Hi, we are visiting Belfast this weekend and were planning on walking around (during daytime) the Shankill, Sandy Row and Falls areas to look at, and photograph, some of the murals (I am interested in the artistic aspects). We have read a lot of the recommendations here so have a good idea of where to go and we would prefer to walk rather than getting a taxi or a bus tour. However, reading the Lets go guide last night (2007 edition) it says to be careful about taking photos and that the black cab drivers have "agreements with the local community" making it acceptable to take photos if you are with one of them (but not if you are on your own?). It also says to not wander across the peaceline between Falls and Shankill but rather go back to the city center "as the peaceline remains politically charged". I have not come across this type of warnings before,
is this something the local experts here would agree with? Or is this information/warning a bit over the top/outdated?
I will only be carrying a small "snap" camera, nothing bulky, and it will be during the day on Saturday and Sunday.
I would be grateful for an honest opinion from some locals on this. I guess its the old question "are we safe"?
Thanks a lot,