Monday, November 18, 2013

Driving the Antrim Coast

After our night in Belfast, we continued our Northern Ireland trip in a rental car.  Sara was our designated driver while in the North, being the most experienced left-side-of-the-road driver.  We took an airport shuttle bus to the Belfast City Airport and the rental car station.

We got the rental car and the SatNav (GPS) device fired up and went North from Belfast along the Antrim Coast.

The coastal route wasn't the most direct route to Portrush, but we wanted to see the collection of coastal sights and villages along the way.  We ran into some problems with the SatNav because we were looking for towns and sights that were less popular and weren't always in the database of the SatNav unit.  With some improvising and reading our paper map with the SatNav, we were able to make it work, and boy are we glad we did.  

The Antrim Coast has an organized coastal route that is rather well-marked and dotted with a roadside park system at each town along the way.  We took time to stop at several (but not all!) of the parks on the system.  Each was unique with its own access to the sea, oceanside walks, rocky beaches, and spectacular views.  

The weather cooperated with us beautifully, so we took our time with the drive, spending about two and a half hours looking at this wonderful piece of landscape.  A small photo gallery of our Antrim Drive follows.  Next week- Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Cory picks up junk on the beach in Northern Ireland
Cory picking up junk on the beach

Villages dot the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland
Seaside Village

A Glenarm park sign in Northern Ireland
Part of the Antrim Coast park system

Our rental car for the Antrim Coast drive
Our rental car

Cory climbs the rocks and looks at the sea
Cory looks at the sea

A small rowboat is on display on the Antrim Coast
A boat, yup, a boat

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