Further Afield, Belfast
Dunluce Castle is instantly recognizable for its unique setting - the edge of a cliff!
The home of the MacDonnell cheiftans, including Sorley Boy MacDonnell, who fought for and lost the castle twice -in 1565 to Shane O'Neill, and in 1584 to Lord Deputy Essex, but he managed to regain it and fortify it's armaments with cannons from the wreck of the Spanish Armada ship, Girona in 1588. The dramatic setting has played a part in its history - the kitchen, including 'the staff and all the pots' fell into the sea on a stormy night.
Talk about emerald green!! Beautiful 4 miles stretch of coastline with huge basalt columns allegedly formed by volcanic eruptions 60 millions years ago. The locals know that it was really formed by a local giant, Finn MacCool who was trying to reach the love of his life who was on a Scottish Isle. The actual causeway once was connected to Scotland. A rival giant ruined Finn's causeway, causing the columns, and as the rival was heading back to his home in Scotland, he ripped up the causeway so that Finn wouldn't chase him and get the girl. Aren't you glad that you know now the truth!
The Antrim coast, beginning just north of Belfast, is spectacular. The rope bridge at Karrick-a-rede is especially 'brilliant, so it is' - just remember, if you cross it you must re-cross it to get back! (not for those with a fear of heights).
Here's a map of the Mourne Mountains for you. Click on the photo, to appreciate this outstanding area.
The coastal path of the Giant's Causeway, County Antrim coast. I regret the quality of the picture, taken in 1978, but enlarge the photo for a clearer view.
The County Antrim Coast offers superb views of the rugged Northern Ireland coast. I only visited once in the later afternoon, and always promised myself a return trip!
A drive along the Antrim Coast is a definite MUST-SEE!!!
This scenic area is a constant progression through the natural beauty of Northern Ireland.
The Dun Luce Castle was one of my favorite spots!
the presence is extremely strong in this spot! Wow you are really never alone! I cannot wait to return!
Everyone who visits Northern Ireland must visit the Antrim Coast and explore the glens, castles, and of course 'The Giants Causeway.'