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Review: Belfast

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

The Luck of the Irish - even if the sun didn't shine much!

  • By SilverTraveller Rowsie

    135 reviews

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  • Apr 2013
  • Adult family

122 people found this review helpful

My Christmas present this year from my sister was a trip to Ireland for us both. She had booked with Newmarket Holidays and we flew out on an Easy Jet flight to Belfast from Gatwick. I'm not a great lover of economy airlines but for a one hour flight they were absolutely fine and we were impressed with the fact that on both the outgoing and the return trip they managed to get us there early! Once in Belfast we were greeted by the guide, Caroline who was a very softly spoken Irish lady and the transfer to our hotel went fine. We were a little confused as Belfast is in Northern Ireland and we were staying in Letterkenny which is in the Republic. All during our trip we had to ensure we knew whether we were supposed to be using pounds or euros! Letterkenny is a nice little town and our hotel was the Station House Hotel. Although the rooms were fairly basic the staff were very friendly and helpful. The manager even organised a walking tour of the town for us and also a quiz night in the bar one evening. During our stay we took trips to the Giants Causeway and Londonderry. The Giants Causeway was sensational, even with the grey skies and strong winds I don't think we could have seen it at a better time, it was rugged and wild and very exhilarating. The rain fell now and then but this was mainly when we were in the coach en route to somewhere..so we really did have the luck of the Irish with us. Londonderry was very emotive to see. Anyone of our age group is aware of ther "troubles" in Northern Ireland and to actually see the barbed wire that still surrounds some of the police stations and the "peace murals" painted on the sides of houses in the Bogside is quite poignant. We didn't stay with the group all the time. We tested the local buses from Letterkenny and had a pleasant afternoon in Donegal. Each evening we tried a different restaurant in Letterkenny and our favourite find was "Pat's on The Square" which was an Italian place where we could choose all the ingredients we wanted on our pizzas! Another great find was "The Brewery" bar and restaurant which offered great Irish fare and a great Irish atmosphere. It would have been quite nice to see the beautiful scenery of that part of Ireland again in the sunshine (the coast line really is stunning) but the grey skies did not detract from a great few days in the Emerald Isle.

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