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A March 2011 trip to County Antrim by rufusni

Quote: A beautiful corner of Northern Ireland, that is dramatic in its scenery and full of stories

Dunluce Castle

Attraction | "Fabulous Setting For a Castle"

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This castle clings on the cliff edge - and despite it being in ruins one can imagine that this was once quite a grand and impressive state. Even in its present state, it looks impressive. The castle is just a few miles from Portrush on the coast road. You must buy a ticket to enter, its not that much, and there is a small display about the castle and life in it. But there are few other amenities there apart from toilets and a small shop. You are free to wander around and discover the castle for yourself, and there are several different sections dating to different times, and there are a few levels. You can look down over the edge to the sea.Its quite a romantic location for a castle if yo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 21, 2011

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

Giant's Causeway

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Attraction | "Myth or science...its still amazing"

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The Giant's Causeway is located just a few short miles away from the village of Bushmills, which is also famed for its whiskey! There are a few options for transport to the Giant's Causeway - there is a park and ride option from Bushmills, a short restored train track, the Ulsterbus public bus route along this part of the coast - but to be honest if you are going to see this part of the coastline - its best with a combination of foot and car - though cycling is also to be recommended because you wouldn't want to rush it.There is a car park at the entrance to the Giant's Causeway - and it does cost a reasonable amount to park. There is also major construction work ongoing in trying to build...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2011

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

Ballintoy

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Story/Tip

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Ballintoy is a small village - there is a youth hostel in the village and another further around the coast at White Park Bay (which probably has one of the best views of any youth hostel in the world), a few pubs and a shop, and a small playpark. But its not the village itself that is the attraction. In one direction, heading towards Ballycastle is the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, but heading out of the village in the other direction towards Bushmills/Portrush you can see a small white church on the left-hand side and a road leading down to the harbour. Its a narrow road with some nice bends on it but once you reach the bottom you find a small car park. Its also a good way to get away from coach loads ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2011

Thyme and Co Cafe

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Restaurant | "Nice Coffee Shop"

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We drove around Ballycastle to see if anything called out to us 'come in and eat' - but some of the places down at the harbour were closed for the winter - but this is closer to the centre of the town. It looked bright and modern from the outside, but at the same time warm and homely. The counter is right at the back and the tables are at the front. So we had a look at what was on offer - there was a wide range of options - and it took us a while to make up our minds! I had a lovely toastie - thick cut bacon - proper stuff from a butcher that isn't pumped filled with water and stuff, and not that dried out hard as rock cooked streaky stuff - supplemented by cheese and pineapple...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2011

Thyme and Co Cafe
5 Quay Road
Ballycastle, Ireland BT54 6BJ

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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Attraction | "Not quite as scary as it used to be...but still..."

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Carrick-a-rede rope bridge has been upgraded considerable since its first usage, and even since I was a child a greater focus on health and safety has added additional netting and things. The bridge was originally used by fishermen, and was set up each spring and then taken down in the winter before all the storms. A small fishing cottage and harbour can still be found on the island.The bridge is now maintained by the National Trust and has become quite the tourist attraction - and as such can charge a price for the privilege of crossing the bridge - it was over five pounds when I was there. The bridge is found above the village of Ballintoy, and there is a car park with a small coffee sho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2011

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