Friday, May 22, 2015

Day 10 Antrim Coast and Giant's Causeway

On day 10 we enjoyed our regular hotel buffet and were on the bus at 8am.. This time we were heading more in a north easterly direction.... again our destination was the coast,,, but an awesome creation of God's... the Giant's Causeway! The morning was still misty and things appeared to be greener this morning. It was very faery -like.

I wish those sheep would stand still.... oh yeah, Im the one hurtling down the road!!!!

Such lovely villages along the way!

Yes, we're On the right route!!!

What an amazing ruin of Dunluce Castle, a now-ruined medieval castle in Northern Ireland. It is located on the edge of a basalt outcropping in County Antrim, and is accessible via a bridge connecting it to the mainland. You can see it here as we rode along the Antrim coast there on the far right... then a close up view.

a little different angle below

Dunluce Castle is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea, along the North Antrim coast, and was the headquarters of the MacDonnell Clan. 
There is archaeological evidence of a village that surrounded the castle which was destroyed by fire in 1641. The site was also witness to the sinking of a colony ship that broke up on the rocks off Islay in 1857 with the loss of 240 lives.

Constantly fought over, it eventually succumbed to the power of nature, when part of it fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639. It was abandoned shortly afterwards. 

While there is evidence that parts of the castle date back to the 14th century, the first record of it is from 1513 when it belonged to the MacQuillans.

The 17th century mainland courtyard, containing domestic buildings, leads downhill to a narrow crossing to the rock, formerly protected by a drawbridge to the gatehouse. The buildings on the rock are 16th and 17th century.

Did you know? Recent archaeological excavations of Dunluce Castle have further demonstrated the significance of the site, revealing an incredibly well preserved merchant town built in 1608.
I love this next did you know......
Did you know? Dunluce Castle is regarded as the possible inspiration for Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. 
a borrowed photo from online...on a clear day!

The northern coast of Ireland is so dramatic!

These photos are taken as we drive along the coast road.... no I didnt look down to see how close we were to the edge..... just appreciated John , of cork, our driver!

a seaside town on in the Glens of Antrim....

My first British phonebooth.... I got rather excited... for we were indeed still in Northern Ireland... and then we were at our destination... the Giant's Causeway!

The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is also known as Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFomhórach in Irish and the Giant's Causey in Ulster-Scots

It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. One adventurous friend, Bill was anxious to get out on it.

A young college gal with us went to the highest top in a few seconds..

I meandered around the base for sometime...

I could tell the adventurer in Lynn was popping out all over him!

Little by little he made his way toward the water's edge!

And then he made it to the top!

Ahoy, there!

I loved the sense of knowing I was there and ever so cautiously made my way over stumbling stones... all I could think was dont fall dont trip, dont sprain your ankle.. dear Lord, dont let me break a leg!!!

the path before me

treacherously,  I very slowly moved forward!

NO he didnt fall just so many levels of formations..

I am thanking God I am there and I am upright!!!

It was an amazing feeling to actually be at the spot we had poured over for so long in the travel books!

Then it was time to onward go!

At the top there in the information center I took these photos just to show what it looks like on a nice day!

And then we continued around the northeastern coast

To our dismay this was one site we could only see from afar... it wasnt part of our tour... 
here are a few stock photos of the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The bridge spans an 80 foot deep chasm that renders Carrick-a-Rede island, a must do for every visitor and gives a fitting dramatic climax to an exhilarating day’s walk. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede (from Irish: Carraig a' Ráid, meaning "rock of the casting"). It spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) above the rocks below. The bridge is mainly a tourist attraction and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Our bus parked at a lookout some miles away and we were told it would take the rest of the day to tour it... some on our group were quite disappointed... I was just as happy to say I saw it!

glad my camera has a very good close up focus!

As we made our way through the Glens it was again very faery-like and imaginative for me.

I love the old churches

quaint villages..

lovely streams we passed over stoned arched bridges

and then we had come to an Antrim village of Carnlough... a fishing village.. time for lunch and we chose the Londonderry Arms Inn!

Known as a place where Winston Churchhill once slept!

We had forgotten that being in NI where they use pounds sterling the exchange was a bit different

Our lunch consisted of a venison burger, fries, and drink came to 36 pounds sterling or $48 .00

But the atmosphere was great!

As soon as lunch was over we pressed on the Belfast!

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