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    Giants Causeway

    by WBeall Written Jan 3, 2013

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    The Giants Causeway was something that was not on our to do list. We are very pleased that we stopped at this really interested historical site. The story that is behind the entire thing is neat and how they have turned it into a tale is just to my amazement. The day was a little nasty and my husband wanted to walk everything so it made our tour a little longer then normal. But, this is something for all ages. If you are a adventure and like to hike, then you can take these different hikes to different viewing points. As you walk along the sidewalk all of the benches tell a story. My favorite part of the Giants Causeway was climbing the rocks out into the water. It was a little scary but so worth it. After you are done with the hiking and viewing of the causeway then you can go inside and read all about it or watch videos. They have a small giftshop and they also do money exchange there as well. They also have a cafeteria with some really good food and drinks. If you are planning on stopping by and it is suppose to be cold outside I would suggest dressing really warm and get one of the audio guides (with headphones) and it will explain everything to you as you walk.

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    Bushmills Distillery

    by WBeall Written Jan 3, 2013

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    Bushmills Distillery was the perfect example of a WORKING distillery. We also toured the Jameson distillery and they are nothing to compare. The Bushmills Distillery tour was smelly, interesting, and you actually got to see the behind the scenes, everyday task from the workers. The tour guide was easy to understand and very friendly. After the tour you were able to have a complementary glass of Bushmills to your liking. We did arrive to the tour a little late in the day and the workers have already retired for the day, so we did not get to see the bottling process which we were both kind of upset about. So if you get a chance to go make sure you go early in the day. They have a gift shop so you can purchase all the Bushmills you want and souvenirs. They also have a Bushmills Distillery Reserve and you can print your name on the bottle. I would suggest this tour to any adult that has any interest in a distillery or even history.

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    Causeway School

    by leics Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It would be easy to miss this little Arts & Crafts school building, now a museum set up as it was in the 1920s.

    But if you have a few minutes to spare it's worth a wander round.

    The school was designed by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, who created the rather lovely village of Portmeirion in North Wales, where the cult series 'The Prisoner' was filmed. Williams-Ellis also designed many of the houses in the pretty village of Cushendall, just south of Ballycastle.

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    Old Bushmills Distillery

    by leafmcgowan Written Oct 6, 2010

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    Bushmills is the home of the identically named Irish Malt Whiskey that is distilled in the Old Bushmills Distillery. This Distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Bushmills has been manufacturing since 1608 for over 400 years. They are also notorious for their Single Malt Whiskies called "Bushmills" and "Black Bush". "Irish Whiskey" is also called the "Uisce Beatha" which means "Water of Life" in Irish Gaelic. Bushmills is known for their warm, distinctive tastes and the arts/crafs used by the Distillery to distill them, which has been passed down for generations. The Distillery hosts daily 2 hour tours educating visitors in the process and craft as well as providing tasting opportunities. Bushmills utilizes the magical waters from the Springs of St. Columb's Rill, processes it, runs it through triple distillation in its copper stills, then matures the spirits in oak casks. Irish Malt Whiskeys are closely related to the Scotch Malt Whisky with the differences of Irish Whiskey is spelt with an "e", and in Scotland the malted barley acquires a peaty smoky characer as it is dried whereas Bushmills is never smoked thereby granting it a honeyed malt flavor. Bushmills is very proud of its ingredients and processes. Bushmills is gluten free (distillation removes glutens from the cereals), is Kosher (status awarded by Chief Rabbinate of Ireland) and are suitable for vegans and vegetarians as they are made from barley, corn, or wheat, and other cereal grains, water, and yeast. They are distilled in oak casks which previously only contained spirit or fortified wine - no animal producs used in production. Bushmills is healthy, and a 25 ml serving of the whiskey is only 56 calories and an ABV alcoholic strengh of 40% (alcohol by volume). The Distillery reserves typically range from 50 to 60% abv.

    It began in 1608 when the distillery became licensed by King James I. By 1784 the Distillery became an officially registered company and word spread of the elixir especially from 1740-1910 with the Irish emigrants to the USA. The 1920's Prohibition in the United States banning sale and consumption of alcohol harshly hurt Bushmills but they managed to ride through it even though at many levels they were dependent on sales from the USA. The Director at the time, Wilson Boyd, took the advantageous step in predicting the end of Prohibition and had ready to export large stores of whiskey. Isaac Wolfson bought Bushmills after WWII, and the Irish Distillers group took it over in 1972 controlling all Irish whiskey at the time suffering serious neglect as their whiskey stocks decreased in order to increase market shares of Jameson Whiskey which is Irish Distiller's main brand. The French group Pernod Ricard took over Bushmills in 1988 and then in 2005 it was purchased by Diageo for 200 million pounds.

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    Visit the Giant's Causeway

    by awladhassan Written Oct 14, 2005
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    climb up the causeway and look at the columns. Some are 4, 5,7 or 8 sided as well as the usual hexagonal columns of basalt.
    The way the causeway seems to disappear into the sea as well as climbing up the slope makes it seem man made.

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