The morning drive to Coleraine, went smoothly as I passed some of my past play-grounds. It was interesting to see what had changed - and what hadn't. Overall Northern Ireland seemed to have advanced much more than the North of England.
With dull administration taken care of - we headed off to see some of the great sights - I am not sure if Dora realized with had done 2 laps of the amazing North West 200 bike circuit - alas in a 1.3 Vauxhall it is hardly the same thing as being on a decent motorbike.
Just out from PortRush are the ruins of an old castle. Which was sacked by the local Irish peasants in 1690. Just how they were able to accomplish this I rather wonder about - as it is pretty difficult to get access too.
Dora at the entrance
The castle as it looks today
Dora the Ulster Explorer
The castle is literally perched on top of some rocks by the sea.
The Giants Causeway
A few kms past the small town of Bushmills (which should be more famous for it's distillery than some rocks) - is the National Trust site of "The Giants Causeway". Now I know it had been 30 years since I last went there - but in those days - you could drive down in your own car. Today the NT have a car park bigger than a large ASDA/Tecso - and change you very handsomely to go to the site. They additionally omit to tell you that there is a long long walk (but a bus ride where they can extract extract $$$'s from you) - being mean - and liking the walk we opted for the walk, and were thoroughly glad we had done so.
This is what all the fuss is about !!
Dora enjoying the view.
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