September 16th, 2003 – by: Aditu
The Gobbins's Trail Cliff Walk, well as close as we got to it.
We left Carrickfergus in the morning and decided that we were going to attempt to find the Gobbins Trail Cliff Walk, notice I said attempt because after driving up and down the same road over and over again, and ending up in like 100 people's driveways we finally gave up. We headed up the A2 Antrim Coast Road and let me tell you, if you ever go to Northern Ireland you must drive the A2. Be warned though, you will be hard pressed to drive more than 5 miles at a time without stopping because the scenery is out of this world. All ocean, beaches, rocks, and tunnels carved into the rocks. It was beautiful. We made a stop at Drain's Bay which was the first place that we decided to experiment with the timer on the camera; this of course resulted in many humorous pics of 1 of the 3 of us in various stages of running away from the camera to get into the picture.
The A2 coast road.
We also stopped at Ballygally Bay. I have this thing with trying to get to places my friend's don't go to get different pictures. This probably comes from the fact that the first couple of trips Leann and I took she would go take a picture and I would proceed to go and stand in exaclty the same spot and take exactly the same picture. Then we'd get doubles, lol. As a result, I am forever climbing up or down to places to get what I consider to be cool pictures and Kerry has nicknamed me "the billygoat". I 'm not sure if I should be amused or offended by this. This particular day also went into vaction history as it was the first time that we went the whole day without stopping to ask for directions. YAY US!!
We stopped to hike for a bit in the Glenariff Forest Park and again what beautiful scenery.
There was not a soul around and it was so peaceful. At one point we heard bagpipes playing in the wind. It was so surreal and for a moment I felt like Claire Randall looking for Jaime Fraser. We tried to find the source of the pipes but it was like trying to find the end of the rainbow; the closer it seemed we got, the further away it sounded. We spent the afternoon hiking and definitely earned the right to have dessert that evening. We have this vacation rule that if we walk 5 plus miles in one day we can have dessert after dinner. Which more often than not turns into, well we walked 8 miles yesterday so that makes up for the face we only walked 3 today, lol.
After we left Glenariff we got to the top of the A2 and I decided that I was confident enough to veer off the main road and take the scenic Fairhead-Torr head drive.
A successful timer pic.
It was definitely a white knuckle experience but well worth it. As we got near Portrush
which was our overnight stop we realized the sun was setting. As I've already explained we're sunset junkies. So we dove into action and found the perfect stop... Dunluce Castle, my absolute favorite Irish castle. The sunset was beautiful and I have yet to take a better sunset pic. We arrived at Portrush, ate, went out for some cider and conversation and ended up meeting the self-proclaimed 8th wonder of the world in the Springhill pub which might one of the friendliest pubs I've ever been in.