant ever changing weather and vista to reach the quiet shores of Lough Dan in Co Wicklow, Ireland.
Along the path, snatched glimpses of the Cloghoge River catch the eye, until it banks curve and wend to greet you as you arrive at the lake shores and the abandoned and forlorn white house. Meanwhile in the fields below herd of Sika deer pause to look before returning to graze.
Sunset outside The Bottle and Glass Pub in Picklescott, South Shropshire.
I took this picture a little while ago whilst visiting Picklescott of horse and rider taking a break outside the pub as the sun went down. Charming village and pub and great place to stop if you happen to be in that neck of the woods.
More info on the Bottle and Glass can be found by clicking this link
and about Picklescott by clicking this link
A recent road trip to Devon and Cornwall taking in parts of the Jurassic Coast.
A UNESCO world heritage site its not hard to understand why once you have visited. You can read more of its fascinating history by clicking this link. The plan was to head for Lyme Regis but as the weather was good and a Bank Holiday weekend to boot it was packed. Stopped long enough though to catch a pic along the beach. Heading off we happened upon a quaint and quintessentially English village where I stopped to buy a paper and I reckoned if you want to find where the locals go to avoid the crowds what better than to ask. the shop keeper. Helped by her grandson they both conversed between themselves for a few minutes one suggestion this place and the other that until they both settled on Tyneham.
Lyme Regis Coastline
I had seen any mention of Tyneham on the list of places to visit along the Jurassic coast so was immediately fascinated. It turned out to be far more intriguing than I could initially have imagined, or hoped for. It transpired that Tyneham had been evacuated by order of the war office in December 1943. The abandoned village of Tyneham has stood quiet, ghostly and forlorn since. You can read more of the fascinating history of this place by clicking this link. Access is not always available and the entire area around it is still used today as a military firing and practice range. During military maneuvers the road is closed to traffic, best to check in advance if it is open. Luckily for me the road was open on the day I visited.
As a consequence, whilst all other places along the Jurassic coast were crowded, Tyneham was virtually empty apart from the savvy locals we joined. A beautiful place with a few pictures below to prove it!
Passed this bridge along the way to the Jurassic coast in Devon
The Coastline at the abandoned village of Tyneham
Fields of wild garlic in full flower, pungent stuff!
Co Mayo, Ireland
Achill Island, Irish: Acaill, Oileán Acla in the County of Mayo is the largest island off the coast of Ireland, situated just off the west coast and has a population of approx. 2,700 and was first settled about 5000 years ago. Of course this population fluctuates wildly with the seasons as it has long been a popular second home holiday destination for many Irish. A small road bridge connects the island to the mainland crossing the Achill Sound.
The remains of what would have been a pretty much traditional cottage, although in times past the roof would have had a straw thatch.
There is scarcely a road on Achill that does not have commanding views and gorgeously rugged landscape.
Close to Dugort, at the base of Slievemore mountain lies the Deserted Village. There are approximately 80 ruined houses in the village. The houses were built of unmortared stone, which means that no cement or mortar was used to hold the stones together. Each house consisted of just one room and this room was used as kitchen, living room, bedroom and even stable. The village was abandoned at the time of the Potato blight in Ireland 1845 when residents either moved closer to the sea in order to live off fish and fishing, or emigrated. The village has been unoccupied since 1845 the ruins standing as a haunting reminder of one of the greatest, and unavoidable tragedies, of Irish history.
Mayo West of Ireland
This is a picture port folio of a recent visit I made to the West of Ireland with 2 of my nephews. We could not have been luckier as the sun shone from dawn till dusk for the 4 days of our visit.
If you are lucky enough to catch good weather here its quite simply one of the most fascinating landscapes on earth. In fact it reminds me in part of some of the best landscapes in New Zealand!
Lough Cullin (Irish: Loch Cuilinn) is a lake in County Mayo in Ireland. With its immediate neighbour to the north, Lough Conn, it is connected to the Atlantic by the River Moy. Lough Cullin is noted for its trout and salmon fishing.
In Celtic mythology, Lough Cullin was created when Fionn mac Cumhaill was hunting with his hounds; Cullin and Conn. They came across a wild boar. Finn and the hounds attempted to chase it. However, as the boar ran, water poured from its feet. The hounds ran ahead of Finn and eventually Conn was ahead of Cullin. Conn chased the boar for days until a lake appeared. The boar swam back to land but Conn was drowned. This happened again in the south to Cullin.
This is the road that leads from the farmhouse cottage, Hare Cottage, we stayed in during our visit, which I found on Airbnb and can heartily recommend. Details and links at the bottom of the post.
And this is the remains of the ancestral home of our host. Although i’m sure the abandoned bike is not quite as old as the house!
And this the end wall of what used to be the granary.
And these the crumbling walls of history at sunset.
Liverpool Picture Post
I imagine for most people the mention of Liverpool brings to mind, and is synonymous with, the Beatles, but for me the main attraction is the architectural heritage of the city, with some fine examples both from its rich historical past to it dynamic and forward looking present. Below is my picture post from a recent trip to the city.
The wonderful docklands area with a faint glimpse of the Liver birds in the distance.
The Dockland is also home to The Tate Liverpool a fabulous space and with Free entry a must visit when in the city. The view out through one of its windows caught my eye on the day and has an almost Lowery type quality to it For more info on Tate Liverpool click this link