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Trip Start May 06, 2013
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Adam and I flew into Belfast on Monday morning 2nd Sept picked up our hire car and made for Ballintoy. Once again I have been absolutely blessed with the generosity of my gorgeous friend Donnach and his lovely family. It is so beautiful here and so peaceful. The coastline is breathtaking and its 50 shades of green (not grey) everywhere you look. 

Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Cushenden, Cushendall, Portballintrae, Ballamena, Armoy and Bushmills are towns we have visited here in Northern Ireland for me some of them have been seen before on a previous visit but all are new experiences for Adam. We have also visited some of the amazing sites around the Antrim Coast. 

Bonamargy Friary ruins are nestled amongst the Ballycastle golf course, sources estimate that it dates back to the year 1500, and that it was built by Third Order Franciscans, although it may have been built on the site of an earlier religious settlement. The Friary is supposedly haunted by the Ghost of the Black Nun, Julia McQuillan, who lived there alone after the Friary fell out of use in 1641. There is a common story that the Black Nun was murdered on the steps leading to the upper floor of the Friary. Legend has it that she fell on the thirteenth step and that bad luck will befall anyone who walks there.

The Giants Causeway is worth a look, the rock formation is incredible.  The Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres thick in places.

I am going to do a separate blog (part 2) for Londonderry, Belfast and Rathlin Island otherwise it is too many photos. 
In amongst the sightseeing we went for long walks up the beach, walked Alfie, cutest dog, thru the fields, cooked, laughed and had a fantastic night out which saw us crawl into bed at 6am. 

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