When we first talked about visiting Ireland we decided that the best way for us to experience Ireland would be by car. We liked the idea of being our own tour guides. We hoped to find some hidden gems (castles, ruins etc.) as we adventured along some of Irelands incredibly small, winding roads.
Our first day started at 5am (Ireland time) or about midnight our time. And after a quick pass through customs we picked up our rental car to begin our journey towards Northern Ireland. We knew that driving on the left side of the road, on the right side of the car would take a bit of getting used to. However, nothing prepared us for the challenge of trying to get the car into reverse! As it turns out you have to push the shifter down and then over to reverse. A local who was kind enough to provide us advice on on the matter, other wise i'm not sure we would made it out of the lot.
One of the first things we noticed as we started driving was how green everything was. Spring had not really hit Ontario yet, the trees were just starting to bud at home. Spring comes much earlier to Ireland then it does to Canada.
Our first stop was Carrickfergus Castle, a Norman Irish castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough.