Date: 1st July 2019
Travelled: 56 kilometres from Bushmills to Ballycastle both in Northern Ireland
Visited: Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and The King’s Road
Stayed: Ballycastle, beachfront lay-by, free + B. N55.20517, W06.22491
Budget: 29 days @ €79 per day
We hear rain on the roof a few times overnight, it continues as drizzle over coffee. Checking the weather forecast for today looks a little bleak, but it seems to be clearing so we go for a walk around Bushmills for half an hour.
Our plan for this morning is the Giant’s Causeway. There is no cost to walk the site, but the National Trust charge £12.50 pp for parking at their car-park. Thanks to P4N we find you can park at the tramway carpark all day for £8 for a motorhome. Being it only requires an extra 200m walk we take the cheap option.
Map showing the Antrim Coast of Northern Island, left icon Giant’s Causeway, right icon Carrick-a-Rede
So the Giant’s Causeway is done, we return to the Hymer and continue east on the A2 around the Antrim Coast. 10 kms later we turn for the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Another National Trust rort, this time free parking but a £9 pp entrance fee.
We drive the last few miles to Ballycastle and have a quick survey of the parking spots. Lots of boom gates although most are open. Still not the most friendly of towns it seems. We still need a supermarket and some LPG and there is an LPG station showing on the data-base, so we drive on. Alas no more the manager tells me. We do a quick re-plan and drive the 14 kms to The Dark Hedges, now infamous as a Game of Thrones backdrop as the “King’s Road”.
Map of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. Icon on our parking spot.
Returning from the Hedges we spot an LPG pump at a little village servo, another job done. We hit the Co-op supermarket at Ballycastle before parking with another motorhome at a beachfront lay-by less than a km from town. We point the Hymer into the wind, I pour a glass of beer and wine and the day is done.
Michael and Pam