Testimonial From Trip Advisor
“Highlight of our Trip”
“We visited The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre while on a CIE tour of Northern Ireland. Upon our arrival we were warmly greeted by Danny and Mary McKinley, the owner/operators of this farm. They invited us into a second story large, rustic dining room where we were served delicious homemade scones and tea or coffee while we became acquainted wth the McKinley family, staff and friends. Danny treated us to a very informative audio/visual presentation about County Antrim, The Causeway Coast and the McDonnell Clan who once ruled the area. As an amateur genealogist I was fascinated by the map that showed the areas inhabited by various Clans of Antrim. Their names are now familiar in America. The current Antrim residents love their history and are proudly knowledgable of their deeply rooted ancestry as demonstrated during a question and answer session that followed Danny’s presentation.
After the presentation we rode our bus to a beautiful, heather covered hilltop where an ancient battle was fought. The talk about the battle, panoramic views, clean air and fragrance of peat and heather were very enjoyable. We then saw a demonstration of peat cutting and burning which was more interesting than it sounds. Volunteers among the visitors could participate in the peat cutting which allowed for some unusual photo-ops.
Back at the farm we again saw the horses and sheep, interacted with them and learned more about them. We were sorry to say farewell to the McKinley family, staff and friends. We left The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre feeling that we had made new friends. We could now look at the beautiful scenery of Antrim and understand what life is like for the residents of the area. We learned about their ancestors and the geo-political struggles they faced. It was a wonderfully enriching experience and the highlight of our trip.”
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