This morning, we continued our ancestry themed tour of Northern Ireland.

Ballintoy, Causeway Coast

Ballintoy

After departing our Ballycastle lodgings we drove to Lisnagunogue via Ballintoy, stopping for photos at latter.

Lisnagunogue Church, Ireland

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At Lisnagunogue we walked through the village, passing a small flock of rams (sheep) being used as eco grass cutters, to the Church where we spent a short time viewing grave markers.

Eco Grass Cutters, Ireland

Sheep

Next, we drove to Ballycastle and then nearby Bonmargie Friary. The latter being the remains of a 16th century Franciscan Friary with the grounds used as a burial ground for local people.Here also in buried 16th century local chieftain, Sorley Boy MacDonald plus several Earls of Ulster.

Bonmargie Friary

Friary

Sorley Boy  MacDonald Memorial

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Next, we drove south to Belfast where we availed of lunch in an Irish Pub near the Europa Hotel in the city centre.

Next, we travelled north to Larne to connect with our return ferry crossing to Troon in Scotland.

Larne Harbour

Larne Harbour

The crossing back to Scotland was smooth and uneventful, passing Ailsa Craig, a volcanic island used as a source of raw material for manufacture of curling stones.

Ailsa Craig

Ailsa Craig

On arrival at Troon, we drove to nearby Ayr and checked into our lodgings then went out for a pleasant meal at AyrIndia restaurant overlooking the long, sandy beach.

Sunset over Arran from Ayr

Ayr Sunset

Tomorrow, we visit Stirling and Central Scotland.

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