This evening, I am taking another trip down memory lane to present images from a recent tour of Northern Ireland, a location with which I am becoming increasingly familiar. To get to Ireland I usually take a ferry from Troon in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland and then embark on a island of Ireland tour. However, Northern Ireland has much to offer in its own right. Below are just a selection of images of important sites.

Carrickfergus Castle, a short drive from Larne is well worth a visit. Dates from 1177 and was continually occupied until 1928.

Carrickfergus Castle, Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland

Inside Carrickfergus Castle, Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle, Ireland

Here is Ardboe Cross close to Lough Neagh.  This cross dates from the 10th century AD. Features:

  • 18.5 feet tall
  • 3.5ft wide
  • Contains 22 panels depicting scenes and stories from both Old and New Testaments.

On the same site are remains of a Church and Abbey with latter dating from AD590. 

Ardboe

Ardboe Cross, Northern Ireland

Here are images of a very popular attraction, namely the Giant’s Causeway. This is comprised of basalts, solidified lava from one of the flows that filled a river valley about 60M years ago. The cooling lava created a pavement like surface and tall columns.Most of the columns have 5 and 6 sides but others have 4, 7 and 8 columns.

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant's Shoe at Giant's Causeway

Giant's Shoe at Giant's Causeway, Ireland

Scotland (particularly the West) and Northern Ireland share elements of common history, culture and heritage. Adding on a tour of Northern Ireland after a Scotland tour makes a logical ‘fit’.

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