We planned to stop at the tourist office and see if they had any tips for the area, but they closed for the day at 1pm and we were too late, so we got out the map and looked for landmarks nearby. Something called Ossian's grave was marked and we totally got lost looking for it. We never found it, but had a really lonely, beautiful drive through the country, where the only other person we saw was a naked guy in a car. For real.
After the drive we pulled out a guidebook (ye olde Lonely Planet, which is good for outdoor things) which said you can find sea caves in Cushendun. That sounded pretty awesome so we went there. Cushendun is tiny and there seem to be more holiday apartments there than anything else. We did like the caves, though. They were small but pretty with lots of neat plants growing out of rocks and stuff. We came up to them along the shore, but when the tide is higher you might have to take a path that goes behind all the holiday apartments to get to them. On the way back through town we saw some swans nesting in the river Dun (Cushendun means "mouth of the river Dun"). The male was picking plants off the river bottom and depositing them behind himself, but he was moving in circles so it was completely futile. Still, we couldn't stop watching.
|Glens of Antrim Mai 11|
We stopped to pick up some caffeine at Therese's Tea Room and made our way back to the car, followed by this cute little dog who really wanted to be friends. Sadly we couldn't take him with us. We went onward toward Ballycastle, looking for a trail out to Fair Head, which is supposed to have nice views all the way to Scotland. Again we got a little lost (not sure what the problem was that day, but we definitely got lost a lot...) but finally found it through the pouring rain. The rain let up just long enough for us to hike from a tiny cluster of houses/ruined houses/farm buildings through some fields and moorland, past a lake with an old fortified island in it, up to the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was awesome (see photos!). We couldn't see Scotland because of the weather, but there is a view of Rathlin Island from there. When we got back to the car, it started pouring again.
Next: The Giant's Causeway!