MY VISIT TO BELFAST:
In the year 1613 James I granted the status of district Belfast , until 1888 when the Queen Victoria granted the official status of town.
Originally it called “Beal Feirste” , Gaelic word for “mouth of a fjord sandy” and is located between the mountains and the coast, being the capital of Northern Ireland . Recently Belfast has recovered from decades of political struggle,
Belfast was founded in the seventeenth century and flourished in the industrial age, getting to be famous for its bedding and its shipyards. Currently the city offers a very different appearance to which we have seen in recent years, where you can enjoy an active life among cafes, pubs and boutiques.
This time our fellow cruise Fran had managed the company Allen’s Tours availability of a bus for 18 people who would conduct the tour in Belfast and the surrounding area, the price of 320 pounds (300 + 20 for city tour of Belfast ). Fran made all these efforts from Spain .
As each day after our breakfast we proceeded to make the landing with all our partners. ” It was the first tour in which we were all !!!!.
Once we landed we saw an impressive number of buses wandering from one place to another, huge buses trying to leave the port, which was totally congested …
We looked to one side to another and saw no signs of ours for anywhere. We doubt it would be like and seeing the mega buses passing before our eyes, did speculate about the fate we would have with ours … Finally one of the guys could see in the distance, he was in line for everyone like him trying to enter the area where our ship was docked.
Once our height and we found that it was not a mega a bus at all, and some disenchantment got the same …
After settling all and greet it would be our driver, started the tour with a tour of the city of Belfast , I have to say that the driver was a guide and was the typical Irish speaking on that, precisely, language, hahaha, by what Fran did tooooodo interpreter during the tour …
From our bus and panoramic view go through different places of Belfast , but only made one stop along the way since our interest was to go to the Giants Causeway and other points of interest that we would see in passing, so our journey began passing the town Hall , the Botanical Gardens and the area where the colorful murals that feature in his drawings the history of the city as well as monuments and commemorative posters. We arrived at the Garden of Remembrance in memory of the deceased Catholics, who wanted to get off here yes my colleagues to take a few pictures and immediately proceeded to leave the city to go to Carrickfergus Castle . It is a Norman castle in the town of Carrickfergus and located on the shores of Belfast Lough , where we make a short stop to take pictures. This place teleported us back centuries ….
With over 900 years of history this castle has guarded the city of Belfast from 1177 … Besieged by Scottish, English and French castle stood until World War II.
We continued the tour to Carrick-a-Rede , as we came to this place accompanied us all the way around places with unique beauty, we were coasting so the beauty of the sea and the green mountain joined. In addition, on our way we could see the natural scenery where some scenes were filmed series Game of Thrones and throughout the tour, we find numerous herds of beautiful white sheep dotting the green valleys ….
Carrick-a-Rede , is famous for its rope bridge (unique in Ireland ) that connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island .
Once in the parking lot and rest after a walk of 1 km reach a suspension bridge 20 meters, which is accessed an island. This will leave the intrepid, I was in the front area and I saw from this side, you can only pass through it in one direction, so until you pass those coming from the other side can not pass this … the whole journey offers wonderful views of the cliffs and the island of Rathlin and under these views of the crystal blue sea … the price for passing this bridge is 7.50 pounds.
We returned to our bus to continue towards our next destination would be The Giant’s Causeway , a World Heritage Site by Unesco . It is a famous rock formation with 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns generated by rapidly cooling lava in a volcanic caldera about 60 million years ago. I would not like to see stones, those who read me know and if not for my husband would not have gone, but I would have really lost something unique and spectacular …
From where we left the bus had to walk about 15 minutes or catch a bus at the price of 1.30 pounds per trip, we left and returned on foot. Once there you dedicate yourself to walk up and down each column enjoying what is considered the eighth wonder of the world. I, as I was injured, I had to stay sitting in one of them … well that’s something …
When we returned and before continuing our way we had a snack in the cafeteria of the complex located near the bus parking … It is very comprehensive and they have to eat, relax and go to the toilet, etc …
We climbed back to our bus to continue the tour heading to the distillery Bushmills is located in the village of the same name. This distillery is the oldest licensed whiskey production, the taste of their products is special and different. Unfortunately we made a brief visit because time was pressing and we still had to continue to the Dunluce Castle .
The ruins of this castle belonged to one of the most impressive of his time, but still in ruins this castle is sobrecogiendo who visit it because it is located on a stunning cliff overlooking the sea. That sense of peace … that wonderful view that unparalleled environment …
We proceeded to make the corresponding photographs to, and adjusted time, returning to the port of Belfast , Most colleagues especially children back asleep, we were exhausted but delighted to everything our eyes had been released, but was already finalizing our tour on this scale …
PLACES OF INTEREST:
- 1. Giant ‘s Causeway: Along the coast Antrim is the Giant ‘s Causeway , known worldwide. The UNESCO has declared the World Heritage site and is considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World. More information.
- 2. Bridge Carrick-a-Rede Rope (Costa Antrin): The coast Antrim in Northern Ireland is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain and Ireland , with its fantastic landscapes, the bridge Carrick-a-Rede Rope , which we reached after a walk of about 15 minutes for a somewhat complicated way if it is frozen. The bridge leads to a small island where there is little to see, rather than the views. The way back is even better for the time of the photo, it is higher and the truth that the views are incredible, especially if it is clear.
- 3. Dunluce Castle: The old castle of Dunluce , which once was a symbol of power, was built on the edge of a cliff basalt falls into the Irish Sea. In 1639 a storm destroyed part of the castle, which fell into the sea, and the inhabitants left the building. According to historians, the castle was built in the fourteenth century, although the remotest history on record places it in the hands of the McQuillan family, in the early sixteenth century. The village surrounding the castle burned in its infancy, although you can still see remnants of the patio.
- 4. City of Belfast: Located in the Plaza de Donegal , halfway between the business district of the city and downtown, is located this building, built by architect Sir Alfred Brumwel Thomas . Formerly the place of the building was an important place of trade in flax, until its construction was undertaken in 1898 when Belfast city received the status of the hand of Queen Victoria . More information.
- 5. Memorial Titanic: The memorial of the Titanic , located on the east side of the grounds of the City of Belfast , honors those who died in the disaster of RMS Titanic , with a list of those who perished on April 15, 1912 .
- 6. Pubs of Belfast: Little else is there to comment on them. It is best to take a boat ride and visit them .
- 7. Botanical Gardens: These gardens reflect the Victorian heritage of Belfast , have two notable historic buildings, a play area for children, lawn bowling, a rose garden and assorted tropical plants and trees.
- 8. Londonderry: Originally known as Derry , it is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and is located on the west side of the river Foyle . Has a circuit almost completely preserved medieval walls.
- 9. DownPatric: The Ciuda of Downpatrick in County Down has a strong connection to St. Patrick . It is here that St. Patrick conmenzó the conversion of Ireland and contruyó his first church.
- 10. Castle Carrickfergus: Considered the first real Irish castle, Carrickfergus was built in 1180 by Norman John de Courcy to protect Belfast ‘s approach foreigners. More information.
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Date Posted: August 21, 2015
I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.