An impromptu visit to Kinbane Castle on the Causeway Coast a few weeks ago really paid off as we had the entire place to ourselves for a few hours! We had been visiting family in Ballycastle and the beautiful, mild evening prompted my husband to suggest a mini-adventure to show us where he used to go fishing with his friends as a teenager.
We parked in the cliff-top carpark and worked our way down the steep set of steps, admiring the glorious views stretching far around the Causeway Coastal Route with every twist and turn downwards. With every few steps we had to pause and marvel at how spectacular the coastline is – simply breath-taking – rugged, wild and unspoiled – no wonder it attracts people from all around the world and offers-up an incredible backdrop for TV shows and movies.
Feeling incredibly spoilt we descended the steps and followed the trail around the cliffs to Kinbane Castle itself and wound our way carefully out to the furthest viewpoint. Taking our time and being careful we spent ages exploring and looking back towards the coastline, watching as the waves crashed against the rocks far below- it really is a spectacular spot!
After we had finished looking around the castle and its vicinity we worked our way down onto the little pebble beach where the 3 boys spent over an hour racing their boats (shells!) down a little stream towards the sea – it’s amazing how something so simple can occupy them for ages! My husband and I were happy to sit on the rocks, dog snuggled up next to us, chatting, listening the kids’ games and watching the sea – it was so peaceful – simple yet satisfying – spontaneous adventures are the best sometimes!
When the games were done and everyone was beginning to feel sleepy we climbed the steps back to the carpark, chatting along the way about how fortunate we were to be able to enjoy such a wild and beautiful space without anyone else around. It felt really special to while away a few hours together in the gorgeous evening sunshine and feel like we were the only people in the world!