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Travel to Ireland | Belfast & Giant's Causeway

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Earlier this month, I had the amazing opportunity to take part in a 6 Day All Ireland Tour hosted by Paddywagon ToursAnyone who knows me will understand just how much this trip meant to me, as I have wanted to travel to Ireland since forever. I have lusted after the rolling green country side and magnificent coasts of Ireland for a very long time. When I arrived in London, I knew straight away that my first BIG trip once settling in would be Ireland. 


I wanted to squeeze in as much as I could in a short period of time, and after researching and comparing different tour companies in Ireland, I found Paddywagon. They offered the same sights in a similar time frame as most other tours, but it was so much more economical! They also had some amazing reviews and a quick hashtag search on Instagram pulled up some gorgeous photos from people who had recently taken the tour.

The first day of the tour we headed for Belfast, Northern Ireland. Along the way we stopped at a monastery called Monasterboice, which is home to the most well preserved Celtic Crosses. 


Ireland Belfast Celtic Crosses

Once in Belfast I wandered the quaint little town and eventually ended up grabbing a seat in the beautiful front garden of the City Hall. The City Hall itself is gorgeous, and I had quite a fun time trying to understand what all the locals were saying around me. It is really hard to understand people in Northern Ireland. They just form their words so differently! It honestly doesn't sound like English at all! I was fascinated.


Ireland Belfast City Hall

The afternoon was spent wandering through the Titanic Museum. It was so cool to walk through the exhibits and learn about the history and story behind the Titanic. I did a pretty extensive project on the Titanic when I was in school, and I still stumbled across things I didn't know, and it was beyond surreal to see the shipyard where they built the ship.


Ireland Belfast Titanic Museum

Later that evening once we had eaten dinner, some of us wondered over to the Botanic Gardens. There is an entire section which is just a garden of a million varieties of roses. It was a peaceful way to end our day. 


Ireland Belfast Botanic Gardens

The first stop on day two was the Dark Hedges, made famous by Game of Thrones. It is a country road with beech trees on either side and over time the trees have grown up and towards each other, forming an eerie and breathtaking arch over the road. It is used to film scenes on the King's Road in the hit HBO series.


Ireland Belfast Game of Thrones Dark Hedges
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Carrick-a-Rede bridge was the second stop, and to be perfectly honest the bridge is not the best part of this excursion! The hike to the bridge itself was the first true up close glimpse at the coastline and it did not disappoint. Soaring cliffs to the right, and wide open sea on the left with islands off in the distance. It was truly incredible. Just see the photos for yourself!


Ireland Belfast Carrick-a-Rede Bridge

Ireland Belfast Carrick-a-Rede Bridge

Ireland Belfast Carrick-a-Rede Bridge

After leaving Carrick-a-Rede bridge, we headed to what I would say is the main reason I even went on this tour at all. The Giant's Causeway has been on my bucket list ever since we learned about it in my selling destinations class in college. For some reason this place holds so much intrigue for me and I just couldn't wait to see it in person. 

Ireland Belfast Giant's Causeway

Ireland Belfast Giant's Causeway

While there is a legend that the causeway was built by the Celtic giant Fionn McCool, the spectacular rock formations along the coast were actually formed from violent volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Personally, I like the Celtic legend better! 

Whew. And to think, this was all in the first two days of the tour! I have two more posts still to come from our journey from Galway, to Dingle, to Killarney, and ending in Dublin! The next installment is here and it features some freakin' adorable baby sheep!

Until next time, xoxo



Ireland Belfast Giant's Causeway



20 comments

  1. seems like a very enchanting place to visit! <3

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    1. It truly is! So much history and natural beauty.

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  2. These photos are ammmazing! I used to live in Belfast and I loved visiting the Antrim coast...this post makes me miss it!

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    1. Ahh! I have a UK work visa and you don't understand how tempted I am to move to Belfast! Just to be so close to the Antrim Coast! I miss it too :(

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  3. I am so keen to get back to Belfast and visit the titanic museum! I love the accent in Belfast - a bit Irish and a bit Scottish!

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    1. I honestly love listening to Northern Irish and Scottish people speak. Endless fun!!

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  4. Gorgeous photos! I've wanted to visit Ireland for years, and my love for Game of Thrones just intensifies that desire!

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    1. Haha, there are so many filming locations in Ireland that I had no idea about! Our tour driver said that once he almost ran over John Snow on the filming set by the Titanic Museum!

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  5. Never thought about visiting Ireland, but your post now makes me want to go!! Beautiful photos!!

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    1. Thank you, you really should go! You won't regret it.

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  6. This post has some of the stunning photos, think I will add to my ever-growing list.

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    1. Thank you! I know the struggle, my list keeps getting longer instead of shorter... Oops!

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  7. Oh my gosh I'm in love with these photos! Your travel photo game is A+.

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    www.stilefotocibo.com

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  8. That coastline is amazingly beautiful! I explored Ireland years ago, need to get back!

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    1. Me too.. I was just there a month ago and I already wanna go baaaaaaack

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