Dundalk & Carlingford to Ballycastle

Trip Start Oct 04, 2013
Trip End Oct 15, 2013

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Not too sure about how much sleep I got. I think most of my sleep was before midnight and I didn't get too much after. Luckily there were plenty of people for me to message to amuse myself. Also was listening to Australian radio discussion about the upcoming rugby league GF. Hoping that the Roosters will make Manly cry, even though I don't much like the Roosters either. Pity we don't have the sun waiting to a more decent hour to rise, as it does in Ireland. Realised we were fortunate that we are still here for daylight savings, giving us darker mornings & longer sunlight later. Working out perfectly.

Little bit of drizzle outside this morning but not looking too bad.

Started the day with an Irish breakfast. Not so keen on whatever the sausage bit was but otherwise a filling start to our first full day.

After some reading about the county we decided to head to Carlingford. Carlingford is a village with medieval ruins and lots of very scenic little houses in narrow streets overlooking the water. Nothing much happens in Ireland until after 11am, especially on Sunday so getting there about 9.30 Sunday morning meant we we free to wander without too many people around. The ruins are here and there around the town and open to anyone, except where they've become part of a local business.

Visited the sights around the town: the priory, King John's Castle and all the bits in between. This is an area for hikers & there are plenty of them around to. It's part of the Tain.

Headed off toward Newry in Northern Ireland. Stopped at a grotto along the way where they have a tomb to Fr someone who the Irish loved so much they created a big park area, including a way of the cross, a couple of shrines to him & to St Jude, a large grotto with Mary & St Bernadette, several large prayer areas with beautiful views over the water and another building yet to be finished.

On the road again & we admired the coastal scenery all the way to Newcastle. Unfortunately, they don't leave enough room on the side do the road to stop for photos. We then navigated our way through Northern Ireland, avoiding Belfast, with the goal of the Giants Causeway. Deciding that was far enough for the day, so we could spend tomorrow going across the north coast we chose Ballycastle for the night.

Ballycastle is a pretty and busy coastal town on the Causeway coast. Would be a nightmare in summer as fairly crowded today, maybe because it's Sunday. Did a bit of a drive around the local area and then back to wander down around the promenade and find somewhere for dinner. The fish & chips at the local looked very appealing but the rapidly cooling and windy weather to eat it in overlooking the water didn't so we ate at the pub.
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