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Travel Blogs from Downpatrick
... know what the way back was like). Still amazes us that you can take your dog with you anywhere in Ireland and Northern Ireland and even England and Wales. They can stay in your hotel room, go sightseeing, go on trains and buses....(Bron, I know what you are thinking!). Back on the road again and we were following the tourist coast road again onto the Carrick-a-ride rope bridge. This was a huge downhill walk including two lots of stairs and all I could think ...
... it was not rainy and that I had on good footwear!!! Some people did not!
I truly have been quite fortunate on this trip to have some fantastic weather for some of the *must see* places. I do wish, however, that I had brought another scarf - all my pics look the same. I almost bought one or two - but I knew how many I had at home, so I showed retail restraint! lol. Speaking of pictures - picture count: 645. But that is just the one ...
... Our first stop was at Carrickfergus Castle for a quick photo and then it was on the bus again to Carrick-a-rede island. Now this is where the fun began...and the weather went from bad to worse. We bought tickets to climb across a 20m rope bridge...that is 30m above the sea. It was a little daunting anyway but the rain and wind didn't help...neither did our rain proof coats, they proved pretty much useless up against Norther Ireland's summer weather! From there we were taken ...
... that supported the keel and the original sea gate
which opened to admit the ship is there as well - and still holding back the
sea, just as it has done for over 100 years. The young woman who took us on the
tour was fantastic - a gold mine of information and passionate about what she did.
We spent about 45 minutes in the dry dock and pump house (which holds the huge pumps
Belfast is a city where I just slep because we had a excursion very early at wenesday morning. A chance because our hostel was very dirty but very cheap too. In Belfast, there is possible to do an excursion to Giant's causeway. Bye bye