After a very comfortable night and hearty breakfast at the Ramada Hotel in Portrush, we took an early morning stroll to admire the scenery before continuing on our circuitous journey of Ireland. The small seaside resort town was quiet this time of year, the snow-capped mountains confirming the advent of winter.
A panoramic ten minute drive
delivered us to Portstewart. Founded in 1792, this fishing village became a popular holiday destination for middle-class Victorian families. The two miles of golden sandy beach are still popular
and waterside homes have a stunning backdrop.
The spectacular Derryveagh Mountains accompanied us on our route through County Donegal,
until we met the coast again at Ardara. The beautiful beaches, perfect for swimming, were serenely deserted.
To the east, the Blue Stack Mountains loomed out of the mist.
We stayed the night at the Holyrood Hotel in Bundoran, the tourist season was obviously, well and truly over.