McCrea family
Holiday in Antrim, Northern Ireland - July 2012

Port Ballintrae
After three days in Westport, we headed back to Northern Ireland, staying four nights with dad's cousin Kathy.  We spent most of the time in Kathy's luxury caravan at Port Ballintrae on the north Antrim coast.

The weather was just terrific!  Here's a snap of Port Ballintrae, and of cousins Kathy and Alison with mum and dad blinded by the fierce Irish sun...

Giants' Causeway
Dad and the boys walked from Port Ballintrae along the coast to the Giants' Causeway, an impressive natural rock formation comprising perfectly formed hexagonal shapes. Along the walk we came across
Runkerry House dating from the 1860s, and destined apparently to become a 5 star hotel.
Dunluce Castle
Another interesting place within walking distance is Dunluce Castle, a ruined castle perched precariously on the white cliffs. Here are a couple of snaps of the castle during the day and at sunset, as well as the team with cousins Alison, Naomi and Matthew (also aged 14).

The Antrim Coast
The Antrim coast is characterised by an unusual combination of basalt and limestone cliffs.  The limestone creates white beaches with turquoise water, whilst the more resilient basalt creates interesting islands and landforms.  This is particularly evident at Whitepark Bay.

Along the Antrim coast  we stopped at the delightful  Ballintoy
Harbour, and made the precarious crossing of Carrick-a-rede rope bridge...
The boys hit the Atlantic surf at White Rocks courtesy of the cousins' wetsuits.  Dad braved the water for a couple of minute sans wetsuit before beating a hasty retreat...

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