Earlier this year I dropped mention that I was going to be writing a guidebook to my home nation. Having spent the Winter months knee-deep in research, I submerged in the Spring to start on the next leg of the adventure. Last month I made a flying visit home and set off northward to begin an exciting couple of days criss-crossing county borders, to seek out the best that each region had to offer.
My travels took me to the rolling hills of Donegal, where I would pay a visit to Ireland’s Most Northernly Point at Malin Head. From there I wound on round the remainder of the stunning Inishowen Peninsula, renowned for its pristine beaches, before transversing over to County Down, where I roamed the ravishing gardens of Mount Stewart and crossed the calming waters of Strangford Lough.
Cue a short break to spend time with family, before doubling back to start over in Donegal. This time following the remainder of the Wild Atlantic Way through the barren county to its border with Fermanagh. Here I based myself for a further couple of days as I branched out to cover the breadth of what is known locally as ‘lakeland country’. From magical forest parks to crumbling castle ruins, I scouted out the necessary places required for the book and had quite the adventure in doing so.
Preparing to leave the diverse beauty of Fermanagh and the surrounding counties behind, I made sure to include one final stop before making off back home via Armagh aka ‘cider county’. Crom Castle and Estate is kept by the National Trust and is home to a scenic expanse of land overlooking the waterways. It proved a very romantic place to become indulgently lost and I found myself lucky enough to have almost the entire place to myself, with barely another sole there, it was serene.
Though I had a great time discovering more of my home country, I’ve only just scratched the surface, there are still many more counties to cover and secrets to discover. For now that will have to wait as other duties call, but I can’t wait to get back out on the road again for the next leg later in the Summer. Til’ then keep an eye out and do feel free to share your stories or tales of a time you maybe visited the ‘Emerald Isle.’