Antrim Coast

Name of walk Antrim Coast
Date of walk 2013-07-27

We usually go to Kerry via Holyhead and Dublin, but this year we decided to have a few days travelling down via the north and west coast. We took the car ferry from Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland arriving about 4pm, then on to the Causeway Coastal Route.

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Our first stop was at Glenarm. Sea mist on the right which had obscured all views from off the ferry

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Glenarm Marina

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Cushendun.

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The village of Cushendun was designed in the style of a Cornish village by Clough Williams Ellis, who also designed Portmeirion.

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It was early evening by the time we reached the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which swings 100ft above the sea; is made up of planks strung between wires, the rope bridge brings you across a 60ft chasm to the island of Carrick-a-Rede. Fisherman had erected the bridge so that they could check on their salmon nets.

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A cave, taken from the bridge.....quickly!

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The island is great for bird watching. A guillemot chick

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There were birds everywhere and a strong smell of ammonia.

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Brendan heading back.

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It is a good stroll from the car park. About a mile. We do the walk circuit.

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We then headed for The Giant's Causeway. As it was after 8pm we didn't have to pay. It was also a lot quieter than it would have been in the day time.

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There was a group of American students, complete with their stack of eight large pizza boxes!

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Standing on the basalt columns, quite magical!

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One of the American students took our photo.......but no offer of pizza.

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I add some perspective

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Almost sunset on the Giant's Causeway.

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I add flash to the thistle and ragwort in the foreground.

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We drove to Portrush and managed to find a B&B at 9.30pm....leaving it a little late! I got moaned at by Brendan for stopping the car to take this photo on the way, I think it was worth a delay of four minutes! Missing four minutes of Portrush actually turned out to be no bad thing, think Blackpool, but tiny. It was gone ten o'clock before we ate, we eventually managed to find a Chinese Restaurant that was still serving.

Londonderry next…..Brendan insists it is called Derry!…….

Jo.

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