As heavy rain was forcast for later in the day, we chose to head out in the morning. I was dropped off (or “dropped” as my 4 year old said!) at Carrick-a-rede to commence my walk.
There is a small section of the Causeway Coastal Path between Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and Ballintoy which I really wanted to explore.
Scotland in the distance with part of Rathlin Island in the foreground (not able to get all of it in the one photo due to it’s L-shape and position from my view point)
Many of the fields around here are long narrow strips, and the cottage in the distance is a traditional cottage, but few of these remain today. As a student at university, my Dad was employed one summer to measure all these fields around this part of the coast by the Department of Agriculture. He travelled by bicycle, and had a tent with him – there are lots of hills – not sure I could have done it!
My initial destination was Ballintoy church, which I could see ahead of me nearly the whole time.
I had spent quite a while exploring this church and it’s grounds last summer, however as a grave digger was at work, I chose not to enter the church grounds. It can be quite an atmospheric place.
Here are a few views from outside, including some beautiful old roses.
Here is one of the glimpses you get of the beach on the way down.
This is a derelict house is for sale, with outline planning permission for a stunning new home, but the price, just for the building site (without any house) is £595,000! (about $970,000!!!). You would certainly end up with an amazing house with an amazing view, but you would definitely be paying for it!
Finally I made it down to the harbour to meet up with the family, and to enjoy a reviving ice-cream from the wee shop/cafe.
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