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After a long day travelling...

We left Aviemore at 9am...I took the first shift driving. Just over 3 hours to Glasgow...stopped off to find a large chemist in the hope that it would stock the tape removing spray. I found it rather difficult driving through the city centre in our big van...finally found a car parking building...but the van was too high for it! There was a park on the side of the road opposite the building, so I stopped there, consulted google maps, which told me there was a chemist 9 min walk away, and I went walking! Bingo, got what we needed, so that made it worth the detour.
Decided to get out of Dublin and stop for lunch at a service area along the way...turned out there weren't any! So, straight on to Cainryan to catch the ferry to Larne...we were on the fast ferry, so a two hour sailing...just enough time for a feed and a nap, and presto, we were in Northern Ireland!
Drove for just over an hour to Portballintrae, a couple of miles from Bushmills. Found our house no problem, a lovely big beach house, and the best thing...a Nespresso machine! The coffee has been pretty awful so far (I've considered giving it up several times...but then I get a headache!), so this was a much appreciated bonus. After 8pm now, removed the dressing on Jo's leg, where the skin graft was taken, smothered it in cream, wrapped it in plastic and left it to sweat overnight as instructed.


The big reveal of Jo's leg...phew, it looks good ?, so can be left uncovered now.
The kids and I headed out for a walk to The Giants Causeway, 3 miles away. A lovely walk along the rugged coastline, then a couple more miles once we got to the start of it, but so spectacular, it didn't feel like a long walk at all. Included in the admission price was an audio narration...in addition to choosing what language you wanted, you could choose whether you wanted the adult, family or geological version. Ben chose the geological version (at least he chose the English version, although there were times it looked like it might as well have been in a foreign language!) while Janae and I listened to the family version. This was very good...a mixture of the old folk tales of the formation (the story of the giant Finn McCool!), with a grumpy geologist interrupting to rubbish the stories and giving his boring sensible version in easy-to-understand language! Had lots of fun climbing over the rocks and taking lots of photos...
Jo and Tata picked us up from the visitor centre and we went to The Bushmills Inn for lunch...this had come highly recommended from a few sources, and didn't disappoint. In fact it was so good, we booked in to go back for dinner!

After lunch, we headed to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. I had recollections of this being a bit terrifying last time I crossed it, so thought I would just stand by and watch the kids, but as it wasn't very windy today, (mmm...and strangely, the bridge was a lot shorter than I remembered it to be!), I did go across. Another stunning walk along the coastline from and back to the car park.

Next stop, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery...we got there 10 minutes too late to do an official tasting, so just did our own by purchasing from the restaurant (problem solving 101!)...time for the 10 year, the 12 year and a hot toddy, then home for a power nap before heading back out to dinner!

The Bushmills Inn had stepped it up a notch for dinner...it was very posh - exceptional service and food...especially impressed with The jelly and ice cream Jo and Janae ordered off the kids menu!

Posted by MaryMcKeowen 14:59

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