I have missed a couple of week’s posts due to a bout of illness. But back on track, so we are going to Ballydevitt Cottage in County Londonderry . I have tried to find some history about this small cottage,without success.
I talked to a local couple but they are only a few years in the area, so at some point I will go back and see if I can get some information about it’s history.
This is another Irish photo rally point, it’s in Aghadowey, County Londonderry.
I’m going to add the coordinates which you can copy to Google maps and go to street view to see the location.
So on leaving Tongue I continued west across the north coast with the rain closing in fast. not much chance of any photos this morning. Had the roads to myself except for the sheep. Following the road around through Hope and around the shore of Loch Eriboll a small window in the rain. With the sun showing it’s face I got a couple of shots.
The dry spell didn’t last long and it was back to the liquid sunshine. The road around the loch brings me to Durness. Its from this point I turn more to the south west and leave the north coast behind, hid from view in the low cloud and rain. Following the roads through the Highlands was pure joy even in the wet. pulling into a small parking spot overlooking a valley with a fast flowing river. I sat and watched the river slow has it widen in the valley floor. With the rain and wind I was looking at what helped shape the landscape around me. Sitting there the weather felt just right. It was part of this landscape. I realised I was looking at the real highlands and they are beautiful.
Continuing on south to Unapool I turned of onto a small single track road that follows the coast around to Lochinver. It was along this stretch the weather showed signs of improvement. Getting into Lochinver it had dried up and a much needed coffee was enjoyed. The bike topped up with fuel, time for a few more miles. Again sticking to the single track roads around the coast and dry roads for a change, the camera came out from hiding. Here’s a few more shots not in any order from this leg.
Then it was down into Ullapool and a B&B. Bags unloaded and it was into town for a meal. It was when I had parked up and about to get off the bike a voice to my left asked it I was part of the BMW club that was meeting there. I replied I wasn’t . The voice belong to a female from the Shetland Islands. Sorry I can’t remember your name for it was a German name. We chatted for a while and then she left to find the BMW club riders and has normal we exchanged email address in case her and hubby are every in Ireland or me in the Shetlands. A hot shower and it’s where I leave you on this leg of the trip for a comfy bed and a night sleep. Catch you on the next leg.
Another three of rally points done, but only got a couple of photos edited. The first is here in County Monaghan. This stands in the most northerly parish of Co. Monaghan: Errigal Truagh. Behind the old school house stands the ruins of an ancient church, where many beautifully carved old headstones of McKenna interest remain a major tourist attraction. Which I hope to follow up with some photos later.
Next its over to County Leitrim, to the birth place of Margaret of New Orleans. Will include a link here about this amazing woman. It surprises me sometimes the history and stories behind some of the photo rally points. Please have a read about this woman, Margaret of New Orleans. And here is her restored home in Ireland.
The motorcycle you see in the photos is a BMW R1200gs and is my transport around Ireland for work and pleasure.
Started doing the first photo points on the IPR this year. There’s a link here which shows the map and rally points. You can do them in any order and have a few months to complete them. My first was number 8 on the map.
Moylough Castle or Church
Then traveling south it was number 7 next, Ballinahowen Tree Sculptures
There are a few of these tree sculptures here so will do a post about these soon.
Still heading south to the next one number 13 on the map it was another tree sculpture in Banagher. It is called The Musician (J McEvoy) link
Heres a link with Johnny McEvoy singing The Ballad of Jack Reilly.
Then it was over to the town of Tullamore to see a friend and enjoy a coffee. Back on the road home in the evening sun with just short of two hundred miles covered, the buzz of riding is still there even after forty years of motorcycling.
One thing we get in Ireland is our fair share of rain. Was going out to put my motorcycle into the garage when I spotted a line of drips on the front mudguard/ fender. Getting a tripod and setting up in the rain I got a triple reflection of the mechanics of the bike.
Getting towards that time of year when I want to get back on Two wheels. Just waiting for the frost to clear and the days to heat up a little. I love the freedom riding a motorcycle gives, the air on my face. The feel off the road through the foot pegs, the scents from nature filling your being. Going places where a automobile/motor can’t take you, exploring single track lanes. The people who come to talk when you pull in somewhere, Kids waving. The older people who rode motorcycles in their younger years, the tales and dreams from the summer days they had on the road. The friendships built across many countries, the one’s still to come. So here’s to new friends and places.
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