Northern Ireland is quite famous for its natural wild landscapes and gigantic cliffs. If you are staying in Dublin for several days this is the perfect plan to have a look at Northern Ireland in only one day! Indeed, you can find several tourist information points in Dublin which offer this one-day bus trip. It is the occasion to have a break out of the city and have an overview of the countryside. One of the companies that offers these tours is Wild Rover tours. This tour offers a good mix between natural landscapes and the cultural experience in Belfast. I will introduce the tour going to Giant’s Causeway, the Belfast Titanic experience and the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge.
Discover Belfast on the first stop of your journey!
The bus leaves from Dublin quite early, around 7:00 am, picking you up at the indicated bus stops. You can book your ticket online or at the office in Dublin before the day of your departure. The adult one-day ticket costs 70 EUR (79.70 USD) including everything except the lunch so do not forget a snack. The first stop of the tour is Belfast, your guide will give you a few choices of tours: you have the choice between Belfast Black Taxi Political Tour, which is a city tour about the political history of Belfast, or the Titanic Experience, which is the world’s largest experience about the famous ferry. I chose the Titanic Experience and I really enjoyed it. This is truly an interesting exhibition because it is a part of history and quite a famous tragic event. The modern building that hosts the exhibition is impressive, and it stands next to the slipway where the Titanic was built. Inside the exhibition you will discover the history of the Titanic, several reconstructions, special effects, how the inside of the ferry looked, as well as several artefacts.
Greyjoy’s castle and the Giant’s Causeway heritage site will be your next stops
On the way to the Giant’s Causeway, you will pass by Dunluce castle, or you may know it as House of Greyjoy’s castle, the famous Northerner family from the TV series Game of Thrones.
After a short stop, the tour heads to Giant’s Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s only Unesco World Heritage site; this site was created by a series of volcanic eruptions. The site is characterised by approximately 40000 interlocking basalt rock columns. It is located above the sea, which makes the place look like a scene from a science fiction movie. You will feel like you are on a planet from Star Wars. There are several paths to visit the site but in general you have two hours so feel free to choose a path that suits you the best.
Become Indiana Jones and cross the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge
The Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge connects Ireland to the small island of Carrick. The bridge measures 20 meters (about 66 feet) and it is suspended 30 meters (98 feet) above the sea. It is really safe to cross as it is controlled; there is a maximum number of people allowed to cross the bridge at any one time. It is probably not recommended for people suffering from dizziness. For the others you will feel like Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom except that there are no crocodiles. It is truly an impressive experience!
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Book your holidays and come to Dublin!
Now that you have information about having a discovery trip to Northern Ireland, it is time to book your flight/ferry to Dublin. Dublin is an amazing city, you should have a look at the Trinity College and its old magnificent library, the Temple Bar quarter with its numerous fancy restaurants and bars, Dublin castle and many more places. Dublin will make you feel like home, everyone is so friendly and there is a special atmosphere, maybe due to the Irish Celtic music. So let’s go to Eire!
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