Glenariff, Northern Ireland

This morning we departed our lodgings in Belfast and drove north to Carrickfergus where w spent an enjoyable hour or so visiting the medieval castle, which has a long history of occupation. A team of archaeologists was at work there, uncovering the history of the castle.

Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland

Next, we continued north along the stunning coastal route which afforded views of the Scottish Coast and Ailsa Craig.

Our next stop was the delightful small town of Waterfoot where a very helpful pub owner provided hints and tips. We visited the adjacent Red Bay and viewed the remains of Red Bay Castle on the coast.

Red Bay Castle, Waterfoot, Northern Ireland

Video clip of Red Bay.

Waterfoot, Northern Ireland

Next we turned west along the stunning Glenariff, the Queen of Glens. This afforded superb photo opportunities. After about 3 miles we found a wonderful hidden walkway through which flowed a stream which provided a couple of impressive waterfalls. Many Spring wildflowers were noticed including primroses.

Glenariff, Antrim, Ireland

Waterfall, Glenariff, Ireland

Glenariff Falls

Glenariff Falls

 

Sheep and young lambs populated the scenery.

After Glenariff we returned to the coastal route to Ballycastle and our lodgings for the night. Ballycastle is a pleasant and prosperous small town with a long history and attractive sandy beach.

Ballycastle Beach, Antrim, Ireland

 

Glenmore Guest House, Ballycastle

Tomorrow, we visit the Giant’s Causeway.

 

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