Thursday Doors – From Afar

Runkerry House

All my Thursday Doors this week have been captured from a distance but to make up for that, the scenery is fantastic. The first property is Runkerry House on the Antrim Coast in the north of Ireland. Here’s a zoomed-in image I took with my phone. Sorry it’s not very clear but I can make out a couple of doors if I squint my eyes, lol.

Runkerry House is a stately home built in the 1860’s for Sir Edward Macnaghten, who was a barrister and politician from London. The sandstone building is now set out as private apartments and what a view they must have. I took this photo on a trip to Salmon Rock beach, Portballinatrae.

The sea crashing over the rocks
There are lots of small pools to sit in that heat up in the sun

More doors from afar. These houses and apartments have an amazing view, just like Runkerry House. It must be lovely to live here all year round, I don’t think I would ever grow tired of that seascape.

We spent the afternoon on the beach as Ireland was having an usually hot, sunny weekend. This photo was taken as the evening was drawing in.

Basalt lava rocks on the beach similar to those found on the Giant’s Causeway

On the cliffs above the beach I spotted a strange looking roof – half grassy thatch, half slate. I wonder what it looks like from the inside. On a neighbouring house was a door, of sorts.

Or possibly a long window. Whatever it is, nobody will be getting in that way too easily – unless they use a pick.

Well, I’m back home now and the weather has turned a bit chillier but still dry. Norm has some interesting Thursday Doors over on his blog, if you’d like to have a look, with links to a great selection of international doors in the comments at the end of his post. Thanks for stopping by, this week.

About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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26 Responses to Thursday Doors – From Afar

  1. Prior... says:

    clever approach – and the “doors of sorts” is a curious one – and fav photo here is the lava rocks – nice pattern they make

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful scenes today, Jean. I love the “ghost” door and the opening photo.

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    Seeing that house from a distance adds to its mystery. I never get tired of waves crashing against the rocks!

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  4. Junieper2 says:

    Beautiful landscape, Jean! Can imagine the timeless view they have from the Runkerry House. Am trying to get a sense of the distance – about how long do you travel from your house (by car)?

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    • That beach is one of many within a twenty minute drive from my daughter’s house but we live a three hour drive from there, Jesh. Our nearest beaches are about an hour and a half away by car. Thankfully, we have lots of rivers and lakes nearby.


      • Junieper2 says:

        Three and a half hours is pretty far. Smile – I almost forgot – there are different concepts of time, depending on where one lives – we drive every week 1 and a 1/2 hours to do groceries. And when we moved here from Los Angeles, my daughter said, when she visited me for the first time, that anything over 20 min. was “a day trip!”

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        • That’s a long drive to get groceries, Jesh. I’m inclined to agree with your daughter on it being a day trip. We have small supermarkets here but once a week or fortnight we drive twenty minutes to get a ‘big’ shop, as we call it, in the larger stores.


          • Junieper2 says:

            I like little stores too, close by for when we forget a major item. But you would be surprised, the stores in the city have more organic food and specialty food than here on the country side.

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            • The small shops here do a pretty good job with some organic and specialty items, so we’re lucky in that regard. But in the larger neighbouring town there is a huge selection and a Farmers Market, too. Still, it’s good to support local businesses when we can. Do you make a day out of it, like have lunch or a picnic, when you go to the city once a week?


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  6. TCast says:

    Agree, the views are fantastic!

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  7. There are some amazing views, that’s for sure. I can’t imagine living in a “house” of that size. It boggles the mind, but I do love seeing them. 🙂


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  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    Some stunning scenery in some of these shots. The lava rocks on the beach are pretty, but of course, the ghost door is my top choice from this collection 🙂

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  9. joey says:

    That post had everything! I like the rocks best, haha! Gosh it’s beautiful there.

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  10. Jennie says:

    Lovely photos! The lava rocks make a perfect pattern.

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  11. Val says:

    Love the pics of the beach with the basalt rocks and the beach photo above it.

    I’ve never quite got the hang of ‘Thursdays Doors’ posts … most of the focus seems to be on the architecture surrounding the doors (which is fine by me!) but Runkberry House looks very impressive!

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