The guinea pig's revenge
Dunfanaghy Travel Blog› entry 4 of 11 › view all entries
I got up before dawn this morning after my first real night's sleep (yay!) and headed out along the causeway. I really wanted to see the Mussendun temple, so I headed out there just in time to see the sun rise over the water. It was really beautiful as this perfect little round temple is sitting on the edge of a high cliff overlooking the water. I was completely alone up there as well, it seems that the Irish don't get up so early on Saturdays because the roads were empty as well.
My next stop was Ballymoney which is where some of my family roots can be traced. I found the old church that my great great (etc) grandfather attended and the graveyard he's buried in across the street immediately. (Here's more info if you're interested http://www.
The graveyard was open by the time I finished breakfast and I had no trouble finding the right grave as it is the very first one as you walk in. My next stop was the Ballymoney museum which had some interesting things from the area, plus I needed some directions.
I then headed down the road for The Jungle for zorbing (aka the human hamster ball). It was nearly impossible to find and I had to get directions twice. I thought I was in the wrong place when I turned into what was clearly an active working farm and drove right between two of the main sheds and the farmhouse up a hill filled with grazing cows, but then I saw the giant clear plastic balls perched on the top of the hill and knew I was in the right place. I was the first one of the morning, so I climbed into one of the big balls and sat there. The staff then took a giant hose and stuck it through the opening and I was hit by such incredibly cold water that I swear it was colder than ice. I had to hold my feet up out of the water because for some reason that made it feel warm enough that I wasn't going to die instantly.
I was off again, this time to Londonderry which I thought for some reason would be great as it had this large old walled city in the middle of it. I was very disappointed. The city walls are nice, but the buildings within the walls looked more like a suburban mall than an ancient historic village. I did stop for fish and chips and a Guiness for lunch and it is true that Guiness is actually drinkable in Ireland. I can't stand a sip of that bitter stuff in the US, but here it really didn't have a strong aftertaste and was not as yeasty.
I then headed up to Dunfanaghy which is where I was planning to spend the night. It is located on an incredibly picturesque part of the shoreline of Ireland that somehow puts the other amazing places along the coast to shame. It seems that every feature of the other parts of Ireland that make it awe inspiring were somehow made ten times better and all put right here in Dunfanaghy. I watched the sunset from a high cliff top overlooking the Atlantic.
I then went to enjoy some Irish music at a local bar along with a pint. There was a wedding party there as well and the bride had a very unusual dress that reminded me of a mermaid, but it was still very pretty. Still not sure what I am doing tomorrow yet, so it'll be a surprise for everyone!