It has been absolutely wonderful having the glorious sunshine of the past week, shine on our wee country. I love Northern Ireland anytime of year, but when the sun shines, there really is nowhere else I would rather be. The sun highlights all that is amazing on this island, and it is a privilege to to be able to show locals and visitors around. From the North West 200 last week, where plenty of first time visitors got to see the Causeway Coast in all its glory. The weather made for superb racing, and a great turn out for spectators to enjoy this long weekend of racing. For visitors who have never been to NI before, the scenery they can view on the Causeway Coastal Route drive is among the best in the world. (Lonely Planet says so)!
Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the sun continued to shine, allowing me a rare opportunity to have some relaxation on the North Coast. Since, I started Dog Friendly Tours (nearly a year ago) I have hardly come up for air, so as the sun was shining, I took some well earned ‘time out’ to enjoy the Coast with Georgie. So I did just that. I grabbed my new read ” A Year Living Danishly”, a fold up chair, water bowl and water for dog, sunscreen and headed to Whiterocks Beach in Portrush. It was stunning. If you have never been it is one of the Blue Flag beaches in Northern Ireland. They have shower and toilet facilities too with RNLI lifeguards on duty at weekends at this time of year. Heading down to the beach around 8 or 9am most days for our morning constitutional, Georgie and I were the early birds that caught the worms. The tide was out, which allowed us to dander around to the East of the beach to see the caves and stunning “White Rocks”. They are Northern Ireland’s version of the White Cliffs of Dover, but they are here in Northern Ireland. Limestone causes the white appearance of the cliff edges, and over the centuries the seas have carved caves and arches along the coastline creating a majestic and amazing sight, from beach level and from above along the coastal paths.
From 1st June, dogs are only allowed to be on the west side of Whiterocks beach, enabling dog walkers a long walk towards the stream at East Strand Beach. If you are out and about at the beach, be extremely careful of the tide. Make sure it’s on its way out before you decide to venture for a nosey at the caves. The thought of making the headlines for a North Coast Rescue on Twitter and Facebook had crossed my mind!
The North Coast is very dog friendly with lots of accommodation providers offering Dog Friendly Accommodation, and bars, cafes and bistro’s welcoming our dogs in while we dine. If you haven’t paid a visit to Portrush for while, then there is no time like the present. The next Dog Friendly Food Tour is this Saturday 2nd June in Portrush with the next one being Saturday 7th July.
Enjoy the pictures and visit Discover Northern Ireland for more information.