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  • Oct6

    Northern Ireland

    October 6, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Happy Birthday Bruce ..celebrated by a ferry ride to Ireland!
    We had a 2 hr crossing from Cairnryan to Larne taking our motorhomes with us. The narrow windy roads with hedges each side made it a slow pace but it was so worthwhile when we arrived on the northcoast.
    Bruce, Matt, Olivia and Sam crossed the rope bridge at Carrick-a-rede while Kath and I chose not to spend 9 pound each to feel terrified!
    The original rope bridge was built in 1755 by the Atlantic salmon fishermen to help them reach the small steep island
    Matt and Kath went on to the Giant causeway while Bruce and I headed into Ballymoney to spend time with Iris and Roy McGavigan. Its 25 years since I had seen Iris. She was nursing in Australia for 2 years pre marriage and kids. Roy, Iris and boys Greg and Ryan and their gorgeous dog Shelley made us very welcome. Matt Kath and kids arrived with a cake for Bruce's birthday and we had a lovely night of music.
    Monday morning we headed south again through the narrow roads with overhead canopies of trees. We stayed overnight at Lake Ennell.
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  • Day5

    Northern Ireland drives

    November 11, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 7 °C

    Yesterday we hit the open road! Driving out of Dublin up to Belfast. Igor did great driving stick on the other side of the road and car (so weird!). We got some snacks on the way - a classic northern Ireland delight, a Whopper... :)

    When we got to Belfast we took it easy, enjoying the Hilton Lounge and played cards and chess.

    Today we started our adventure visiting the building site of the Titanic!

    Now we're about to see the Giants causeway, we're sitting in a little cafe at the causeway hotel waiting out the storm (so that it's only slightly raining and not hailing!)

    On our way here we got to drive by a filming location of game of thrones - the dark hedges, pretty awesome trees, I get why so many things are filmed in Ireland! Very picturesque and unique.

    Alright wish us luck venturing out into the rain!
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  • Day20

    Beautiful Northern Ireland.

    August 17, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    I was not prepared for the constant and often very quick weather changes in Northern Ireland. Not only did I get completely drenched twice during the Giant's Causeway day trip, I also caught a cold. So you better value these pictures here after all I've been through... But in all seriousness, the Giant's Causeway was amazing! The other stops of the tour, e.g. Dunluce Castle or the Old Bushmills Distillery, did not find much attention due to my clothes' undesirable state of wetness. The next day, my guest family took me to see Castle Coole as well as the Marble Arch Caves in the southern parts of the country.Read more

  • Day10


    September 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    It didn't occur to us how Belfast in Northern Ireland was a city with such recent history that is still evident in everyday life. Northern Ireland which is its own country is full of modern day religious/political tension dividing the city of Belfast between the Protestants who support British rule and the Catholics who support the traditional Irish culture. We took a black cab taxi tour to the various parts of town and saw murals that depicted the history and even saw the gates that are still closed every night between the two parts of town. The craziest thing for us was to learn that not many people are religious anymore but still practice this hatred for each other. Almost 90% of schools there are still segregated in 2016!

    Our favorite quote from our taxi driver was "these Protestants are more British than the Brits!" He did a great job giving us insight into the traditions still held including the annual bonfires by the Protestants which are quite massive and held right in the center of town and showed us the steel walls put up to divide the two sides which now a days has messages of peace and love written on it from tourists, as well as dents from rocks and burn marks from molotov cocktails. We got to leave our little mark as well!
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  • Day22

    Day 20 Belfast, Ireland

    August 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Really interesting day today. We arrived in Belfast quite early and wanted to go to the Titanic Centre which is (unsurprisingly) in Belfast’s Titanic quarter and was back at the turn of the last century, the world centre of shipbuilding. The centre itself stands on the site of the slipway that launched many ships including the Titanic.

    It is a huge building and the number one tourist destination in Ireland (or Europe if you believe their publicity). We left the ship early to try and beat the masses arriving just after it opened at 8.30. That proved a good decision as when we left about 11 am it was getting pretty packed. It’s very well done and well worth a couple of hours of your time if you are ever here (see some of the photos). There is also a smaller White Star Line Ship, the Normadic, in one of the adjacent slipways that you can walk through, although we didn’t take up that part of the tour as we only had one day in Belfast and many things to do.

    We had been hoping to speak to one of the curators as we had been given copies of letters written by the Titanic’s Quartermaster in the aftermath of the sinking to have looked at with a view to donating the originals (owned by a friend of Christine’s who is his grand daughter). However they were all off site, so the best we could do was get the email address of one of the lead curators and put Dee in direct touch with her.

    After a quick trip back to the ship to drop off the enormous amount of shopping and souvenirs that had been purchased (Christine is mad for the Titanic) we took a couple of hour trip with the taxi driver that had dropped us back there into the Shankhill/Falls Road area of Belfast. Like many drivers in Belfast he specialises in providing independent tours of the area to see and learn about the areas and people that shaped this very divided city.

    He grew up and still lives in Shankhill but nevertheless gave us a rounded overview of both the Protestant (Shankhill) and Catholic (Falls Road) perspectives of the history and key events that still dominate the areas today. It is pretty confronting to see and learn about the atrocities that have been committed by both sides in pursuit of their particular view of how Ireland/Northern Ireland should exist.

    After that we were dropped into the centre of Belfast and that co-incided with the weather packing in. It had been mild and overcast to that point but from about 1 pm it started to rain and get colder and that got progressively worse as the day wore on. After a walk through through the centre of the city we went to the nearby Robinsons Pub for a drink and lunch. Reputationally it is the site of the most bombed pub (it’s actually two pubs joined together) in Belfast and that’s saying something considering the amount of trouble that city has seen over the years.

    We bumped into Dave and Lesley two friends from the ship at the pub (surprising as we were the only non locals there) and had lunch with them before walking to take a look at the Belfast City Hall which is a really impressive building with lots of stained glass marking various Belfast events and information about the many famous people that were born in or lived in the city. By now it was about 3.30, raining and pretty cold so we decided to call it a day and head back to the ship on the double decker buses they had put on to ferry us from the port to the ship and back.

    Photos show... The Titanic Slipway (with our ship in the background...); the main staircase of the ship as depicted in a virtual walk through; a replica Titanic lifeboat; the Titanic Centre; the Normadic; a Protestant memorial wall; our driver and me looking at the exterior of a Shankill house; one of the 47 walls that still separate the Protestant and Catholic areas; Robinsons Pub, downtown Belfast; Belfast city hall
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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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  • Day2

    The Dark Hedges

    May 8, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    The Dark Hedges ist eine Allee an Buchen entlang der Bregagh Road zwischen Armoy und Stranocum im County Antrim in Nordirland. Die Bäume bilden einen atmosphärischen Tunnel, der in der beliebten Fernsehserie Game of Thrones von HBO als Standort genutzt wurde.Read more

  • Day40


    August 13, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    En nous rendant au prochain “must", le pont suspendu de Carrick-a-rede, nous jetons un coup d'oeil sur le minuscule village de pêcheurs Portbraddan. Eric aurait bien emprunté le Rope Bridge, mais il faudrait attendre 4h. On va donc le voir (1km et 80 marches plus loin) sans pouvoir s’élancer sur cet ouvrage, qui permettait à l'origine aux pêcheurs de saumons d'atteindre l'îlot, où ils ont fixé leurs filets. La vue depuis la terre ferme est aussi impressionnante. Un dernier point à visiter pour aujourd'hui : Dark Hedges, une belle allée de hêtres, qui menait lors de sa plantation, il y a 200ans à un manoir. Le trafic a laisse sa place aux touristes, qui viennent en grande quantité, grâce à la série Games of Thrones, qui a été tournée en partie ici. Nous trouvons notre quartier de nuit au port de Ballycastle. Il y a restos, pubs et boutiques au joli bourg, distant d'un km, et nous mangeons fort bien au Central Bar.Read more

  • Day32


    August 5, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Lundi, 5 août 2019
    La pluie a cessé,mais nous avons,comme d'habitude, du Irish Weather. Nous renonçons donc définitivement à l'ascension du Knocknaree avec le tombeau de la Reine Maeve. En contournant Sligo, nous quittons le bord de la mer pour arriver au Lough Gill. Le Château de Parke a été en mauvais état, comme bon nombre d'édifices, que nous avons déjà visités en Irlande, mais les OPW ont fait du bon boulot ici. Des artisans de Dromahair ont reconstruit les parties manquantes, comme par ex. toute la charpente avec du bois de chêne de la région. On peut observer dans la cour les fondations du château-tour fortifié, construction antérieure. Cette demeure était confisquée après que le proprio ait hébergé un officier naufragé espagnol, ce geste lui a coûté la vie et le domaine fût donné au compte anglais Parke. Celui-ci fait construire le manoir comme il se présente aujourd'hui, en recyclant les pierres de l'ancienne tour. L'emplacement au bord du lac est juste sublime. Nous trouvons un magasin ouvert à Dromahair, nous sommes un jour férié, et faisons nos courses. Ils ont presque à chaque fois un “deli", qui propose des plats chauds et froids à emporter. On a ainsi notre lunch. Nous passons la frontière invisible et sommes donc en Irlande du Nord. Notre prochain but à atteindre se révèle bien caché: un Scenic Forest Drive, qui monte comme sur un alpage chez nous, au Lough Navar Forest View Point. La vue sur les lacs, formés par le River Erne et jusqu'à la baie de Donegal est splendide. Nous cherchons un parking au bord de l'eau pour ce soir. La jeté de Bellanaleck s'y prête bien.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Northern Ireland, Nordirland, Irlanda del Nord, Irlanda del Norte, Irlande du Nord, Šiaurės Airija, Noord Ierland, Северная Ирландия

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