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Another rainy, windy day in the Shetlands. Fortified by a hearty bowl of porridge and hot tea we did south Unst. This included the largest Neolithic standing stone in the Shetlands, which could be more accurately called the leaning stone of Unst. No doubt it was more upright when our stone age ancestors erected it.
There seems …
... himself and fled for Scotland. Finn and his wife rejoiced in her cleverness. We hiked our way to the top and played with some sheep before heading to Bushmills Inn for a lovely dinner of salmon and steaks - mental note: Irish like their beef grass fed and well done. Next time, get the salmon, even if you don't want fish anymore. As we left Bushmills, we saw a gorgeous sunset, and we couldn't help but pull off for some pictures. We headed down a sharply winding path to the Ballytoy ...
... own "story". The oldest pub in Belfast is White's Tavern' which opened in 1630....I admit it is so foreign to us "young country Canadians" to even comprehend the age of these places! We went on a really fun Ghost Walk one evening and heard some ghastly history as well as paranormal activity. Whites Tavern is said to have a ghost barboy named Barney....we didn't meet though...lol There are also several churches and hotels who speak of apparitions wandering about ...
We had an early start and drove around Liverpool. We saw the Cavern Club where the Beatles got their start, drove by the Mersey (you know....♫♪"Ferry 'cross the Mersey"♫♪ by Gerry & the Pacemakers). Then it was off to Holyhead on the west coast of Wales where we could catch a ferry to Dublin, Ireland.
We just missed the first ferry but made the second. ...
... walk home came across an S.O.S truck that was giving away free cups of coffee and "pancakes" (actually just bread with butter on them). Had to take of course. Had a blast with all of them and made it back home safely only to blog for fam and friends :) Overall, good day! I love you all and I strangely enough cannot wait to be back to share more!
Ps- May be going to Scotland for a few days next weekend... May Bungee Jump. Stay tuned...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tara Lodge Belfast
We had a week-end in Belfast, staying one night at the Tara Lodge, and confirm everything other reviewers have said.
I enjoyed my stay in Tara Lodge in late January. I arrived on an early morning flight and was allowed to check in early. The staff were professional. There were some snafus--notably, there was no hot water one morning because the heater broke. But it was repaired within a few hours.
Stayed for one night to see a gig at the nearby Empire Music Hall...really excellent little hotel - staff helpful and welcoming, nice sized room spotless and quiet - loads of good bars and eating places all a short stroll away ...but best of all the Breakfast!...delicious after a night of overindulgence ;
Will definitely stay here again
2 nights for England Game
Well located for access to the City Centre a short walk away, Clean Tidy basic hotel. Again I would say the breakfast was very good and very well presented . . . 3 cherry tomatoes on an ulster fry was visually pleasing but a bit lackng . . . bacon sausage egg and soda bread were lovely.
Did find the area/location a little intimidating but I suppose your always going to find that in the middle of a City such as Belfast during an England v NI football match (especially when u loose - enough said about that).
Staff were also very friendly and we arrived on the 7am flight from Liverpool to International and were able to get into our rooms which were already prepared.
Well done TARA LODGE
Excellent .. Great Breakfast !
Stayed there 3rd Sept. Good secure car parking. Room was in immaculate condition. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was excellent... freshly prepared for us and took pride in their presentation. Will definitely be back
A really excellent hotel
The Tara Lodge in Belfast is a really excellent hotel found about ten minutes walk fron the city centre. I would especially recommend the excellent cooked breakfasts which were the best I have had in a long month of travelling. The staff were very helpful and the off street car parking was handy in a largely residential area. There are numerous good restaurants in the area, particularly chinese, and many bars too.
Good value/Central/Great Breakfast
We stayed at the Tara Lodge for one night in between Christmas and New Year 2004, just passing through.
I would say it was similar in comfort etc to a premier travel lodge. Comfy, clean and central.
The service was ok, efficient, not gushing but not rude either. We had a suprisinggly lovely cooked breakfast though, which I have to say was one of the nicest we had in Ireland (and we travelled all round).
I would say excellent value for money at £69 per room but don't stay if you want a posh area and luxury surroundings.
We would stay again if we were passing through.
Worst guest house
We arrived at GUEST HOUSE Saturday 5th feb 2005 we waited downstairs as room wasnt ready,then we were told to go up.When got to our room the maids husband was sitting in our bed and her kids were jumping on our beds.We waited for 15minutes outside and then went to reception.The manager was very rude when we explained what happened and started bawling at reception.After this we decided we did not want to stay.We cudnt leave as bookes through active hotels so we were forced to pay the commision they would have taken of the hotel.
We have stayed in plenty guest houses but never experienced rudeness from staff after we just landed.
Manager has to take customer service course before letting anyone in the front door.
Great place to stay
My husband and I stayed just the one night while we were on business in Belfast. The room was very clean and comfortable. We had secure parking and the staff were very helpful. The hot cooked breakfast was excellent and we had a choice of more exotic fare than the traditional Ulster Fry. It is close to Botanic Rail Station, Queen's University, Botanic Gardens, Ulster Museum and the excellent restaurants, bars and cafes around Botanic, Stranmillis and Great Victoria Street. There is a good bus service and it is easy to walk into the city centre from here. I would highly recommend the Tara Lodge and with its very reasonable prices it would be the first place I would think of if I had to plan a stay in Belfast.
The Tara lodge is situated in a really nice part of town. The room was slightly small but very nicely laid out. The food was very good. I had a business meeting at 08:00 the next day and although I couldn't have a cooked breakfast at the time I was leaving, an effort was made to provide me with as much as they could and I really appreciated the effot. The outstanding feature was the extra mnile that the staff went to. Looking up train times, booking taxis. checking weather forcasts, providing breakfast at an ungodly hour. I managed to get a really good deal with them too over the net and would thoroughly recommend them and would go back there.