The scenic beauty of the coastal area of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is the region that contains an extraordinary beauty of spectacular coastal scenery of dramatic cliffs and headlands broken by the wide sweep of fresh sandy beaches backed by Dunes. Within the days of our stay, I enjoyed these fantastic landscapes and the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery which the area is dominated by a high undulating plateau cut by deep Glens which open north and eastward to the sea. During my visit, Shaun (one of our Irish good friend) showed us the Area of Outstnading Natural Beauty which these beauties remarks all the impressive farms delicately posed on the coastline. I stayed at Barbara's Travel Lodge in Balleymoney, which is one of the north-east finest gems situated just 15 miles from the breathtaking Giant's Causeway, within easy reach of the fabled Glens of Antrim.
Portglenone is one of the beautiful places I visited.
The serenity of this place characterizes a friendly and peaceful environment of the villagers. I enjoyed my first day of my visit to the last day which was the hightlight climbing up to the majestic peak of the Fair Head . We traveled to the places of Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush, Portglenone, Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, White Park Bay, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Bonamargy Frairy, Balleycastle, Fair Head, Torr Head, Cushendall and a day trip to Dublin.
I was fascinated when we headed to the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, a sort of an adventure for me that gave me courage in my hands to cross the amazing bridge as it swings 30 m deep (80 foot) chasm. I saw some people around like me to take the challenges just to enjoy the same view and high thrills.
Position of Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge at a clear view.
Luckily I don't have such problems of heights, thus I took the nerves and went for it! The thrill to walk on a slightly swinging rope bridge which is hanging 30 meters above the sea give you more courage to stop the increase of adrenaline in your body. Upon reaching the other end I need to cross again to get my way back to the main port where I started. So far, I ended up with full enthusiasm.
We drove forth to the Giant's Causeway, which is an iconic symbol of the region and one of the Ireland's major attraction. It is a region soaked in myth, magic and folklore. These are just a few of the many tales that will be told throughout your stay:
"The Legend of the Giant's Causeway"
"The Legend tells us that the Irish Giant Finn McCool had a rival - a Scottish Giant named Bennandonner.
Giant's Boots at Giant's Causeway
Finn McCool decided to build a causeway to Scotland so that he could challenge his adversary on battle. When the work was completed, the causeway stretched from North Antrim to Staffa. Bennandonner accepted the invitation to walk over to Ireland and fight for supremacy. As Bennandonner appeared in the horizon, Finn McCool realized in honor that he had taken on a rival much bigger than himself. He ran home to his wife, Oonagh. The quick thinking Oonagh disguised Finn as a baby and made him curl up in an enormous cradle. Bennandonner faced with the sight of this huge "child" took fright at the thought of the size of his father and fled back to Scotland tearing up the causeway in his wake."
The highlight of my last stay was to climb up to the peak of Fair Head.
At the Peak of Fair Head (Shaun TB friend ) guided me the way against my guts to climb up the Fair Head. After two hours hike, we made it to the top!)
It was a long and winding road that caught you in many swampy places on its trail but worth a brief of more strides to the top heading onwards despite on the massive piles of small and big rocks, walking along the thick Heather bushes and climbing over fences on our way which led each mile a stunning view of the Fair Head as we drew nearer. Despite the long walk, Fair Head Peak, our aim to reach to this natural grandeur is pretty worth of our destination. After a couple of hours hiking, we have been rewarded from our efforts to reach to its magnificent landscape. The overlooking view being there had been comparable to be "on the top of the world" looking over to a distant view of the Torr Head, which was also worth to our next destination as brief diversion for its great seascape views by the lovely Murlough Bay and the Rathlin Island.