Wee Northern Ireland gets a bad time of it, with people forever complaining about how boring it is and how they can’t wait to leave but the past year I’ve started to realise no matter where you are in the world you forget to appreciate your surroundings. Roadtrips down the coast are what make me really think about how lucky I am to actually have all these pretty places on my doorstep, and even better I get to live by the sea.
First stop: Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. On a windy day (which is most days up the North Coast) the rope bridge is closed and unfortunately, the last 2 times I have gone the weather has been craaaazy, but a walk along the cliffs was still on the cards to see these beaut views. Note: don’t be deceived by the beautiful, sunny pics…North Coast weather is always coat and scarf weather.
#2: Ballintoy Harbour. Luckily, this is just down the road from our holiday home (Seascape Lodge) and is such a nice spot to take a dander along the pier or if you’re feeling daring enough, to get up on the rocks and watch the massive waves crash just steps away from your feet.
#3: Coffee break at Bothy. This cute lil coffee shop is just at the bottom of our road, opposite White Park Bay. If you’ve just come back from a windy walk along the beach, this is the perfect stop to get a lil hot chocolate or a creamy latte to warm you right up! If you’re lucky (which we were) and the sun’s out you can even sit outside and look at the views of White Park Bay just across the road..orrrr..if it’s a dull gloomy day and not quite warm enough to brace, a cosy seat by the fire inside is exactly what you’ll find in Bothy.
#4: Giant’s Causeway. Everyone knows if you’re taking a roadtrip up the North Coast, The Giant’s Causeway is a classic stop off. There’s something so satisfying about how evenly all the basalt rocks fit together. Plus it’s extremely picturesque.