It was a day of torrential rain and flashing lightning back at the start of July, and itching to get out and about, I resigned myself to probably just going for a drive, on the off-chance that there might be some dry spells, but with little hope of getting out of the car or doing any walking. I headed for the Rosguill Peninsula in northern Donegal, and with the weather still terrible, parked on the high ground above the Harry Blaney Bridge. There, through the heavy rain, I sat in the car and watched the dramatic lightning flashing over Horn Head and the ocean. Then driving aimlessly, I found myself at the 16th century Doe Castle just as the rain stopped and some breaks began to appear in the dark clouds. I was able to take a walk around the castle knowing that if the lightning started again, I could quickly retreat to the car. The well preserved castle was an interesting location for an hour’s photography.
Just getting this break in the thunderstorm to explore the castle meant I felt that already it had been worthwhile heading out in such unpromising weather, but it turned out to be just the start of a great day.