Bushmills Post Office, Northern Ireland

This morning we departed our lodgings at Glenmore Guest House near Ballintoy and proceeded as follows:

First to the stunning coastline of Larrybane near the access site to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The geology here is mainly limestone. Here a former quarry has featured in several key scenes in Game of Thrones. the beach area is stunning with extensive huge caves carved out of the limestone cliffs. Experience enhanced with heavy seas and surf coming in off the Atlantic Ocean.

Limestone Caves at Larrybane, Northern Ireland

Surf at Larrybane Coastline, Northern Ireland

Here is a video clip of Larrybane

Larrybane, Northern Ireland

Next, we drove east to the town of Bushmills where we stopped for refreshment before moving on to nearby Buashmills Distillery.

Bushmills Town Centre, Northern Ireland

Bushmills Distillery, Northern Ireland

Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Northern Ireland

At Bushmills Distillery we joined the standard 45 minute tour to learn about the whiskey making process from Malting and mashing through fermentation to distillation and maturation. The process is essentially identical to that used by distilleries in Scotland except (a) the spirit is distilled three times and (b) no peat is used. Bushmills is owned by drinks conglomerate, Diageo and as such has many sister distilleries in Scotland. The Bushmills range includes blends and single malts all under the same Bushmills brand.

After lunch at the Distillery we continued west to visit Dunluce Castle, an impressive positioned on the coast which dates from the 17th century. By time of our arrival at Dunluce the weather had become very overcast and windy but, thankfully, the threatened rain did not materialise.

Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

Finally, we arrived at our destination of Londonderry where we checked into our hotel. Tomorrow, we plan a walking tour of the city.

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