One of our favourite drives here in Northern Ireland is along the Antrim Coast Road, which runs along our East Coast and contains amazing scenery along with quaint sleepy villages and harbours along the way. This drive is recognised as one of the Worlds great scenic roads. The only problem is that the scenery is so stunning that you have to keep stopping to take photos or just to breath in the sea air so this drive might take longer than you think!
On Sunday, which just happened to be Valentines Day, we set off in the early afternoon and headed for the town of Larne which marks the starting point of the Coast Road. As soon as you leave Larne you are immediately hugging the shoreline and you are so close to the water that waves can break over the dividing wall during stormy weather but that just adds to the excitement! With it still being late Winter we didn’t have time to drive the entire road due to the sun setting shortly after 5pm but the beauty of it is you can just drive a section of it should you so wish.
Passing the popular Carnfunnock Country Park we were soon having to make our first stop for photos on what was a sunny but chilly day with perfect visibility which even made the Scottish Coast look within touching distance. Passing through Glenarm we had already made two stops before arriving at Carnlough with its colourful fishing boats nestled behind the harbour wall. Worth stopping here for great views and maybe some lunch at the popular Londonderry Arms Hotel which was once owned by the family of Sir Winston Churchill.
A couple more photo stops later and it was time to head home again so we drove to Waterfoot and followed the road to Ballymena passing by Glenariff Forest Park which is well worth at least an afternoons visit if you’re in the area! This road takes you past picture perfect countryside through one of Northern Ireland’s famous Glens Of Antrim before you start the descent down towards Ballymena or the town of Broughshane. Broughshane is another one of our favourite places to stop off and enjoy its award winning traditional village charm and nice river walk/wild bird sanctuary.
Today we would like to share with you Nigel’s photos, while tomorrow’s post will feature Martha’s video footage. Via the M2 motorway it’s only about a 45-minute drive back to Belfast from Broughshane. Hopefully, we can get to drive the remaining section of this beautiful road later in the year and can share more photographs with you.