From time to time all of us reach a crossroads in our lives and need guidance for a new direction. Proverbs 3 gives a promise to those who will acknowledge God in all their ways and not rely on their own ability or intellect to work things out. In this short video, John Callister narrates Proverbs 3: 1-8 against the backdrop of a popular coastal walk at Hazelbank, in Whiteabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Castlewellan Forest, County Down
Murlough, County Down, looking towards the Mourne Mountains and Newcastle
Path into mountains off the Quarter Road, Annalong, County Down
Saint Patrick's Cathedral, County Armagh
These are the ancient church ruins of St Cuthberts on the Ballytober Road, Bushmills, County Antrim. The church dates from the late 1630s and was built on the site of a much older medieval church. This was a place of worship for Protestant settlers in the area but it is credited as having been provided by Catholics; namely, Lady Katherine Manners, wife of the first Earl of Antrim, Randall McDonnell, and widow of the late Marquess of Buckingham. It is, therefore, a rare example of church tolerance in this region at that time.
St Cuthbert’s church served the Parish of Dunluce from 1622-1821, when the new Church of St. John the Baptist was built in Bushmills. It originally had a thatched roof, but as was the custom, it was then unroofed and the contents sold at auction.
The graveyard surrounding the church includes the remains of some sailors and noblemen who drowned when the ill-fated Spanish Armada ship, Girona, sank nearby in 1588, at what became known as Port na Spaniagh (or the Bay of the Spanish). It wasn’t until 1967 that the wreck of the Girona was discovered by Belgian diver, Robert Stenuit.
Cottage in Connemara, County Galway
Athenry Abbey, County Galway
North Atlantic Ocean from Portballintrae, County Antrim
Lough Navar from Aghameelan Viewpoint,County Fermanagh
Path near Castlerock, County Antrim
Castlerock clifftop looking towards Mussenden Temple, County Antrim
A foggy morning at Portrush Strand, County Antrim
Athlone Castle, St Peter and Paul Cathedral and River Shannon, County Westmeath
Newcastle Beach, County Down, and the Mountains of Mourne
Clough Castle with Mourne Mountains in background, County Down
In the sixteenth century, the ruined ‘keep’ was rebuilt as a tower house. The castle sits on a 25ft artificial mound, giving a vantage point for lovely views over the surrounding countryside, including the Mourne Mountains.
Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard, County Galway
Whiterocks Beach, Portrush, County Antrim
Portballintrae, County Antrim
Evening setting sun at Portstewart, County Antrim
Boyne Centre, Drogheda, County Meath
The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge House, Drogheda, County Meath
Owenriff River, Oughterard, County Galway
Lough Corrib, County Galway
Dunluce Castle, Antrim Coast, County Antrim
Portballintrae, County Antrim, looking towards Runkerry Beach
Halfpenny Bridge, Dublin
Portrush, East Strand, County Antrim
In Northern Ireland, a spell of good weather often brings people flocking to the north coast. Portrush and nearby Portstewart are favourites since both have excellent beaches, as well as good shops and eating places, etc.
There’s plenty of choice and places of interest on this northern stretch of coastline including Ballycastle, Kinbane Castle, Carrick-a-Rede with its famous rope bridge, Ballintoy, Dunseverick, The Giant’s Causeway, Portballintrae, White Park Bay, and then the popular towns of Portrush and Portstewart.
With the Covid travel restrictions, the word ‘staycation’ has become a buzzword as we’ve had to face the uncertainty of being able to travel abroad without quite a bit of hassle. Instead, many have made the most of holiday destinations closer to home – places like the north coast. Fortunately, in Northern Ireland we have plenty of suitable places to enjoy a break. It’s even better when we get those temperatures that we’ve been enjoying this year.