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Take A Walk Through Northern Ireland With 15 Mesmerizing Real-Life Pictures

For our honeymoon, my husband and I decided to take 17 days to travel the entire coast of the island of Ireland, both countries. I had been to the Republic of Ireland, specifically Dublin, a few years before meeting my husband, and fell in love. I just HAD to share that experience with my husband. Now, I just HAVE to share it with you.

We were very much blessed during our entire stay in Ireland, even when I came down with a terrible fever smack-dab in the middle of the trip and had no where to sleep but in our small rental car. I will say we were blessed.

We had excellent weather. Our wedding was at the end of August. When we did our research about Ireland we learned that between August and October you’ll get some of Ireland’s best weather. There is still, always a chance for rain. It is Ireland after all.

Although we did explore both countries, this post is about Northern Ireland. For the Republic of Ireland, please view my other post.

Northern Ireland

It is important to know that the island of Ireland is split up into two separate countries. The northeastern part of the island is its own country, still part of the United Kingdom. When preparing for your trip to Northern Ireland, prepare your currency to be in Pounds not Euros. Most importantly, please be sensitive, when traveling to Northern Ireland in regards to the history of its conflicts. For more information on Northern Irelands history please visit the following sites:

The Troubles | Britanica
History Of Northern Ireland Conflict
The Northern Ireland Conflict 1968-1998
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast is the city and district capital of Northern Ireland. We first took a bus from the airport to an Airbnb apartment we booked for two nights. The night we arrived, we walked from the nearest bus stop, passing a hospital (that came in need that very night) two blocks from our doorstep. Dropped out luggage, showered, and went out for dinner.

As this was the beginning spot of our adventure, and we had a great desire to see so much in the span of two weeks, sadly we did not stay for long in Belfast.

Deaudimus Photography. Belfast, N. Ireland. Church on the way to Airbnb.
A church on our way to our Airbnb.
🙌 Spaghetti Arms. Belfast, Northern Ireland. 🙌

Chips (French fries) smothered in a gravy-like curry sauce, with extra heat (love me my spicy food!😋), fried chicken, sliced pickled jalapeños topped with melted cheese, and cheese curds. Uh!! Yum! Might sound gross, might look gross, but it was by far my favorite late night meal ever! Ate it all up! My husband later had an allergic reaction to this food, and that’s why the hospital became helpful our very first night.

The next day we decided to be able to get the most out of trip we should rent a car. Walking and backpacking through the entire island of Ireland was going to take too long. We got into our rental car, drove around Belfast for a bit, explored Belfast City Hall (we didn’t partake, but there is a free public tour inside Belfast City Hall), and enjoyed the evening at The Crown Liquor Saloon. A must-see bar!

Sabrina at The Crown Liquor Saloon. Belfast, N. Ireland. 2017
Sabrina at The Crown Liquor Saloon

The Crown Liquor Saloon is an 1820’s pub filled with etched glass, private booths with carved wooden doors, and that special low natural light that helps sink in the cozy atmosphere.

The Causeway Coastal Route

The next morning, we packed and headed out to explore the Causeway Coastal Route. Our plan was to go along the coast, heading west and then southwest, scoop up from the most southern point of the island and then head northeast and end in Dublin.

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

This is a must-see! In County Antrim, Northern Ireland. A rope bridge that was used to link the mainland to a tiny island for fishermen. It was such a fun experience, and the sight was breathtaking. We were even graced with a beautiful rainbow as we approached.

The experience is totally affordable, a doable walk, however, due to the immense amount of tourism that happens here the whole experience may feel kind of rushed so be prepared with your camera to not miss a good photo op, and snap ’em quickly!

Carey and Sabrina entering the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
A view from the rope bridge. Do you see the fishing boat?
Sabrina traversing the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.
The Giant’s Causeway

Also in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the coast, is this must-see, must climb area of about 40,000 interlocked basalt columns. Scientifically speaking this phenomenal area was due to volcanic eruption. However, the folklore is that a giant who lived on this coast was at war with a giant who lived on a parallel coast across the ocean in Scotland where you can find similarly shaped basalt columns. We were privileged to enter for free as it was just dusk when we arrived.

Carey leading us into the Giant’s Causeway
The rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway are in hexagonal shapes.
Sabrina during sunset at the Giant’s Causeway.
The Dark Hedges

As seen on Game of Thrones (warning! I have not watched GOT. I know, what’s wrong with me?) The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, is an eerily beautiful street of trees canopying over. You’re permitted to drive through the street, and even park on its sides when possible as there are several people usually walking through it.

We arrived early morning and entered in at The Hedges Hotel, had breakfast, then walked to the Dark Hedges to take it in at our own pace.

The Dark Hedges.
Dunluce Castle Ruins

On the coast of north County Antrim is this medieval castle ruin. Built in the early 1500’s it sits right on the coast with beautiful views of the ocean. We arrived after hours (just our luck) so there was limited sightseeing.

Dunluce Castle Ruins.

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