Northern Ireland

I visited Northern Ireland recently, with my wife, for our tenth wedding anniversary, so we’ve now been to all four nations that make up the UK.

While we were there, we visited Giant’s Causeway (because how can you not?):

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Despite it being a rainy day in September, it was busy, and the walk down from the visitor centre to the rocks was crowded, but had some spectacular views:

Northern Ireland: beach near Giant's Causeway

Though I must admit to be nearly as interested to see the award winning visitor centre as the rocks themselves:

Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

Afterwards, we visited the nearby remains of Dunluce Castle, thought to be the inspiration behind Cair Paravel in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, and a filming location for the great castle of Pyke, Seat of House Greyjoy, in Game of Thrones:

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

View from Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

We also visited a Patterson’s Spade Mill, to see 19th century water-powered spade manufacturing, which sounds boring but really wasn’t. I don’t have photos of most of this, but the power came from this turbine, now about 200 years old:

Spade Mill Turbine

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