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Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Larne August 12th 2022

Ireland the North. Larne Today was a wonderful run from Ballintoy to Larne starting in the mist and climbing into the sun above Ballycastle. The first big climb took us to Tor Head from where you can see Scotland and the Mull of Kintyre nearby. We were above the mist, which gave the scene a mystical air. The route was very tough with several severe climbs and descents all the way to Cushenden where a coffee and cake was required for further progress to be made without the legs making a transition to floppy rubber. Another hill with appropriate views before a descent to Cushendall and the Folly at the crossroads. After this and a small climb out of the town we were on a flattish route all the way to the port of Larne. Many ... read more
Cushenden

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Larne June 19th 2015

Our conference was held at Drumaliswhich is the most incredible venue. Our SPRED conference was amazing. Lots of time to reflect, small group sharing, a mass each day with all of us involved. There were two priest there, one from USA and the other from Malta. Portions of the mass were said in Maltese when Father Trevor was celebrating the mass. We had music from USA, Malta and Spanish. One of the masses we were asked to say the Our Father in our own language. I had Spanish one side of me and Gallic the other, which was really powerful to have such a thing in common, and to hear all the different ways to say the same prayer. In our small groups I has 3 Scottish Sisters, 2 other Scots and American and me. The ... read more
My room
Drumalis gardens
Drumalis gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Larne June 15th 2015

Seep in and down for breakfast. Packed up and caught the bus into Belfast city. Found the Information centre and booked a walking tour at 12.15. To fill in time we wandered into the amazingly opulent town hall which happened to have a free tour about to start so we joined that and wandered around the amazing building. Caught up with our walking tour and did 2 hours around the city looking at various sites. Was nowhere near as good as the Derry one but still a nice way to see the city. The Victoria building/shopping centre has a dome at the top which gives you a 360° view over the city. Grabbed some lunch and found our way back to the bus to get us back to our B&B. Headed north east to Larne which ... read more
Stained glass window in Town Hall
Stained glass window in Town Hall
Stained glass window in Town Hall


Geo: 54.8551, -5.81142Irish Sea crossingThe ferry can transport semi trucks, cars, and passengers across to Northern Ireland in about 2 hours. The place has a large lounge in the front of the ship with a coffee bar, a quiet lounge for those who wish to recline in chairs and sleep or read, a video gambling room, a video gaming room, a nice restaurant, a tiny gift shop, and a small movie theatre. After exploring the various venues, I settled down to reading the Glasgow newspaper and eating a slice of carrot cake and water. I made a few trips outside to take pictures when we first sailed, but fog and rain clouds obscured any possible view during most of the crossing. Our tour guide told us to grab our lunch while on board, but we will ... read more
lounge area and coffe shop
hallway
Scotland side of Irish Sea




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