Northern Ireland in a Day

Attracta was on holidays, so instead of taking a day tour with any of the numerous companies (which looked good), she and I decided to pack some drinks and snacks and drive the Antrim Coast Road and make up our own tour. Miles of stunning coastline and scenery just like this.

Antrim Coast

Our first stop that day was the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. From the car park, it’s a 1 km walk to the rope bridge itself. This bridge is 30 metres off the ground and takes you to a small little island with great views.

Walking to the bridge:

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

And heading over the bridge:

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

Views from the island:

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

After a long, uphill walk back to the car park, we jumped into the car and kept driving along the beautiful coast, arriving shortly at the destination I had heard so much about: The Giant’s Causeway. A UNESCO world heritage site, one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland, a place of stunning natural beauty…. Are these basalt columns due to geology or myth? When in Ireland, they can be one and the same. Regardless, on this sunny day, we hiked and wandered, and just enjoyed the beauty of this amazing place.

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

Giant's Causeway

After soaking in the sun and beauty, we jumped in the car once more, and made our way to Derry. Derry is one of the few walled cities still around in UK. Attracta had spent a few years in Derry at university, so she knew lots of little great streets to take me down. We grabbed dinner within the walls, then walked on top of the walls, taking in the views.

The Red, White, and Blue of Loyalist Londonderry:

Derry

Derry

The Orange and Green of Republican Derry:

Derry

Derry

Then, it was a drive back to Belfast in the dark, so no photos. I am told it’s a beautiful drive back. Let’s all picture it in our minds.

Side note – I am also told we drove through 4 of the 6 counties of Northern Ireland today. To a Canadian, that’s an amazing statement.

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