6.02.2012

Ireland: Donegal to Portstewart via Derry

On Day 8 we started our journey to Nothern Ireland. So far we had been in the Republic of Ireland and while I wasn't really worried about going to Northern Ireland I was thinking about things like exchanging money (for the pound) and trying to find a place to stay. Like always, things worked out and I shouldn't have been thinking about it.


Our plan was to stay two nights in Portrush so we could see the Giant's Causeway. The Giant's Causeway was one of the top things the sisters wanted to see and we wanted to be able to take our time seeing it.


On our way north we stopped in Derry (or LondonDerry if you are from Northern Ireland) and walked the city wall. I felt ignorant when it came to a lot of the history in Northern Ireland. I kind of feel like the more you know, the more you know you don't know. Walking the wall in Derry just reinforced that feeling. I learned a lot about the city and the history of Northern Ireland, in addition to getting a different view of things. Here are a few photos from the walk:


Walking the wall surrounding the city.


Kegs from a busy night.


My favorite picture from the trip so far. Someone put a sticker over the pedestrian sign. I laugh every time I look at it.


Looking into the city from the wall.



From Derry (LondonDerry) we continued North and stopped at the Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne. Our trip had evolved into something the three of us were liking. We had found a balance between driving and seeing Ireland. This temple was an example of that. We were driving along and said, "hey, let's check this out." and it was pretty cool. We also seem to be taking a lot of hikes and walks when we stop and this was also a good thing. It gave us a chance to get out of the car and enjoy the great weather Ireland was having. Here are a few pictures from the temple:



The view north from the temple.



Do you see how amazing the weather has been in all these pictures! We of course didn't expect this kind of weather and did not really pack for it, but the Irish people didn't expect it either so I didn't feel so bad.


We had "planned" to stay in Portrush but when we drove through it it just felt a little too big for us. At the tourist office in Portrush we asked if they could look at some places in Portstewart (the next town over) for us and they did. We ended up staying in a great place in Portstewart and were on our way to tour the Bushmills distillery.



We ended the day with a good dinner in Portrush based on a recommendation from JJ at our B&B and then watched an amazing sunset at 10 p.m.. It was a great, full day.



Portstewart B&B - Cul-Erg House (my favorite B&B in Ireland)
Restaurant of note: 55 North

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