While Belfast (www.visitbelfast.com) offers much to see there are many towns in Northern Ireland you cannot miss along the Causeway Coastal Route. There are many other parts of Northern Ireland www.discovernorthernireland.com that you shouldn’t miss, especially the scenic coast. One way to see its lovely coast is to rent a car and take a drive on the Causeway Coastal Route www.causewaycoastalroute.com.

This route runs along the coast of Northern Ireland from Belfast to Derry, aka Londonderry, the second-largest town in Northern Ireland. This driving journey takes approximately 120 miles from one end to the other, but there are also various detour loops. These loops off the main route can take you to see different places, which can add another 256 miles if you take them all. Besides seeing the rugged coast and beautiful countryside, you see cute villages along the way.

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How many days should you take on the Causeway Coastal Route exploring the towns in Northern Ireland?

I recommend 3-5 days to travel the entire Causeway Coastal Route depending on what you plan to see, the weather, and your walking style if you like to hike too. There are many towns in Northern Ireland along the Causeway Coastal Route that it maybe hard to stick to a schedule.This is my itinerary based on two visits to the Causeway Coastal Route, including Giant’s CausewayGobbins Cliff Path, and various castles or landmarks along the way. plus maybe a seaweed plunge (yes it’s popular) at the Salthouse Hotel, to name just a few.

Belfast City Towns In Northern Ireland You need to visit

Belfast- Explore the Titanic Quarter

Titanic Quarter and Titanic Experience

While I often travel solo, I returned to Northern Ireland with my mother. Last time we visited Northern Island a few years ago we concentrated solely on Belfast and its past, including “The Troubles”. Now besides starting in Belfast, we are off to see more of Northern Ireland’s scenic Causeway Coastal Route to experience towns in Northern Ireland, their people, and great sites. Thus we started in Belfast at the Titanic Hotel or our coastal trip. 

Where to stay in Belfast, Northern Ireland?

The Titanic Hotel is located in the original building of Harland & Wolff’s White Star Line, the company that built the Titanic, and is across from the Titanic Belfast (www.titanicbelfast.com), an interactive museum and an amazing experience. When we arrived at this wonderful hotel, the concierge gave us a wonderful tour of the hotel including many of the photos of the various rooms, etc. and the hotel had great decor to go with the Titanic theme. It was a wonderful hotel tour. Later while at the museum you can still see the large crane that helped work on these massive ships. The museum in itself is amazing and shouldn’t be missed. You can just imagine more of the experience aboard the ship.

While in Belfast it was slightly raining and we took a tour of this historic city in one of the famous Black Cab Tours with a Cabbie named Billy Scott, a Blue Badge Guide. This tour with Billie was the perfect way to hear more about Belfast and its history. It was an amazing ride to see and revisit some of the famous sections of Belfast, including the most recent murals on the city’s Peacewall, various neighborhoods both new and old in the city, and learn more about recent events happening in the capital. Later that night, we went to eat at HOME Restaurant(www.homebelfast.co.uk) and had some tasty dishes like the salmon or roasted lamb.

The restaurant focuses on homegrown sustainable ingredients and also sells artwork and some 2nd hand furniture. I suggest getting a reservation if you can since they are quite popular after it was recommended by Michelin with a Bib Gourmand recognition. After eating we then returned to the Titanic Hotel with its great decor to enjoy our beautiful suite.

Historical Note on “The Troubles” 

Depending on your age or studies, you may remember the various clashes in Ireland between Northern Ireland (predominantly Protestant and part of the UK) and the rest of the island called the Republic of Ireland (www.ireland.com) (that is predominantly Catholic). The Peace Lines, also called Peace Walls, was set up in Belfast to separate some of the Catholic and Protestant sections of the city and was erected in 1969 by the British Army after street riots (to reduce street violence). The murals do change over time and it was great to see the current paintings.

Notably, The Belfast (“Good Friday”) Agreement was signed on April 10, 1998, to end the 30 years of “The Troubles”. I did notice since our last visit there was much less mentioned about The Troubles, although some reminderslike the Peace Wall and murals remain. Hopefully, this improvement will continue as time goes by so they can have more visitors, especially in Northern Ireland. 

The Coastal Drive Journey Begins

We left Belfast and we came across Carrickfergus, a town located off of the Causeway Coastal Route, known for the Carrickfergus Castle. The castle is located right on the route about 11 miles from Belfast. This Normand castle was started in 1177 on the northern coast of Belfast Lough and over the years was besieged by the Scotts, Irish, English, and French to name a few.

You can get a good view of the castle’s exterior since it is not hidden and is right on the road and the edge of the water. While we didn’t stop to see the interior you can go in and take a tour/see the museum. But the exterior was great and it was a great sunny day for a hike, so we continued to go to our next stop at the Gobbins Visitor Centre. As many know, the rain can come and go in Ireland. 

If you don’t drive on your own to see the castle, there is a day tour I found on Viator.

The Gobbins Cliff Path and Town of Islandmagee

As we drove to the Islandmagee peninsula and The Gobbins Cliff Path Visitor Centre Centre, we were able to see various spots around the countryside on this bright sunny day. The Gobbins is a thrilling cliff path that faces the sea along the coast of the peninsula. The path is strenuous yet quite wonderful, where you walk along paths and metal walkways attached to the cliff wall and go up and down various steps, some even carved into the stone. You do need to wear sturdy shoes for this 2.5-3-hour tour. 

What to expect on the cliff path?

Once you check in at the Visitor Centre, where you receive your helmet, instructions, etc. you get driven to the starting point for the walk closer to the coast. When you arrive at the coast, there is a steep walk down to the cliffs to get to the Gobbins Cliff Path (and when you finish later you must walk back up to the starting point). It is quite strenuous, but if someone in your party decides to wait it out, there is a nice cafe at the Centre to get drinks, coffee, food, etc. (and we saw locals there that just love to meet at this place too). While it can be a bit challenging, the walk is beautiful along the bottom of the rocky coast, including in and out of caves along the way.

During the walk, you are guided in a group so it was very easy to learn more about the coast, etc. Even Puffins are there at times on the rocky cliffs, but I was a few weeks early for their typical arrival. It was a fun way to see this view of the amazing, rugged seaside cliffs. I was so glad I was able to go on this newly restored historic walkway, but now we must be off to see a glen and a historic castle.   

Glenarm and the Glens of Antrim: Castle and Walled Garden

Glenarm Castle is located in Glenarm Antrim a must visit town in Northern Ireland

First, you’ll drive through the nine glens along the Antrim Coast Road, considered an Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyGlenarm is the first glen and one of the first chartered towns in Northern Ireland and has a long history. You may ask what’s a glen, well it’s a valley deep between the mountains, usually with streams that run off the mountains. This area is so stunning and usually very green. 

Glenarm Castle Visit

As you go through Glenarm, you come to Glenarm Castle at www.glenarmcastle.com and its lovely Walled Garden(and don’t forget to stop at its Glenarm Castle Tea Room after you tour the estate and gardens). While it was early in the season, a guide gave us a tour of the castle and the walled garden. Glenarm Castle is a Jacobean-style mansion. Since 1636 (over 400 years) it has been home to the Earls of Antrim, with Randal McDonnell as the 1st Earl.

The current and 15th Earl is Randal; he, his wife, and two children have this as their family home. Originally the walled garden was set up to provide fruits and vegetables to the castle and now is open to the public from April through September.  It was quite impressive and we loved having a place to have tea or a latte after our tour. This is a must-see gem of Northern Ireland. 

Side Note: On your ride there you will see other quaint historic sights in the town, including one of the first churches built by St. Patrick, etc.  

Cushendun and The Dark Hedges  

Sarah Fay standing under the Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland.

The next small village on the coast of note was Cushendun (a very small town of less than 200 people in the 2001 census). It’s a quaint Cornish-style village designed in 1912 at the request of the local baron. The Cornish design was inspired by the baron’s wife who was from Penzance in Wales. While it’s on the coast, we chose to drive inland to the Dark Hedges, which many are drawn to after seeing it in Game of Thrones (Season 2 – Episode 1).

The Dark Hedges is on Bregagh Road and is lined with stunning beech trees on each side of the road that date back to the 18th century. The hedges are historic and grew to cover the road forming like a tunnel, providing an eerie or beautiful sight depending on the weather. 150 trees were originally planted by James Stuart to line the entrance to his home called the Grace House.

Currently, only local farm vehicles are allowed on the road and it is good to get there early or late to see it since parking is limited. Notably, while some of the trees have been lost to time (90 remain), many remain and some say it gives an eerie feeling, partly due to the local lore that says it is haunted by the ghost of a local servant girl who died under mysterious circumstances. Either way, I sure thought it was a perfect place to snap a few pics (and it’s free). After exploring the area, we were off to Ballycastle and our hotel for the night.     

Ballycastle and the Salthouse Hotel / Rathlin Island / Puffins

After taking a detour to the Dark Hedges we ended our day’s journey in Ballycastle at the Salthouse Hotel, a stunning 24-room, luxury eco-hotel with stunning views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Rathlin Island, and cliffs in the distance. The eco-hotel has both standard rooms and suites, with a garden area, restaurants and bar, and a relaxing spa. This made for a relaxing respite, with nice gowns and slippers to go to the spa that includes saunas, an outside hot tub, and a seaweed bath that overlooked the sea and cliffs in the distance, given its situated high above the town. The hotel now also has Eco-Lodges, which each fit up to 6 guests and are self-catering with a fully equipped kitchen, with large windows to overlook the Atlantic with access to the hotel’s spa and restaurant.

Amenities at the Spa Hotel In Ballycastle

I must say the staff was so nice and the food at the well-appointed restaurant overlooking the view of the sea and cliffs was tasty. Besides the great dinner after the spa visit, we had a luscious breakfast the next morning in the restaurant with its wonderful views. This was a great place for me and my mother to relax after a busy journey. We even met an older man at the hotel that lived not too far from the hotel, but went there to relax a bit with his camera and he shared with us some of his favorite spots along the coast. Another great chance to meet a sweet local. Salthouse is also a great place for a couples retreat, a mother-daughter or girls trip, just wonderful.

The hotel is also a great jumping-off place for visiting other places along the route including Giant’s CausewayCarrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Rathlin Island, etc. While we didn’t make it to Rathlin Island, this is another favorite spot for the puffins. Like much of the coast, there is so much to see but our next full stop would be the Giant’s Causeway.

Ballintoy and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

While on the way to Giant’s Causeway, you may want to stop at Ballintoy. On the coast near the small town of Ballintoy, you may want to visit the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge at www.nationaltrust.org.uk. This bridge is maintained by the National Trust and originally was constructed in 1755 by fishermen who hunted for salmon on the nearby island (that also has a small fish cabin). The bridge connects the mainland to the Carrickarede, a very tiny island. After parking in the lot, there is about a 1.5-mile round trip walk to get to the actual bridge and up and down steps, to get to the bridge that is about 66 feet wide and almost 100 feet over the water. 

Someone said the actual fishermen’s cottage was closed, so we did not go to take the bridge walk since we had several other places on the Route that we wanted to explore. The bridge does hang high above the water far below, so it may also depend on how you feel about heights, but we wanted to get to UNESCO’s Giant’s Causeway. My mother missed Giant’s Causeway last time in Northern Ireland, but now since there is a bus to get to the shoreline, she could visit it and we were off.

Ballintoy Town

If you want to see the town of Ballintoy, you may want to see the cute little harbor the town has a good restaurant at the Fullerton Arms Bar www.fullerton-arms.com, a Restaurant, and Guest House that appears to be popular with tourists, they recommend the Guinness Pie with the side of mash.

Notably, if it’s winter you may want to check if the bridge is open, but the path to the bridge is free to walk along. If you want to cross the bridge you must get a ticket that costs around $17 a person in peak season.

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Dunseverick Castle Landmark

While you are in the area, you may see the castle ruins of Dunseverick Castle Landmark along the ocean, which was donated to the National Trust in 1962 by a local farmer. The castle was originally started in the 5th century (or earlier) and is in the village of Dunseverick not far from Giant’s Causeway. The castle was partly destroyed when captured by the Cromwellians. Over the years some have been lost to the sea and in 1978 the last residential tower collapsed into the sea. Parking can be a bit hard, and some locals say don’t park on their farm, but since it wasn’t busy a farmer came out and let us park in his driveway.

They told us how to walk through the area that had many sheep. Ireland has many sheep and they had sheep that craze, even very close to the sea since the grass was so green and the sun was brightly shining. In the end, the folks were so kind. It was kind of a cool site landmark since it is recorded that St. Patrick visited the castle in the 5th century AD and baptized a local man called Olcan who became the first bishop of Ireland. After this quick visit, and photo stop we were off to Giant’s Causeway.

Bushmills and Giant’s Causeway – Visit the Old Bushmills Distillery and Giant’s Causeway

Given it was a bright sunny day we want to get to see Giant’s Causeway straight away! Often the weather can change and we didn’t want to miss it. Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO site (www.unesco.org) managed by the National Trustand is about 2 miles northeast of the town of Bushmills. When you first go to the visitor center, you don’t see the causeway, but the visitor center itself is impressive and there is the historic Causeway Hotelwww.thecausewayhotel.com) located right behind it. First, you buy your tickets and they do have a bus that can take you down to the coastline close to the actual causeway, but some choose to walk (about a 15-minute walk downhill, but longer walking back uphill). 

It is great that the bus was available for a few more dollars, so those with mobility issues could see the Giant’s Causeway. The causeway is made up of over 40,000 dark-colored hexagonal columns/pillars of basalt. Basalt is made from volcanic lava that becomes solid. These columns stand next to each other at various heights. It makes such a great design along the coast, and you can see various outlines of things like the Wishing Chair, etc.  The walk or bus ride down to the causeway is pretty beautiful with the mighty waves hitting below. It would be a slightly challenging walk for some although it is paved, but for those with mobility issues like my mother the bus is a welcome sight. 

Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Centre

Giant's Causeway a must visit while traveling around the different towns in Northern Ireland.

It’s free to visit the causeway, but you need to pay to see the Visitor Centre or use its parking. It costs about $10 to see the center and cover parking per person, the bus ride down to the shore is an additional nominal fee of a few dollars (well worth the money). After walking on some of the pillars and the unique designs they form, it was great to visit the center and we bought a few great lattes to warm up after the strong breeze on the coast.

How did Giant’s Causeway get its name

well it is one of those Irish myths. As the legend goes, the Irish giant named Finn McCool created the causeway to get across the Irish Sea to face his rival, the Scottish giant called Benadonner. After a first fierce meeting, Benadonneer started tearing and ripping up the causeway on his way back to Scotland resulting in what you see now as the Giant’s Causeway. I love Irish tales.

Bushmill is another quaint town along the way with a population of just over 1,200 and while we aren’t drinkers, there is the famous Bushmill Distillery (www.bushmills.comyou may want to visit. Founded in 1784, Bushmill Whiskey dates back to 1608 and is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. You can take a tour of the distillery that costs about $20 or they offer various flights of whiskey to buy and try. Since we aren’t drinkers, we skipped the tour since we had a few places to explore before hitting our final destination in Derry, or some say Londonderry.

Portrush, Dunluce Castle, and Portrush Whiterock Beach

Dunluce Castle Northern Ireland

The ruins of the Dunluce Castle, near the town of Portrush, is a popular stop along the Coastal Causeway. While ruins, it is a popular place due to the fantastic views of the sea and since it was used in Game of Thrones. The McDonnell clan that owns the Glenarms Castle still owns this property, but it is managed by the Environmental Agency of Northern Ireland. The views of the ruins are amazing, you can pay to enter the remaining portion, but you can also get a great exterior view of it by going down the steps along the right side of the former castle. But depending on the timing of your trip or interests you may want to take the tour.

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is located near the town of Portrush and was originally built in the 13th century by the first Earl of Ulster and later owned by the McDonnell clan by the 1st Earl of Antrim. In the late 1600s, part of the Dunluce manor house fell into the sea. Rather than repair it, the family moved into the Glenarm Castle they also owned.  

The town of Portrush www.visitportrush.co.uk has been one of the favorite resort towns on the coast of Northern Ireland since Victorian times, given it is located on a mile-long peninsula. Portrush Whiterock Beach consists of two beaches on each side of the peninsula and both are Blue Flag beaches. Stopping to see these beaches is awesome, especially given the white powdery beaches from its limestone cliffs against its blue waves. While it was too cool to swim the day we visited, I can see being here in the summer enjoying this grand beach and maybe some of the amusements, shops, and restaurants on the main street.

Portstewart and Mussenden Temple

We did want to give our trip enough time in Derry, so we did not get to stop in Portstewart or the Mussenden Temple. The Mussenden Temple is a small circular building sitting high on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The Temple was built as a library for the eccentric Earl Bristol in the 18th century. There is also the full estate Downhill Demense where parts can be toured, but we did not get to see it on this trip. The Temple is rather popular now also due to the Game of Thrones, but this isn’t open to the public unless by private tour. This is also managed by the National Trust.

Portstewart is another seaside resort town with a population of 8,000 people and neighbors Portrush. Its beach stretches 2 miles and seems to be popular with surfers. We stopped by for a quick snack, but we wanted to get to revisit historic Derry/Londonderry.

Derry (Londonderry) and its Historic Walls, The Troubles, and Derry Girls

Last, but not least, we couldn’t wait to get to Derry (www.visitderry.com) despite the light rain that started. Depending on one’s leanings, some call it Derry and some (Loyalists) call it Londonderry. We found most said Derry and we had been here before. Derry is the 2nd largest city in Northern Ireland and the 5th largest city on the entire island of Ireland. If you’re like me and a fan of the Derry Girls, it is going to be a highlight of your Northern Ireland route. The famous Derry Girls program is a lighthearted take on growing up during the time of the troubles. We first arrived in the walled part of the city up on the hill at our hotel for the night, called the Bishops Gate Hotel Derry.

Where to stay in Derry- Londonderry?

The Bishops Gate Hotel is a unique luxury boutique hotel built in 1899 with its Edwardian architecture and stunning decor. I remember having been here years ago on our last trip to Derry. Our stylish suite was wonderful, they parked our car, brought our bags to the room and the service was great, including the welcome by the front desk. The hotel is included in Irelands Blue Book (www.irelands-blue-book.ie), which is a collection of Irish country house hotels, manor houses, castles, and restaurants that are known as an elegant and charming way to spend your stay in Ireland. In talking with the doorman, I noticed a pin on his uniform and he explained that he had additional credentials on his collar that showed the special training he had to give exceptional service; I must say the service was just so wonderful. 

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Things to do in Derry Londonderry And Where To Eat

The old walled city lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, which has two main road bridges and a footbridge called the Peace Bridge (be sure to stroll across). Derry is a magnificent walled city founded in the 6th century and is the only remaining fully walled city in Ireland. It is considered one of the finest walled cities in all of Europe with its 4 original gates (3 added later) and tall thick walls that you can stroll around.

The walls were constructed in 1613-1619 and are about a mile in circumference. It should be noted that the walls were never breached, giving it the nickname of “the maiden city”. After arriving, we walked along the street and walls to explore and wanted an early night so we could see more the next day. Before turning in though, we went to eat dinner at the Pike and Pommes. The restaurant was delicious.   

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Learn About The History Of Derry

Derry is separated into the the upper walled city that originally was largely made up of Protestants and then the Bogside below, where the Catholics lived and where the Troubles and Bloody Sunday occurred. Originally the Bogside was filled with water and the river was diverted, drying out the bog, hence the name. When you visit Bogside there are still signs of “Free Derry”, the Bloody Sunday Memorial, and the murals on the walls throughout the area depicting scenes of the Troubles and now outside the wall we have seen an amazing mural on the Derry Girls.

The Derry Girls show is based on the lives of young high school kids who are living through that time and the debate on what became known as the Good Friday Agreement.I highly recommend this funny comedy and it highlights one of the best towns in Northern Ireland.

The next morning we had a great breakfast at the hotel before spending our day using our Visit Derry Pass (www.visitderrypass.com), which includes the Tower Museum (including the Derry Girl’s Experience), The Siege Museum, Museum of Free Derry, and the Guildhall (free, no pass needed). Depending on your time in Derry, there are also some walking tours that may interest you like the Martin McCrossan City Walking Tour or Bogside History Walking Tour. Since we had been to Derry before and taken the Martin tour, this time we spent most of our time at the Tower Museum and the Guildhall.

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The Tower Museum

The Tower Museum (www.towermuseumcollections.com) has great information on the history of Derry and has a section devoted to “An Armada Shipwreck” that occurred off the coast of Derry. In addition, they had a great exhibit on the Derry Girls show, including information and memorabilia from the show. It was also interactive and you can see clips of segments of the show. The exhibit was so funny and I suggest you see some of the show before you go. Notably, you can stream the Derry Girls show on NetFlix (one of the actresses is also in the famous Bridgerton series). 

The Guildhall

The Guildhall (www.guildhallderry.com) is a magnificent building to visit in Guildhall Square established in 1887. When you enter you will see 2 statues including one of Queen Victoria that has some damage. The damage occurred from bombings during the infamous Troubles. But the Guildhall has some great architecture that went into creating this building, including some great stained glass windows. It is made from red sandstone and in a neo-gothic architecture style, with hints of Tudor. Both the city council and mayor call this home.  Besides the stained glass windows, the main outside clock is designed to look like the face of Big Ben in London. Also, you can see a stately seat and can have your picture taken with a stately cape. 

Take A Walking Tour About Bloody Sunday and Free Derry

We didn’t have much time left in Derry, but we had been here before so we cruised through the Bogside section of the city that has the famous Free Derry monument, the Bloody Sunday monument, and the various murals on the wall. This is where the Bloody Sunday massacre occurred on January 30, 1972, where 14 Catholic protestors were killed and 14 others were injured by shots from the British Parachute Regiment. This had resulted in frequent riots until the early 1990’s. Later the Good Friday Agreement would help reduce the amount of sectarian violence. Over the years since our last trip, it seemed much calmer. We have met folks who have married across religious lines, and time may help to heal more for those who lost loved ones during the Troubles.

The End of an Amazing Northern Ireland Coast Causeway Journey Exploring Towns in Northern Ireland

What a fantastic trip exploring the towns in Northern Ireland and beautiful scenery inbetween. You must travel the Causeway Coastal Route, no matter if you like nature, history, culture, or food/drink, it has it all.  But, it is now time to return our rental car.  What a lovely ride back and it allowed us time to think about the exciting time we had exploring a less-traveled part and gem of Northern Ireland.

It was so nice to explore new areas, especially along the coast of this grand country. The people in these towns along the way were so friendly and seemed to be glad that more were exploring this part of Ireland. It is important to prepare for rain in Ireland. However, I got lucky with some fortunate weather for most of the trip. This is a memorable road trip, but it is not the only road trip on the Emerald Isle.

Read More About The Wild Atlantic Way Road Trip In Ireland

Note: The next adventure was to explore more of the Republic of Ireland’s coast via the Wild Atlantic Way. Read the article here.

Driving on the Left Side of the Road or Tours while exploring the towns in Northern Ireland

Remember to try to stay on the main roads, since you will be driving on the other side (left) of the road if you are from the US or a country that drives on the right side. Some of the side roads can be quite narrow, but we had a pretty easy time going on this route, but it does take time to get used to it or there may be a detour at times. Check if you get a rental if it is an automatic or standard transmission.

Group Tour? While driving is the most efficient way to see what you want on the Causeway Coastal Route, an alternative may be to take a guided tour. They do have them that leave from either Belfast or Dublin (Dublin is only a few hours from Belfast). Below are a few that may meet your needs via my Viator Shop.

Tours From Belfast Exploring Towns In Northern Ireland And Beyond: 

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Tours from Dublin:

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Tourism Ireland: wwww.media.ireland.com/en-ie/pr

Fáilte Ireland: www.failteireland.ie

Tourism Northern Ireland: www.tourismni.com

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