View from the Mussenden Temple.

Northern Ireland

by Eve Andersson

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Northern Ireland is one of the four countries that makes up the United Kingdom (along with England, Scotland, and Wales). It lies on the same island as the nation of Ireland and, for me, the only way to tell that you've crossed the border is that the currency changes from Euros to Pounds Sterling. It's green, it's beautiful, and it has castles and sheep; I like it here very much.

Giant's Causeway

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an area of impressive, mostly hexagonal basalt columns on the seaside. Beware: the weather here can go from sunny to stormy in about a minute.

Giant's Causeway. Giant's Causeway. Eve, standing on Giant's Causeway (the only person remaining after a sudden downpour). Rough waters, Giant's Causeway.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill House

The Mussenden Temple is a circular building on the edge of a cliff, built in 1785. It was originally used as a library and, with its tall windows and sea views, I can imagine spending many hours in there reading. The temple is but one feature on a large and interesting estate built by the 4th Earl of Bristol.

Mussenden Temple. Bishop's Gate, grounds of the Mussenden Temple. Downhill House, viewed through the door of the Mussenden Temple. Lion's Gate which are actually adorned by Ounces -- heraldic beasts similar to lynxes or leopards -- rather than lions.  Grounds of the Mussenden Temple. Mausoleum, grounds of the Mussenden Temple. Sheep in front of the Dovecote and Icehouse, Walled Garden, grounds of the Mussenden Temple. View through a window in the Mussenden Temple.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

This bridge was originally erected by fishermen. It's about 20m long and 30m high.

Man crossing Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Small islands near Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Landscape near Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Dunluce Castle

Sitting on a 30m cliff, this ruined castle is quite spacious. Much of it was built in the 16th and 17th centuries, though some parts may be older. In recent years, entire rooms have fallen off the cliff into the water.

Dunluce Castle on a sea cliff. Dunluce Castle. Dunluce Castle. Sea cliff viewed from Dunluce Castle.


This city, with under half a million residents in its greater metropolitan area, is the largest in Northern Ireland.

Crescent Church. Lanyon Building, Queen's University. University Road.

Numbered Sheep

These beauties were spotted at the corner of Causeway Road and Feigh Road, near the town of Dunseverick. The babies were given the same number as their parents.

Sheep with numbers painted on their sides.  Causeway Road and Feigh Road. Sheep with "163" painted on its side.  Causeway Road and Feigh Road. Sheep with "80" painted on their sides.  Causeway Road and Feigh Road.


Binevenagh mountain. Dunseverick Castle, or the little that remains of it, on a sea cliff. Old Bushmills Distillery.

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