Yesterday was a very long day. We met the bus for our trip to the Giant’s Causeway at 6:30 am and we didn’t get back into Dublin until 8:30 pm. But it was a lovely trip. Once we got into Northern Ireland we took the Coast Road. I felt like I was in Ireland at last!
The Coast Road goes along the coast, with lovely bays and cliffs on one side and grassy hillsides with lovely sheep on the other. This is the Ireland that I love!
We stopped at an old castle at Carrickfergus..
Back on the Coast Road for a bit and we were rewarded with this.
At last we reached the car park for the Carrick- a-Rede Rope Bridge. I was not at all certain that I would cross it.
My turn came and I made it across! I can’t say that I enjoyed it, but I DID it!
And then it was on to the Giant’s Causeway. Our driver entertained us with the story of the two giants who created the causeway. FinnMcCool from Ireland and Benadonner from Scotland were rivals. They built the causeway so Benadonner could come over and fight Finn to see who was greater. But when Finn saw how big Benadonner was he wasn’t sure he wanted the match. So his wife dressed him in a baby bonnet and put him in the cradle. When Benadonner came looking for Finn, she told him that Finn was out but he could come in and meet Finn’s son. Benadonner took one look at the “baby” and thought, if the son is that big, how big is the father?! So he ran off back to Scotland. At least that is the story. The time passed quickly and soon we were there. Another lovely cliff walk and then down to the Causeway. More magnificent views. Here are some pictures.
Finally we got down to the stones.
After a late lunch at a nearby pub, we began the long trek back to Dublin. We stopped in Belfast on the way back. We got there too late for the shops but saw a bit of the city. Many changes in Belfast since the peace agreement has been signed. Very hopeful.
It was a very full day.