March 16, 2005 and yes that's me in the tee-shirt on the edge of Belfast Lough. If it's peace, tranquillity, fresh air and exercise you need then walk the coastal route from Crawfordsburn in an eastern direction to Bangor. You will not be disappointed. This picture tells the story! Get over here.
If you are interested in cruisers or yachts, you will find plenty to satisfy you in the marina at Bangor. Many international visitors enjoy the sailing around the shores of Northern Ireland. Bangor Marina is well equipped to berth-up and explore.
The day before St. Patrick's day Spring arrived! After a long winter it was necessary to cast off coats, jumpers and to walk from Crawfordsburn to Bangor along the coastal path. Yes you can believe what you see in this and the pictures to follow. Sunshine and 15C. Watch the sky for signs of change and remember it rains in Ireland lots!
To the south-east of Belfast the Castlereagh hills are found. The higher land (400 feet above sea level) offers spectacular views over Belfast, the Lagan Valley and around to the Mournes, Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula on a clear day.
This picture was taken from Lisnabreeny on a chilly February morning in 2005. The city was subject to shunshine and localised showers. This is typical Northern Ireland weather.
If you take a look at my 'Giant's Ring' album you will find Autumn shots of this tree. Christmas Day 2004 at around 10.00 I found this striking view. I simply had to make a picture.
Snow in Northern Ireland is not a frequent event and a 'White Christmas' is very rare indeed.
Cavehill Nature Reserve Park
The climb to the top is worth the breathtaking view of Belfast and the coast.
Take the local Bus from the City centre to Glengormley and ask to be let off at the Cavehill Entrance- close to St Gerard's RC Church
Downpatrick is a town thats about 30 mins drive from Belfast, where St. Patrick is buried.
Down Cathedral and Down Arts Centre (pictured here) are there as well.