“A stimulating private tour!”
Our group of four had a very satisfying day of touring the greater Belfast area. We were met promptly at 8:30 AM by our guide, Paddy. When we asked him to give a little background history, he did not hesitate. Paddy provided much history on Northern Ireland’s troubled past right up to the present time. He had/has very strong opinions on Northern Ireland’s relationship with Britain and it was easy to determine his stand on issues.
Paddy drove us along the Northern Ireland coastline. We visited and crossed the rope bridge at Carrick-A-Rede and explored the Giant‘s Causeway. Stops were made at Dunluce Castle and Bushmills Distillery. Although we did not take the distillery tour, Paddy knew right where to take us for free whiskey samples! He also drove us to some locations where the show, “Game of Thrones”, was filmed.
Paddy honored our request to skip lunch and continue touring as we wanted to see as much as possible. Instead of driving us back to Belfast on a direct highway, he once again honored our request to go a more scenic route through coastal towns and beautiful hillsides with grazing sheep. We rode for a few hours.
Lastly, Paddy took us back into Belfast and when requested, showed us the wall/fence separating the Protestants and the Catholics. He returned us to the dock at 5:30 after a very full day of sightseeing. We recommend this tour!