Northern Ireland: Antrim Coast in Photos

Basically all of our time in Northern Ireland was wonderful. Jay and I had both had to dream to visit Ireland for so long.. for no specific reason besides having distant relatives from there and feeling “called” by the countryside. So after two full days in the capital of Belfast, we knew it was time for a tour of the surrounding area: those lush green hills and coastal cliffs that define Ireland. We ended up booking with McComb’s Coaches for their Giant’s Causeway Day Tour, because it was the most budget-friendly option and covered most of the bases we were hoping to visit. Our itinerary included: Carrickfergus Castle, Larrybane, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Bushmills and Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, Dunluce Castle, and the Giant’s Causeway. Here are my favorite photos of the day, packed with countless memories.

Carrickfergus Castle, 1177

Carrickfergus Castle, 1177


Carrickfergus Castle, 1177

Carrickfergus Castle, 1177


View from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

View from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge


Crossing Carrick-A-Rede

Crossing Carrick-A-Rede


Originally erected 350 years ago to aid salmon fishermen, height of 30m

Originally erected 350 years ago to aid salmon fishermen, height of 30m




Dunluce Castle, 14th century

Dunluce Castle, 14th century


World's oldest distillery still in operation

World’s oldest distillery still in operation


Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site

Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site


The Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway



Soaked, but extremely happy

Soaked, but extremely happy


We didn’t once regret visiting Ireland in the winter. I’m sure it would be wonderful in the summer, but we were happy to avoid long lines and busy tourist sites. The weather did finally catch up with us once we left Bushmills… our time at the Giant’s Causeway was very wet and very windy! We braved the outdoors, though, and honestly it made the event even more fun. My favorite part of the Giant’s Causeway is that they let visitors climb and walk wherever you choose. The only caution from workers was to watch your step on slippery rocks in the rain! That day really quenched my need for adventure. I can’t wait to go back. I really recommend reading up on the local legends if you decide to visit… they are a part of what makes Ireland so magical!

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