Roslyn & Arthur's Travels 2012 travel blog

Picnic on the way to the Causeway

Picnic on the way to the Causeway

At foot of Mussenden Temple

At foot of Mussenden Temple

At foot of Mussenden Temple

View from Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple

View from Mussenden Temple

View from Mussenden Temple

Downhill Demesne Manor

Scenic view along the Causeway Coastal Route

Downhill Demesne entrence

Downhill Demesne Manor

Downhill Demesne

Dunluce Castle

Giant Causeway

Giant Causeway

Giant Causeway

Giant Causeway

Giant Causeway

Giant Causeway

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge Cliff

View from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

View from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Scenic View along Coastal Route

Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges

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Accommodation in Cushendall

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Mussenden Temple

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Giant Causeway


17th April 2012 (Bed No 18)

Today we had planned a long trip along the Causeway coastal route, which is considered one of the world’s great road journeys.

We travelled for two hours to Londonderry where our journey began. To see everything along the Causeway coastal route would take days, as time did not permit, we chose 5 points of interest. Our first stop was the small town of Castlerock, where in the distance we could see the Mussenden Temple. It looked like a great photo opportunity, so we parked the car, walked a few meters and took some photos. Oop’s, I didn’t see the step on the footpath. Looks like a strained ankle. Not what we needed, as we were going to do lots of walking today. A few minutes with the leg up in the air (no ice around to cool it down) and we were off to see the Temple up close which was on the Downhill Demesne estate.

Downhill Demesne is a beautiful sheltered garden with scenic cliffs walks. Close to the edge of the sheer drop stood a beautiful 18th Century Temple called Mussenden. What a sight!.

Next stop along the way, clinging onto a dramatic cliff top was Dunluce castle. It is said to be the most romantic and picturesque Castle in Ireland.

Off to the world famous Giant Causeway, with its formations of unique hexagonal basalt columns which form stepping stones that disappeared downwards into the sea. This was the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The breathtaking views were made all the better by the magnificent clear day.

Ankle holding up fine, a bit sore but I’m tough. An exhilarating coastal walk took us to the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge (half a mile from Ballintoy). For more than 300 years the rope bridge provided the only form of access to Carrick-a-Rede Island for local fishermen. Suspended over a 30m chasm, the bridge swayed and wobbled underfoot as we crossed. It was an eerie feeling. Thank goodness we don’t have a fear of heights.

Just a few miles inland, we drove through a beautiful avenue of beech trees known as the “Dark Hedges”. Dam! Camera battery has gone flat. I did manage to get a couple of photos but a video clip would have been great.

What an incredible day! The Causeway route was 120 miles of stunning coastline, past rugged & windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery and fabulous unspoiled beaches. It was a coastline sprinkled with historic castles, churches and forts. Lots of photos were taken and the sun managed to shine until we made our way to Cushendall our next destination.



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