thursday last week had us boarding another flight. this time to visit the causeway coast in county antrim, northern ireland.
the whole area is stunning, with quiet roads, beautiful scenery and history that far surpasses anything we can find back home in new zealand.
we stayed in a beautiful quiet country location not far from the giants causeway, choosing to spend the afternoon of our first day taking a tour of the local whiskey distillery in bushmills. because of the high volatility in the areas we toured through, photos were not permitted, but the tastings at the end more than made up for it!
and took a day trip out to rathlin island to see the puffins. we couldn’t get very close but got chatting to one of the locals who has some amazing photos of them (including the one below…)
puffin by tom mcdonnell
more ash clouds over england and ireland meant our flight home was cancelled, so we took the opportunity to see some of county down – specifically the ards peninsular
the holy wells were founded in the 7th century by st. cooey. according to tradition, it was here that he performed his pentiential exercises in the late 7th and 8th centuries. the foundations of a church, modern altar and three holy wells may be found. a drinking well, washing well and eye well are still visited by pilgrims and are reputed to have healing powers.
– source: ards visitor guide 2009/10
before checking into our room at pier 36 overlooking the donaghadee port and lighthouse
tomorrow we’re up early to head to belfast international airport, headed back to london.