These aren’t gentle bends – they are almost right angles. At one of them I stopped to admire the view back towards the coast, with a hazy glimpse of Scotland across the Irish Sea.
While looking at the Craigboy pheasant, I can tell you something more about the name of the townland. According to the PLACENAMESNI.ORG website, 17th century records show the name as “Creboy” and “Ballycreboy”, indicating that the name probably has nothing to do with the Irish creig meaning “rock”, but instead came from An Chré Bhuí meaning “the yellow clay”.
I am developing a habit of photographing gates and fences. Perhaps I can learn something from them about the culture or history of different parts of Ulster’s farmland, but for the moment I just like the way the sun glints off these metal bars.
Back down on the coast, in the Templepatrick graveyard in Miller Hill townland, I found a gravestone from 1820 for a family in Craigboy.
Which civil parish is Craigboy in? Donaghadee
Which council area is Craigboy in? Ards and North Down Borough Council
Which county is Craigboy in? County Down