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Derry City and Strabane

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  • Day21

    Day 19 Derry, Ireland

    August 20, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We arrived in Northern Ireland today. Well sort of, the port we used for Derry (Londonderry to some - depends on which side of the religious divide you sit) is actually in Greensgate which is across the inlet in Donegal, Republic of Ireland, about a 40 minute drive from Derry itself.

    We had decided to take one of the ship’s tours today to Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway which is a UNESCO world heritage site of uniquely shaped hexagonal rocks. On the way to the causeway you pass through both the seaside towns of Portrush, site of the recent British Open Golf tournament and Bushmills, home of Ireland’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. It is a fascinating part of Ireland and also in the area is a famous rope bridge and the dark hedges, although due to time constraints we didn’t get to see those....

    As we didn’t arrive in Greensgate until midday (its a long way there from Iceland) this was an afternoon/evening tour and we got to the causeway about 4 pm after a two hour drive and had a couple of hours to look around. That was after a stop at Dunluce which is a castle ruin on the cliffs overlooking Portrush Bay (see photos).

    You could take the bus down to the causeway but we chose to walk (down at least) to the rocks. It is one of the most popular spots in Northern Ireland and there were hundreds of other visitors on the day we were there. You can clamber all over the rocks and there are unsurprisingly a lot of accidents as people slip or fall on the uneven terrain. During the time we were there and although we didn’t see it, a lady (who was not part of our group) fell from her wheelchair badly injuring herself.

    We had two hours there which was enough time for us to see and walk around the causeway and have enough time left over for a drink at the local pub.

    After the trip back to Greensgate we decided to visit another local hostelry for a drink before returning to the ship about 8.45pm before an 11 pm departure.

    Photos attached show... light and dark hexagonal rocks; Dunluce Castle ruins; causeway rocks; the organ pipes (cliffside rock formation); me in front of rock face; the Nook, a local pub we visited; another bar in Greensgate we went to; Portrush Police station and it’s surrounding perimeter fence, a reminder of the sometimes troubled circumstances prevalent in this part of the world.
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  • Day10


    May 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Nun sind wir zwei Tage in Derry. Das Wetter macht leider nicht mit! Trotzdem schauten wir uns die Stadt an. Sie ist sehr interessant und an jeder Ecke sieht und spürt man immer noch die Spannungen des Bürgerkrieges.Read more

  • Day19


    June 25, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Derry oder Londonderry, that is the question...
    Wir stellen das Auto bequem im Parkhaus ab und begeben uns auf die Mauer. Ein Relikt aus der nicht allzu vergangener Zeit.
    Lunch gibt's heute in Fitzroys Bistro, 30% auf die Rechnung - lecker!Read more

  • Day16

    Immer an der Küste entlang

    August 19, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Immer an der Küste entlang erreichen wir die giants causeway- ein Basaltsäulenfeld. In der Nähe befindet sich eine der ältesten Whiskey Destillerien - bushmills Whisky, leider geschlossen. Gegen Abend erreichen wir Londonderry. Die Suche nach einem Restaurant gestaltet sich schwierig. Wir landen in der brickbork Bar und sehen gleichzeitig die Fußball Championsleague und hören live Musik.Read more

  • Day17


    August 20, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Den Tag verbringen wir in Londonderry und beschäftigen uns mit dem Unruhen in den 70 er Jahren, wo Menschen auf den Straßen ums Leben kamen. Zahlreiche Wandbilder erinnern daran. Abends dürfen wir wieder live Musik genießen und die Absolventen der Schulen beobachten, die sich in der Bar tummelnRead more

  • Day10

    Londonderry (Derry), Northern Ireland

    August 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Today we left Donegal and travelled through Strabane, Omagh, Cookstown, Drumahoe and onto Londonderry (Derry). We stopped at the Beaghmore stone circles which were excavated from a bog in 1930. The stones are believed to be associated with earlier burial cairns. The breeze was blowing and the rain was coming down, we were ill prepared for the 9° temperature, so took a couple of hasty photos and jumped back in the car. The weather cleared once we arrived in Derry.Read more

  • Day9


    July 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Es hat schon was für sich, wenn eine City fast nur aus kleinen Geschäften besteht. Selbst McDonald findet man nur außerhalb.

    Heute morgen habe ich mich mit einem Holländer unterhalten. Er ist schon seit Mai mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs. Erst England, dann Schottland und jetzt Irland.Read more

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