It was the first time in several years that we didn't go abroad and also the first time that Fudge, our three year old Labrador, went on holidays with us.
Do you have a favourite place to go? A place which never disappoints? A place which takes your breath away and leaves you feeling refreshed? That place for us is Ballycastle, a small seaside village with a beautiful beach and stunning views to Rathlin Island and the Scottish coast.
It's a place rich in history and legend, one of which, The Children of Lir, is recalled in this
elegant piece of public art. I love how the swans, Fionnuala and her brothers, appear to fly over Fair Head.
I love walking along the strand, catching glimpses of Rathlin Island or looking back at the stunning Antrim coast.
Away from the seafront, the village is quite charming and manages to cater for tourists without losing its character.
The only inhabited island off the coast of Northern Ireland, Rathlin has a small community of around 100 people which increases during the summer season.
We had lunch at McCuaig's Bar, the island's only pub, and I had the tastiest panini outside of Italy!
We then walked around the bay to see the seals.
The old Manor House is now run by the National Trust and serves as accommodation for visitors. While we didn't stay overnight on the island, we enjoyed a cup of tea on the lawn outside the house.
We stopped off and enjoyed the tranquility of the tiny Ballintoy Harbour.
We walked along the magnificent White Park Bay, marvelling at the crashing waves, so big compared to the ones that lap our secluded coast.
We drove down the coast to the pretty village of Cushendun and clamoured down to its 'Pudding Stone' caves.
The sun reappeared by the time we got to Carnlough with its quaint harbor
At the end of each day's exploring, we were glad to go back to the delightful cottage we had rented and Fudge made himself at home in front of the fire.