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Northern Ireland - Photo Diary

28 March 2014

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For my birthday I planned a long-weekend trip to Northern Ireland, a destination that has been on my bucket list for a long time. Unfortunately the timing wasn’t great as there had been storms across the UK leading up to the weekend, which meant our flight out of London was delayed by a couple of hours. At one point I was certain it would be cancelled altogether but thankfully we made it out!

The main place I wanted to visit on this trip was the Giant’s Causeway, at the very top of Northern Ireland. We had considered basing ourselves in Belfast and booking a day trip to see the Causeway, but in the end decided this might be too rushed and we wanted to do things at our own pace. So we rented a car from the airport and took a drive on the Causeway Coastal Route!

Our first stop was Carrickfergus Castle…

As you can see in this photo, the weather was quite sunny at this point. Unfortunately this didn’t last long and were were hammered by heaving rain during parts of the drive. Given that this was my first time driving overseas, and almost a year since the last time I drove in Australia, I was a bit nervous at times. It was a relief to finally make it to our accommodation, The Causeway Lodge

We stayed in The Dunluce Room, which was spacious and beautifully decorated…

The owners of the lodge were very friendly and gave us an excellent dinner recommendation and even made the booking for us. We enjoyed a fantastic meal at the Bushmills Inn

The next day we drove to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge around 10am. Our timing was perfect as we were the first visitors for the day and had the bridge to ourselves before the coach tours from Belfast started to turn up…

From there it was a quick drive over to the Giant’s Causeway…

And then on to Dunluce Castle…

The following morning we made a quick photo stop on the coast before a visit to the Bushmills Distillery (unfortunately no photos allowed in there)…

Sadly, we then had to head back to Belfast for our return flight to London. We took the Causeway Coastal Route again which I must say is a wonderful drive. Before the trip I was a bit worried about getting lost and I had taken screenshots of Google Maps on my iPad as a backup in case 3G wasn’t available, but it is signposted the whole way and very easy to follow. I don’t really have many photos from the drive, the weather just wasn’t on our side, but the views were still amazing and I’m sure it would be even during the summer months.

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