Much later in the day, here's where we were: the Giants Causeway, where Feòrag helpfully snapped this photo of me, Kuma Bear, and Lisa in front of one of the many distinctive rock formations there.
We had a very comfortable ride up to Colerine, where we had an easy transfer to the bus heading for Bushmills.
Hooray for integrated transit where the same card allows unlimited transit on different modes. As Tramway Drive, we got off to ride the Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway.
At Bushmills, we discovered that it was roughly 90 minutes before the next train to the Causeway would arrive, and about an hour before the train would leave other end heading back toward us.
As it was only two miles, we decided we could walk.
It was a very nice walk, as there was no rain, with partly cloudy and cool with a slight breeze.
This is lovely country.
But don't walk on the tracks!
The railway line and walking path passes through a golf course. There are warning to watch out for flying golf balls.
There's a bridge across the Bush River along the line.
Here's a view through the bridge to the river below.
There's a passing loop at the bridge, but it doesn't look like it gets much use.
This place is amazingly picturesque.
We made it to the railway with only minutes to spare. We decided to ride a round trip back down to Bushmills.
I have to say that it's not the most comfortable ride I've ever had, nor the fastest. The little train rattles around at a walking pace, and by "rattles" I mean bounces and bumps over the line. I think I would have been much happier if we'd been able to make our travel schedule connect to a Bushmills departure and rode it only one way. On the other hand, we would not have had the nice walk up the trail.
Back at the Giants Causeway end of the line, we watched them put the train away for the day.
This plaque adorned the original electric-powered tram that ran from the Portrush railway station all the way to the Causeway Hotel.
If it still ran over its full route today, we would not have had to take the bus from Colarine.
After our tramway adventure, we walked up the hill and then down again to board a bus down to the Giants Causeway. This is another case of our travel passes working well, as it saved us another £2 each for the round trip from the visitor center to the seaside.
The views are spectacular.
These rock formations are very interesting looking.
As Feòrag made their way over the rocks, I stopped to take pictures, while Lisa took pictures of me taking pictures of her.
If we'd had days instead of only an hour, I could see coming to the hotel and spending at least a day hiking the walks here.
All are warned to stay off the black rocks, which are slippery and dangerous.
We made our way carefully back over the rocks and back to the bus to take us back up to the top. We did not have time for the visitor center, as we had a bus to catch back to Colerine.
We caught a glimpse of Dunluce Castle from the bus on the way back.
It was a close-run thing at Colerine, as our bus was late. Fortunately, not only was our train a couple of minutes late, but it was coming in on the near-side platform and therefore we did not have to rush up and over the bridge to another platform. The rain was very crowded, but Lisa and I managed to get two seats, and Feòrag got a seat across the aisle from us. It wasn't as good as the group of four around a table we had on the way out, but it was better than standing.
Lisa and I were feeling pretty warn out, so we did not go back to the convention today, but instead bade goodbye to Feòrag at Lanyon Place and rode the remaining four stops to the end of the line at Great Victoria Street, walked across the road to our hotel. After unloading, we walked to Tesco Express and got some drinks, I got a burrito from Boojum next door, and ordered a pizza from room service at the hotel for Lisa. Lisa got a bath, and I worked on processing the photos that she and I took.
This was a fun, but tiring day. I was happy to go out sightseeing and riding trains and not working on Business Meetings or Worldcons or anything else. We have another day of "actual vacation" planned on Sunday, but Saturday at 14:00 at Titancon, I have a kaffeklatch with Cheryl Morgan to discuss the Hugo Awards with anyone who shows up for it. Lisa and Feòrag are planning to go off to a model railway show instead. And I might just get to sleep before midnight tonight, for the first time since before Worldcon began.
Update, September 7, 2019: Feòrag has posted a report on our trip to Giants Causeway and the Tramway.