Monday, 8 January 2018

The Crypt Travelgram: Paddywagon Giants Causeway Tour

Ever since I read the story of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Giants Causeway as a little girl it has always been an item on my Bucket List and I could not have picked a better tour company to go with.

Our day started early at 7.20am with our pick up at the Discover Ireland Office on O'Connell Street. Our bus driver was called 'Val' and believe me when I say this guy should be on stage Live at the Apollo. He was absolutely hilarious. From the minute our journey started Val was full of informative information, hilarious stories and he made all of us on the bus feel like one big happy family.

Our first stop was The Dark Hedges which we all know as Kings Road from the hit TV show Game of Thrones. This was a great photo opportunity being on a real life TV set. Interestingly enough these hedges were planted by the Stuart family in the 18th Century to impress guests upon arrival to their house.

As we traveled along the Causeway Coast Val explained that the piece of land we could spy across the sea was infact the coastline of Scotland, a mere 13 miles away. This is infact one of the most visited destinations in Europe.

Next up was Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. The scenery here is spectacular. If you wish to cross the rope bridge there is a small fee which goes towards to the up keep of the bridge. Unfortunately the bridge was closed for maintenance so we did not get to cross it but thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and tea rooms.

Next stop was the main attraction, The Giants Causeway. A truly impressive site of perfectly shaped hexagonal columns. There is a visitors centre at the Causeway which is included in your tour price. You can then take a leisurely walk to the Causeway or avail of the bus available to bring you to and from the visitor center which is only one pound. The walk down to the Causeway was spectacular with amazing scenery and when we reached the Causeway it was truly amazing and I could not believe I was finally seeing it!!! 

After the Causeway we had another photo stop at Dunluce Castle which has such a tragic history. The castle hangs over the edge of a cliff and in the 1600's part of the castle fell into the sea killing some of its servants. The spirits of these servants are said to haunt the castle. A perfect little story to bring back for The Crypt.

On our way back to Dublin we had a one hour stop in Belfast City. This was amazing because lucky for us it was the first night of the Christmas Markets. With beautiful lights and that festive feeling, this rounded off our day trip perfectly.

We were back in Dublin by 8.30pm after one of the most enjoyable tours ever. At 7.20 that morning we got on the bus a group of strangers and left a group of friends. Paddywagon Tours are the 2018  winners of The Fleet Bus and Coach Awards and one can see why. With a very comfortable coach, superb Tour Guide and extremely punctual itinerary, I will certainly be going on another Paddywagon Tour in 2018.


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