We left Cairnryan, Scotland, on board the Super-fast ferry, 2 hours later we arrived in a wet and overcast Belfast. After a short and informative ride in a cab we arrived at our accomodation on Dublin Road and began the unpacking and setting up phase followed by some ‘hunting and gathering’ at the Tesco across the street. We then set off in search of a restaurant for dinner. We didn’t have far to go; next door was a place called Kitch Restaurant. We had an absolutely fantastic meal there, and so if you’re ever in Belfast, look them up and make a booking.

On Wednesday morning we visited the Titanic Museum , an amazing museum, fantastic displays, you could easily spend a couple of days to take it all in. The highlight was an experience of what it would have been like as a worker building the hull of the ship.
In the afternoon we did a great walking tour called Conflicting Stories, where we listened to and visited various significant sites with a Republican and Loyalist ex-political prisoners. They each gave their versions of events during the ‘the troubles’. The first hour and a half was spent going from Divis Towers to Bombay Road hearing the Republican’s stories and views. We then passed through the electronically controlled gates into the predominantly protestant area of the The Shankill Road and met our second guide, the Loyalist ex-political prisoner. He took us through his area and down the Shankill Road shared his personal story. Although their versions of the troubles were conflicting, the one thing they agreed on was a hope and dream for peace to continue, and that future generations will not to go back to the days of ‘the troubles’.

The next day we took another tour to the Giants Causeway. We left Belfast at 9.15am in the morning and headed through the countryside, taking in spectacular coastal and inland views. Barbara and I left the coach (the only people to do so!) to do a coastal walk with a local guide, Gerald, who we met at Portballintrae. We walked the 5km’s from Portballintrae to the Giant’s Causeway, the views from the high cliffs were spectacular, as was the wind that at times blew us up the hills and other times we fought to make progress We explored the Giants Causeway with Gerald who had a fountain of knowledge about the area and a great passion for telling his stories. We then rejoined the bus and headed to the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and made the treacherous crossing using the rope bridge about 30 metres above the very rough ocean. The tour finished with a visit to Bushmills Whiskey Distillery.

Friday morning saw us in a taxi to catch the 7:30 ferry back to Scotland, followed by 2 train rides before arriving in Glasgow. We had a very unhelpful taxi driver who dumped us ‘somewhere near’ the address we were going to. After some frustrating searching we eventually found what we were looking for.
First night in Glasgow, did some shopping at Sainsbury’s for essentials (milk, bread and tonic water) then went out to dinner to another fantastic restaurant, Celinos Trattoria . Once again great service, atmosphere, and the food, brilliant! Another restaurant that we went to was The Ox and Finch where we enjoyed an amazing lunch with fantastic food and great service (the beer was good too).
We bought a 2 day pass for the Hop on, Hop off Tourist bus, just to see the highlights and to give our tired feet a bit of time off. We managed to visit Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, various other sites and of course a few pubs along the way.

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cheerio the nou

Lance & Barbara


  1. Hi once again, guys.
    You certainly don’t waste the hours in a day. And, you fill those hours with so much. We really enjoy your blog, LP.
    Not a lot to report from here. We have just experienced another blast of hot days last week. Today, there are showers forecast. But, I think Adelaide will live up to its reputation of being shower resistant. Keep the blog and fantastic pics coming. Enjoy!
    Rog and Claire.

    • Hi Rog & Claire,
      We tend to keep busy, in Florence, leave for Venice tomorrow, so, we’re having a quieter day today. Glad you’re enjoying the blog.I heard that things were hot over there again, hopefully you’re over the worst of it.
      Lance & Barbara

  2. Dear Lance and Barbara,

    I am really enjoying following your travels. You certainly balance variety and pace in each place you visit, and have clearly done your research in terms of what to see and how to go about it. And the photos are fantastic.

    We are in the thick of the Festival and the city is buzzing. And the weather has finally cooled down. Looking forward to the next article.

    Take care.

    • Hi Anne,
      Good to hear from you, I’m glad your enjoying hearing and seeing all about our travels, yes, Barbara does all the research, I just follow along and take a few photos. We’re leaving Florence for Venice today, a wonderful 2 hours on the train, I love train travel in Europe. Good to hear the hot weather may have finished.
      Bye for now
      Lance & Barbara

  3. Great read Lance. Sounds like you’ve been doing your 10k steps per day!
    Good to hear of ‘great eats’ places. SX

    • Hi Loch & Susan,
      Glad you are enjoying the Blog and yes, the 10k steps a day has been well and truly beaten on quite a few occasions. We’re now in Venice, just arrived this evening, had a bit of a look around, out early tomorrow morning to get some photos. Great to hear from you, hope all is going well in Kneebone St.
      Lance & Barbara

  4. Hi Lance&Barbara
    Enjoying follow your adventures — it looked pretty cold in Iceland and I guess it will feel relatively tropical by the time you get to Florence & Venice.

    • Hi Brett & Trina,
      Thanks for the message, glad you’re enjoying the Blog. It wasn’t as cold in Iceland as we had expected, didn’t use thermals or the big heavy duty gloves. In Venice, fog this morning, well, both mornings, we leave her tomorrow morning for France and a week in the country, a rest from cities. Expecting 14º and sunny here today, fog finally lifted at about 8am. We’re buying a day ticket today and using the water buses a lot, go a stop, get off, get on. Hope all is well over there and the weather has cooled a bit. Nice to hear from you.
      Lance & Barbara

  5. Hi Lance and Barbara sorry a bit late in getting to read your last blog sounds as though you are having a great time love all your fantastic photos. beautiful scenery and the cathedrals are just amazing

  6. Hi Lance and Barbara….Lovely photos as always of your holidays coastal shots are amazing such high cliffs
    hope the rest of your trip is good

    • Hi Glenda,
      glad you like the shots, the cliffs are high and the day we were there it was incredibly windy, good thing was that the wind was coming off the sea, so, it sort of kept you stable as you walked down the cliff face and blew you up it when walking back up the slopes!
      Lance & Barbara

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