For our final day in Belfast, we explored the natural beauty of Northern Ireland. On our way up the Coastway, we passed Dunluce Castle before arriving at the famous “Carrick-a-Rede”. We were super excited to cross over the rope bridge, but as luck would have it, a crew arrived earlier in the morning to replace the rope bridge .. which they do once every five years! But we took the opportunity to enjoy what it looks like when they are doing work on the bridge! And even though it was a tad gray, we relaxed while walking and taking in the sights of the coast.
From Carrick-a-Rede, we kept driving north until we reached Giant’s Causeway. The natural hexagonal basalt columns are the result of volcanoes crashing and burning sixty million years ago.
The legend is that the giant Finn McCool lived in the area two thousand years ago and left his mark as he was trying to cross the Irish Sea to prove his worth to his opposing giant in Scotland. And he did!
From Giant’s Causeway we drove past expansive golf courses overlooking the water in Portrush, the golf capital of the world. It is also the host location of a huge motorcycle race that will gather over 200,000 people and during which racers get their speed up to 200 miles per hour. We stopped in Port Stewart for lunch where we split up and enjoyed various eateries along the way before heading home. The weather could not have been more beautiful.
For our last dinner in Belfast, we ate at our hotel. We enjoyed either salmon, steak, or a goat cheese salad and then finished it up with chocolate cake, strawberry cheesecake, or pudding. It was delicious and wrapped up our Belfast experience.