Ireland, North or South?

Ireland 03

There was a short flight delay at Belfast International so that gave me another forty minutes or so to make my comparison between north and south Ireland.

We started our journey in Belfast so I made my first judgement between here and Dublin.  I liked Dublin, it was fun, it was more Bohemian, it was shabby chic compared to the Victorian starched collared style of Belfast which reminded me of the great cities of Northern England.

Dublin has Temple Bar, Belfast has the Cathedral Quarter, Dublin wins hands down on that score but Belfast has the River Lagan, the Titanic Experience (which is way more interesting than the Book of Kells) and the history of the troubles.  I only spent a day in Dublin so I might be being unfair here but my vote goes to Belfast.

Titanic Museum Belfast

North 1 – South 0

Next my thoughts turned to coastal road drives.  Fresh in my memory was the glorious journey along the Antrim Coast, never before have I driven along a road so close to the seashore and with so many wonderful places to stop and admire the natural environment but then I was instantly reminded of the Ring of Dingle with its high level looping journey around the headland where Charles Lindbergh first reached Europe on his solo trans Atlantic flight and where Fungi the Dolphin entertains people on a daily basis.

Ireland Dingle

North 1 – South 1

Ireland is so photogenic that it is no surprise that it has been used extensively in film locations over the years.  In the North they have the Game of Thrones but I admit to having never watched that but in the South they have Father Ted and I have watched every episode time and time again.

Ireland Father Ted Tour Craggy Island Parochial House

North 1 – South 2

I turn again now to the natural environment and the glories of nature.  In the South there is the Cliffs of Moher and in the north there is the Giant’s Causeway.  I like them both but you cannot get anywhere near the cliffs of Moher because of barricades and fencing but on the Causeway you can climb all over the rock formations and really appreciate what it is all about.

I was disappointed by the Cliffs of Moher but I liked the Causeway so much that I went twice.  Also, the Causeway was free but there was an entrance fee to the Cliffs.

Northern Ireland Giant's Causeway

North 2 – South 2

I was thinking about what to compare next as a decider when Kim asked me what I was doing.  I explained that I was drawing up a comparison between north and south. She raised an inquisitive eyebrow and asked me why and she was right.  What was the point of a comparison.  I am not making any political, religious or sectarian judgements here but Ireland should be seen as just that without any geographical divisions and on that basis I declare the contest a draw!

I need to go back…

Dingle Ireland Murphys Pub

24 responses to “Ireland, North or South?

  1. I need to go back – never visited the North!

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  2. I’m glad it was a draw!! Glad you feel the need to go back too!


  3. Love that doing your own quiz. Your posts have definitely pushed up Ireland on the must see list. It will be straight off to the Giant’s Causeway.


  4. Andrew that was a really great way of reflecting on them both. But I do think you should have done a comparison on all the various whisky distilleries because I will never get to go there and I want to.


  5. I liked your conclusions anyway, Andrew. Must do that Antrim coast some day. 🙂
    Patagonia next year?


  6. NotAPunkRocker

    I’ll be happy just to get there sooner or later 🙂


  7. Yes, I think you need many more trips to make your decision! I frankly don’t think you need to decide. Just enjoy both of them for their own particular beauty and history.

    If you ask my parents they will tell you they liked the north better primarily because of the Antrim coast even though my Dad will tell you that he “isn’t an ocean guy.” He told me on the plane home that perhaps he is more of an ocean guy than he thought.

    Seriously though, I think they are both wonderful for their own reasons and people should not be afraid of going to the North. It is rugged and gorgeous and lovely and so is the south.

    I need to start posting about my trip! No time since I have been back yet! I don’t want the memories to fade…

    Thanks for the post.

    Where is your next trip?


    • Yes,I have reached the same conclusion as you. My next trip is to Wales so in 2015 I will have seen Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. What about you?

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      • No big trips planned at the moment. Maybe Washington DC next year. And a photography weekend at an animal refuge I am pretty excited about.

        I’ve been to England Scotland and Ireland but not Wales yet. And I haven’t seen enough of England. So I’ll be back some day. 🙂

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