Giants causeway

Trip Start Jun 23, 2014
Trip End Jun 26, 2014

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pre Blog

Set off round the east coast - supposed to be amazing and finally end up on the North coast and visit the giants causeway.

Live Blog

8am up for a 9am start.... Kids all grumpy !! Lol !

Looking forward to the scenery although with a 60% chance of rain it's not looking good !

After returning to Belfast centre to return some clothes that Helen does not fit then returning to the apartment to pick up monkey. (Actually he was in the car) we set off along the coast road past Larne

Unfortunately the clouds are down at sea level and mist is rolling all around so visibility is practically zero. I am sure it's pretty unfortunately we can't see it !

After 20 miles we called in at a very twee tea rooms at Glenarm castle - scones and cream and hot chocolate all around :)

The blue rince brigade were in full force as a coach load arrived. Amazing scones and tea bread with marshmallows and cream in the hot chocolate, all spoilt by the portaloo outside !!

A quick walk around Glenarm harbour in the drizzle before returning to the car.

Several miles of vague mist and cloud and we arrived on the north coast at the Carrick Rope Bridge, a small rope bridge connecting the mainland to a small island used by fisherman to get to the best salmon.

With better visibility now reaching up to 2-3 miles we walked the short 1/2 mile along the cliff tops listening (and smelling ) the bird life nesting in the cliffs. With not many people around and a very light drizzle it was very peaceful here.

Very picturesque views and the rope bridge was great. (Although very wobbly )

The twins are now no longer twins, in order to get a family ticket here they had to be under 16. !!! The man said Helen looked under sixteen so he let us in with a family ticket. Helen suddenly 2 years younger than Matthew... As a parent these few days is getting very confusing, one minute I have an 18 year old daughter, the next twins, the next..... !!!

After picking up the keys to our cottage (and wow - 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a view to die for, open views to the sea and beyond). We will be back here -- Rachel & Simon !!!!

The owner told us to walk the 1/2 mile to the causeway as it's free if you walk in (or 8.50 per person if you drive in). So we walked

I can see why this is a heritage site. A great place and with dry conditions but no sun it was quiet here.

Lots of walking this afternoon - it was actually further than 1/2 mile as this was to the visitors centre , the actual causeway was a further 1/2 mile down a steep hill !!

Great place - another tick on the places to go in the world.

Evening saw us pop down to Portrush and #1 in trip adviser The Harbour Bistro - it was a 45 minute wait, but OMG was it worth it. Huge portions and quality were served.

Despite Matthew only having a scone for lunch with only a main course for evening meal he was stuffed and refused to eat anymore - victory !!

Pudding was a no no - but we were not defeated - we asked them to put them in a carry out. !!

A short walk followed to walk off the food along the seas edge walking around the rock pools , Helen found a dead seal !!

Back to the house and it's huge - 4 bedrooms and enough beds for 7 !!!

As I type Donna , Helen and Matthew are playing hide and seek !!!

Pudding and bed !
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