Earlier this month, I had the amazing opportunity to take part in a 6 Day All Ireland Tour hosted by Paddywagon Tours. Anyone 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.
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.
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 Titanic!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Until next time, xoxo