The North of Ireland, and Northern Ireland

Trip Start Jan 12, 2007
Trip End Jan 22, 2007

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

The north of the country was quite different, and the pictures we have not downloaded yet... but they'll come.
Donegal County was great, we rocked up and it had just snowed!! We missed a downpour, but it was still all over so better than nothing right. The rivers that run through these towns are so full and rapid, you just want sunshine and a tyre to hoon down them in, I wonder if people do? They are how rivers should be anyway, and full of fish too, I wished I could transport Woody there, he'd love it. We went to Carrigan Head, cliffs which are 400 metres tall (compared to the Cliffs of Moher only 200m) they were spectacular, although much less acclaimed. The roads were a bit hairy but really cool driving.
Irelands roads are twisty and narrow. After Simon explained to me the finer points of how rally car drivers take corners to maximise their speed, I realised he was taking every corner using these techniques, and having a ball! Crazy boy. I was just glad I didn't have to drive!
We decided to go a little further to the Giant's Causeway, as we might never get there again etc, adn it was well worth it, really spectacular. I was really amused to see the postcards with sun on the rocks and calm seas, as we had raging seas in the background and you could hardly see the rocks for the clouds! But it was really amazing, and a great walk with heaps of other geological formations. We stayed in a hostel in Portstewart on a Saturday night, and met heaps of young Irish lads from all over the country who come to go out at Ireland's best nightclub in the next town, it must be pretty good we thought.
We had a quick cruise through Belfast on Sunday, and saw the Catholic/Protestant murals, Simon gave me a rundown on how thigns used to be and it's hard to imagine - so it must have changed a lot, it feels pretty peaceful now, if a little grim.
Michelle, we went though Omagh, but it was dead and raining, so we couldn't really stop, but we have been there! We yelled a hellooo to your granny wherever she be!!
The last couple of days we stayed in the south again, had great weather, and spentt he days enjoying the National Park near Letterkenny, where there was SNOW on top of the mountains. We stayed in an ecelctic old monastery run by a girl from Freo, a really great little spot. The river here was amazing too, Dad, you need to go to Ireland and go fishing.
Ireland is cool! The accents are great, and seem easy to pick up too, maybe I will go and live there to pick up a cool accent for a while?
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