Friday, 7 July 2017

My 6 Day adventure in Dorset and Belfast - Day 4 (morning and afternoon) - Carrickfergus Castle; County Antrim - Ballingtoy - The Carrick-a-Red rope bridge; The Unesco designated Giant's Causeway; Dark Hedges- Bregagh Road - The 14th of June 2017

Our circuit took us to Carrickfergus Castle, where we briefly stopped. Crammed with over 900 years of history, Carrickfergus Castle was besieged by Scots, Irish, English and French over the years. It was the powerbase of the Anglo Norman Earldom of Ulster after the castle's construction in late 1170.

Our next stop was at the Carrick-a-red rope bridge, which Mia and I decided not to walk on. The scenery was particularly beautiful so we strolled around the area admiring the beauty and taking some photographs.

We stopped briefly at a restaurant along the coast where we had some typical English food before heading onto the highlight of the circuit - The Giant's Causeway.

The result of an ancient volcanic eruption, the Giant's Causeway, which is Unesco designated includes about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. There were a lot of tourists in the area and we had a certain difficult in gaining access to some of the formations. We were mesmerised by the scenery and felt it had been really worth waiting for.

Prior to getting back to Belfast we stopped at a well known road lined with beech trees which have been seen by thousands because of the Game of Thrones. The trees believed to have been planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family still remain a magnificent sight.

Had it not been for a few minor aspects regarding the timetable agreed upon for the beginning of the circuit, followed by a mechanical bus problem and the circuit would have been perfect, but we did enjoy it despite all of the hindrances.

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