Clifton, County Galway
Bernish Viewpoint, Ring of Gullion, Newry, County Down
Strangford Lough with bridge giving access to Mahee Island, County Down
The ruin of Mahee Castle on Mahee Island, County Down
The Martello Tower, Magilligan Point, County Londonderry.
The tower was a defence against any invading fleet entering Lough Foyle
Just across the sand dunes, Benone Strand, a popular beach in Northern Ireland
There were no further attempts to invade Ireland after 1798 and the garrison stationed here didn't ever need to fire a shot.
Andrew Jackson lived from 1767 – 1845 and was an American lawyer, soldier, and statesman, before taking office as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.
The plaque reads:
The parents of 7th U.S. President Andrew Jackson emigrated from their cottage at Boneybefore to the Carolinas around 1765. They settled in the Waxhaw region. Arthur Dobbs, of Castle Dobbs, Carrickfergus, was governor of North Carolina at this time.
View of Mourne Mountains, County Down, from Dolly's Brae car park
With a view of the mountains and a nearby lake, this has become a favourite place for people to get away from it all during COVID restrictions and the current period of lock-down. Yesterday, (Tues 6th April) was the last day of the traditional Easter holidays. Here in Northern Ireland in normal times, many would have made a day-trip to the North Antrim coast or other seaside resort for a break.
This year, the Easter period has been much different. Travelling anywhere for leisure purposes where there are likely to be crowds, is discouraged; so thankfully, places like this forest exist. With statistics recording an increase in mental health problems during the lockdown period, it may help to spend some time in a different environment, preferably one that’s conducive to de-stressing.
2020 has been a most difficult year for many. Loss of life and livelihoods have been part of the package of the COVID pandemic. In today’s quote from Charles Swindoll, he advises us to put the past behind, and look to the future with hope. This may not be an easy thing to do, but thankfully there are natural resources that can help. Forests, lakes, the sea, and places of quietness and solitude can help de-stress the mind and give us hope for a better future.