Ballintoy Church

Ballintoy Church

This morning, we departed our lodgings near Ballycastle and drove to nearby Ballintoy to connect with guests’ Irish ancestry. We first spent some time in the burial ground at Ballintoy Church ( Church of Ireland) and then down to visit the picturesque Ballintoy Harbour which has been used for filming the Game of Thrones T.V.series.

Ballintoy Harbour

Ballintoy Harbour

Ballintoy Harbour

Ballintoy Harbour

Next, we continued west stopping for a photograph of the ruined Dunseverick Castle and then on to the Giant’s Causeway, World Heritage Site which is, essentially, an extensive volcanic lava field dating back 60 million years which is mainly comprised of polygonal pillars.

Dunsererick Castle

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Giant’s Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Next to Bushmills Distillery where guests undertook a tour of this famous whiskey production facility which has a history dating back to the 17th century.

Bushmills Single Malt

Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills Distillery

Next, to the Dark Hedges, a natural phenomenon, an avenue of 300 year old beech trees which create a tunnel effect along the Bregagh Road near the village of Stranocum.

Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

Next, to the county town of Antrim where we visited the 28 meter high, Antrim Round Tower which is connected with a Christian monastery on the site which may have been founded around AD 495.

Antrim Tower Antrim Tower

Finally, we drove back to Ballycastle, encountering intense bouts of rainfall en-route.

This evening, we dined at the Fullarton Arms in Ballintoy.

Ballintoy

Ballintoy

Tomorrow, we return to the Scotland via ferry.

 

 

 

 

 

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