Donegal, Giant's Causeway, and Northern Ireland

Donegal Travel Blog

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The Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge

Today was spent driving from Sligo to Donegal and over the border into Northern Ireland. On our way to Giant's Causeway, we made a stop at the Belleek Factory to see the famous Irish china. We were on a pretty tight schedule so we weren't able to take the tour, but we spent a good amount of time looking at all of the different pieces in their gallery/gift shop.

Then it was off to the northern coast. Again, it was pouring rain, which hindered our ability to get out of the car and see many of the sights along the way and also slowed the drive. We decided to head straight for the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge since Jeff had been looking forward to that since the start of the trip. The bridge was built by fishers and spans a 65 foot wide and 80 foot deep chasm.

Ashford Castle
On the other side you have views of the surrounding islands and can even see the Island of Mull (Scotland) in the distance.

On the way back from the bridge the sky opened up and it really started raining... hard! We were all completely drenched by the time we reached the car. Because of the deluge and the time (it was already 4pm) we decided to forego Giant's Causeway and head straight for Donegal. I'm glad we did. We got into Donegal with enough time to walk around and explore the city center and go into a few shops. The town is very small and picturesque... it even had it's own castle. We ate a great dinner at a restaurant overlooking the water and I think all of us will be asleep before 10pm! Tomorrow we head back to Dublin for our last night before heading home.

 

gbowe says:
The Giant's Causeway is no place for Dodger fans anyway.
Posted on: Jul 05, 2007
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The Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge
The Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge
Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle
The Famine Walk Memorial
The Famine Walk Memorial
Donegal
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