The moral of this story is, good things come to those who wait.
So, i’d decided that in 2022, I would visit Scrabo Country Park to see what it was like, and get some photos of Scrabo Tower while I was there as i’d never (to my knowledge) visited before.
The first opportunity I had was a free Saturday morning in February. It was dull so I didn’t get any decent photos.
I did discover that the walk to Scrabo Tower isn’t that demanding. I was expecting an hour long trek to the top like Cavehill. During that visit, I had a ramble through Killynether Wood.
Two months later, with another free Saturday morning, I decided to make a return visit.
While I was making the journey, I was wondering if i’d made the right decision as the rain started to come down as I drove through Dundonald. I’d made a decision and I was going to stick to it.
Curiously, despite the fact I was leaving Belfast, the travel time was around about the same as going to Cavehill or Blackmountain. Geography can be funny sometimes.
Thankfully, the rain stopped by the time I arrived but then it started again. Just a little bit, nothing that would have me running for cover. I’d come this far, I wasn’t going to turn back.
I walked to Scrabo Tower and had a nosey about.
However, this time, I took a different path on my way down. Instead of going to Killynether Wood, I decided to explore Strangford Quarries.
Having been dull and wet, which made me wonder what on earth I was doing, the sun came out, brightening the mood and meaning I was able to get some decent photos.
My visit to Strangford Quarries was going to be timebound so I didn’t deviate too much so that I could come back the way I came. It was one of those trails where I just walked straight ahead and see where it led me.
On my way back up, I headed back to Scrabo Tower and get some better photos now that I had some daylight to work with.
It was a really enjoyable visit. Across my two visits I covered a lot but there is still a lot for me to explore.
That just gives me another excuse to come back.
Remember, it took me quite a lot of visits to properly explore Cavehill.
I definitely plan on coming back at some point before the Summer ends.