Today’s post is written by Madeline Witvliet and Meg Voetberg

A bright and early start brought us to the city of Derry-Londonderry, a key city in the  Troubles and the site of the Bloody Sunday massacre. We enjoyed a walking tour learning about the history, both modern and less so. Highlights included the 16th century city walls, the peace bridge and, of course, the Derry Girls mural. We grabbed lunch at a local restaurant, Java.

We got back on the train and headed towards Castlerock! There, we walked along the cliff side to see the ruins that inspired C.S. Lewis’ vision of the White Witch’s castle. Atop the cliff also lies the iconic Mussenden Temple, a library built in 1785. The views were stunning! 

We headed down to the seaside village for some homemade ice cream from Braemar’s Farm. We also dipped our toes in the Atlantic!

We took the train back to Victoria Station and a bus back Bushmills where we had some fish and chips and pizza and enjoyed good conversation.