Derry Gallery

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Lough Foyle became my prime target for a charity cycle ride for Children in Crossfire and the slideshow is a record of the route. It is a combo that started  with level road cycling from Greysteel, a hill climb up the slopes of Binevenagh, then across the Magilligan-Greencastle ferry. That part accomplished in a 50 mile sweep by roadster bicycle, with the scars to prove it.  The next part a circular tour around the Inishowen Peninsula of Donegal (which forms the far shore of Lough Foyle), firstly to Kinnegoe Bay on the Atlantic coast, then to Buncrana via Culdaff and Clonmany. Much of that trip at an altitude of 900 feet so hillclimbing  involved. At some point on the homeward leg a famous half-pint of the good stuffconsumed.

Meanwhile my dicky heart standing up well to the strain and with some noticeable improvement in cardiac reserve (most noticeably, no orthopnoea or ventricular trigeminy any more). This degree of exercise  pushing the envelope after a coronary event but it seems to be working.

All donations to Children in Crossfire are gratefully received; preferably (for accounting purposes) through,  but they can be sent direct to Children in Crossfire if preferred.

Geograph Collection

This photo gallery of townlands in County Derry enables a visitor to pinpoint exact locations by toggling between Geograph and the Satellite/OS Map/Terrain menu of the KiwiCelts Interactive Map 2.




Cumber Lower











Top of the World

Ballykelly Rape Field

Ballkelly Church

Dungiven Flax Mill

Ogilby’s Castle, Altinaghree

Portstewart Harbour


Dungiven Castle

Saint Muiredeach Mortuary

Loughan Marina

Kildoag Cottage


4 responses to “Derry Gallery

  1. Don MacFarlane

    August 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    More photos on North Derry and Donegal

  2. Don MacFarlane

    August 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

    The North coast of County Derry is by far the most picturesque part of the county and it forms part of the Ulster Way. Much of the slideshow shows the panoramic view from the Bishop’s Road upland stretch between Limavady and Downhill, looking down to Magilligan Strand. It is not a road for a cyclist unless super-fit and it was so-called after the famously eccentric, benevolent and agnostic Bishop Hervey. His brother, who was Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, secured him the highly sought after position. I can almost feel the angst of his coachmen and horses at being ‘forced’ or coaxed by the Earl-Bishop to go up there instead of the dead-flat sea-coast route below. However, he was so highly thought of, albeit with much bemusement, that his harebrained notions were probably accepted by all with sly winks and much good humour. One of his harebrained ideas was to make all candidates for a position as curate to dash naked around an obstacle course. There was no interview and first to finish got the job! Another of his foibles was to try to outdo the RC Bishops in Rome, where Hervey spent much of his time, by prancing around in a broad-brimmed white hat and scarlet pantaloons.

  3. donfad

    June 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

  4. Don MacFarlane

    June 15, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Both maps are in the Introduction Page of this blogsite – one is called Interactive Map (Ordnance Survey) and the other is Interactive Map 2 (KiwiCelts, linked to Google Earth). I much preferred the second map till it was spoilt by linking it to Google Earth but it can still tell you where the Parishes are.

    Correction: The Kiwicelts map has not been spoilt after all, in fact it has been enhanced. It now offers a toggle facility and a choice between Map, Terrain and Satellite modes. The Kiwicelts has the added feature, most useful for genealogists, of showing Civil Parishes of counties.


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