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


Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Portrush August 28th 2017

Unser Urlaubsplan für dieses Jahr: Irland, genauer gesagt: Die gesamte Insel einschließlich Nordirland. Wir starten in Portrush, einem kleinen trubeligen Städtchen auf einer Landzunge ganz im Norden. Wir werden von unerwartet schönem Wetter empfangen und beziehen ein älteres, aber nettes B&B, mit tollem Blick aus dem Fenster direkt auf eine Meeresbucht und den Hafen. Wegen des guten Wetters starten wir mit einer Wandertour: 14 km immer an der wunderschönen Küste entlang, vorbei an Schafen und Kühen, über Strände und Klippen, über Wiesen, Zäune und Stiles, links der Blick ins Grüne, rechts der Blick auf das Meer, und dazwischen Felsen und Buchten. Am Ende der Tour wartet das erste touristische Highlight: der Giant's Causeway. Das Ganze ist eine eigentümliche Formation von 37.000 sechseckigen Basaltsäulen, die beim sehr gleichmäßigen Abkühlen von Lava entstehen. Das... read more
Dunluce Castle
Grüne Hügel - und man sieht schon wieder Meer
Selfies gehen auch mit altmodischen Kameras!

Just a brief entry this time as it was a brief trip, but it is worth a bit of a blog and I'm still lounging around in the Far East with some time to kill. As much as exotic travel is wonderful to expand your knowledge and experience, it is also good to catch up with places more close to home and in early April a few of us headed over to Northern Ireland for a few days. For many years a no-go destination, Belfast seems to be a popular place to visit and of course we can’t ignore the fact that ‘Game of Thrones’ has made NI become very popular in recent years (yep, I’m a geeky fan) so we figured it was worth a trip. We broke up our trip with a couple of ... read more
Belfast City Hall
'The Thing with the Ring'
The Shankill Road

Paying just 9 Pounds for a Rambler ticket gets you unlimited hop-on, hop-off service on all Ulsterbus, Goldline and Metro services along the North coast in Northern Ireland. The bus stop is right outside our door here so with just a few overnight things in our daypacks we were off to tour the north coast. It was a beautiful scenic tour along the North Channel as we passed through Glenariff, Cushendall, Cushendun, Maghercashel, Ballyvoy, Ballycastle and got let off at the entrance to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge next to the town of Ballintoy. For 5.90 Pounds each, you get access to the pathway and steep stairway along the cliffside down to the rope bridge across to Carrick Island. It's a very popular tourist attraction and the view... read more
Chris on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
Giant's Causeway
Chris and Willie Gregg, proprietor of Habour Bar

Sun 27 April 2014, Portballintrea, Northern Ireland UK. Today we did very little, Sunday, a day of rest in the eyes of lord. We have just done too much over the past week and needed a day off. We went into Portrush to grab some supplies from the local LIDL and then back to the accommodation to nibble on some cheese, biscuits and caviar, yep you read right, caviar, available in your local LIDL for £1.50. Tomorrow we intend to get back into it. It’s the end of the school holidays here and the crowds will have died down. We intend to walk to the Giants Causeway and then onto Bushmills distillery for a tour and tasting. Best to tell you all this now, as I might not be able remember too much after Bushmills. I ... read more
The local in Portballintrae
Our accommodation

It was time to flee the larger city of Belfast and begin in earnest to immerse ourselves in what we picture (and perhaps most people as well) as one of the true experience of these two nations, coastal driving. It is after all an island, the third largest in Europe, and 20th largest in the world. Okay, enough geography. We jumped in the “Jukemobile” (we rented a gray Nissan Juke) and navigated our way out of Belfast in search of the coast. We are always drawn to the coast. It is almost as if we don’t get near water, we are just not as happy as we can be. And we want to be happy! Mr. Weather (Dave) has been providing updates on the likelihood of our changing weather twice a day for the past few ... read more
Londonderry at night
Follow that rainbow
Scenic road & tunnel

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Portrush August 11th 2013

Day 7 - Portrush We caught a train at 12:14 today from nearby Botanic station to Portrush. Just 11.50 GBP each for the slightly under 2 hour ride to a beautiful seaside holiday town. Kenny and Sara's house was just a short walk from the station and is a lovely 3 bedroom ocean-view home right by the beach in Portrush that they generously offered to us for a few days. We spent the afternoon walking around the west strand bay into the business core of Portrush and stopped at The Hidden Cove for coffee, tea and great desserts then later had a great and inexpensive supper at Jackman and Pye. Fish and Chips, Vegetarian Paella and the Mussels were all wonderful, mixed reviews of various salads, and I really enjoyed Profiteroles for dessert but varied opinions ... read more
Giant's Head Causeway World Heritage site near Portrush
Giant's Head Causeway
Dunluce Castle near Portrush

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Portrush September 15th 2011

Geo: 55.1991, -6.65407If it's not one thing, it's another. Lovely quiet hotel, comfy bed ... and a light on the ceiling right inside the door that stayed on all night long. I asked Katherine this morning if there's one in their room. She said there is, and that she figured out there's a dimmer switch by the door. I found the dimmer switch too, but even at the lowest position, the light is bright enough to read by. Am once again missing the eyeshades British Airways used to give out.Today was a lot less mentally taxing than yesterday, but far more physically demanding. We climbed a lot of stairs and quite a few hills, but at least we got free whiskey out of it!Declan started out telling us the story of the Giant's Causeway, our first ... read more
Katherine at the Giant's Causeway
Old Bushmills Distillery
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Portrush September 14th 2011

Geo: 55.1991, -6.65407A good night's sleep at last! No door rattling, no howling wind. Just a couple of odd dreams involving trying to get out of a building that kept turning into a medieval castle.Our first stop this morning was at St. Columba's in Drumcliffe. W.B. Yeats is buried there, along with his wife George. I've no idea why she was called George, but apparently she was American and quite a bit younger than W.B. There is also in the church grounds a high cross that dates from the 10th century. It's in fantastic condition for something that's over 900 years old.The woman who sat behind me on the bus today kept snapping and cracking her gum. I was directly behind John the driver, and I could hear him and Declan asking each other, “Do you ... read more
Martin McCrossan
Bogside walk
"Hands Across the Divide"

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Portrush August 19th 2011

I was the one that put the Giants Causeway on our itinerary. I had seen numerous pictures of it and just had to get there. I didn't care that it was way out of our way and it was going to mean exchanging more money. I just had to go and see it. And I am so glad that I did. Riding the train from Dublin to Northern Ireland is one beautiful train ride. 2 hours to Belfast, a couple train changes and then another hour or so to the end of the line, Portrush. The closer you get to Portrush, the more the train runs right next to the sea. Between the sea, Giants Causeway, and Bushmillls Portrush is a really great place to stay. There are restaurants, pubs, bars, and enough people that you ... read more
The Sea
Giant Turnip!

Well the Paddy Wagon turned up on time and was not quite driven by a Leprechaun but an Irish man in a green top who had clearly kissed the blarney stone on more than one occassion! He didn't stop talking - giving us facts as well as useless information, jokes and stories. Sam loved it and thought the bus time was better than the places we visited! The rope bridge was a great experience and I was proud of Sam for crossing it first. It wasn't too bad actually and the views of the Atlantic coastline were pretty spectacular. The Giant's causeway was not as good as I had thought - expecting it to be more like the 12 Apostles in Australia but in fact the steps are all quite small - just loads of them.. ... read more

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