Beside the Seaside on the North Antrim Coast

Hello Beastie friends, and welcome back to the beautiful North Antrim Coast! Where’s that? Right here… Although we are gradually working our way north from the red arrow, and we’re currently hanging out on the flat area just below that little offshore island.

Ireland Showing Antrim
Map borrowed from Wikipedia

Adventurous Beasties Paddy and Plunkett have been touring this scenic part of Northern Ireland for the last couple of weeks (catch up here and here if you missed the first instalments) and today, they have an appetite for even more seaside.

But first, they have an appetite for something else… BREAKFAST!
Breakfast Fit For A Beastie - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesLooks good, lads… But check out the size of that portion! Where do they put it all?!

Thoroughly fuelled up for the day, the boys headed for their first destination – Dunseverick Harbour. And it looks like there’s some activity in the waters of the harbour this morning!
Paddleboarding in Dunseverick Harbour - North Antrim Coast - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Oh Plunkett, can we have a go?”
“Probably not, Paddy… We are made of wool, after all. It looks like fun though!”
“Yes…”
Paddy Watches the Paddleboarders - North Antrim Coast - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“… It really does!”

Not to worry, Paddy. The company behind this aquatic expedition also offer other activities that don’t involve getting your paws wet, such as rock climbing and abseiling, so you can put that on your to-do list for next time. Interested humans can find out more about Rathlin Adventures on their website, or show them some love on Facebook and Instagram!

For today, let’s find a more land-based activity. How about a trip to the local museum? That’ll do nicely… Especially since the building is so delightfully nautically themed!
Paddy and Plunkett at Dunseverick Museum - North Antrim Coast - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut once they’d untangled themselves from these coiled ship’s ropes, Paddy demanded more shoreline sightseeing.

Fortunately, Plunkett knows all the good spots around here. Let’s go rock pooling!
Plunkett and the Pool - North Antrim Coast - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesIn certain places along the north Antrim coast, the sea has created a number of large rock pools… Perfect for a cooling dip away from the currents and waves. There’s this one, above…

… And sheltered away among the rocks, in a top secret location known to only the most informed of Beasties, you’ll find Peggy’s Well.
Peggy's Well, North Antrim Coast - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Who’s Peggy, Plunkett?”
“That’s the biggest secret of all, Paddy. I have no idea!”

And it turns out the internet doesn’t either! This is one mystery that even the Beasties can’t solve.

Still, it’s a pleasant place to sit and watch the waves for a while. Aaaaaah!
Paddy Watches the Waves - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd then, to wrap up today’s coastal sightseeing tour, let’s swing by what might be one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere – Whitepark Bay.
Plunkett at White Park Bay -  Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesOn a bright day, the sands on this beach gleam white in the sunshine. But even when it’s a bit overcast, it’s a lovely spot to stroll and look for fossils. As Plunkett contemplates the wilder side of the beach…

… Paddy peers down on the tiny hamlet of Portbraddon at the other end.
Paddy and Portbraddon - North Antrim Coast - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Look how big this beach is, Plunkett! Those people look Beastie-sized from up here!”

But of course, there’s one very famous place nearby which the Beasties haven’t visited yet… Can anyone guess where? Find out in next week’s post, when it’s the final stop on our North Antrim Coast tour! See you then!

11 thoughts on “Beside the Seaside on the North Antrim Coast

  1. You Irish do not play around when it comes to breakfast! I remember Tammie’s photos from her trip and some serious breakfasts. Oh and when I stopped staring at that amazing breakfast images, I was able to move on and enjoy the other wonderful images πŸ™‚

    1. Hahaha! Yes, it’s no coincidence that I also used that photo as the featured image for the post! It’s actually a very healthy and efficient way to start the day because it keeps you feeling full until about 3pm. [citation needed 🀣]
      Glad you enjoyed it, anyway, and the rest of the post too… The boys are happy to have you travelling with them, Tierney!

    1. It is rather lovely, isn’t it? And still relatively un-touristy too! Thanks for joining us for a day at the beach, Mariss 😊

    1. Thanks, Simon! I have to admit, I’ve got serious breakfast envy this morning πŸ˜‚ Cheers for coming along on the lads’ latest adventure!

  2. The paddle boarding looked brilliant! What a glorious,natural setting to explore. Didn’t Explorer Beastie set off somewhere in a coracle a while back? Maybe Beastie HQ could make some Beastie sized paddle boards for these two…oh, and wet suits too of course. Now, there’s a challenge!

    1. Hahaha! Oh, I can just picture Plunkett wearing a stylish flat cap and wetsuit combination as he splashes around on his paddleboard πŸ˜‚
      The human-sized version did look fun though, I’d love to give that a try when we’re all allowed to venture outside of Dublin again. And yes, I think there is a photo somewhere of Explorer Beastie paddling a Beastie-sized Irish river curragh, made by my very talented Dad. You have a great memory! I’ll see if I can find that and pop it up on the blog sometime soon. Thanks for swinging by, Queen Bee!

  3. That breakfast! You’ve inspired me to search out a local spot where I can try the classic dish myself. If my memory serves me, I think this might be the biggest portion of Irish brekkie photographed on the Beastieblog yet! And what gorgeous coastlines, and that fresh air (which your photos DO convey). The rock pools look peaceful. Can one wade around in them?

    1. Hahaha! Yes, the boys really outdid themselves with that heaped plateful! But I’m sure they worked it off with all that outdoor exploration later in the day πŸ˜‰
      As for the rock pools… Better than wading, they’re deep enough in places to swim in! I remember seeing a photo in a family album of my mum taking some of her first swimming strokes in one of these pools. They’re great because they’re sheltered from the currents and waves, and the sun can heat the water up a bit… Well, in theory. This is Northern Ireland, after all πŸ˜‚
      Thanks for dropping in, Shirley!

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