As a solo traveler, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to travel the globe on my own. While being away from family and friends isn’t always easy, sometimes I luck out and they come to visit me! My aunt and uncle recently traveled to Ireland during the summer of 2016 to visit. We embarked upon a road trip through both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. While a typical travel route to Ireland begins with a stop in Dublin and over to Galway, we decided to take a different route.

The first few days took us through Northern Ireland, beginning in Belfast. While Northern Ireland is sadly famous for The Troubles, I sure hope that won’t stop you from visiting this beautiful part of the world. Yes, there has been violence in the past, but the country has been relatively safe since 3 ceasefires and the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. I have felt incredibly safe during my three visits in Northern Ireland. The country has a rich, yet complex history which is worth learning more about. In this photoessay, I’ll share photos from Belfast, up the Causeway coast, and to the walled city of Derry.

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Titanic Memorial Garden at City Hall, Belfast

 

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Titanic Museum, Belfast

 

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The Titanic Museum is surely worth a visit

 

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View of the museum from the footprint of where the Titanic was built

 

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Belfast Castle

 

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Crazy stairs at Belfast Castle

 

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Heading up the coast to Giant’s Causeway

 

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Family. Enjoying the view on the way to Giant’s Causeway.

 

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Northern Ireland Coastline

 

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A happy tourist among the tourists, Giant’s Causeway

 

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The weather was oh so good to us at Giant’s Causeway

 

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Iconic rocks at Giant’s Causeway

 

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Guildhall in Derry, Northern Ireland

 

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The Bogside murals in Derry, Northern Ireland

 

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The Bogside in Derry, Northern Ireland

 

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The book of condolences for Father Edward Daly (Bishop of Derry) in the Guildhall, who recently passed away. He was quite a pivotal figure during The Troubles.

 

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The walled city of Derry, Northern Ireland

 

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Walled city of Derry and Union Jack. Enjoyed walking along the city walls and learning more about The Troubles.

 

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Our most excellent tour guide in Derry, Northern Ireland. He had so much hope and love for what Derry has become in present day. Here’s to hoping for more peace.

 

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The city of Derry is surely worth a visit

 

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The Diamond area in Derry. War memorials to be seen.

 

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Father Edward Daly can be see waving a white cloth during a mural depiction of Bloody Sunday

 

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Bogside murals

 

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Bloody Sunday memorial on the Bogside in Derry

 

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Peace mural in Derry, Northern Ireland

After leaving Derry, we headed into beautiful County Donegal and to Sligo. I look forward to sharing additional images from the left side of the road, stay tuned!

Written in: Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland 

Photoessay: Irish Road Trip Part I (Northern Ireland)

2 thoughts on “Photoessay: Irish Road Trip Part I (Northern Ireland)

  • August 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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    Thank you for sharing ! Love taking your travels with you!!

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    • September 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm
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      Thanks so much Pat! I look forward to sharing more very soon!

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