Our time in Ireland has been brief. So we were excited when Speakeasy Explorer Cailin O'Neil revealed that the final leg of her recent trip would take her into Northern Ireland. The country has never looked more beautiful; Cailin captured its essence perfectly. See for yourself!
One of the funkiest buildings in Belfast is the "Titanic Belfast" museum whose exterior is shaped like 4 different 90ft ship hulls. The museum is the most comprehensive museum about the Titanic in the world. The museum actually sits at the dry docks where the Titanic was first built and launched. The museum was pretty impressive and I learned a lot, however there could of been a lot more Leonardo for me... ;) If visiting give yourself at least a couple of hours and avoid visiting on weekends if you can as that is when they are the busiest. #discoverNI
AMAZING day today at Northern Ireland's UNESCO site, the Giant's Causeway. Even though there was lots of wind and rain and even hail at one point it was still awesome. I probably spent a good 4 or 5 hours there and wished that I had more time! Have you been? TAG a friend that you want to visit with!! #discoverNI #askanyonewhoknows
A freak 1 minute hail storm attacks Northern Ireland's UNESCO World Heritage site the Giant's Causeway this morning. I've been traveling around Northern Ireland for the past 5 days and without a doubt this was by far my favorite place. I could of stayed there all day exploring. These rock formations are said to be 50-60 million years old and were caused by basalt lava cooling and contracting. Or as the folk tales say, it was created by a giant as a bridge to Scotland so that he could fight another giant. I prefer the latter description. #discoverNI #bbctravel
For all of you #GameOfThrones fans out there, yesterday I visited the Dark Hedges from the King's Road. Located in Northern Ireland's countryside near the Gracehill Golf Club this beautiful treelined street is just one of many beautiful #GoT filming locations in the country! Isn't it awesome? #discoverNI
Another shot from the Giant's Causeway because it is just that beautiful! I felt like a kid on a playground climbing all over the rocks that make natural steps for you. You have to be careful though because at times the rocks can be slippery. However they do have staff on standby to help people if they get injured and warning people not to climb to high. #discoverNI
Tourists attempt to cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in county Antrim, Northern Ireland. For years fishermen have been building bridges across from the mainland to the small Carrickarede island to fish for salmon. However now the salmon are mostly gone and the bridge is kept up by the National Trust as a tourist attraction. No one has ever fallen off however a few people have been too afraid to go back and have had to be taken back to shore by boat. #discoverNI
When you visit the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland you have two options to get there. 1) You take the blue trail, which is the quickest and most direct route that has you walking or bus-ing down a paved road or 2) You take the longer winding, and windy up and down gravel filled red trail that eventually brings you to these old stone steps (162 of them to be exact) that lead you down to the ocean and the rocks. Which option do you chose? #discoverNI
When visiting the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland don't forget to look down. It's amazing to think that these stones that I was walking all over were 60+ million YEARS old. Things like that are literally unfathomable and make you feel really small in this great big world we live in. #discoverni #bbctravel
If you have any questions about Cailin's journey, just let us know in the comments and we’ll get them answered for you. In the meantime, enjoy the wanderlust and be sure to check out her blog, Travel Yourself, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for live updates from around Europe and beyond.
Got an itch for more travel stories? Here are a few to fuel your wanderlust:
Did you know we make awesome hidden-pocket travel scarves? See for yourself why Buzzfeed, Conde Nast Traveler, CNN, Mashable, Yahoo! Travel, and Hello Giggles all love our scarves. You can check out our shop at Speakeasy Travel Supply.