Making memories on the beach of Castlerock

On the North Coast of Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry is a little seaside village called Castlerock. It’s a place I spent a huge chunk of my childhood in and it holds a special place in my heart. Sharing my favourite place in the world with my family has been lovely over the last few years and what makes this time more amazing, is teaching my children the very thing that my Dad taught me to do, all those years ago on that very same beach; body boarding. 

Like all of our day trips, we hopped on a train and off we went. Thankfully my kids love the train and with Castlerock beach only being around an hour & a half away, we were there in no time at all. On the day we went, I did check the weather and it was set to be overcast but around 18 degrees, which we can agree is really lovely. However, when we arrived it turned out the weather had shifted & we showed up on one of the hottest days of the week. 

It didn’t take the kids long to get into their wetsuits, get slathered in sun cream and off to the water than ran. It was so exciting seeing how excited they were to try body boarding. Due to it being a favourite past time of mine, it was just so lovely to share it with my kids and if they happened to love it too? Then that would be even more amazing. 

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Before their little feet hit that cold water of the giant blue, they needed a safety brief. I am not saying I am a life guard or anything like that, but come on, informing your kids of the dangers of the ocean is a no brainer. Only one of them can swim, and even then she is isn’t a strong one. So they all had specific instructions to be safe, stay in line with me as they would get swept away by the strong undercurrent and to not go in any higher than your knee for the two small ones and waist for my eldest girl. 

So, with the safety brief out of the way, they couldn’t wait to get into the water…

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

It was a pretty daunting task, trying to keep my three youngest children together and safe in the big blue, because, in a heartbeat, anything can happen. I literally coast guarded them the entire time. I acted as their ‘post’ to stay in line with as the current was really strong that day & I was constantly arm signalling for them to pick up their boards and to come back in line with me. I was so proud of them on how well they listened and able to be aware of their safety and each other, as well as having fun too. 

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Castlerock is honestly one of Northern Ireland’s gems. The beach along the coast is breathtaking and it doesn’t stop there either. This glorious beach stretches right round to Portrush & Portstewart too. I have honestly never seen another beach like it. So clean, it has the softest sand and perhaps I am being a little biased because 75% of my childhood was spent on that very beach – but it’s just such a beautiful place. 

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Annabelle kept facing her board to the water coming in at her, and no matter what I told her she was determined that she was right – who was I to tell a four-year old that she was wrong? She didn’t care that the waves were splashing into her face because she absolutely loved it. 

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

I was honestly so taken back by how much the kids took to the water – if I’m honest, they came out for 30mins to build sand castles & be buried and the rest of the time was spent in the sea. Ellie even showed her little sister how to catch a wave and it was honestly the cutest thing. It’s memories like that, that imprint in your mind and hopefully Annabelle’s too. I hope she will remember the summer that her Sister taught her to body board. 

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Join us on our latest trip to Castlerock & see what what we got up to! Click through to see more photos!

Before we knew it, in no time at all, it was time to come out of the water {as much to the children’s dismay}, get dried off, dressed and have some food before our train ride home. Naturally, ice-cream was consumed as soon as those wet suits were off, but that’s OK, it’s the summer – you can totally have ice-cream before dinner, right? 

So, what did I learn from taking the kids body boarding? We need body board backpacks! Carrying them was not easy as well as our trolley filled with towels, wetsuits, a picnic etc. Getting that over the incredibly soft sand was an experience {by which I mean, stressful!}

If you would like to check it out, the last time we visited Castlerock was way back in January and there was frost on the sand. Frost! It was all blue skies but bitterly cold – but our Castlerock adventure back then was very different. It’s called Our day trip to Castlerock {in Photos} if you fancy checking that out. 

I also promised myself at the start of the summer that I would try to vlog as much as I could – it’s harder than it looks! But I managed to make a little video of the kid’s body boarding adventures and I hope it is something we will keep looking back on as one of the best days of Summer 2017! 

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6 Comments

  1. 09/08/2017 / 4:44 PM

    What lovely pictures, looks like good fun! Not sure it would be as nice on a day like today!

  2. countryheartdeb
    09/08/2017 / 9:29 PM

    oh wow that looks amazing, your photos really pop and it looks like the kids had a fabulous time!

  3. 10/08/2017 / 10:13 AM

    Looks like heaps of fun! My husband laughs at me because even if it’s the middle of winter and we go to the seaside – I have to go paddling in the see lol. I got out of it at Felixstowe because it was really windy and wouldn’t have been safe but one year we went to Southern Scotland in November and were staying right near the sea so he kind of dared me and I went paddling in a little stream that ran down the beach to the sea – oh my life it was so cold!
    One day I’ll learn to Bodyboard 🙂

    • 10/08/2017 / 10:39 AM

      Haha – cold water is not nice water at all! But I suppose after you’re in it a while you don’t notice. The kids had such a great time in Castlerock – they want to go again before the Summer ends!!

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