Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday 9/16 - Letterkinny to Bushmill

It was nice to be able to sleep in a bit this morning. We had our usual full Irish breakfast. Eugene and Ann came out to talk to us, such a friendly and helpful couple.

They gave us couple more maps on Derry and the Giants Causeway. This was by far the best facility so far.

Our first stop was the ruins of the Round Fort. There has been a fort of some sorts since 1400 BC

The view of the ocean and the waves was beautiful but still too windy and drizzly to stay out for too long.

Pretty soon we were on our way and decided to go to Malin Head instead of directly to Derry.

This was yet another beautiful coastal route with spectacular views of the crashing waves which my picture taking ability doesn't do justice to.

There was a watch tower at the top which had been used as late as WWII. This must a popular biking area, we met multiple groups on the way up and at the top.

Shortly started on our way back to Derry and stopped at The Point Inn for lunch before entering Derry.

We found the Walls easily enough and parking was easy. It was still windy and drizzly but I did walk on the walls for a bit. It was a neat feeling of being a part of history.

We left the place shortly and due to the weather decided on taking the direct route to our B&B, The Valley View B&B, instead of the Giants Causeway Coastal route that we had planned on earlier.

The B&B was easy to find and we were greeted warmly by Shadow, the golden retriever and then by Valerie our hostess for the next two nights.

We were in the annex, where her mother in law lived on the ground floor and we had two rooms upstairs. Our room was huge, it had one Queen and two singles, with lots of space to move around and windows on two sides looking out on tranquil pastoral scenery.

A slight disadvantage of having to go to the main house for wifi, other than that this was wonderful specially since we were staying for two nights.

Valerie gave us information on restaurants in Bushmill, I was surprised that it was a good 15 mins away but the drive was nice.

We chose to eat at the Smuggler Inn more for the name than anything else. The restaurant was located quite a bit outside of town towards the Causeway.

Trish and I had the steak casserole which is the closest thing to Irish Stew that we have had on this trip. It was very good.

Came back and sat in the living room for a bit and retired early hoping for a better day tomorrow.


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