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In a cottage at the Ulster-American Folk Park

Having only just got used to reading the speedo in the van in kilometres we are now in Northern Ireland and back to miles and we have to find £'s again and put away the Euros.  Our first stop is the Ulster-American Folk Park and we arrive too early for the opening time of 10am and it is raining steadily.  Once it opens we walk around the extensive grounds.  Buildings have been relocated there and some of Ireland's history is told from about the time of the Potato Famine onwards.  Folk working in th park are dressed in the period they are illustrating and perform tasks such as baking bread, spinning or weaving.  Fires burn in the hearths of some of the houses.  One bemoans the recent hot weather that has sent her batch of candles all out of shape!  Another woman hearing Andrew's accent asks us all about Australia as her only daughter has married and gone to live in Western Australia and has produced the first grandchild which she will be visiting at Christmas time.

is there a duck theme on this trip? UAFP
  We would reccommend the folk park for any family interested in the Irish-American connection and those just interested in living conditions 160 years ago.

Next stop is the Giant's Causeway.  As we leave the van in the hill top car park there is a strange smell in the air which is either animal or bird manure.  As time is tight we catch the small bus that take one down the steep track to the causeway and the tour guide gives us an excellent background to the formation of the geological wonder.  We get out and take the obligatory pictures and Andrew goes for a bit of a scramble on the rocks before we head back up the cliff by bus.   We have picked out the camping spot from the guide book on camping and it is called the Forrest Park Camp at Castlewellan.

The Giant's Causeway
  Arriving at 5pm on a Sunday night the ranger is just closing up, tells us that they don't normally take one night campers but tells us to go on in and set up and pay him in the morning. 

In the near distance we see the castle and the grounds are indeed in a forrest that is just like an English park.  Chose a spot and set up finding lots of tent pegs in the meantime.  Can't remember what we cooked up but early on in our stay in Ireland I bought some white pudding as I didn't fancy the black pudding and we had that for breakfast for several mornings along with bacon scrambled eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms.  It was delicious.  There are some party tyrpes in the camp ground and although they didn't annoy us too much with noise they left very early in the morning and left a huge pile of rubbish. 

 

Purdy says:
Did you wander around the maze in Castlewellan?
Posted on: Nov 02, 2006
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The Giants Causeway
The Giant's Causeway
The formation up close and me
The formation up close and me
Andrew checking it out
Andrew checking it out
Camp ground at Castlewellan
Camp ground at Castlewellan
Castlewellan
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