Here we go again. At the moment we are heading back to Dublin after another amazing journey in Irish countryside. As we said before we were going to the Braveheart Castle in Trim and to our great trip to Northern Ireland including a visit in Derry, a coast trip to the rope bridge Carrick-A-Rede, the natural wonder Giant’s Causeway and Belfast as the aim.
It was another fantastic trip for all of us. But have a look yourself…
As you perhaps already read it was kind of a rough start of the weekend for us, because we were waked by the fire alarm system and had to get out of the buioding at 5.20 this morning.
But somehow that was a good thing. With showering, having breakfast and pack our stuff we could start our trip at 7.30 am. And that was late enough, cuz after our trip we arrived at half 11 in Belfast…
After leaving Dublin to the northwest we arrived at the nearby Trim.
Castle with sign
Trim itself is a very small village, but it is full of medieval remnants of old buildings.
But especially the Trim Castle which is well-known as a scenery for movies like Braveheart is seducing tourists to go there. And we should realize why. The castle and the surrounding is really beautiful and looks nearly untouched by civilisation. The castle was built from 1172 to 1270 and the river Boyne is running along to the castle. Next to the huge fortress there are some nice landscapes…
Surrounding of Trim Castle
fortress of Trim
bridge near Trim Castle
flowers at the river Boyne
nice countryside next to the castle
Fabian holds history in his hands
us in the ruins of Trim Castle
It was just a short stop for about half an hour, but we strongly recommend going there. You can just take a walk from the castle, along the river up to The heritage village and back. We enjoyed it a lot and kept on going then to finally leave the Republic Of Ireland to go to Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom…
Londonderry sign with Union Jack
Derry would be one of the cities that is most affected by the Ireland conflict. It is the very centre of the conflicts escalation. Mainly there are living catholics and in order of the conflict it was once destroyed by an Irish army in 1608. So it is a hard-fought place since centuries. This is also the place where the so called “Bloody Sunday” happened at January, 30th 1972. The British has killed 14 peaceful demonstrants at the place where is now the Bloody Sunday Memorial. It is a nice little city with a giant wall around the city. You can also walk on that wall and have a nice view on the city.
wall way with church
wall with city view in background
views from the wall to the Bloody Sunday Plaza
Me nearly being killed by Mathias on a canon
The Bloody Sunday Memorial
Someone burned down a doll at this place for some reason
views on the memorial plaza
the famous murals
The name of the city is still political hard to say. It was usually called Derry by the Irish but the British Government named it Londonderry. Here we could see our first murals. The Northern Irish murals are unique and a grand sight to see. They usually transport a certain message of the experience or impression of the Northern Irish conflict. When I first saw them I said that it is like a window to the past. They mostly show a moment in history at the same place or near the place. They are really impressive. The painters made them with a lot of artistic skills and show precise details. Some of them really look like a photo. Surprisingly no one is destroying them though there is still a conflict exisiting in everyones head… Later we saw loads of murals in Belfast at a sight that showed us how sad history can be… But more later on…
British pound – currency in Northern Ireland
Like the sign said with the special Irish humour… The city is legenDerry 🙂
After leaving Derry we were heading directly to The Giant’s Causeway… Well we intended to go there directly, but in fact we changed our trip twice. First we had to stop at Magilighan. There we could see a wonderful beach. And it was just before Donegal.
Donegal ist part of the Republic Of Ireland while Magilighan is part of UK. So you can see the Irish coast from there.
Photos from Magilighan
And then we went on. It was already really late and we knew that they won’t allow visitors to the rope bridge Carrick-A-Rede later on. So we decided to go there first which was a good decision, cuz we just joined the last group to visit the place.
The bridges name means literally “rock in the way” and thats because this rock of one of two dead vulcans was in the way of the salmons way to spawn there. A fisher company recognised the chance and built that bridge to fish them. Now it is a sight to make the tourists excited about crossing the rope bridge above the sea.
There is a kilometre to walk and five pounds to pay to get the experience but there are several reasons to go there. First of all it is a brilliant landscape to see, secondary it is a great feeling to cross the bridge and finally you can see the scottish coast from there very well if the weather is good.
impressions of Carrick-A-Rede
funny traffic instructions
A last try to get to The Giant’s Causeway
We intended to go there first and it was finally the last thing to do on our list. But our last try to go there was successful.
And first we went to the other side of the Giant’s causeway path.
But unfortunately it was about 10 km to get there. We only made half of the way because the weather was about becoming uncomfortable and it would’ve taken too long.
So after circa 4 km we turned around and went back. But it was a nice walk with the chance to get a photo of really nice views and especially the chance to get a sheep photo.
pics from the path to The Giant’s Causeway
A house at the Atlantic Ocean
I finally found true Irish sheep
Mathias caught a little sheep to take it home
Also Domeniko was happy about finding the sheeps
Afterwards we headed back to the car and finally made our way to…
The Giant’s Causeway
On that photo you see our photo from the Causeway hotel down to the sight.
The Giant’s Causeway is one of the natural wonders of Ireland. The way the stones has been set and formed looks like someone constructed it, but it is truely natural.
This is just amazing and a really wonderful view. We were all finally flashed by what we could see there. Have a look yourself…
After this last experience we arrived at Belfast at half 11 just to see some of the other people from Germany who are staying in Ireland. They invited us to sleep at their apartement. Three of us could sleep on couches and a bed there. Two of us needed to sleep in the car. But the night was great. After travelling for 16 hours all of us were really tired.
Belfast – city of conflicts
These photos show a view on the very City Centre of Belfast. This is the view from the apartements there…
The core of the city is really modern and has some old buildings as well. The typical Ireland feeling concerning hospitality, just having fun in life and the city life didn’t come up. The weather was really cloudy and that somehow fits to the mood of the people in the city.
photos of the city
Though it seems to be a normal city there is something that makes me feel frustrated.
And as we went deeper into the city and saw how people were living like, we realized where it comes from.
The Ireland comflict is still enduring in Belfast. At least in everyones head. The city is divided into catholic and protestant parts. The protestant districts are full of British Union Jacks wherever you go. And also the world famous murals there are showing in a provocant way how the British defeated the Irish.
murals in protestant part
In the catholic parts of Belfast the murals show that the Irish suffer under the ongoing “siege” of belfast. The murals are less provocant but as desperate as the protestant murals.
murals in catholic part
While we walk through the streets, we finally come to a playground and behind it only a huge, long wall with a barbed fire fence on top. It is called “peacewall” and divides the catholic part from the protestant part. It is a really weird and unsettled picture. A lonely playground, no child playing there and the huge so called peacewall in the background… It is an atmosphere of anger, frustration, a worse life…
the border zone of the peacewall. it divides the catholic district from the protestant district
And at the edge of the peacewall there is actually a borderzone… We can’t really say if that is still in use or not. In this part of the city you can get directly in touch with the thoughts about the conflict. And there is perhaps no way out…
It was a thoughtful visit there, but we all enjoyed that important experience.
Finally we can say that the trip was great and the hospitality of our Belfast colleagues was great.
Read you lads,