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All the best: Giant's Causeway site manager Alastair Walker

'It's amazing that my team is responsible for our most popular tourist attraction'

By Kerry McKittrick

The 49-year-old is the site manager of the Giant's Causeway. He lives in Ballymoney with his wife, Julie, and their daughters, Kiana (13) and 11-year-old Chloe.

My best moment

Getting married to my lovely wife and the arrival of my two children. I'm lucky in that I have three equally best moments, and they just keep on giving.

My best song

Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners always produces floods of memories from the time it came out, when I was a teenager. It could also be any Bruce Springsteen or Thin Lizzy song.

My best way to relax

A good long walk with the dog, exploring the countryside. I have a Labrador-spaniel cross called Milo. He was named by the children, and has lots of energy. I also enjoy a good glass of wine at the end of the day.

My best job

My current job. I've been here since 2010, so I worked on the operations of the site before the new building opened. I still have to give myself a wee kick when I come out and look out over the causeway. It's amazing that myself and my team are responsible for the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland and one of the top three in Ireland. The Giant's Causeway is also a beautiful World Heritage Site set on the best coastline in the world. I took a team of businessmen down to the stones one day. The sun was shining and a pod of dolphins appeared, and it was just picture-perfect. I couldn't help asking if they were all heading back to their office in London after that.

My best bit of advice

Trust your instinct - if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't and needs looked at in more detail. While I can't recall who passed this wisdom to me, it's something that I stand by and give to other people.

My best movie

For the same reason as my best song, I would say Top Gun. This film was out about 30 years ago, so it brings back memories of my early twenties.

My best gift

A Scalextric set given to me when I was a child. It's still in the attic somewhere - I keep meaning to hunt it out.

My best achievement

Completing the Great North Run half-marathon in Newcastle in 2003. I trained with a friend who really encouraged me, and that was my goal. As soon as I finished it, I stopped running! But I started again recently and just did a leg of the Belfast Marathon.

Best buy

A motorbike I owned when I was a student. It cost £40 and I sold it a few years later for £20, but it loyally transported me during my university years. More recently a Morelli's ice cream on a sunny afternoon on Portstewart.

Best book

I like biographies, and I'm currently reading Bruce Springsteen's (autobiography) Born to Run.

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