When we were asked by friends if we could look after their cat for a few days in Northern Ireland we jumped at the chance. Apart from never passing up the opportunity to cuddle a pusscat, we really needed a mini-break. So last week, with weather warnings of the approaching Storm Ciara ringing in our ears, we boarded a plane to Belfast.
Shortly after arriving we had a brief tour of Belfast streets and saw murals depicting The Troubles and, more importantly, the hope for a brighter future in Peace artwork. celebrating community and tolerance.
Fans of Game of Thrones will already know that the epic series was largely filmed in Northern Ireland (more about that later). I loved this signpost sitting in O’Kane’s Layby.
First visit of the day was to CARRICK-A-REDE rope bridge. For 350 years, fishermen have strung a rope bridge 30m above the sea to allow them to access the best places to catch the migrating salmon.
The next stop had been on my ‘bucket list’ forever.
Steeped in myth and legend. Carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool ….. or a geological wonder with over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of intense volvanic and geological activity!
The walk back up to the Visitor Centre was blowy to say the least. The Audio Guide told us about The Stookans, (or Windy Gap to locals!) a path between the cliff face and a tall rock. At one point I was nearly blown off my feet!
Quick stop to take a photo of this beautiful church tower before heading back for pusscat feeding time and cuddles.