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Discovering delightful Derry and Donegal

 

By: Courtney Buzzanca

 

Date: August 15, 2017

 

We are flying through this trip! The guests and I are floored by everything that we've seen so far and eager for everything yet to come. From the Giant's Causeway, we trekked over to Derry, or as they call it in Northern Ireland, Londonderry. Our coach took us on a city tour of Derry and it was fascinating to learn about Northern Ireland's past.

 

As a devoted Star Wars fan, one stop that I found particularly exhilarating was our drive through Malin Head. This scenic stop where we stopped for lunch and Irish coffee is the location for some scenes in the Star Wars movie being released in December! *Girlish squeals*

 

Our walking tour guide, Rownan, took us through the streets of Derry and shared his story along with Northern Ireland's. While walking through the streets and taking a scenic picture of the Peace Bridge, I stumbled upon a resident of Derry walking his dog, Judy (named after Judy Dench). Naturally, I needed to pet this dog. The dog's owner talked to me and shared his appreciation for visitors to Northern Ireland and bringing tourism to this part of the Emerald Isle.


The Peace Bridge, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK
The Peace Bridge, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

My new friend, Judy, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK
My new friend, Judy, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

Our adventure continued as we left our hotel in Derry and stopped at Donegal Castle. Our guests enjoyed the tour of the castle and exploring the rooms and history of the beautiful structure. The castle conveniently sits right in town which allowed us to explore some of the shops and enjoy an Irish coffee while witnessing a skilled Irishman weave a tweed jacket. Our female guests were in retail heaven exploring the shops and walked away with hats, jewelry, jackets, sweaters, scarves, and bored husbands.

Our guests enjoying their tour of Donegal Castle, Donegal, Ireland
Our guests enjoying their tour of Donegal Castle, Donegal, Ireland

Our guests with their Irish coffees learning of weaving tweed, Donegal, Ireland
Our guests with their Irish coffees learning of weaving tweed, Donegal, Ireland

 

With our bags full of tweed and our guests looking even more stylish than they already were, we made our way to our final destination for the day: Galway! *Ed Sheeren plays in the background*

 

Our walking tour of the city of Galway was graced with beautiful weather and music in the streets. I have been told by many people that Galway is their favorite city in Ireland and I can see why. The pedestrian streets were packed with sweater shops, jewelry, pubs, cafes, music, and smiling faces. By the Spanish Arch next to the water, I felt like I could've sat there for hours listening to the bustling city and the streaming water. Give me a good book and a view of Galway and I would be set!

 

Galway, Ireland
Galway, Ireland

Our first day in Galway would not be complete without traditional Irish music and dancing. As luck would have it, at the theater next to our hotel, there was a performance involving world champion dancers and Irish music that you can't help but tap your feet to. Truly a great way to end a day in Ireland!

 

Irish Dancers from Trad on the Prom, Galway, IrelandIrish Dancers from Trad on the Prom, Galway, Ireland
Irish Dancers from Trad on the Prom, Galway, Ireland

 

We have since left our hotel in Galway and are on day 24 of our Grand Tour. I sit here eagerly typing away on a CIE coach as we make our way to the cliffs of Moher! Seeing these cliffs has always been on my bucket list as well as others guests on tour with me. I'll update you soon on our journey and the happenings of the Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland.

 

CIE you there!

Courtney.

 

 

Travel Blog Archive:

Courtney Buzzanca

A Party in Killarney
08/19/2017

What Moher could you ask for?
08/17/2017

Discovering delightful Derry and Donegal
08/15/2017

Exploring Northern Ireland
08/13/2017

Discovering Inverness and Oban, Scotland
08/11/2017

Discovering Edinburgh, Scotland
08/09/2017

Discovering Stratford-upon-Avon and York
08/06/2017

Samantha Henderson

From The Air To You
07/02/2017

Onto My Fourth Country
06/28/2017

"Taste Of" a New Tour
06/27/2017

Down Through County Down
06/25/2017

Weaving Together Special Memories
06/22/2017

CIE Tour or Fairy Tale?
06/21/2017

Wild Memories Being Made on the Wild Atlantic Way
06/20/2017

Flying Boats, Cliffs of Moher and a Medieval Banquet!
06/16/2017

Good Fun – Killarney's Jaunting Cars to Dingle's many Pubs
06/15/2017

From Dublin to Kinsale, with a little "Blarney" Along The Way
06/13/2017

The Beauty of Giant's Causeway
06/10/2017

Continuing To Scotland and Ireland
06/09/2017

And Away We Go!
06/05/2017