Northern Ireland Ancestry Tour
This evening, I am reprising a one day ancestry themed tour consisting of Northern Ireland and return to Scotland via ferry.
View of Ballintoy
After departing our Ballycastle lodgings we drove to Lisnagunogue via Ballintoy, stopping for photos at latter.
At Lisnagunogue we walked through the village, passing a small flock of rams (sheep) being used as eco grass cutters, to the church where we spent a short time viewing grave markers.
Eco Grass Cutters
Next, we drove to Ballycastle and then nearby Bonmargy Friary. The
latter being the remains of a 16th century Franciscan Friary with the
grounds used as a burial ground for local people.Here also in buried
16th century local chieftain, Sorley Boy MacDonald plus several Earls of
Sorley Boy MacDonald Memorial
Next, we drove south to Belfast where we availed of lunch in an Irish Pub near the Europa Hotel in the city centre.
Next, we travelled north to Larne to connect with our return ferry crossing to Troon in Scotland.
The crossing back to Scotland was smooth and uneventful, passing Ailsa Craig, a volcanic island used as a source of raw material for manufacture of curling stones.
On arrival at Troon, we drove to nearby Ayr and checked into our
lodgings then went out for a pleasant meal at AyrIndia restaurant
overlooking the long, sandy beach.
Sunset over Arran from Ayr