It’s where the paddy’s at!
Bad joke, sorry.
On our second day in Ireland, we decided to venture up to Northern Ireland on a Paddywagon bus tour. I was excited to see Dublin, but more than anything else I wanted to see green Ireland. And our tour was filled with sunny skies, green grass, white cliffs and blue waters – it was everything I wanted it to be!
Our Paddywagon bus driver/tour guide John sang us an Irish tune. Just listen to that accent! WATCH
Our first stop was the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Once I stepped off the bus and took a good look around I couldn’t believe how beautiful everything was. The sky was so clear we could even see Scotland! This bus tour was the best decision we made on our Ireland trip.
Then it was on to Giant’s Causeway! I was super super excited about this part of the trip. All the pictures I had seen online of the causeway were amazing, but really – as cliche as it sounds – pictures don’t even do the area justice. I can’t believe how beautiful everything is here. And big – the cliffs just seem to go on forever!
After all this, we stopped to see a castle, or rather half a castle; apparently the other half fell into the ocean. The castle was built in the 1200s.
Our last stop on the tour was Derry. The town itself wasn’t terribly interesting, but we did get caught in a rainstorm and wound up completely soaked for our journey home. But that’s ok – we woke up at 5:45 am that morning so the bus home was just one long nap.
Visiting Northern Ireland has motivated me to take more scenic trips rather than sightseeing trips. I wish I had known before how much I would love Ireland and planned another trip to a different Irish town. I definitely, definitely want to go back!