One of the most spectacular stops on our year away was definitely Belfast – we fell in love with the city and all it had to offer. Not just the amazing live music, culture and the people but just a short journey we discovered some of the most magical places in the world!
We got a Paddy Wagon bus tour from central Belfast to The Giant’s Causeway with some of the cast & crew of Sunny Afternoon (Barney’s show) and had the most beautiful weather for our trip!
The tour includes a stop to some Game of Thrones filming locations which anyone who had seen it found pretty exciting! I was more interested in the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which is surrounded by the most beautiful views! There is a small additional charge to cross the bridge but it was well worth it.
This trip would not be appropriate to bring a push chair – without a baby wearer there is no way we would have attempted it with an unruly toddler. Please do not take your toddler here without strapping them to you as tightly as you can! We used our brilliant LilleBaby Carrier and Isla took the opportunity to have a little nap and miss out on all the fun – which was just as well as I know she would have wanted to cross the bridge herself!
The flaps by her legs do up underneath but she went to sleep so quickly we didn’t have time to do them up. She is alway so comfortable in there it doesn’t take long for her to fall asleep!
I didn’t expect to be quite so scared but the wind was quite fierce that day, so going across required more courage than I had prepared for!
The next stop on the tour was a lovely little pub for lunch – you pre-order your food and it arrives as you sit down at your table. Don’t expect this to be a leisurely lunch – the tour guide quite literally hounded us about time keeping from start to finish, you either get on the bus even earlier than requested or expect a 15 minute lecture! The food was pretty good but I would recommend taking a packed lunch with you.
Other than a tour guide that loved the sound of his own voice, everything was brilliant and being on the bus made it so easy for us. We stored our pram underneath and took it out for getting down to The Giant’s Causeway. We stashed the pram up on the main path out of the way and made sure to take any valuables. There is a bus that runs for a couple of £’s to get you down to the stones if you don’t want to do the 10 minute walk (uphill on the way back!).
We decided to have a bit of faith in our toddlers ability to follow instructions and let her walk for a while – she was such a good girl! Barney held on tight to her the whole time as the un-even surface can prove difficult for even the most seasoned walkers!
Isla thought the whole thing was incredible – the most magical playground! With rock pools and sudden drops scattered around Barney didn’t let go for a second but it was nice for her to feel like she was exploring at her own pace!
A little bit of photoshop fun for you… This is 3 images composited to make one! Barney was holding her the whole time – and I even edited out the 30+ tourists from the background too! 🙂
I would recommend bringing your baby wearer down to the stones just for that extra safety option – I had it on ready to put Isla in, just incase her behaviour made a turn for the worse!
The tour was ¢29 and included entry to the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre. More information on the tour can be found here.
If you want a whistle stop tour of one of the most beautiful places on the planet then I can highly recommend doing this. It wasn’t a perfect day out as we felt rushed and borderline harassed by the tour guide to stick to schedule – but I can understand when you have 40 people to get on and off a bus maybe it is necessary?!
If we did it again we would definitely hire a car and really take our time at the Causeway!
Have you been? What was your favourite part of the day? I’d love to see your pictures – so make sure you leave them in the comments over on my Facebook!