Browns Bay is a small sandy bay that can be found at the end of the Islandmagee peninsula - just 2km away from Northern Ireland's largest power station - Ballylumford. Though very close to Larne, there isn't a lot there - just enough for it to be a quite destination to enjoy a walk along the beach or take a bit of time out. The bay is located at the end of the peninsular and with no bridge, the area is still largely rural beyond the power station. The highlights of the bay are it's beach, a rambling walk that extends onto farm land, a camp site, a car park, some restrooms and a shop.
Thankfully, the weather held off raining until after we left though we still found ourselves eating in the car but the weather was decent enough for us to have chance to enjoy the beach even if it was a bit cold to stay outside for too long.
Norngirl tried her best to get an old kite to work, her family took a walk and I went for a paddle in the sea.
The tide was in whilst we were there and the water was freeeeeeeezing. I managed to keep my feet dipped in natures salty bath just long enough to get a few photos of some of the waves.
The beach was quite pretty and to say how close 'as the crow flies' it is to somewhere like Larne (with a ferry port and power station) the beach was in a pretty good state too.
Sure there was the odd plastic carrier bag floating around in the surf but that was the worst of it, indeed the only thing strewn across the beach was washed up seaweed.
I had a quick walk along the side of the bay along the trail hikers were taking and there were some flowering bushes and plants between the sea and the fields.
Back at the car we had our Picnic which was delicious.
Delicious indeed was this sandwich made from the yummy red onion bread that my mother-in-law had bought from St Georges Market.
SO we ate the picnic in view of the shallow waves that lapped up against the shore whilst the ferry to Scotland heading out of Larne harbour passed by in the distance.
We headed home when the rain started, a certain pitfall to outings in Ireland. Though the visit to the beach put us in good spirits, unfortunately it didn't do any good in regards to the cold we'd come down with at the time but it was a very nice way to spend a few hours.