September 21, Monday afternoon.
At the Tourist Office in Ballycastle where we get an Irish lesson and a B&B—A quick glimpse of Dunseverick Castle—White Park Bay and the cow incident.
We had our first lesson in Irish in the Ballycastle Tourist Office where Siobhan explains that her name is pronounce ‘Shivonne’.
She also found us a B&B and handed us a great map with all the scenic stuff on it, something that Google hasn’t yet caught on to.
Our first stop was White Park Bay. Here we met some cows that patiently waited for us to pass them on the path before crossing.
More cows – these ones were checking out the view of White Park Bay and its long stretch of sandy beach.
Some wild flowers along the pathway.
Me on the beach before Al wandered off and I got fascinated by the snaky seaweed.My photo of the snaky seaweed. I had to get down quite low to get the best angle. As I was standing back up I was startled to see two cows thundering down the beach…
…and coming straight at me, 500 lbs each of playful cows who just wanted to butt heads with me. I screamed ,”No! Stop!” which slowed them down a bit. But still they kept coming until I had backed into the ocean shouting “No! No!” all the way. Finally they gave up and started butting heads with each other instead. I only managed to snap one blurry photo of them as they ran away!
I ran down the beach and caught up to Al where I told him about my scary cow encounter. I’m not sure if he believed me but on the way back we saw deep hoof prints in the sand and foot prints (mine) backing into the ocean. And that’s the seaweed I was taking a photo of.
We went past the tiny Dunseverick Castle ruins, and then were off to one of the highlights of Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway…
More on our 2015 trip to Ireland.