A Day in the North

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.
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Great old grey stone against a grey sky with the sea behind.

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With a tub of colourful pansies near the gate.

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A bit further on we stopped at this little church.

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With this old bridge across the street.

Back on the Coast Road for a bit and we were rewarded with this.

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We saw three rainbows on our way…two of them double!

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Here is another.

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Another view from the bus.

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And this lovely glen. The white dots are sheep. There were LOTS of sheep!

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.

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The bridge from above. The walk from the car park to the bridge is about 1/2 mile and glorious. Here are some pictures.

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it was an overcast misty day but thankfully, not too windy.

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The bridge. You can see how high up it is.

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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.

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Finally we got down to the stones.

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They really are quite remarkable.

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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.

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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4 Responses to A Day in the North

  1. Joanne Gregoire says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip
    Joanne

  2. wspines says:

    Thanks for bringing me to a place I love, I have never made it across the bridge but am determined to do it next time.
    Were you able to stop at Ossian’s grave? It wasn’t in good condition the last time I went but the road was larger and I wondered if busses stopped there.
    I just love the coast road with spectacular views at every turn.
    carole

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