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Fun Photo Friday — Carrickfergus and Carrick-a-Rede Favorites


Now for today’s Fun Photo Favorites of Carrickfergus and Carrick-a-Rede:

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Northern Ireland — Carrick-a-Rede


Our next stop was a rather unique one. Today’s article is on Carrick-a-Rede. And although it may not look like much from the picture above, take note thin structure connecting that small island to the coast. That is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which supplies access to the island of Carrickarede:

Two brave souls crossing Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Carrick-a-Rede was for us just a brief stop to our ultimate goal this tour, which you’ll see over the next two weeks beginning on Monday. So, I’ll just keep you in suspense until then. Meanwhile, let’s today soak up the views from this site. Fun Photo Friday will present favorites from here and Carrickfergus.

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Northern Ireland — Carrickfergus


Our next port of call aboard Brilliance of the Seas was Belfast, which I’ve already covered from our previous visit just six days prior. So on this trip to Belfast, Ursula had us scheduled for yet another tour. Our first stop: Carrickfergus in County Antrim. So sit back as we take in the sights, beginning with King William III (a.k.a., William of Orange), and continuing on to Carrickfergus Castle:

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle built by Sir John de Courcy, and it dates all the way back to 1177. Here you can see a Red Coat guarding the castle from a 1778 raid conducted by Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones:

The Red Coats fighting off John Paul Jones

Another view of Carrickfergus Castle before we move on to the town of Carrickfergus:

Carrickfergus Castle

Alas, we didn’t get to see much of Carrickfergus itself, as we had other destinations for this day. Here are a couple of views, however:

Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Small Boats

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