Northern Ireland

I’m in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, where I spent the night in a farmhouse bed-and-breakfast about six miles from Bushmills. It was a bit of trouble finding a place to stay. The area is crawling with summer tourists from the Continent. I went to a pub last night, and I was beginning to wonder whether I’d really left Germany, since the place was packed with Germans.

I almost left the place I’m staying, after the owner told me there were no rooms. As I was walking away, she said she actually did have just one room, but it was not en-suite. It was 8:30 pm, so I was in no position to be choosy, the next option being to sleep in the car, but I took a look at the room, and it was clean and available for two nights, so here I am.

Today I’m hoping to see Giant’s Causeway and tour the Bushmills distillery, if it’s open. I drove by it as I passed through town yesterday, and there were no tours due to maintenance. I’m crossing my fingers it’ll be open today, or at worst tomorrow morning. Beyond that, I’m only a mile from the coast, where the farmlands drops off breathtakingly into the sea. If it ever stops raining, I’ll get some pictures.

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