Day 13: Northern Ireland
11 May 2010
Up early to get our continental breakfast which was pathetic but what can you expect for an all you can eat that 7 Pounds a person. What made it made? The sausage was stale, the bacon was all eaten, so all you were left with was yogurt with cereal.
With something in our gut, we went out and waited for our tour to pick us up.
A giant yellow coach with "Allen's Tours" written on the side picked up us and Tony (our guide) was awesome the whole way. He was extremely funny and very informative not to mention he took us through a lot of small towns that other tours won't take you through (at least according to him...).
We saw the floating islands, the vanishing lake (when the peat is wet the lake is empty but when it's dry then the lake is full), lots of little towns, the islands that become a submarine, Scotland (it's only 11 miles off the coast at the closest point), carrack-a-rede rope bridge, a few ruins, breath taking scenery, Dunlace castle, and the Giant's causeway. For 15 pounds/person this 8.5 hour tour was exactly what we wanted and more. The only downside was that there was only 2 please to grab drinks and snacks on the way up and one on the way back called Molly's. The North is still having issues with terrorists and bombings so the tourist amenities are not there and I can understand why. Molly's was a good place to end the tour though as the staff was extremely nice, the food was a good price, and the nacho's (actually pita bread chunks) was really good.
It was a very satisfying day with lots of exercise but the Giant's Causeway was a huge let down. It would have been good as a stop along the way instead of the highlight / end of the tour. We spend about 30 minutes at the site (including the walk up and down the hill) before checking out the gift shop and grabbing their famous honeycomb ice-cream.
Once back on the we walked back to our hotel and ate like kings again - 2 gin slimes, chicken tikka masala, 4 pints of Carlsberg, 2 bar platters, and a brownie for 28 pounds. It was delicious and a good last meal in Belfast. While in our food coma's we watched TV in the room before passing out.