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I'm writing this weeks blog on the StenaLine high speed ferry between Scotland (Cairnryan) and northern Ireland (Belfast). We're leaving Scotland after a fabulous month, assisted by amazing weather and Liz's great cooking and hospitality!
This week Ron has had another feast of golf, playing three rounds with his friend Jim Milne (Royal Aberdeen, Deeside and Ballater) and to wrap ...
... painted on the sides of buildings as a reminder of the troubles that have occurred here in the past. Next, we drove on the the spectacular Giant's Causeway. We walked a few hundred metres down to the causeway, took in the view with hundreds of other visitors, and then caught a shuttle bus back to the visitor centre where we had some lunch. We continued along the north coast to a ...
... the lighthouse.
It stands above a beach the stretches for miles to the north.
The main draw card to Dunskey Gardens and Maze is a charming
18th century walled garden that has been revitalised and replanted
in recent years. The gardens also has glasshouses, built in Victorian times. I
took myself on a quick walk around, but returned to the tearoom for the start of
the tour ...
... and got a pastry to eat. All the locals assumed we were going on the walk and told us how well marked the trail is which is reassuring but the winds were not. At 7am it is still dark until about 8:30am, we found a pub/bnb that was doing breakfast while we waited for the sun to come up, everyone coming in and out was fascinated by what we were planning to do. Finally it was time to set off we walked to the start already getting blown sideways to look up at what looked like ...
... itself. He then cycled one-legged in the midday heat for 30 miles, pushing his bike up some massive hills, after failing to hitch a lift to the next town. After a massive meal we went for a swim. James dived in a little too deep and hit his hand off a sea urchin! Cue a painful hospital visit where they removed the tiny black bits with tweezers from his fingertips.
Early the next day we hoped to catch a catamaran to Split from Korčula, ...