Don’t worry, I didn’t forget March 14. We spent the day driving from Uig (northern tip of Skye) to Cairnryan, where we dropped off the rental car and hopped a ferry over to Belfast. It rained a lot and most of the day was spent in transit, so nothing too worthwhile to report.
March 15: We left Belfast this morning with the new rental car. Getting on the correct motorway was a bit of a challenge. They don’t seem to have any four way stops here, everything is round-abouts, but they’re so large that you can’t see the whole thing or all the exits, and they have traffic lights in and around them. After a few wrong turns and one car honk (thank you for the help!), we made it onto the correct motorway and were on our way.
We drove up to Giant’s Causeway first, which is a coastal area with ‘pavers’ or hexagonal stones and columns were created by volcanic erruptions. It was very neat, especially how flat and uniformly shaped they are. It was very cold and windy, and we struggled to get some good pictures since there were lots of tourists and some school groups about. We had lunch at a nearby hotel and I ordered a steak sandwich. They literally brought me a steak between two pieces of bread (and with some greens and tomatoes and sauce). It was good and very filling. After, we drove by the nearby Dunluce Castle and took pictures from the road, but didn’t stop to tour it.
On to the Dark Hedges! This is a tree tunnel of Beech trees, planted in the 18th century, along a little country road that is so peaceful and serene. You feel like you’re standing among sentries. Tractors kept passing by, hauling fresh manure. Mmmm. A lot of Northern Ireland smells like farm.
Finally, a 4.5 hour drive to our host in Galway. The roads in Ireland are very very easy to drive compared to the Highlands, and they have this neat half lane on the outside of each side that’s meant for tractors and big trucks to ride in so you can safely pass them! Very cool. We pulled off for a picture of the farmlands here and walked down this little path, only to make a new friend! He was very friendly and searched us for treats. Also, stop lights here go from red to yellow to green to give you warning before going. Both of our rental cars automatically turn off when you are at a complete stop and start again when you release the brake, so the extra warning is very nice. Our host, Edle (pronounced Adele, like the singer), is very nice and sweet and gave us loads of recommendations for Galway tomorrow while she made us tea.