Our day began by being picked up by our guide Sharon. A pleasant drive towards the north coast on a slightly overcast day but showing hints of sunshine. Sharon gave us a brief description of the day ahead during the drive to Downhill.
First stop was Downhill beach. We stepped out of the car and breathed in the fresh sea air. The clouds disappeared and the sun came out just in time for our first snack of the day…..scones with jam and clotted cream along with yogurt and fruit and of course a cup of tea. We sat enjoying our refreshments watching a few people that were walking along the beach. In the distance Sharon pointed out Mussenden Temple, standing tall on the edge of a cliff in all its glory. “That’s our next stop” Sharon told us.
Back in the car we headed round to The Lions Gate entrance to Downhill House, again the weather was exceptionally kind to us and we enjoyed a walk down towards Downhill House while Sharon gave us a rundown on the history behind the estate and Mussenden Temple. All very interesting and we admired the magnificent views once we reached the temple and took a few photographs.
Afterwards we headed towards Ballintoy Harbour stopping along the way for a quick tour around Hezlett House, a quaint thatched cottage owned by the National Trust. Very enjoyable.
Once we reached Ballintoy Harbour Sharon produced an amazing picnic basket filled with fresh sandwiches, cheese and crackers and much more and even a small bottle of prosecco and more tea to wash it all down with. Ballintoy itself was packed with visitors, especially the Game of Thrones fans as the harbour had many scenes filmed there
After lunch we took the scenic way home along the coast, admiring the fantastic scenery and stopping off in Cushendun for a walk to see the red caves, which we never knew existed. Again, an extra treat for Game of Thrones fans as filming also took place here.
Then it was time to head back home, a thoroughly enjoyable day, hosted by the delightful Sharon who’s passion for local area shines through. We highly recommend a tour with Days like This.