Article submitted by your place and mine contributor 'Portrush'
I'm an ex schoolteacher from North Antrim, now living
in Canada. I love it here but I do miss Northern Ireland
a lot, especially the North Antrim Coast. I miss the
wonderful scenery of the whole area. I remember walking
on my own along the sand from The Strand at Portrush
to the White Rocks on a glorious night with a full moon.
When I looked back the way I had come I could see my
footprints on the sand. I knew the next tide would wash
them away but nothing can ever erase the memory of that
The White Rocks, Portrush.
Footprints in the sand but no moonlight.
On another occasion I walked along the cliff path from the Giant's Causeway to Dunseverick Castle. The scenery was absolutely stunning and the air was so invigorating I was totally unaware of the distance until I realised I had to walk back to the Causeway where my transport was.
The cliff path still offers a stunning view
I have one regret from when I was in the area and that is that I never made the boat trip to Rathlin Island. Often I would gaze across at the island and think I would love to go there some day but although I love to be by the sea I do not like to be on it so I never made the journey.
I have so many memories but one thing I have forgotten and that is the details of the construction of the fabulous Antrim Coast Road. I remember snatches of information such as, the wife of one of the local gentry helping to pay the wages of those who worked on it and that reputedly one workman died for every mile of road completed.
I would be grateful if anyone working on, or visiting
your website, could provide me with the details.
Helen Horner (nee Connor, Enniskillen/Carrickfergus/Omagh/Bangor)
- Nov '06
I also remember the walk to the White Rocks. Every year
the family went to Portrush from Enniskillen for our
annual holiday. We stayed in a B & B in Causeway
St. belonging to a Mrs. Maguire, I believe quite a few
of the B & B's in that street belonged to some other
members of her family. We always went out to the White
rocks and have quite a few pictures of the family there.
My father used to take the Boys' Brigade there for their
camp. I loved the drive around the Coast Road. My father
originally came from Woodburn, Carrickfergus and my
husband was also from Carrickfergus. We have lived in
Queensland, Australia since 1974 but what memories I
have of N.Ireland.
Gareth Ashe - Oct '06
Have to say you picked a nice day for the photographs
on you website and the view on one is great.
Barry Fyfe - May '06
Details on the construction of the coast road of north
Antrim can be found at the following link. http://www.engj.ulst.ac.uk/SCOBE/TRAC/acrintro.htm.
I travel the coast road at least once a week and it
never stops amazing me at the splendor of the views
and the admiration i have for the men who built it.
Glen Brown - June '05
An interesting article and photographs.
Over recent years Larne Historical Society has been
active in informing their community regarding the building
and history of the Coast Road, the erection of and maintaining
a commemorative landmark.
Though I have been away from Larne for some time I
still maintain contact with family and friends there.
Therefore I shall mention your request and I am sure
you will receive an informative reply from them directly
or via myself.