Christmas in Northern Ireland

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.

Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland

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.

Statue, in the grounds of the Slieve Donard hotel

Statue, in the grounds of the Slieve Donard hotel

Slieve Donard Hotel

Slieve Donard Hotel

Walking along the beach

Walking along the beach

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! 

 

Leo on the beach in Newcastle

Leo on the beach in Newcastle

Before the storm!

Before the storm!