Sunny days are rare in Northern Ireland. So when they do come about, we have to make the most of them. So on Sunday I decided that me and my boyfriend were actually going to venture away from Netflix, and out to Newcastle.
Newcastle is a seaside town about an hour away from I live. It’s full of arcades, cafes, and lots of pretty walks and adventures. It’s situated at the bottom of Slieve Donard, which is one of the Mourne Mountains, so theres plenty of opportunities for hikes and climbs.
One of my favourite things about going to Newcastle is actually the drive there. Seriously, the views on the way in to Newcastle are absolutely stunning. I wish I had pictures, but I was driving so I couldn’t take any out the window, and I didn’t fancy stopping a long the way. But I’ll give you a quick idea of the kind of views you can expect: lots of gorgeous mountains, woods, and the most stunning views of the Irish Sea.
We didn’t do an awful lot in Newcastle. We simply walked around, took in the views and sat by the beach. The place was absolutely packed and I loved the hustle and bustle. Sitting by the beach, watching all the children run around, watching the waves… it was so calm and relaxing.
When we got hungry we decided to go to one of the most popular cafes in Newcastle: Cafe Mauds. Mauds is a popular local ice-cream manufacturer, and the cafe is just as popular. The lines for ice-cream where out the door, and the food part was just as busy. I had a lovely burger and chips which came with Ballymaloe Relish- one of my favourite burger toppings- and an onion ring. John got himself a chicken ciabatta, but in typical boy fashion, wouldn’t wait for me to photograph it before he tucked in.
Once we finished our lunch we took a lovely stroll back to the car, stopping along the way to sit along the beach and chat. I even got a photo of the two of us, which is a very rare occurrence. And even though I think I love a mess, I love it anyway. After a few hours enjoying the sun, we headed back to my house where we reverted to our favourite pastime: watching Netflix.*POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS