As usual the recounting/posting fever begins again at the start of the new year. I realise I have over 20 (eeek) trips to get through, so I’d better post these short updates now then never!

Back to this short weekend trip to escape Dublin. One of the best things about living in a small country is the ability to get out and away from where you live with just a (relatively) short drive. When heading from Dublin up to Sligo, there are some definite places to stop along the way, not the least of which is right in the midlands – Lough Erne is quite spectacular, particularly in early misty morning light! Not that I took a photo – I just enjoyed the view this time. However, it made sure a return journey was on the cards at a later stage to explore the midlands alone.

Some highlights:

Walking along a windy, almost empty beach with the most spectacular view and the beauty of Ireland’s ability to showcase all four seasons in the space of 20 minutes.

Enjoying the setting sun off Bundoran, and watching the rolling waves crashing in the next morning.

The country lanes around Ben Bulben and a short (but beautiful) walk at the foot of the mountain.

Lough Erne bursting at the seams thanks to all the rain – its certainly a sight driving through the midlands when half of it is underwater…