Beechlawn House Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Belfast
... could feel the silence at half past eleven ...
'Hyndford Street, Abetta Parade
Orangefield, St. Donard's Church
Sunday six-bells, and in between the silence there was conversation
And laughter, and music and singing, and shivers up the back of the neck' ('On Hyndford Street')
2 Beechie River
'On long summer nights
As the wireless played Radio Luxembourg
And the voices whispered across Beechie River
In the quietness ...
... rain had stopped, although the basalt rocks were
very wet and slippery. We climbed around here, getting pictures and
enjoying the phenomenal views. Then we continued along, stopping for a
picture of the Giant’s Boot, a massive rock that looks astoundingly
similar to a boot. Shortly after that, we got on the red trail heading
up and then taking the many stairs up to the cliff above. There was
quite a bit of stinging nettle ...
We then went on to the Giant's Causeway where we walked down to the hexagonal shaped stone columns. They were like stepping stones and we were able to climb over them and look out across the sea. We walked up the hillside as far as the path went and then headed back to a small pub for a pint before getting the bus back in to Belfast.
Once back in Belfast we went to a nearby restaurant for dinner. It wasn't the best steak I've ever eaten ...
... necessary. Every July, the Protestants throw a huge bonfire to commemorate something (I forget what...) Its done right by the peace wall in a field and they pile up old wood and tires and furniture for months to prepare. Everyone gets drunk and "celebrates" and they throw bottles and things over the wall into the Catholic side. Brian said there is almost always violence every year. Why does the city and government allow it, you ask? Excellent question. Because they would say ...
... The most famous incident of that year, Bloody Sunday, occurred on January 30th. A group of demonstrators protesting against the UK governments policy of internment were fired upon by soldiers. The soldiers claimed to have been shot at first, but the Saville Inquiry (1998-2010) would determine that no provocation was given, and that those killed were innocent protesters. This famous incident is commemorated in the U2 song "Bloody Sunday".
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility