I really had no idea how to show you this next set of photos other than to just lump them all together and dub them the "Coastline Drive" series. On both Day 2 and Day 3 of our Ireland trip, we spent large chunks of our tours driving and visiting spots along the Western coast and Northern coast of Ireland. Even with a large coach bus, we were able to squeeze onto the narrow seaside roadways to experience breathtaking views as we drove from village to village. As we passed through each sleepy fishing town or idyllic resort area, our tour guide introduced us to Ireland's fancy golf courses, numerous historic landmarks, traditional seaside architecture, varieties of flora & fauna (including hundreds of sheep, naturally), and most importantly, Liam Neeson's hometown of Ballymena (flippin' awesome). We were also able to keep our eyes on the Southernmost tip of Scotland during the Northern coast portion of our drive. You can just barely see it in one of my photos below…but I swear, it's there (and is as close as I've ever been to Scotland, sad face).
Along our bi-costal drives, we stopped at a few vantage points for photo-ops and necessities such as lunch and bathroom breaks. The first set of photos is from our stop on Day 1 just around the Galaway Bay area (before we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher). During this stop, we got the best of both types of Irish weather--clouds and gray skies sulking low to our left, blue skies and bright sunshine beaming off to our right…a totally mind-blowing contrast. This dark vs. light battle in the sky turned the sea into an unexpected shade of turquoise that had me glued to my camera. In fact, D and I were the last ones to return back to the bus because I was so enamored with the sea. I have a feeling these colors might end up as wall paint in our future home…I'm still dying over them! Even though many of these photos are from the comfort of a coach seat (and may have a few window smudges in them), we saw SO MUCH of Ireland with these tours. If you've got a short amount of time and lots you want to see, there's definitely something to be said for a good day-tour with a knowledgable guide. The cheery Irish folk music we listened to the whole trip certainly didn't hurt any either. More from Ireland to come! ;)
[Antrim Coastal Road]