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Glenariff Falls

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This morning, we departed our lodgings in Larne and then drove south for about 30 mins to visit Carrickfergus Castle which dates from the 12th century and represents one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland. It was occupied for about 800 years, right up to WW2. Located on the coast and visitor friendly.

Carrickfergus Castle

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Inside Keeo at Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle

Next, we drove north to Glenarm Castle to visit the Walled Garden. This was originally used to supply fruit and vegetables for Glenarm Castle but is now filled with a wide variety of colourful flowers and plants.

Glenarm Castle Garden

Glenarm Castle Garden

Glenarm Castle Garden

Glenarm Castle Garden

Next, to Glenariff Forest Park to visit the impressive waterfalls. We had lunch here.

 

Glenariff Waterfall

 

 

Glenariff Waterfall

 

Next to the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge on the northern coast.

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Carrick-a-Rede

Finally, we checked into our lodgings near Ballycastle and then dined at a seafood restaurant in the centre of Ballycastle

Ballycastle.

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Overall,m a successful day. Tomorrow, we visit The Gian’s Causeway and other sites along the north coast.

 

This evening, I am posting information on today’s tour which commenced Glasgow International Airport and finished Larne, Northern Ireland.

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle

Guests arrived at the Airport about midday whereupon we embarked on a tour ofkey sites along  the Ayrshire coast prior to connecting with our 7.30 pm ferry departure from Troon to Northern Ireland.

We commenced with a direct drive, south to Culzean Castle. Here guests were able to  tour the historic castle and relax in the surrounding facilities.

Culzean Castle is an impressive 18th century mansion designed by leading Scottish architect, Robert Adam for the 10th Earl Cassillis. The Castle occupies a cliff-top position overlooking the Firth of Clyde with views towards the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. The interior is neo-classical. The Castle benefits from an extensive parkland setting with small lake, gardens and a deer park.

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle

Kitchen Garden at Culzean Castle

Garden at Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle

 

Culzean Castle

We departed Culzean about 4.00pm and then visited other important sites nearby, chiefly:

  • Dunure Castle
  • Electric Brae
  • Ayr Beach
  • Alloway’s Robert Burns connection.
  • Royal Troon Golf Club.

Finally, we availed of refreshments at a Troon pub before catching our ferry to Larne.

 

Tomorrow, we commence our tour of Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

Black Rock Gorge

 

This evening, I am posting information on Black Rock Gorge which forms part of an impressive landscape in the N.W. Highlands of Scotland.

Summary information on this site as follows:

  • Located in Glen Glass which can be accessed via a minor road a few miles north-west of Evanton, a village located on the northern side of the Cromarty Firth.
  • Traditionally an area forming part of Clan Munro territory.
  • The actual Gorge was carved out of Old Red Sandstone during the post-glacial period, maybe 10,000 years ago.
  • The Gorge was used for a scene in the Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  • Can be accessed on foot via a hiking trail from Evanton.

Here is a video clip of the landscape.