Date: 4th July 2019
Travelled: 55 kilometres from Toomebridge to Newtownabbey both in County Antrim
Visited: The Castle Garden and Round Tower in Antrim
Stayed: Glen Park (car-park), Whiteabbey, free + B N54.67643, W05.89630
Budget: 32 days @ €75 per day
After a long evening in the bar of The Crosskeys Inn we are a little dull this morning, but much wiser. We understand the complexity of thatching a pub roof and how many pints of Guinness you can have without feeling a little dull the next day.
We make the Hymer ready before driving out of the carpark for Antrim on the northern shore of Lough Neagh. We are looking for a relaxing morning exploring Antrim, then spend some time this afternoon planning our day in Belfast tomorrow.
Map showing Antrim
We spend some 90 minutes walking the gardens and taking the walking trail to Lough Neagh and back. A great way to spend the morning and free to 🥾.
Just to be clear we did ask the girl in the Tourist Office about the Round Tower. When I asked her to mark its location on the map it became obvious, however she was not a local Round Tower enthusiast. She had no idea and suggested following the signs.
We did find the Round Tower Integrated School, but the tower prove elusive until a couple of lager lads set us straight.
So we have done with Antrim as best we can. We drive on the 30 kms to Whiteabbey on the western shores of Belfast Lough. It’s less than 15 minutes on to Belfast. Whilst we are parked in a small carpark a passing woman tells us to make sure we visit Carrickfergus Castle. It’s only a few kms away, so we may pop up there in the morning.
I should add as a footnote we initially stopped at Jordontown’s Loughshore Park, but it was taken over by 20 car-loads of young men, their shisha pipes and boom boxes, so we moved a short distance to Glen Park.
Map showing Whiteabbey, icon on our car-park.
Michael and Pam