Apr 30, 2014

Ireland Coastline Drive


I really had no idea how to show you this next set of photos other than to just lump them all together and dub them the "Coastline Drive" series. On both Day 2 and Day 3 of our Ireland trip, we spent large chunks of our tours driving and visiting spots along the Western coast and Northern coast of Ireland. Even with a large coach bus, we were able to squeeze onto the narrow seaside roadways to experience breathtaking views as we drove from village to village. As we passed through each sleepy fishing town or idyllic resort area, our tour guide introduced us to Ireland's fancy golf courses, numerous historic landmarks, traditional seaside architecture, varieties of flora & fauna (including hundreds of sheep, naturally), and most importantly, Liam Neeson's hometown of Ballymena (flippin' awesome). We were also able to keep our eyes on the Southernmost tip of Scotland during the Northern coast portion of our drive. You can just barely see it in one of my photos below…but I swear, it's there (and is as close as I've ever been to Scotland, sad face). 

Along our bi-costal drives, we stopped at a few vantage points for photo-ops and necessities such as lunch and bathroom breaks. The first set of photos is from our stop on Day 1 just around the Galaway Bay area (before we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher). During this stop, we got the best of both types of Irish weather--clouds and gray skies sulking low to our left, blue skies and bright sunshine beaming off to our right…a totally mind-blowing contrast. This dark vs. light battle in the sky turned the sea into an unexpected shade of turquoise that had me glued to my camera. In fact, D and I were the last ones to return back to the bus because I was so enamored with the sea. I have a feeling these colors might end up as wall paint in our future home…I'm still dying over them! Even though many of these photos are from the comfort of a coach seat (and may have a few window smudges in them), we saw SO MUCH of Ireland with these tours. If you've got a short amount of time and lots you want to see, there's definitely something to be said for a good day-tour with a knowledgable guide. The cheery Irish folk music we listened to the whole trip certainly didn't hurt any either. More from Ireland to come! ;)


Northern Coastline
[Antrim Coastal Road]

34 comments:

  1. Love the tunnel and how you pointed out Scotland! Great photos, as always!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  2. Your photos are awesome, Casey! The Irish countryside looks so beautiful! And you look great in those wellies :)

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  3. Gorgeous!!! Such beautiful scenery!

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  4. The coastal drive as part of the Giants causeway tour is really fantastic. Everyone loves the West coast but the East coast is just as spectacular maybe not as dramatic but still really beautiful. http;//www.irishdaytours.ie

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    1. I agree! Both coasts are worth seeing! :)

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  5. I kept seeing the sheep spray painted red and I kept thinking something had attacked them....nope just spray paint, haha

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    1. Hahaha! Yeah, lots of tagged sheep out there!

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  6. Wow. Gorgeous. I am so jealous. One day I'll make it to Ireland. But, for now.. thanks for letting me live vicariously through your travels.

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    1. Any time, Alyson! Thanks so much!! :)

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  7. Your pictures are getting me so excited for my trip to visit friends on the coast of England this June! Do you have any tips for taking better pictures of the beautiful scenery with a DSLR camera? These pictures you took look awesome.

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    1. Oh yay! You'll have such a blast!

      As for tips…I really don't! I'm literally just a 'play as I go' kind of gal when it comes to photography. I know how to use my camera to an extent, but the other half is just trial and error! Lots and lots of error. :) Because I was on a bus snapping most of these photos, I did have to play around with the white balance while shooting, and then the lighting a bit via Photoshop once I was home. Sorry I'm not more help!

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  8. Love the photos and LOVE your bag! What brand / model is it? I'm looking for something like that for a few trips this summer.

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    1. Thanks, girl! It's the Kelly Moore 2 Sues bag! I take it EVERYWHERE with me…even when I'm not traveling. Even though it's a camera bag, it works well for everyday stuff too. :)

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  9. Love your pictures! I've been planning a trip to Ireland for awhile. Would it be better to take a bus around Ireland or rent a car? I heard the roads are hard to drive on. Thank you!

    - The Southern Adventurer
    http://thesouthernadventurer.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!!

      I'd absolutely recommend doing a bus tour or two and making a big city like Dublin your home base, but that's just because it worked so well for us! Neither of us wanted to drive the roads (they are a bit tricky!), so the tour bus option definitely checked all our travel boxes. It was so nice not having to worry about driving and figuring out where to park and how to get places, that was all taken care of for us!

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    2. Thank you!! I was worried that driving a car would be a bad idea. I'll start looking into bus tours then. Hopefully I will be getting the plane tickets soon! :)

      -The Southern Adventurer
      http://thesouthernadventurer.blogspot.com

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  10. Just beautiful! My grandmother traveled to Ireland with a side trip to England, and I still think it's one of the most beautiful places. I hope to go there myself one day! Love your blog too. <3

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    1. I totally agree…Ireland is high up there on the list of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. I cannot wait to plan another trip back someday! Thanks, Lance!

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  11. Gorgeoussssssss
    good grief, I really want to visit Ireland.

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  12. You guys are adorable and these photos are amazing!

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    1. You're too sweet! Thanks, Ashley!

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  13. Oh my goodness what bloody awesome photos you do look like you were having a lot of fun

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo-Anne! We did have the best time ever. :)

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  14. What amazing pictures! FYI, Goo Goo Dolls Pandora station is the absolute best soundtrack for this post.

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  15. How cute are you in your Wellies? I wish I'd had a pair when I went to Ireland :) Ireland remains one of my favorite destinations and your coastal drives are incredibly gorgeous. Good job capturing the images! It's hard to take photos that do such a beautiful place justice and you do it well :)

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  16. Haha, that's funny that you were in northern Ireland looking at the shadow of Scotland, because I was doing the same thing from south-western Scotland, peering at Northern Ireland, never having been there. But seems like maybe I should after looking at your photos :)

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  17. Gorgeous photos! We are planning on visiting Scotland in the next few years, and seeing photos like these get me really excited.

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  18. How incredible! Ireland looks perfect.

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  19. don't mind me. I just stopped on every single one of these photos for an awkwardly long time gazing at every single detail. it's ok. it's normal. GORGEOUS. also. how do you have the cutest style for traveling to Ireland?!

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    1. Hahahaha I don't mind one bit! And believe it or not...I have SO MUCH TROUBLE choosing what to pack for traveling. I blame this darn blog for that. ;)

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