10 Aug 2012

Pinetrees Bed & Breakfast Ballymoney

Getting off the ferry in Larne both MrM and I were pretty excited to be in Ireland and explore somewhere new together. I've been to Ireland before, but only to the South, and MrM had never been.  Prior to setting off we'd planned a route and booked all our B&Bs so we knew where we needed to be each night. The first B&B we'd chosen was the Pinetrees Bed & Breakfast in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.

I'm sure there's probably a more direct route to get to Ballymoney from Larne but we were both keen to see as much of the coast line as possible so we followed the Causeway coastal route to Ballycastle, Bushmills and Portrush, via the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Giants Causeway, before heading down to Ballymoney. We didn't pay to go over the bridge as we're not National Trust members and thought the price was a little steep but we did go down to the Giants Causeway. 

The Causeway Coastal Route
The Causeway Coastal Route
 
Carrick-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-Rede Rope Bridge from afar
 
Walking down to the Causeway
Walking down to the Causeway
 
The Giant's Causeway
The Giant's Causeway
Arriving in Ballymoney, we found Pinetrees B&B with ease.  It was fairly central to the town but in a quiet residential looking area.  We were greeted by the owner who gave us a lovely warm welcome and showed us to our room which was really comfortable.  After our travels we were both pretty weary so were pleased to be able to take our gear off, relax and take a shower.  The weather was absolutely glorious and was perfect for a little wander into town for dinner.


Joey Dunlop's Memorial Garden, Ballymoney
Joey Dunlop's Memorial Garden, Ballymoney
The lady at the B&B recommended a little restaurant called Molly's where we had a delicious meal and afterwards we took a walk down to Joey Dunlop's memorial garden before heading back to Pinetrees.
The next morning we were served a fantastic Irish breakfast which really set us up for a long day ahead. I wanted to go see Dunluce castle (which was unfortunately closed when we got there) and being so close to the track of the North West 200, MrM wanted to ride round the track before setting off on the rest of our adventure round Ireland.

Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle
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