I thought when the family and I took a trip up the Antrim Coast Road a few weeks ago, that it would be the last time for a while that I would be making the trip.
However, my mother in law Phyllis very kindly offered to take me and the boys out for the day, to give Ian a bit of respite, and we were all delighted to accept!
We tried to take the road over the Star Bog near Larne to get to the coast, but for some reason ended up taking a wrong turn and wandering (quite happy to be lost!!) around the Antrim moorland for ages before winding our way to the coast. We were totally lost until we happened across Slemish mountain, near Ballymena, where St Patrick is purported to have tended his sheep, and it’s massively distinctive and it was quite a relief to get our bearings once again!!
We eventually made it to Carnlough, a pretty fishing village, and decided to stop for lunch at the Londonderry Arms, a pretty hotel which I believe has been on the go just about for ever!!
Lunch was lovely, service was slow and it was amazingly hard to catch anyone’s eye. However my food was great, and the kids had a lovely meal too. The boys behaved really well and it was a lovely relaxed meal.
After lunch, the rain which was so persistent in the morning had cleared up and we went for a walk around the famous and much-painted harbour.
Northern Ireland has a very close affinity with the sea, you’re never far away- so it’s sad that there are so many sea faring disaster stories littered around the coast. I love that people rarely let these go unforgotten. Here is an example of a beautifully maintained memorial.
The harbour itself is stunning.
We then drove round the coast a bit, stopping off on the beach at Waterfoot (or Glenariff, depending on what you prefer to call it!!) before we went home, tired but happy!
That’s Scotland you can see in the background. It’s only 12 miles away! 🙂
We all had such a lovely day. I really enjoyed the “not driving”- it doesn’t happen very much and I loved looking around me without fear of leaving the road, ha ha!! 🙂