The Northern Shores of Ireland

Cruising the Coastline, Pt. 1

When you imagine what Ireland looks like, I bet it is similar to something like this:

…rolling green hills speckled with sheep, rocky cliffs that plummet into the rocky shores, roads lined with brick walls…

Was I close?  Bustling around the metropolitan city of Dublin, you don’t get the sense of any of that.  However, just outside of the fast paced Dublin streets lies what Ireland is so famous for, its green lands!

The Emerald Isle, as it is so aptly named, and we got to fall in love with this beautiful island country all over again during the Independence Day holiday.

Taking a drive along what is called, the Causeway Coastal Tour, we had to pinch ourselves on several occasions to remind us that we were not dreaming.  Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but when you see something so grand and so wonderful, sometimes finding the right words to describe just what you are looking at can be a challenge.  Pictures are worth a thousand words, especially in those moments where speechlessness overwhelms the mouth.  However, what happens when the picture extends beyond the frame of the camera?  Those moments, the ones where you stand in utter amazement and gawk at the beauty that lies before you, become times when seeing is truly believing.

From medieval castles to large rocks jutting out into the ocean to an ancient cove where giants once lived, you will see what is so amazing about this drive.  I promise!  The map below shows the route of the coastal tour.  We drove along the red solid line, with an addition of driving the dotted scenic tour to Torr Head, all the way out to Giant’s Causeway.  You can see that we were literally driving the along the coast!

First stop, an American breakfast in Carrickfergus and a stop at the Carrickfergus Castle.  This castle was a medieval castle that was last occupied in WWII.  The castle was a very typical castle, unlike Malahide

Next, we travelled along the Antrim Coast Road, passing through a small town called Larne with coastal views and such cute little houses.  We enjoyed getting close to the water, and the guys also enjoyed getting their feet in the sand.  Well, everyone but Kinsler.  He was not much a fan of the sand between his toes!  Kieghan was even brave enough to dip his feet into the oh-so-cold ocean waters!  We took in the scenery, but it was only the beginning.

The tour continues