was another picturesque ride along the northeast coastlline of Ireland
through County Antrim to Londonderry.
drove through the Glens of Antrim which is a lush green valley between
the mountains. Sheep and cows dotted the hillsides with steep cliffs
running down to the Irish Sea. We saw a few white sandy beaches
but the Sea is so cold that few venture in.
of the most famous sites along the coast is the Giant's Causeway.
This rock formation is a World Heritage site and one of the world's
geological curiosities. Sometimes called the eighth wonder of the
world, it consists of peculiar columnar formations of mostly six
sided stones. No
one knows exactly how they were formed but legend has it that two
giants built the stone walkway to link up their kingdoms.When they
later became enemies, some of the stones were removed leaving just
the area we see today. (As you probably know, the Irish have lots
of legends and stories to explain the world!)
In addition to the wonderful stone formations in the area, it also
is a very photogenic spot overlooking the sea.
second stop for the day was the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest
licensed whisky distillery in the world. After the guided tour,
our guide asked for volunteers for some whiskey tasting and Barbara
task was to taste shots of various brands of whisky, scotch and
malt whisky and determine which I liked best. Irish whisky is different
than other whisky in that it is distilled 3 times instead of twice.
It is kept between 6 and 21 years in pre-used bourbon or sherry
casks. It tastes very smooth. Interestingly, I liked the Bushmill
whisky the best - and didn't like some of the shots at all!
See Photo Gallery for additional pictures of this area.