Here’s the second part of my review of 2019, in lieu of not actually posting much during the year. It’s been great to look back as you forget just how much you get about in a year.
Top image: part of the skyline of the town of Paisley in Scotland, taken in October.
Walking along the Lough Allen Canal (now remarketed as part of the Shannon Blueway) on a trip to County Leitrim in May.
A view from Slievenanee in the Antrim Hills in June. You can just make out Dungonnell Reservoir in the distance on the left, which I visited on this same hike.
A 15km hike in the eastern Sperrin Mountains gave this excellent view across Banagher Forest towards the cliffs of Binevenagh, Lough Foyle and Inishowen in County Donegal.
Living in Scotland by July and a couple of shots from a quick visit to Ayr. Top: Craig Tara Beach with a view across to Arran. Bottom: the cottage where national bard Robert Burns was born in 1759.
Overlooking the town of Paisley, Scotland where I’m currently living.
A weekend back home for a stay at an old lighthouse cottage at St. John’s Point, County Donegal. Top: the sun setting behind the cliffs of Slieve League. Middle: the lighthouse. Bottom: lovely little beach near the bottom of the peninsula.
A day trip to the village of Balloch on Loch Lomond in August, with Ben Lomond in the distance.
Another trip home in September and a view over the Clogher Valley from the top of Knockmany Forest, County Tyrone.
A visit to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England and an enjoyable 14km walk along the nearby coast. Top: Whitley Bay Beach and St. Mary’s Lighthouse. Bottom: Tynemouth Beach.
A view of Paisley Town Hall and Abbey from Saucelhill Park.
Home again in October (yes, I go home a lot) and a short hike on Ballix Hill in the western Sperrin Mountains.
Autumn in Paisley and a shot of the statue of Irish-born St. Mirin (or Mirren) outside the Catholic Cathedral dedicated to him.
Paisley lit up for Christmas. Top: Paisley Abbey. Middle: in the shadow of the Town Hall. Bottom: Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, due to reopen as an entertainment venue in 2020.
A quick visit home for a pre-Christmas night out in Navan, County Meath followed by a short walk along the banks of the River Boyne the following day.
A 20km walk between Glasgow City centre and Paisley in December, following National Cycle Network Route 7. Top: view of the ‘Squinty Bridge’ or Clyde Arc. Middle: Pollok House (1752). Bottom: view of Paisley’s Christmas big wheel and Town Hall.
Home for Christmas and a hike on my familiar stomping ground of Slieve Beagh, on the County Monaghan side. Top: little Lough Antrawer. Bottom: descending towards Knockatallan.
Have a look at Part 1 of my 2019 review or visit my Instagram for more images.
Best wishes for 2020 to anyone who made it to the end of this! ~ Martin