Last year, during the Easter holidays, I went to Wales and the Lake District. This time, I decided to go to Northern Ireland. I got on a plane to Belfast, spent a day there and then went on a tour to see the rest of the country where they filmed a lot of scenes from Game of Thrones!
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
The first stop on my tour from Belfast was the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. This bridge was used by fishermen so they could get to the island without having to rely on a boat. Unfortunately, due to bad weather, visitors weren’t allowed to cross the bridge. We did get some time to explore the area around there, which was amazing.
The Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site and definitely worth a visit. The area is made up of massive black columns that stick out of the sea. While geological studies have shown that they were caused by volcanic activity, around 50 to 60 million years ago, there are stories about giants striding over the sea to Scotland.
I would definitely recommend coming here early in the morning before it gets completely overrun with tourists. It’s a lovely place to just sit down and enjoy the landscape.
The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges were planted around 250 years ago by someone who wanted to impress his neighbours. There are many myths and tales that surround the trees of the Bregagh Road – like the ghost that flits from tree to tree. They are now mostly known as the King’s Road from Game of Thrones. The trees are very pretty and won’t be there for much longer. Definitely worth a visit while they are still there!