- Wild Rover Bus Tour to Belfast:
- Titanic Musuem
- Photo Op at Dunluce Castle
- Lunch at The Nook
- Giant's Causeway
- Carrick-A-Rede and Larrybane & the Rope Bridge
We embarked bright and early for a long bus ride to Northern Ireland, specifically Belfast, which is still under the rule of Great Britain. Our first stop on this tour was a peek into the history of the culture of people living near the country's largest shipyard, Harland and Wolff's.
The Titanic Museum from the outside (opened in 2012)
Students looking out over the shipyard. The Shipyard
Professor Wolfe looks at the overhead view of the Titanic Shipwreck
Corissa, Emily O, and Erika virtually explore the shipwreck
On the way to the Giant's Causeway, we took a moment to look at our first castle in ruins. This is Dunluce Castle.
Our lovely lunch spot
Professor Wolfe was given Game of Thrones garb to sport by our bus driver. The lot for the show was right behind the Titanic museum and much of the show has been filmed near the sites we saw.
The Causeway from a distance
A group shot in front of the Irish Sea
And a silly one
The next bus stop was at Carrick-A-Rede and Larrybane Visiting Center, where a rope bridge is strung between the cliff sides. Here all 13 members of the course, including Professor Wolfe were daring enough to cross this rickety bridge 30 meters above the sea. For over 300 years fishermen used bridges, such as this one to get to the best places for catching salmon during their migration.
The view from the starting side of the bridge.
Professor Wolfe bravely crosses.
Brittany is having the time of her life!
Emily O, Emily W, Amelia, and Allie looking out over the sea.
Amelia and Emily W make their ways back across the bridge, with Emily O and Allie in tow.
This is the first time that the course has ever taken an organized tour to Belfast and we highly recommend it. Like our bus driver said, it's very important to see the "real" Ireland as well as Dublin. It's naturally beauty has no comparison.
Kaurin's favorite part of the day was the Titanic Museum.
"I loved everything about it from the ride showing how the ship was built to movie showing the debris from the ship. It was also interesting to see the way classes were divided on the ship. And how most third class people died because they weren't told what was going on."