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Titanic Museum: Best ever museum John has ever visited


The long and winding road: Leading to Torr Head


With reflective thoughts, I then drove on further north and as we entered Larne, did a double take as I saw a huge crown in the middle of a roundabout. This controversial crown was placed here to


commemorate the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012. From there we continued on northwards on the A2, known as the Antrim Coast Road. This is one of the most famous roads in the world, and even through the rain, I could certainly understand how it became listed in the Guardian’s top five road trips, as it hugs the scenic coastline passing pretty little fishing villages and even winds its way between high cliffs and the sea before going inland at Cushendall.


We then followed a road continuing along the coast which can only be described as ‘challenging’ towards Torr Head. It seemed the further north we went, the more rough and bouncy the road became. At Torr Head, there is an old dilapidated coast guard station which was abandoned in 1920.


Controversial: Crown commemerating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond jubilee


I left my car at the small deserted car park there and had a walk around in the rain. There was not much to see when I arrived, but apparently on a clear day you can see the coast of Scotland, only 16 miles away. By now, I was getting quite


miffed with all the gusting winds and continuous rainfall, but I was convinced the weather would improve later on during my


tour, and thankfully, it did! The next point of interest necessitated a short drive inland, and after driving through Ballycastle where I was convinced I had been zapped by a speed detector van, I turned south, and after a few miles came across the area known as “Dark Hedges”, which is depicted in the TV series “Game of Thrones”. I’ve never seen the series, but I had heard that it was worth coming to this location, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve never seen anywhere quite like it. The straight road is completely covered by the long twisting branches of old beech trees that line the route for about a mile. It looks quite spooky and unreal, and it was obvious why it has been chosen by the TV film directors. From here we drove back to the coast, and soon after picking up the Causeway Coastal route again noticed signs leading to Kinbane Head, meaning White Head.


➥ 2016 SEPTEMBER GROWLER 9


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