There are worse ways to spend a Monday morning.

Regular readers will know that I was a regular visitor to Edinburgh during Pre Covid times.

However, Arthur’s Seat was not something on my itinerary. Looking back, that was a big mistake.

Eventually, in 2019, I took the plunge and walked up it. I ended up regretting the times I never walked up it.

I made a vow to go up again in 2020, and then again in 2021 and so forth.

Obviously, I never saw Covid coming.

As a result, it wouldn’t be until 2022 that I return.

Back in 2019, I walked up at 6am. It might seem mad, but trust me, it’s worth it when you reach the top.

I did intend on going up around a similar time, but my bed was too comfy, so 7.30am it was.

There are various ways to start Arthur’s Seat.

When I went up in 2019, I got a taxi from my accommodation in Sciennes. I asked the Driver to drop me off at the most convenient point, which turned out to be the Commonwealth Games Swimming Pool.

So, I used that for my reference point.

This time, I was staying in Newington, not far from Sciennes. The ride turned out to be embarrassingly short. I could have walked it.

When walking up Arthur’s Seat, it is advisable to take your time just to be safe. It is very easy to have a fall.

The weather on Monday morning was dull, meaning that my photos were crap, meaning that the trip felt a bit underwhelming.

I did note, that you feel stalked by Easter Road. No matter where you are on Arthur’s Seat, you can always see it. I got two Football Stadiums for the price of one as I could see Meadowbank Stadium, the proposed new home ground of Edinburgh City, at the same time. I think I saw Murrayfield as well.

As I said earlier, be careful going up as it is easy to have a fall, especially if it is or has recently been wet.

There was a gentle breeze when I was walking up, which was most welcome.

I would also advise heading early in order to avoid the crowds. There wasn’t many people there when I went up, very early on a weekday.

Having reached the top, I headed down, leaving via the Scottish Parliament and then a short walk to Waverley in order to pick up my copy of Metro.

Checked out on Tuesday morning with a lot of time to kill, I thought to myself looking at the weather being better for phototaking, why not walk up it again?

I was only a short walk from the start, so why not?

By now, after four successive days of hitting 40,000 steps, my legs felt like stone.

Knowing what would await me at the top, I pushed on through.

Despite there being bright sun in the sky, it was cold and windy.

It was so windy, that my hat blew off. I didn’t even realise such a thing could actually happen.

Thankfully, I was able to retrieve the hat.

The views at the top were spectacular, being able to look over Edinburgh and see people going about their daily business.

It was worth the wind, the cold, the sore feet. Sometimes, you need a little pain to get a little gain.

I’ve no idea when i’ll be back in Edinburgh, i’m looking at August 2023.

Whenever it is, i’ll be sure to include a trip up Arthur’s Seat to my itinerary.

Photo Album – Monday

Photo Album – Tuesday

Arthur’s Seat – August 2019


What a difference a year makes.

On Easter Tuesday 2021 (yes, I know the dates for Easter fluctuate so it’s not strictly a year ago) I ventured up Cavehill to see it covered in snow.

It was an amazing experience and something I always wanted to do, so I was glad that everything aligned to enable me to get photos I wanted.

This year, the weather was kinder in terms of temperature. Not warm but certainly not freezing.

It was also kind in terms of phototaking, lots of daylight to work with.

Readers will know when I go somewhere, I like to arrive there early. On this occasion I was there around 8.40am.

Having been so many times, there’s not much new for me to discover.

However, I did spot Seaview for the first time. It was the first time i’d actually been looking for it. You can see it from the top.

Quite apt, as that’s where i’d be heading later in the evening.

Photo Album

Cavehill – March 2022

Cavehill – January 2022

Cavehill – October 2021

Cavehill – July 2021

Cavehill – April 2021

Cavehill – March 2021

Cavehill – January 2021

Cavehill – November 2020

Cavehill – October 2020

Cavehill – August 2020

Cavehill – June 2020

Cavehill – February 2020

Cavehill – November 2020


So, I have one last day off over the Christmas/New Year Period, and I have two options.

Do I have a lie-in or do I get up early to walk up Cavehill?

Of course I got up early to walk up Cavehill.

I had eleven days off over Christmas if you include Public Holidays and Weekends, but didn’t get out on many walks.

The weather was crap. No point going out for a hillwalk in the rain.

I had quite a few of those mornings where you stare out the window waiting for the rain to stop and then grabbing the bike for a quick cycle as soon as it stops. That was the height of my conscious physical activity of Christmas/New Year. Obviously, i’d done a lot of subconscious activity walking about doing everyday things.

It was a bit frustrating, just as the same time last year, when I had planned on filling every available day with a hillwalk, but it was not to be.

This was my first visit to Cavehill in two months, my longest gap since my first visit in late 2019.

Ok, this might sound odd, but just go with it. I don’t usually go out for a cycle or a hillwalk on a Saturday morning when i’m going to a football match that afternoon.

That’s because I usually put my feet up when I go home and relax, meaning the 3pm kick-off time then becomes a struggle. Trust me.

As a result of actually spending my Saturday afternoons watching football, I haven’t been out for a hillwalk on a Saturday morning for a while.

Add into that, any Saturday i’ve been free, the weather has been crap.

That is basically how I haven’t been to Cavehill for two months. Blame it on crap weather and watching football.

When I talk about crap weather, it’s not just rain. It’s dull skies that don’t really help for good photos, and going for a walk and not taking photos feels like a waste of time.

Talking of time, I left the house just after 8.30am. The lack of traffic was sadly balanced out by all the lights being against me. An absolutely incredible run of red lights in a row.

Despite that hold up, I arrived just before 9am. Seeing a few cars scattered on Innisfayle Park made me worry that the car park was already full, but thankfully, it turned out to be eager walkers who arrived before the gates opened at 7.30am.

I can report, that three days into 2022, the line markings for parking bays at Cavehill are still vague.

Come on Belfast City Council, how hard is it to buy some white paint?

With there being some rain in the previous few days, it was no surprise that is was quite mucky, so I found myself having to psyche myself up a few times to leap over a puddle.

And I found myself having to watch my footsteps at times, mostly on the way down, so that I didn’t slip and slide all over the place.

There was also some interesting developments in the shape of a new mountain bike trail currently being piloted.

On my way up, I managed to get some nice photos of the sunrise, although I ended up wishing I had got up earlier so that the same photo opportunities would be there the higher I got.

I didn’t deviate from my usual route, up to McArt’s Fort, have a wee look around Belfast and then back.

Obviously, I wouldn’t be standing too close to the edge due to it being windy, and cold. Thankfully, I had layers, but still, brrr.

I did manage one other hillwalk when I was off, as I went up to Blackmountain the previous Thursday. The weather was dull and dark, so I didn’t bother taking photos, which is why there is no blog.

Thankfully, it was dry, which is the main thing.

I’ve been up Blackmountain in the rain, and it’s not a nice place to be when it rains. It has happened to me, and there is nowhere to shelter.

It was great to get back up Blackmountain after only visiting twice during 2021. You couldn’t keep me away from it towards the end of 2020.

I did go one Saturday morning in January and it was rammed, which put me off going on a weekend. Then, when I was using up Annual Leave, I ended up trying out other walks.

As is customary, I made a donation to the National Trust in exchange from a beverage. As it was Christmas, I treated myself to a hot chocolate instead of the usual cup of tea. I’m so extravagant, i’m out of control.

Part of the Christmas decorations saw a collage of images on the wall of the cafe titled Dogs Of Divis.

Simple really, you let them take a photo of your dog if you’ve taken it with you, and they print it off and include it on a collage on the wall.

Unsurprisingly, they were all good dogs. 13/10, would pet.

Genuinely reckon if there were Social Media accounts based on Dogs Of Divis, they would be the most followed accounts on the web.

For the record, Cavehill was holding it’s own in terms of good dogs this morning.

While I was out, ITV were broadcasting Britain’s Favourite Walks : Top 100, hosted by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba. If you have Sky Q, you should be able to download it. It’s a repeat of a show originally broadcast about two or three years ago.

Cavehill is included on the list, one of four that I have done alongside Arthur’s Seat, Beachy Head and Derry’s Walls. Just another 96 to go.

So, a first walk of 2022 is done, i’m sure i’ll have more over the next 362 days.

On the wishlist for this year that I hope to do at some point are Belvoir Park Forest, Blackhead Path, Blackmountain, Colin Glen Forest Park, Cregagh Glen, Giant’s Ring, North Down Coastal Path and Scrabo Country Park

I’ve no travel whatsoever booked, so we’ll just have to wait and see what other walking adventures I have.

Photo Album

Cavehill – October 2021

Cavehill – July 2021

Cavehill – April 2021

Cavehill – March 2021

Cavehill – January 2021

Cavehill – November 2020

Cavehill – October 2020

Cavehill – August 2020

Cavehill – June 2020

Cavehill – February 2020

Cavehill – November 2019


November began with a day trip to Dublin. Naturally, while I was there, I took the opportunity to check out Street Art. Might as well, seeing as it was my first time there in two years.

Later that week, I did something else I hadn’t done for a long time. Not as long, just over eighteen months. I am of course referring to going to a concert, in this case, Lightning Seeds at The Limelight.

That was then followed by two road trips for Linfield away games, to Portadown and Crusaders.

Sandwiched inbetween that was another road trip, this time to Ards to get some Street Art photos, with a recent event having taken place.

It was a month of doing things I hadn’t done for a while. This time, going on a flight.

The destination was Gatwick, but not to go to London, but Brighton instead.

So many photo adventures, where to start?

Street Art in Brighton, of course. Also, a walk along Beachy Head, OMD in concert, and some sunsets while I was in Brighton.

Back home, a return to Windsor Park to see Linfield beat Cliftonville.

Two days later, I headed to The Limelight to see The Charlatans in concert.

The month ended with Linfield matches against Glenavon and Carrick Rangers.

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art Photo Album

Lightning Seeds live at The Limelight

Lightning Seeds live at The Limelight Photo Album

Portadown v Linfield

Ards Street Art

Ards Street Art Photo Album

Crusaders v Linfield

Brighton Street Art

Brighton Street Art Photo Album

Beachy Head

Beachy Head Photo Album

OMD live at Brighton Centre

OMD live at Brighton Centre Photo Album

Brighton Sunset

Brighton Sunset Photo Album

Linfield v Cliftonville

The Charlatans live at The Limelight

The Charlatans live at The Limelight Photo Album

Glenavon v Linfield

Linfield v Carrick Rangers


October began with a football match on the first day of the month, to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Cliftonville.

It was back to Windsor Park the following Saturday to see Linfield take on Carrick Rangers and then on the road for the match against Warrenpoint.

The following Saturday was football free, so I took the opportunity to walk up Cavehill.

Linfield’s trip to Larne being moved to a Monday night was the reason for that. Naturally, I was at Inver Park to get some photos.

Using up Annual Leave, I headed to Derry for a day trip, snapping some Street Art that I spotted when I was there.

The month ended with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Dungannon Swifts.

Linfield v Cliftonville

Linfield v Carrick Rangers

Warrenpoint Town v Linfield


Cavehill Photo Album

Larne v Linfield

Derry Street Art

Derry Street Art Photo Album

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts


August is usually a busy month. It didn’t have a trip to Edinburgh as usual, but it did have a trip to Manchester to see United take on Leeds, and of course, get some Street Art pictures.

The week before that, I headed to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Fola Esch in the Euro Conference League. The less said about that the better.

Towards the end of the month, I took in another trip, this time to County Wicklow, getting pictures of the Bray To Greystones Walk, Bray Head, Bray Harbour and of Street Art in Dun Laoghaire.

On the final Saturday of the month, I was back in Irish League watching mode, seeing Linfield take on Crusaders at Windsor Park on the opening day of the season.

Linfield v Fola Esch

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Leeds United

Manchester United v Leeds United Photo Album

Bray To Greystones Walk

Bray To Greystones Walk Photo Album

Bray Head

Bray Head

Bray Head Photo Album

Bray Harbour

Bray Harbour Photo Album

Dun Laoghaire Street Art

Dun Laoghaire Street Art Photo Album

Linfield v Crusaders


May took a while to get going. Three weeks it was until the first photo adventure.

That was three weeks into the month for a football match. An actual football match, my first of the year.

It wasn’t just any football match, it was the Irish Cup Final, where Linfield beat Larne 2-1.

The following day, I then headed to Cregagh Glen and Lisnabreeny Hill.

On the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of the month, I headed to Belvoir Park Forest that morning for a photo adventure, and to make the most of the sunshine.

Irish Cup Final

Irish Cup Final Photo Album

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill Photo Album

Belvoir Park Forest

Belvoir Park Forest Photo Album


A third choice, but it turned out to be a good choice.

During my trip to Brighton, I planned on taking in a hillwalk somewhere. I had plenty of options.

My original choice was to go to Devil’s Dyke or South Downs National Park, but it soon became apparent that getting there would be an issue.

They are only served directly by Public Transport during the Summer.

Beachy Head would be the best option as I could get a train to Eastbourne and then get a short taxi from Eastbourne Train Station.

Travelling there by taxi, the road to Beachy Head reminded me of Upper Springfield Road as you head to Blackmountain, very long and winding and remote.

The comparisons with Blackmountain didn’t end there. When I arrived there, it felt very similar to Blackmountain, although Blackmountain doesn’t have a pub or views of the sea.

That’s where I headed. The views of the sea that is, not the pub.

The pub, named The Beachy Head, was to be my starting point for the walk. Yes, I know how much thought there was naming the pub.

I crossed the road and walked along the path to Belle Tout Lighthouse, about an hour there and an hour back.

It was grass all the way, but thankfully it hadn’t been raining in the days leading up to this.

Thankfully, it wasn’t raining while I was there, as there was nowhere to shelter.

Overall, a very enjoyable walk. The weather was very kind for taking photos, very bright, and most importantly, it was dry.

I was ready for a rest by the time I got to The Beachy Head. It was a good time to wrap up as it was starting to get dark.

Beside The Beachy Head is The Beachy Head Experience, an exhibition centre and a handy reference point for phoning my taxi back to Eastbourne Train Station.

It’s a walk I would recommend, although if I do make a return visit to Sussex at some point in the future, I would try out other walks such as Devil’s Dyke or South Downs National Park first, to see what they are like.

Photo Album


April began with a four day weekend due to the Easter Holidays. Naturally, I was out with my camera.

On the Saturday, I headed to Belvoir Park Forest. Before Lockdown, I hadn’t been to Belvoir Park Forest in ages, so I rediscovered it, if you will.

I’d been a couple of times before, but the weather was usually too wet or too dull, so the photos weren’t great.

This time around, I had some early morning sunshine that I took advantage of.

I had planned to use my time off over Easter to do my monthly visit to Cavehill.

The plan was to go on Easter Tuesday as I assumed that Saturday, Sunday and Monday would be rammed, Tuesday would be a bit quieter. You know, the whole Trying Not To Get Covid Thing.

It turned out to be an inspired decision. Not only was there not a lot of people about, but it snowed. Yes, snow in April.

Cavehill in snow was photos I always wanted, and I was not disappointed by my trip to McArt’s Fort.

On my way up, I did ask myself what I was doing, but it was all worth it when I got to the top.

However, next time it snows like that, i’ll head to Lisnabreeny Hill, in the interest of balance.

Cregagh Glen and Lisnabreeny Hill was where I headed next the following weekend, not in snow but in sunshine.

April saw me get my first Street Art photos of the year, a trip up to Shankill Road to see some new pieces painted outside Spectrum Centre and a piece by Dan Kitchener at the top, near Woodvale Park.

Belvoir Park Forest

Belvoir Park Forest Photo Album


Cavehill Photo Album

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill

Cregagh Glen/Lisnabreeny Hill Photo Album

Shankill Street Art

Shankill Street Art Photo Album


After a miserable 2020, might as well start 2021 on a high. Literally, with an early morning walk up Cavehill on New Year’s Day.

I got lucky with lots of sunshine, daylight and frost to take photos with.

The following Saturday, I headed to Giant’s Ring, as well as taking in Minnowburn and Terrace Hill Gardens.

Just as with my visit to Cavehill the eight days earlier, I managed to get lucky with conditions, sunshine, daylight and frost which made for some nice photos.

After that, well, that was it for a while.

Nothing. Nada. Zip.

No football, all the games were behind closed doors.

No concerts, as all tours were cancelled.

No Street Art at all being painted either.

And then, every other weekend I went out with my camera, it was either wet or dull, or both, meaning there were no photos worth blogging about.

As a result, February 2021 was a bit of a non event, which is why this is a blog post that covers two months.

Don’t worry, there was some sort of (relative) normality in March 2021.


Cavehill Photo Album

Giant’s Ring/Minnowburn/Terrace Hill Gardens

Giant’s Ring/Minnowburn/Terrace Hill Gardens Photo Album