There are many ways to visit Northern Ireland but with colleagues, family and friends from work, about 50 people, with a group like that, we had hired a private coach. Leaving Dublin about 9.30 am, soon we ware in the middle of picturesque landscapes. It was a gorgeous day, plenty of sunshine and a quite mild temperature for the time of the year, April.
The first stop we had was by Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries. The ware working on the Byford Dolphin, deep sea driller. It is impressive to see the huge cranes and this heavy machinery.
Next stop was Titanic Belfast, a visitor center on the former Harland and Wolff shipyard, where the historic ship was build. A perfect spot to take some pictures ...
Another good drive via the Dark Hedges, we arrived on the Causeway Coastal Route. First attraction was Dunluce Castle. This 16th century caste appeared in the 2003 movie "The medaillon". It was early afternoon by then, so we ware quite hungry. We had organised a big pick nick for all of us and our bus driver knew a perfect place around Ballycastle, off Whitepark toad, where we could eat, relax and enjoy all the beauty there was ... (I want to say to visitors, please clean up after your pick nick so that following visitors can enjoy the way you do). ... The weather was perfect and the air was very clear, we could see Scotland from that spot.
After that, a short ride and we arrived by the "Rope Bridge" in Carrick-a-Rede. It was a bit windy there but with a good walk we got warm soon. When traveling in group, there is a little admission of 5 €/adult for crossing the bridge. Otherwise it's 7€/adult. It is a really beautiful walk and every corner is worth a picture. And after about a half hour, you arrive by the Rope Bridge. Crossing the bridge is a bit adventure, I just love it! But it may be a bit crowded and you have to wait a bit. When walking back, in front of the car park is a souvenir shop with plenty of nice stuff. Behind that shop are public toilets, clean.
From there, another short drive and we arrived by Giant's Causeway, just past the Bushmills distillery. Walk under the low bridge and there you can take a bus to the Giant's Causeway. It's almost unbelievable that this is a natural formation. It's the result of a Volcanic Eruption. Absolute beautiful!
By then, the dark was falling in and it was time for turning back home. I'm sure that me and my wife will go back to see and discover more of all that beauty ... and it really is ...
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