Blogs from Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe


Ireland the North Day 12. Ballintoy Rest day today so only rode 25 miles. One of our group was less fortunate as he became unwell last night and spent today being looked after by the medics. The good news is that he is on the mend and in good spirits. Most of us did different things today but some went to the Dark Hedges near Ballymoney, which some of you may know is an avenue of 250 year old Beech trees. These trees form a canopy over the road and it is where some filming occurred for Game of Thrones and is now viewed by hordes of tourists. Our hotel has a replica throne in the entrance and an intricately carved door with scenes from the series. Ballycastle was another popular destination and two of us ... read more
Field sign
Ballycastle harbour

Ireland the North 1. Rathlin Island Rathlin island for most of us today in fair weather, though a cool wind this morning. The 9 o’clock ferry going out seemed the best option with a return at 3pm. The first obstacle was a shortish but vicious hill straight out of the port as we headed for the bird sanctuary and the west lighthouse. We saw puffins, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes and razorbills. The East lighthouse road ends up on a grassy and stony road which tests out the mountain/gravel bike skills of anyone brave enough to tackle it. As we approached we were shouted at by kittiwakes who thought we were too near their nests and then we saw a group of seals playing in the sea and basking in the rocks. Their camouflage is so good that ... read more
East Lighthouse
Road to the lighthouse

The next morning we took a 5 hour drive to Ballycastle. Once we got there we checked into the hotel and then started walking around the small town. We went to this playground since, you know, we did not have anything else to do. We wen on the seesaw where my dad fell off which was fun. We then went out for a good dinner and then back to the hotel. The next morning we woke up early to start our hiking trip. Our first stop was this small castle which we first had to hike up and down which was fun. After that we went to this rope bridge. We had to walk until we go to the bridge then we go on the main rock island mountain thing which had a great view. Next ... read more
Hike from Dunsverick Castle to Giant's Causeway
Hike from Dunsverick Castle to Giant's Causeway
Ballintoy (Game of Thrones Site)

Zoals altijd begint een wandelvakantie na een vliegreis met de zoektocht naar een gastankje, aangezien deze niet mee mag het vliegtuig in. Wat een redelijk goed voorbereide actie leek, werd nog een spannende race tegen de klok in de vroege ochtend. Na een nachtje in ons hostel in Belfast, vertrokken we half negen opgesplitst in twee groepjes. Irma en Baukje gingen gewapend met een kaartje van google met daarop alle outdoorzaken het centrum in en Judit en ik zouden paraat gaan staan bij het busstation om precies op tijd kaartjes te kopen en het juiste perron op te zoeken. Alles is gelukt, alleen niet binnen de tijd dat onze bus naar Waterfoot zou vertrekken... Dan over op plan B, want dat was er natuurlijk ook al. Op naar een treinstation en met de trein naar Ballymena, ... read more
Nog sneeuw!

Day 2: The Causeway Coastal Route Taylor and I got up bright and early and began the next leg of our journey. This section of the adventure was the one that I was looking forward to the most. I have read a lot about the Giant's Causeway, even completing an assignment about it in Grade 8, and have always wanted to see it in person. So we began the much anticipated drive along the coastal route. The first main little town we drove through was Carrickfergus, which had a cute castle. So we stopped the car and took some photos infront of it. We continued the drive along the coast which truely had some amazing views. As you drive there are all kinds of little spots that you can pull over so that you can ... read more
Ka-Tay Adventures March 25 to march 29 030
Ka-Tay Adventures March 25 to march 29 029
Where is the prince to come save my from the castle tower??

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Ballycastle September 19th 2008

We just got back from 5 day road trip. What a country! It is beautiful in rain or sunshine. Heather did all of the driving while I navigated. Think we made good team, except when we got lost in Belfast. The first day ended in Ballycastle, a little resort village where we met some great people. I'll upload photos with comments, and try to add more text later. We are in Dublin for the last weekend and hope to do all the touristy things we missed last week. ... read more
Blarney Castle
Blarney Stone

Jessica found out that Rathlin Island, which is just off the coast of Ballycastle, was the hiding place of Robert the Bruce, the (brief) King of Scotland. This became one of the infamous side trips suggested by Jessica. She had to see Bruce's Cave where he saw the legendary spider. The ferry to Rathlin Island takes 50 minutes. We found a brochure at the B&B for a boat that made the trip in 15 minutes. Of course we decide on the 15 minute trip. I called to make a reservation and find out that the owner had died suddenly the week before. We found out later that he died of a heart attack, not a boating accident! We drive over to the harbor to catch the slow ferry only to find out that its last trip ... read more
Dunseverick Castle, Dunseverick, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Sunday was our travel day. We got a late start since we didn't get in until 2:30am. We skipped breakfast so we could sleep longer. We got up and packed everything so we could head out to Northern Ireland. We picked Jessie up at Corrib Village around noon and headed north through Sligo and Donegal. About 2 hours into the trip, Jessie suddenly realizes that she has forgotten her passport. This is potentially a huge deal since The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are two different countries, even though they are on the same island and it is all Ireland. The Republic is under Irish rule, while Northern Ireland is still controlled by Great Britain. Jessie called one of her roommates that had been to Northern Ireland earlier in the semester and she said they ... read more
Collier's Hall B&B, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Ballycastle Harbour, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Pizza dinner, Ballycastle Harbour, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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