The boss comes from Northern Ireland, so I’ve been over there quite a lot over the years. I was there late last year for another family wedding. We managed to fit in a visit to old friends, and a bit of sight-seeing into the bargain. As fans of the TV show Game of Thrones, the Nuttall family were naturally drawn to the filming location of its King’s Road. This is locally known as the Dark Hedges.
The Dark Hedges are actually an avenue of trees along a rather straight and gently-undulating road near Ballymoney. And, of course, once we’d gone that far, me might as well go to the Antrim Coast and visit the Giants’ Causeway again.
My wife has this joke about the Giants’ Causeway, which lies on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, a very long way up a meandering “scenic route”. In true Tourist Board style: it’s well worth seeing, but not worth going to see. Indeed it is! It’s a remarkable place, with hexagonal rock columns providing a strange stepped structure, which looks like it should be man-made.
Unfortunately, we arrived on “free entry day”. Not only had the National Trust built a visitors’ centre around the natural monument since my last visit, but everyone in Northern Ireland had decided to visit at the same time as us. The last time I was there, I was virtually on my own. This time there were hundreds of people, their cars and coaches.