after just a few hours sleep, we woke on new year’s day to a cooked breakfast (sheila’s friends, our hosts, were so cool – thanks andy + aisling) before heading off to the giant’s causeway. on the way we stopped for a quick look at Dunluce Castle, or the remains at least. pretty incredible really that it’s still there, just perched on such a steep cliff. the rain was pretty relentless at this point so we raced back up to the car and continued on.
thankfully the rain subsided, leaving only strong winds in exposed places. so we walked our way along the narrow path towards the famous stone formations that are found just a short drive from Portstewart. it was so cool to see the exposed rock and cliffs i’d always imagined Ireland to have. the rocks themselves were very impressive, sort of crazy to think that this kind of raw nature stuff still exists in all its glory(not without being fully capitalized on by tourist companies of course). the photos describe what i saw that day far better than i ever could… the last couple of photos were taken in Ballymena on the way home – the place that my mother’s grandfather lived before he moved to NZ. we had a nice pub meal there and i finished my irish leg of the trip off with a Guinness (gotta say though that i didn’t enjoy it all that much… i hear it’s an acquired taste).