I made my way further „back“ the coastal road, passing by stunning scenery and many different cows, sheep and horses.
View of the Carrick a Rede bridge – this one was on the to-do-list for the next day! Sheep Island in the back.
And here we are – Torr Head!
This headland was important in the 1800s for recording the passage of transatlantic ships, relaying the information back to Lloyds of London. It was often the last hope for Scottish clans beckoning aid from allies in Argyllshire. The walls and ruins of Altagore cashel date back to the sixth century. Long before the early Christian church and Irish clans came here, the headland was already remarkable. (Discover Northern Ireland)
The view from the top of the headland is spectacular – all across to the Mull of Kintyre (Scotland) – this is the shortest distance between Northen Ireland and Scotland.
Somewhere I read that one should go to the Harbour Café in Ballintoy and have some breakfast there as it is such lovely place and I love a good breakfast at any time. To my surprise, there was almost a little traffic jam while I passed by a beautiful white church and then went down the narrow road to the bottom of the cliffs. The café must be really fabulous when so many people are here!
After I snatched one of the few parking spaces I suddenly knew where all these people came from (or came for…)
Balinntoy harbour was used in the second season of „Game of Thrones“ as „Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke“ and also as the Iron Isles. Still getting some food was more interesting at that very moment. And I definitely will recommend the café in the harbour, you won´t miss it – there is only one!
And afterwards a nice walk around the harbour!
View of Sheep Island. In the summertime, sheeps were taken to the island per boat to spent the summer there and enjoy the grass. Today it is an Area of Special Scientific Interest due to its cormorant (an aquatic bird) population.
View towards Scotland.