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Northern Ireland

Road Trip

A road trip through the southern part of Northern Ireland.

 
Nord Irland, Road Trip, Lars Hauck

Rainy weather for days on end - so just get going by car, without a fixed destination and always just following my nose through southern Northern Ireland.

Left the places to be discovered to chance and the rain breaks.

However, I was surprised what a great yield and what a beautiful hike such an approach has produced.

The only possible explanation I have - Northern Ireland is simply very beautiful.

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Nord Irland, Slieve Gullion, Lars Hauck

Slieve Gullion

Rainy weather for days on end - so I went by car, without a fixed destination and always following my nostrils through southern Northern Ireland.

The discovered places were left to chance and the rain breaks.

I was surprised what a great result and what a beautiful hike such an approach has produced.

The only possible explanation I have - Northern Ireland is simply very beautiful.

Reagh Island

Reagh Island is part of a group of islands in Strangford Lough, a huge natural harbor southeast of Belfast.

 

It used to be only accessible at low tide via a small ford.

 

Today it is connected by two dams to the mainland and its neighboring island, Mahee Island.

Here I found a spot where I actually only wanted to take a short break and which then caught me in such a way that I almost didn't want to leave.

Nord Irland, Nendrum Kloster, Lars Hauck

Nendrum Monastic Site

I was attracted by this absolutely magical meadow which would have been worth a second look to any location scout for J.R.R. Tolkien's film adaptations.

At the top of the hill you can see the remains of a 6th century monastery.

The monastery is regarded as one of the germ cells of Christianity in Ireland.


But the monastery was also an attraction for craftsmen at that time, simply because there was work there and people settled there and gradually developed the place into a tiny center.

 

However, this small center did not only attract respectable people, there are also indications that there were also attacks by Vikings from the sea side.


In the 15th century, the site was replaced by a more easily accessible mainland site, and from then on Nendrum decayed.
 

Nord Irland, Kearney Village, Lars Hauck

Kearney Village

For hours I walked along the beach until I decided to go back inland to get some cover from the fresh wind.

 

It became green and idyllic and suddenly time seemed to stand still. 

 

Killarney Village, an old, then flourishing, 19th century fishing village in full bloom.

 

The National Trust is committed to carefully and competently restoring this authentic fishing village while preserving its original character and giving visitors the opportunity to experience a real place without changing it.

 

If the weather is good, you can see as far as Scotland from here and the area is great for hiking and clearing your head.

Saint John's Point Lighthouse

It is something rare and therefore something special when you suddenly find yourself in a place of your own childhood.


As a child I was fascinated by Boy Lornsen's novel "Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt" It's about the adventures of a boy who was chosen by a robot to help him with his exam in the robot school.

 

They travel in a homemade vehicle that can swim, fly and drive. The vehicle was invented by the boy and, without the boy's knowledge, built by the robot.

 

Their first task was to find the lighthouse with black and yellow stripes to find out how many steps it leads up.

 

All my life this was a fictional place for me - until the day I decided to visit St. John's Point, near Killough, County Down.

 

The black and yellow ribbon has been in place since 1954 and is now known as the day stamp.

 

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Nendrum Monastic Site

Mahee Island

The Sheep's Head Way

 

A remote valley near Killarney.

A paradise for hikers and guaranteed net-free zone.

Reagh Island

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St. John's Point Lighthouse

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