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Autumn Photo Compilation

Great views from Ulster and Connaught; there is so much to see in this little country!

Hike Cycle Ireland

I thought I’d add a ‘quick’ post pulling together some photos from my hiking and cycling excursions over the past couple of months.

First up is an image from a cycle back in September.

DSC_1018c.jpgThis was taken quite close to home, along the southwest shore of Lough Neagh at Brockagh, County Tyrone. I regularly cycle along the lough and never tire of the expansive views, which change as you move around the shore. This is looking across Counties Armagh and Down to the distant Mourne Mountains, about 60kms away. Slieve Donard, the highest point in the province of Ulster, is on the left.

Next up are a couple of images from a hike in the Castlegal Hills of north Leitrim

DSC_1099b.jpgDSC_1112bab.jpgThis line of craggy summits face the main Dartry mountain range across the Glencar Valley, and I’ve often gazed over at them from my oft-travelled back route…

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Gods Country!

Ballytiglea – Graiguenamangh – Ullard Loop

A blue sky heralded ideal conditions for a jaunt along the Barrow this morning; unfortunately by the time all the chores were completed it had clouded over somewhat. But then again there is no bad time for a jaunt along the River Barrow!

Today’s route was a short loop, just 19kms, starting at Ballytiglea Bridge. We – my 59 year old good friend Tommy Wogan (recently reacquainted with the benefits of cycling) and myself, continued on as far as Graiguenamanagh where we crossed the bridge and visited Duiske Abbey. Headed uphill along a quiet back road that passes the ruins of Ullard Church, not far from our starting point at Ballytiglea. The Church at Ullard was founded by St Fiacre in the sixth century, patron saint of Gardeners and Taxi Drivers! Fiacre was one of our great missionary saints who is revered in Meaux and Brie in France There is a handball alley created off the back of the Church! Ullard is a beautiful Church ruin, worth stopping at.

I would highly recommend this for an autumn cycle; the trees along the river are a feast of browns, yellows and reds. The Track was in good condition, though we did suffer a cloud burst and the surface became soft but passable.

The road out of Graigue climbs a little but the views over the river and towards the Blackstairs are immense.

Barrow and the Blackstairs

Cycling the Barrow Track

Ballykeenan Lock

Meandering River

Approaching Clashganny

Under the Beech Tree

Borris Lock

Boat Wreck

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