With a open border, a day trip to Northern Ireland is another great option to see more of Ireland's natural wonders and green scenery. It's also a very popular option if you happen to be a Game of Thrones fan as it stops at a few filming locations that you will recognize and make you feel like you have been dropped into the middle of Westeros.
TOUR COMPANY: GRAY LINE IRELAND
DEPARTURE: 8:55am from 118 Grafton St., Dublin 2 (Check in at The Dublin Visitor Center at 8:40am)
STOP ONE: Dunluce Castle
What could be a better first stop then visiting one of the castles from Game of Thrones? Dunluce Castle sits on the north Antrim Coastline and is none other than the home of the House of Greyjoy. It sadly is just a photo stop, so you wont get to go in the castle, the site is breathtaking and a worthy experience.
STOP TWO: The Giant's Causeway
The main attraction. One of my top recommendations when you first arrive is to head over to the visitor's center and buy the bus ticket. It cost £1 / €1.30 and you can take the bus down and take it back up from the Giant's Causeway. I would recommend walking down, it's only about a 15 minute walk downhill and then taking the bus back so you can have as much time as possible to enjoy the Causeway.
STOP THREE: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge is an additional €9 ticket fee to cross the bridge, but if you like heights, a little risk, and a shaky bridge then it is completely worth it. The views from both sides of the bridge are incredible, but I won't lie, it is quite the hike to get to the bridge and to get back. So definitely book it to the bridge so you can get in line to cross the bridge (depending on your time slot and how many tour buses are there at one time there can be quite a line to cross the bridge) and then take you time coming back so you can enjoy the views.
STOP FOUR: The Dark Hedges
The final spot is another Game of Thrones filming location. The "Dark Hedges" as it is known in Game of Thrones is the former entrance to Gracehill House and is the most photographed location in all of Northern Ireland. It's the last and final stop of the tour, and it is another photo stop, but you do have plenty of time to walk the length of the Dark Hedges and explore a little before getting back on the bus for the ride back to Dublin.
xx, A Traveler's Bliss | Grace Anne
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