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Sep 12, 2012 - Into the North

Left Ireland for a visit into Northern Ireland. Got off to a rocky start when a local old fellow became convinced that Joe had bumped his car as he parallel parked. No new bumps or marks on the car but he came over and chewed Joe out and called him a "cock"... WTF??? Similar scenery with many less rock walls, less castle ruins and certainly more trees. Dropped by the Whitepark House to check in but were a bit early. So we headed up to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge to test our fear of heights and high winds. Lovely hike and great views....

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Jul 26, 2012 - Day 3 - The Moyle Way: Orra Beg to Ballycastle

Wow what a day. It wasn't at all what we had expected and was a very difficult hike in some places. Our walk took us from the entrance of a forest to a small coastal town called Ballycastle. For 20.9km and almost 5.5 hours of walking, we crossed through forest (I mean walking on wet moss, jumping across streams, climbing about 300 meters in 1 km, taking a step on the path and sinking right down into the water, crossing over and under trees that had fallen down, sliding on my butt at 1 point! haha). It was tough going and wasn't a "normal"...

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Sep 24, 2010 - Giant's Causeway

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND This place is the stuff of legends. The most popular tells how Finn MacCool built the causeway to reach the love of his life in Scotland, near Staffa where similar basalt columns are found. The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most popular tourists’ sites in Northern Ireland and it’s usually clogged with tourists’ buses coming from as far away as Dublin and Galway. However, crowds cannot ever complete detract from the strangeness of the place, one would never regret making the long trip to see this amazing volcanic...

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Sep 24, 2010 - Carrick-a-Rede

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Just west of Ballintoy is one of the most unusual and scary tourist attractions in all of Ireland, the rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede. The bridge hangs 25m above the sea and wobbles and twists as soon as anyone steps foot on it. Wires were strung between the mainland and the rocky outcropping and then planks were strung between the wires. It was built to provide access to the salmon fishery on the tiny island across the 20m chasm. KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The big draw along the north coast of Ireland is the Giant’s Causeway,...

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Sep 23, 2010 - Ballycastle

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Ballycastle is a tiny resort town at the eastern end of the Causeway Coast, which also functions as a launching point for Rathlin Island, just off the coast. There’s not much to see and do there but it does have a lovely beach for children to build sandcastles on. Ballycastle’s Ould Lammas Fair draws thousands of people to the market on the last Monday and Tuesday in August, to sample two treats of the region. ‘Yellowman’ is a hard yellow toffee that’s available for a few months prior to the fair and the other notable...

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Sep 23, 2010 - Arthur's Day

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND I first noticed the ‘Arthur’s Day’ posters when we arrived In Dublin. The campaign to toast Arthur Guinness on the 250th anniversary of the founding of his brewing empire was held in 2009, spurred on by the current owners of the company. The campaign encouraged all who love Guinness to raise a glass at exactly 17:59 all around the world. The time was picked because it corresponds to the year 1759, 250 years earlier. For some reason, perhaps because I don’t like 24-hour clocks, the significance was lost on me completely. I...

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Sep 23, 2010 - Torr Head

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Just off the A2, the main highway heading north from Belfast, is a narrow scenic road that starts to wind its way along the coast. There are stunning views across the Irish Sea/North Channel to the coast of Scotland just 19 km away. The Lonely Planet describes the road in this way: “This alternative route to Cushendun is not for the faint-hearted driver (nor for caravans), as it clings, precarious and narrow, to steep slopes high above the sea. Side roads lead off to the main points of interest – Fair Head, Murlough Bay...

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Apr 7, 2007 - Easter on North Coast of Ireland

Easter on the North Coast The north coast of Nth Ireland is wild and rugged like the west coast of NZ. I met a Kiwi Dentist from Gisborne on the bus one day and a South African lady who had retired up here to get away from the heat. The weather has been great. I haven't seen any rain since St Pats week so I can't complain. Nice hostel with interesting people including some very drunk Polish guys who were a pain Swing Bridge rip off I have to stop doing and paying for things that I have done many times before. But I get on the tourist...

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Karen's Travels 2007

Aug 15, 2006 - Coast road in Northern Ireland

This morning woke to overcast and rain - cool temperatures again. Got out of Belfast with no hassle and we are currently heading north-west following the coast. The road is lovely - hugging the coast with water on one side and green rolling fields full of sheep on the other. We are passing through little village after little village, we are currently in a town called Ballycastle and once we leave here we will visit the Carrick-a-Rede (??) suspension bridge and then the Giant's causeway before finding somewhere to stay along the coast for...

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Oct 20, 2005 - Northern Ireland

Standing on the tip of Northern Ireland with the Atlantic Ocean stretching out before us, it felt as though we were standing on the edge of the earth. It was hard to fathom that the only thing separating us from Canada were thousands of kilometres of water. We had the fortune of having Jarrett's parents as travelling companions. The purpose of the trip was to visit extended relatives. Visiting locals can provide a unique perspective to a place. You learn about your destination in terms of personal history and unique cultural...

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Sep 22, 2004 - Giants Causeway

I traveled up to the north coast of Ireland just to see this place. Voted one of the must see wonders of the world. There are about 40000 hex columns all fitted together at the oceans edge. It goes along the ocean bottom and connects to Scotland. They have a similar site also. The columns remind me of Devils Tower in the USA. The same geology was responsble for both as the columns have the same shape.

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Jul 8, 2004 - Ireland - Ballycastle - The Glens of Antrim

Hiking, or "rambling" as it's called in Ireland, is an excellent way to see the local countryside. With this in mind, I travelled to Ballycastle, further east from Bushmills, for a ramble through the Glens of Antrim. Now, I think my "directionally-challenged" friends are going to enjoy this story. You know, the ones who get on the wrong bus heading in the wrong direction, or the ones who say something like "turn left" and then "no, the other left" when giving directions in a car. The Glens of Antrim stretch around the northeast tip of...

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