Giant's Causeway

Day 4. Giant’s Causeway & Boat Tour, Northern Ireland

After staying overnight at The Causeway Hotel we started the day with a hearty breakfast in the hotel's elegant dining room to ready ourselves for an action packed day exploring the Giant's Causeway and surrounding coastline. After returning to our room and checking out we didn't have far to go as The Causeway Hotel is …

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Day 3. Hiking & Chocolate Making, Northern Ireland

We awoke refreshed at The Willows after sleeping on such comfortable mattresses in our delightful Aspen bedroom.  Drawing back the curtains we were dismayed to discover it was raining heavily, not a good sign for a planned hiking trip! To lift our spirits we wandered down to the dining room to be greeted by the cheerful …

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St. Eugene's Cathedral, Derry

Day 2. Derry Guildhall & Bogside

We started the day with a leisurely breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express Derry~Londonderry.  After checking out of the hotel and leaving our bags to collect later in the day we walked across the Peace Bridge as we had only viewed it after dark the previous evening.  Since it's opening in 2011 the bridge has …

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Derry Peace Bridge and Centre

Day 1. Exploring Derry, Northern Ireland

This is the first in a series of posts on our recent 10 day road trip across Ireland – starting in Derry/ Londonderry before travelling along the Causeway Coast and then down the Wild Atlantic Way - I hope you enjoy reading. We arrived into City of Derry Airport the previous evening, flying with Loganair …

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Day 1. Dublin City Break

We took an early morning flight from Edinburgh Airport over to Dublin in the Irish Republic.  This was my third visit to Dublin but my first in mid summer.  Before leaving the airport we bought ourselves 72 hour travel passes for use on the public transport, these being valid on the bus service into the …

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Day 2. Howth and Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

After a hearty full Irish breakfast we took a bus out to Howth, a small fishing village on the northern edge of Dublin Bay.  It was a bright, sunny morning as we strolled along the West Harbour pier.  Along the waters edge fishermen were landing their morning catch and brightly coloured fishing boats bobbed about …

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Day 3. Phoenix Park and Grafton Street, Dublin

After breakfast in the hotel we took a bus out to Phoenix Park which is located  north of the river, 3 km west of the city centre.  It's the largest enclosed park in Europe and was 350 years old in 2012. We enjoyed a walk along the main avenues and left the park by a …

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