Monday, 26 October 2009

North Coast of Northern Ireland, Carrick-A-Rede

A slow start to the day, with breakfast, then heading to the centre of town to find some pins for the kids pinboards and morning tea. We checked out of the hotel at 11 and headed to the bus stop with our bags to the International Belfast Airport to meet Phil.

An exciting ride saw the bus driver stop, break the emergency glass to get the fire estinguisher, and race out of the bus. A car had overheated and caught on fire. Alexander was really frightened, Cameron thought it was great to watch. The bus driver was most apologetic when he got back on the bus for the one complained!

Arriving at the the airport, we looked at the boards to see all the flights arriving were from the UK...which I thought was a bit strange for the International Airport. Then I checked Phil's text message that said he was arriving at the City Airport...opps...wrong airport. So a quick 20 minute ride in a taxi to the other airport, we found Phil at the coffee shop with his coffee. The hire car was not going to be ready for another hour, so we all had lunch at the airport.

Once the hire car was sorted, we headed up to the North East Coast of Northern Ireland ....beautiful!!!

We stopped at Carrick-A-Rede, which means the rock in the road. The road is the sea route for Atlantic Salmon on their westward journey past Carrick Island. For over 350 years, fisherman would build a rope bridge to Carrick Island so they could catch the salmon as they migrated. The rope bridge is 20 metres long and up quite high, but it wasn't that scary....except when the person behind you delibrately makes the bridge wobble....

Across the water is Rathlin Island, which is looked really pretty with the sun just starting to set.

It is a lovely part of Northern Ireland!!

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