Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sights along the Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle - This was our first sight that we visited along the Antrim Coast. It was built around 1180AD. It is just north of Belfast. I thought it was well preserved for it's age. We went on the self-guided tour. The castle had lots of great plaques explaining  life at the castle including a small dungeon.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - We went to this bridge. I was a little scared crossing it. A man that I spoke with told me years ago many wooden planks on the bridge were missing, yikes! It takes you to Carrick Island. Fisherman had erected this bridge to check on their Salmon nets. The view on the island was fantastic and we could spot Scotland from the island. We were very lucky it was a sunny and calm day.

Giant's Causeway - We visited this distinct area on the coast. It has these crazy geometric rock formations. It is almost hard to believe they are real. You could walk on the formations like steps. It was a easy walk from the visitor center with lots of pretty scenery on the way.

Dunluce Castle - This was our last stop before heading back to Bettystown. It was situated on a cliff. The views from the castle are spectacular. The castle was built in the 1500's but has now fallen into ruin. It is a great place to explore. It is along some beautiful country and fantastic coastline.

1 comment:

Majenta Designs said...

thats so cool I was just in Northern Ireland in July so we just missed each other there!

-fellow Boston Handmader, Jennifer


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