Ballycastle to Donegal Town via Giant's Causeway

Trip Start Oct 04, 2013
Trip End Oct 15, 2013

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Flag of Ireland  , Donegal,
Monday, October 7, 2013

Another big brekky and we hit the road for the Giant's Causeway. A spectacular coastline all the way. A few stops to admire the scenery & a walk down the pathway to the Giants Causeway. This is spectacular and definitely worth the drive up to the north. Amazing scenery and such a dramatic coastline. Photos can't really do justice. Must get very crowded in summer as there were plenty of people there when we visited. The audio guide told stories on the way down but we probably could've done without that. At least the cost gave us use of the toilets. Mum was very grateful to discover we could get the bus back up the hill too.

Headed off for Derry. I'm never sure whether to call it Derry or Londonderry as you can get in trouble if you call it the wrong thing to the wrong person. I'm pretty sure Derry is safest. Had a bit of a drive around trying to work out where we were going in the city & picked out a random car park. Luckily someone was just about to leave & gave us their parking ticket to give us plenty of time to walk around. Also lucky that we just happened to have parked at the end of the street we were looking for, Rossville st, and a block from the walls of old Derry.

Headed down to Rossville st. The street is a site of spiritual and cultural significance famous as the focus of resistance to British presence in the six counties. It's now dotted with murals that commemorate some of the significant moments of the resistance as well as memorials to people who have died due to hunger strike or in the Bloody Sunday battles. The murals are huge, covering the entire end of buildings. The artists describe the murals as follows: “This is real art done by the people and for the people. That’s what makes it authentic. That’s what gives it meaning in a world where meaning has all but been destroyed by ambition and the greed for money. It honours our past. Our work commemorates the real price paid by a naive and innocent people for simple democratic rights.”
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