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Northern Ireland – The Giant’s Causeway

Giant's Causeway

The main reason we went to Northern Ireland was to see the Giant’s Causeway. It has been on my bucket list for some time, and so as the time to visit got closer I became more apprehensive that it was going to be rubbish and a waste of money.Giant's Causeway

The weather forecast was always best for Easter Monday, and the closer we got to the trip it became almost too good – pure sunshine – and I was worried that my photos wouldn’t come out well.

Giant's Causeway

I prefer moody, misty, overcast weather for my shots rather than brilliant sunshine. Naturally I’d shoot at sunrise or sunset, but there is more than just me on this holiday and operating around these times isn’t great. What ended up working in my favour was the lack of availability of restaurants.

Giant's Causeway

The week before we went I realised that eating out might be an issue for the first two nights we were there – Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. These are bank holiday days so people will be off work and out visiting places. We rang around a few places, and managed to get a booking – but not until 845pm! Giant's Causeway

So we took this booking, with me secretly rubbing my hands with glee, as the restaurant was 5 minutes away from the causeway, meaning we wouldn’t need to get there until late afternoon. So suddenly the issue of the good weather wasn’t a problem any more, as thanks to it being a bank holiday we couldn’t eat until after sunset anyway!Flare

As we were there so late, it was relatively free of crowds too.

When we got there, it was great. It is such a surreal thing to experience. Definitely the highlight of the holiday!

Northern Ireland – Carrick-a-Rede

Carriak-a-RedeKinbane Coast line

We went to Ireland for a few days. We arrived in the afternoon, and after checking into the B&B we went off to explore a little bit.

Coastline near Carrick-a-Rede

The rope bridge had no tickets left so we just walked up and down the coast a bit.

Outlook

Even though it looked sunny, it was really windy and the wind was quite bitter. we shall have to try to go over the rope bridge another day!

Coastline near Carrick-a-Rede

Isle of Arran – Day 5

Goatfell, from Sannox As storm Doris passes over the United Kingdom, we seem to have gotten away with it! Apparently the ferries off the Isle this morning/early afternoon were cancelled, but later in the afternoon the sun came out. Hills and Mounatins

Tomorrow morning looks to be calm so hopefully we will be on our way on time.

Goatfell Once the rain had passed this morning we drove around the Isle, stopping off occasionally to take a photo. Goatfell II

Fingers crossed that the weather stops OK for tomorrow morning, as I plan to get up for sunrise to pop out and take a shot. The weather hasn’t been to great so this is the only opportunity I will have to do this!

Isle of Arran – Day 2

Witches Step, North Sannox

After a rather miserable start to the morning, it brightened up around noon. We managed to squeeze in a couple of walks (North Sannox and Glen Sannox) as well as a trip to the distillery. Witches Step, North Sannox

A gym session in the morning and two walks has left us a bit pooped.

Isle of Arran Overall Arran is exceeding my expectations, which I had set low after Skye and Norway last year. Glen Sannox

North Sannox