The Skisters Do Ireland

June 27, 2010

Day 12: Gorgeous Views in Northern Ireland

Filed under: Uncategorized — skisters @ 8:15 pm

Mindi and I took another stroll on the beach last night to watch the sunset.  How romantic, right?  It was definitely a pretty sight.  I hung out on the beach until about 10:45 while Mindi went back in to shower.  Crazy how light it still was even at 11:00 though.

After a run on the beach this morning, we set off for the Giant’s Causeway which is on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland.  We walked atop the cliffs for a bird’s eye view of the causeway.  It was a bit windy, but luckily we didn’t fall off.

Then we made our way down to where the rocks and water were for some more pretty views and a close-up look of the causeway.

The sky and water were just so blue, it was gorgeous.  After Giant’s Causeway, we set off for Belfast.  The man who owned our hostel in Castlerock had suggested taking the coastal causeway for a ways before heading more inland toward Belfast, so I took him up on this offer, knowing there would be more gorgeous views.  Along the way, I saw a sign for the Rope Bridge, which I had seen when planning our trip and wanted to do it, but didn’t really look into it much.  So, we obviously made a pit-stop for that.  So glad we did because this place looked like it came straight out of a magazine.

I walked the rope bridge, but Mindi chose not to.  She has a thing with heights.  It was beautiful (and not that scary) and I wish I could’ve taken pictures from the other side because there were more amazing views from there.

After the Rope Bridge, we finally hopped back in the car to get to Belfast.  Along the way we stopped to take some pictures.

The scenery was amazing the whole way and I’m glad we took that more scenic route, even if it may have taken a little longer…definitely worth it.  Here’s a quick video Mindi took of part of the drive.  And most of the drive had views like this.  Oh, and you may wanna turn your sound down because all you can hear is staticy music.

It was a beautiful day, for sure.  You may not know from looking at those pictures, but we got drizzled on for a short period of time.  At least it wasn’t a downpour and the skies turned blue again!  For anyone coming to Ireland, I would definitely recommend coming to the Antrim Coast!  I wish we had been able to spend more time there.

We finally made it to Belfast and to our next hostel, VagaBonds, which is near the University.  We walked around town a bit after we got in around 5pm, but most of the stuff was closed since it’s a Sunday.  We really wanted to go into this mall (second pictures below) because it looks nothing like a shopping mall to us, but it was closed as well.  Oh well, hopefully we will get to enjoy a bit of the Belfast night life tonight…at least that’s the plan for now!

We head back to Dublin tomorrow to return the car (hopefully they don’t notice a couple extra scratches on it…) and hang out for the day, then it’s back to the US on Tuesday morning.  I have mixed feelings about that…I’m excited to see everyone again, but not quite ready to leave Ireland.  Maybe you all should just come here instead!

See you in Dublin tomorrow…back at where we started.

-Justine

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1 Comment »

  1. breath taking- what fabulous memories you have recorded!

    Comment by angela kae edmiston — July 5, 2010 @ 4:54 am


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