The York Portstewart
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... to the Loop Head peninsula where we were almost the only visitors exploring the area. Amazing seaside cliffs, crashing waves, peaceful farms and an imposing lighthouse right on the end of the peninsula was a treat for all the senses. On a walking section we were able to get close to the Bridges of Ross. Only one of the original natural stone bridges remain after centuries of ocean erosion. Seeing the roaring waves (and it was a relatively quiet day) ...
... shooting and killing of the Irish that day in 1972. (30+years later!) so that was a crucial event. anyways, so then I walked The City Walls, these old "olde" walls that surround the city originally used to keep out invaders, like the vikings, etc and then eventually the Irish during The Plantation, when the English came in and yeah, well, I followed by Rick Steve's tour guide book which highlights each little thing along the way and stopped and at one corner near the Bastion you ...
... more quickly than that. This tour is a definite highlight of our trip.
Ciaran explained something that we saw last night out the hotel room window. We watched as several boys, about 12 years old, lugged wooden pallets across the parking lots and sidewalks in front of the window. He said that they were probably paid to find them and bring them to the site of the next bonfire. The sects have huge bonfires ...
Sunday was another day of driving; this time along the gorgeous Northern Ireland Coastal Route which is a must-see route when in Northern Ireland. The roads weave along the coast of the Irish sea. There are many things to stop and look at and partake in along the way but we are planning on doing most of them tomorrow on our way home.
Today we did detour to Glenariff Forest Park, which has two large waterfalls but unfortunately the path to one of them was closed as they ...
... after a wee taste, went to see the Giant's Causeway. Fantastic! Today was sunny and 10 degrees, a relief after 45 mph winds and high seas here yesterday. We just enjoyed an impromptu Irish dance by the daughter of the bnb owners, Catherine, and will try to add some pictures.
We're off to Londonderry to walk the city wall tomorrow.
Cheers for now,
Diane & Barrie