For the past 8 years, I have been lucky enough to spend my Christmas holidays in Northern Ireland. Spending each Christmas with my wife's family is always very special and there are always plenty of photo opportunities due to the outstanding beauty of the country.
Not many beaches in the UK, or even the world can boast the magnificient views that are provided by the Slieve Donard mountain in Newcastle, which towers over small the seaside town. Dominating the small town of Newcastle is the impressive Slieve Donard hotel, which seems to occupy a huge portion of the coast line. Lining the gardens of the hotel is a whole host of sculptures, which are impressive on their own, but look even more stunning with the mountains in the background.
Shortly after taking the above photographs in Newcastle, a massive storm rolled in from the Atlantic making the next few days difficult to leave the safe surroundings of our house in Hillsborough. Never mind though, it's Christmas and there's plenty of mince pies and alcohol!