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


The sun broke through this morning but perhaps not for long. So we quickly pulled on our hiking shoes and headed out to find the path up to Garron Tower and St. Killian's College. The trail starts out next to a home across from the little Garron Point park next to us on Garron Road. You walk up the driveway for the house and continue on into the forest along a nearly invisible overgrown path. It widens out after a short way, turning into dirt and rocks as it winds its way back and forth beneath the trees, up the hillside towards the tower. You eventually reach a stone wall and it follows along that, in front of the tower, until it reaches a gate and takes you onto the grounds of St. Killian's College. Once ... read more
St Josephs Dining Room
Calvary statues at St. Killian's
Dalesbred Sheep

Another rainy day at Garron Point but I'm keeping our little wood stove going to keep the cottage nice and cozy. It did stop raining for a while so we went for a walk out of our back door and climbed around on the shoreline rocks during low tide. There's a little park next to us with a few signs explaining the history of the area and our cottage. These four cottages were built around 1850 and were originally coastguard cottages associated with a lookout station on Garron Point. Within a short time, it was raining again so we headed back inside to dry off for a while. Later in the afternoon it cleared up a bit again so we decided to head off walking north along Garron Road to see what we could find. We ... read more
The Famine Stone
Garron Road.  NOT a walk-friendly road.
Sea stack in front of cottage

Long day yesterday Marseille to Belfast; dragged our suitcases down the street five blocks to the Metro station. Down escalators and stairs and onto the subway then up escalators and stairways into the train station to catch the bus to the airport. All of that actually worked out very well with no problems. After a VERY tight connection in Munich we arrived in Dublin, but, ... our suitcases did not. The counter staff knew they were still in Munich and would arrive in Dublin by midnight. Not much use to us as we were immediately getting on a bus to Belfast. So off we went, just with our carry-ons. Quite nice actually not having to drag those suitcases along! Arrived into Belfast Victoria Street station and walked across the road to the Days Hotel. Quick check-in ... read more
A little fire next to our hotel this morning.
Coastguard Cottages, Garron Point, Antrim, N.I.
View from our cottage on a rainy day

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