August the 1st 2012
It's a miserable day from leaving my house to the boat at Cairnryan.
After a choppy crossing.
And a dreich drive I arrive in Newcastle, County Down.
That's Slieve Donard above the cloud.
After picking up some brochures at the Tourist Information, I head down to Bloody Bridge.
There's no sign of my bunkhouse, someone I ask says it no longer exists. I wish people would update their websites!
After ringing around I've got a bed at Mourne Lodge (Cnocnafeola), Atticall near Kilkeel.
It's still pretty dreich, but I decide to take a walk around Bloody Bridge.
This bridge I'm under is fairly new. The other is on the original site.
It's a choppy sea below.
Bloody Bridge was originally a ford. The name refers to a massacre at the site at the time of the 1641 rebellion. The bodies of slain prisoners were thrown over the bridge into the river, turning it red and so the river became known as the Bloody Bridge River.
Next I took a quick look around Annalong and It's harbour......
.............and another quick shifty in Kilkeel.
Now I got into gear trying to find Attacall.
I eventually found the right road, and by the time I got there it was pouring down.
I found Mourne Lodge after passing it a few times.
I wasn't on the lookout for Cnocnafeola ha ha.
Cooked myself some food when I'd found the kitchen, then when I next looked out, the view was transformed.
Mountains were in view!
I took a run in the car up the hills as far as the big dam
That's Kilkeel way down there.
On my way back down I get this panorama.
I'm heading back down to Kilkeel
The views are great now.
I believe this is Rocky Mountain.
A look around Kilkeel Harbour finishes off the day nicely.