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May 2016 - Weekend in Northern Ireland

In May of 2016 @chrissast and I visited Northern Ireland for a weekend. We rented a car from the airport and drove all around the country chasing Game of Thrones shooting locations and beautiful scenery.

Our first stop was Glenariff Forest Park where we walked around for a while before heading to Cushendun for lunch and to see the Caves where Melisandre gave birth to the Shadow Stannis Monster in the series. After that we went to Murlough Bay, the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge before heading to Giant's Causeway for the sunset. It was raining when we got there but as soon as we got out of the car, the skies cleared and we had a beautiful sunset. We spent the night Londonderry at a lovely bed and breakfast.

On day two we crossed over to the Republic of Ireland to drive to the top of the island, Malin Head, where the new Star Wars movie was being shot with a few stops in between. The scenery was beautiful but unfortunately we couldn't get access to see the set for the movie. We ended the day in Enniskillen.

Our first stop for day three was the Marble Arch Cave system where we walked around for an hour before heading to the Silent Valley Reservoir on the other side of the country. Our last couple of stops for the trip were Inch Abbey and of course, Belfast.