County Antrim Journals

Out and Around the Antrim Coast

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An October 2006 trip to County Antrim by hagnel2

Cornish Cottages Photo, More Photos
Quote: In my opinion the Antrim and Causeway coast is an area of exceptional beauty. Rich in culture and heritage, it has something to offer all visitors. For me it was definitely love at first sight. Land of legend and fairies for sure it is bewitching. ("So it is".)

Out and Around the Antrim Coast

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Overview

Portrush Yacht Club Photo,
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This journal is a continuation of our rambles and drives around Ulster. Although we spent three days exploring the Antrim and causeway coast the time was insufficient, this area alone is worth a week or longer. There are many opportunities for walking and paths are well signed, this region has a range of impressive trails suitable for saunters to very active hiking. Shopping is a breeze in these friendly towns, but really it is nature’s paintings and sculptures that is the heart of this area; stunning coastal views, picture postcard villages presents visitors with a kaleidoscope of natural wonders. This is not just a journey of coast roads and sites, but of the spirit, definitely not a place to hurry ...Read More

Old Bushmills Distillery

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Attraction | "Bushmills Distillery"

Old Bushmills Distillery Photo, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
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The world’s oldest licensed distillery is located on the edge of the quaint town of Bushmills on county Antrim, 3 miles from the Giants Causeway. Bushmills was granted its license by James the first and Sir Thomas Phillips was the first license holder, however distilling around that area can be traced back to 1276. It is said that Tsar Peter the Great sampled the barley water during his tour of Europe in1697.We were lucky to catch the beginning of a tour and just made it as the group entered the waiting room in the Visitor center. Because this is a working distillery only groups are allowed and sometimes you need to book ahead in order to take the tour.We watched a brief film documenti...Read More

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Old Bushmills Distillery
2 Distillery Road
Bushmills, County Antrin BT57 8XH

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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Attraction

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Photo,
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If you enjoy a challenge then a visit to this bridge is the place for you. Carraig-a Reade means rock on the road and has been used by salmon fishermen since the 1600s. The wood and rope bridge connects to Sheep Island a tiny rocky place and a haven for Cormorants and wild birds.The rope bridge was initially a single rope hand rail and had wider slats, now there are two handrails and the wooden slats are a bit closer, however, the bridge still swings gently, and at times not so gently across an 70 feet Atlantic chasm that plummets 80 feet into a boiling sea and craggy rocks.I am not a fan of heights but I do appreciate wild beauty and so I agreed to take a look at the area, my husband ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2006

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Ballintoy, County Antrim
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

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Attraction | "Giants Causeway"

Giant's Causeway Photo, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Well this is the Giants Causeway so as we explore lets think about this fellow. The Giants name was Fionn MacCumhail aka Finn McCool he had a sweetheart giant who lived on the island of Staffa off the Scottish coast and he built the causeway in order to visit her. As time passed he decided to challenge the Giant Fingal who resided in nearby Scotland, however, Fingal turned out to be too big a challenge and Finn retreated. In order to halt Fingals pursuit our Irish giant tore up the pathway that he had built along the way. Hence we have the amazing Giants Causeway. Remember this is Ireland the land of fairy’s and legends.In 1693 the Royal Geographic Society declared the causeway a natural wonde...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2006

Giant's Causeway
The Causeway Coast
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle

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Attraction | "Romantic Dunluce Castle Ruins"

Dunluce Castle Photo, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
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This is the castle you see on many Northern Ireland postcards in reality it is better than any image, it is truly spectacular. Perched precariously on a wild craggy rock this 13th-century fairy tale ruin oozes with history.Built in the 13th century by Richard de Burgh it subsequently sustained many sieges and in 1565 the castle became the stronghold of the mighty Sorley boy MacDonnell clan who were Lords of the isles that ruled over northeastern Ulster. In 1584 the English forced Sorley boy and his clan to flee after battering the castle with artillery, however, Sorley had inside aid and he regained his castle in a unique way, men were hauled up the plummeting rock side in a...Read More

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Dunluce Castle
87 Dunluce Road
Bushmills, Coleraine, County Antrim BT57 8UY
028 2073 1938

Cornish Cottages Photo,
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We picked up the Antrim coast road at Larne a busy port for Ferries and gateway to the causeway coast and Glens of Antrim. The spectacular Antrim coast starts at Larne (A2 North) all the way to Ballycastle. The road is well signed and on its route you will be treated to amazing views of the blue Atlantic, pass through scenic villages, dense woods and sometimes-serpentine lane width roads rimming cliff tops that plunge into an incredibly deep blue sea. We had visited the Giants Causeway the day before and our destination on this leg of the coast was Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge. The start of the famous nine Glens of Antrim begins at the 12th-century village of Glenarm. Each of the nine glens...Read More

Portrush Meander and Curran Strand Walk

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Story/Tip

East Strand Beach Portrush. Photo,
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Portrush has many attractions but best of all are its wonderful blue flag beaches. Its main center is a delightful town of well-maintained Georgian buildings and a picturesque harbour which still supports fishing fleets and pleasure yachts. It is not your typical bingo hall and candy floss seaside resort, as well as beaches the town is well supplied with amusements including an all weather water center and adventure playground.Fantasy Island and Dunluce Center are indoor venues that certainly provide an outlet on rainy days with a variety of activities. Virtual reality rides and family attractions are featured in Dunluce and Water World offers flumes, slides, Jacuzzis, aquarium and restaurant ...Read More