Emerald Isle – Day 9

Day 9: The North

From Dublin, it’s about 2 or so hours to Belfast. I’m terrible at explaining the history but all I can say is, prepare to make purchases in Pounds instead of Euro. It’s as if you’ve crossed a border into Britain, but you don’t need a passport or anything. I didn’t stay in Belfast much longer than an hour so I’ll just discuss the real reason I decided to travel this far.

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Perhaps another 30 minutes north of Belfast, you can see get to a road with beech trees known as the dark hedges. These trees became famous from a scene in season 2 of Game of Thrones. It was raining when we were there and maybe it was a good thing as it added darkness to the dark hedges.

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Further north toward the coastline of Ireland, you will start to notice the similarities between the scenery of the Cliffs of Moher. There is a scenic trail with a bridge called Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The bridge leads you to a very small island with great views. It’s quite a touristy spot so expect to wait around 30 minutes during the summer months just to cross the bridge. But the views are worth it.

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And not too far away from the bridge, we finally arrive at the infamous Giants Causeway. This is a large area which takes 15-20 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the causeway. 10,000s of stone columns stacked like legos everywhere. There is nothing much here except for the fact that it’s a unique place and a bucket list item for many people.

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