Where the ragged wave-sculpted cliffs stand proud against the relentless pounding of the Atlantic Ocean. Where the miles of pristine golden sandy beaches sweep majestically across the sheltered bays. Where the waves, and the light, and the sunsets, and the clouds are ever changing, creating endless new scenes in even the most familiar of vistas. Where the winds blow away the cobwebs of the soul, while the soundtrack of ocean's roar soars soothingly in your ears. This is something of the magic of the North Coast.
It is thought that the North Coast, and Dunluce Castle especially, inspired CS Lewis to imagine Cair Paravel (Narnia's fairy tale castle). In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Lewis describes Cair Paravel 'towering up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea, and long lines of bluish green waves breaking forever and ever on the beach. And oh, the cry of the sea-gulls!' Have a look at my images below and see if you agree!
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Ballintoy, Dunseverick and Kinbane
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