The island of Ireland, consisting of Northern Ireland (UK) and The Republic of Ireland is a playground for an adventurer, and we set out on a two week journey to discover both. The rolling countrysides filled with ancient ruins and marvels like the Giants Causeway, are the reason the many of the scenes of Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland.
We set out on a mission to discover the adventures that the island or Ireland has to offer, meet the Irish people and find out how they like to have a good time. We started our journey in Belfast where we visited the Titanic Museum and took a city tour. We then went on to Sheen’s horse farm in the Glens of Antrum where we took a horse back journey through the countryside. This is an area that is close to the Bushmills distillery where the Dark Hedges on the Game of Thrones are located. Just close to here is also Northern Ireland’s biggest tourist destination, the Giants Causeway which is 44,000 hexagonal basalt columns sticking out the ground. Why they are there? Well there’s many myths and theories about why they are there.
After this we stopped off at the small seaside town of Portrush, where we went to catch our breakfast in the sea, before taking to the beach to try out blowkarting. It’s a fast sport that can only be described as mixing windsurfing and go-karting. But that wasn’t enough adrenaline for us, as we then went on to try hovercraft racing before heading to Londonderry.
In Londonderry, or Derry as many prefer to call it, we toured the city by boomboard before some midnight kayaking along the river Foyle.
We then took a tour from Londonderry to the bustling city of Dublin, known as one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. The economy has been strong in the last decade which has only added to the buzz of the place. I’m was intrigued to find out about the ways of life of the people here so I tried my hand at the Irish sport of Hurling at Croke Park, and visited the Guinness Storehouse to see how it is made.
Just outside of Dublin we went white water rafting in the River Liffy, to get the adrenaline going again. We then set off a 4 hour road trip to the beautiful Galway county on the west coast to the Connemara region, famous for it’s scenic mountains, lakes and rich Irish traditions. The dephi mountain resort is where we headed which has an activity center with some unique Irish past time hobbies they want me to try out, which included ziplining and bog diving. If you want a laugh, then you should make sure you see this part of the video.
After we got cleaned up I traveled three hours to Kildare County, to Kildare House or the K Club as it’s commonly called, a vast and beautiful country estate built in 1857 by the Barton family which was a British family of land owners who leased the land around for agricultural purposes. The house changed hands many times through the 1900’s and became a hotel in 1991. You can see by some of the art work that’s theres some very valuable and prestigious things hanging on the wall.
We came here to find out about another Irish past time, Horse racing as Kildare county is home to many of the worlds leading horse breeders. I went to take a look at the Irish National Horse Stud to see what goes into breeding racing champions.
Race horse breeders and trainers from around the world bring their mares to the Irish National Stud to breed. But it is also a home to many retired racehorses, as well as has a beautiful Japanese garden that’s popular among visitors.
After learning all we could about breeding racehorses, we were off to the Curragh race track where I’ve caught up with Colm McLoughin, the CEO of Dubai Duty Free who are the official sponsors for the Irish Derby. Having been kitted out back in Dubai by Kachins tailors in a black tailcoat, we turned some heads.
We ended the two weeks at the Irish Derby, dressed dapper and living the high life. It was an amazing two weeks and we saw as much of Ireland as we possibly could. I hope you enjoy the video.
Thanks to Discover Ireland for arranging the tour and their welcoming support with filming.