Even though my alarm went off at 5:00am, I was excited to get up because I knew the Giant’s Causeway day tour would be well worth it! I walked through the empty streets of Dublin around 6:00am and it was really nice change to see the city without crowds of people on the streets.
Our tour guide Niall showed up on time and checked everyone in for the tour. He talked about the main buildings we passed as we headed out of Dublin. For the next 90 minutes, it was pretty quiet and most people took a little nap. We stopped for snacks and to stretch our legs at a convenience store along the way. We were now in Northern Ireland so we could pay with euro notes but we could only receive our change in sterling.
We drove along the Causeway Road and the views we saw to the left and right were remarkable. (I was insanely jealous of everyone that lived along this road!) People were taking pictures through the bus windows the entire time. We made our way through some cute towns and arrived at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. I had seen pictures of the bridge and was very excited to walk over it. We had about an hour here and the path down to the bridge took about 15 minutes. I stopped about ten times to take pictures because the scenery was absolutely beautiful.
I was the first one down to the bridge and I normally enjoy these types of adventure activities but the bridge did scare me a bit! I was unable to look left or right as I made my way across – definitely missed out on some gorgeous views over the Irish Sea. On my way back, I was a little more daring but mostly focused on putting one foot after the other until I hit the solid ground. I took more pictures on my walk back and grabbed a delicious hot chocolate at the gift shop.
Our next stop was Giant’s Causeway and we had about two hours to explore this area on our own. It took about 15-20 minutes to walk down to the main area of Giant’s Causeway and I continuously stopped to take pictures. I tried to take some pictures of myself but they turned out terribly so I’ll only let my family see those! It was truly a sight when you get down to the bottom of the road and see the thousands of hexagon shaped rocks. I climbed up to the top of a rock formation and the views were stunning!
Back on the bus, we made a quick stop at Dunluce Castle for pictures. It is known as the most romantic castle in Ireland! Next, we arrived at Belfast and had an hour to explore the city on our own. I mostly stuck to the main shopping district (I get lost easily) and grabbed some dinner since I was pretty hungry!
Our drive back to Dublin took about two hours and we arrived back to the city around 8:00pm. It was a long day but one of the best tours I’ve been on!
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