{Honey & Figs Travels} Ireland + Northern Ireland

Hey there pals! I thought I’d write a different post today for a change. As you may know if you follow me on Instagram (because there’s a 99% chance I haven’t shut up about it ever since I got my plane tickets), I was lucky enough to visit Ireland (Dublin) and Northern Ireland (Belfast and its surroundings) a few days ago.

Larrybane, Northern Ireland
Larrybane, Northern Ireland

Let me first apologize for the quality of the pictures since I wanted to travel light and didn’t bring my camera with me. So phone pictures it is today, I hope you don’t mind! Either way, it was impossible to make a place that gorgeous look ugly!

Larrybane, Northern Ireland
Larrybane, Northern Ireland

It was my first trip on my own and I was certainly afraid that I would end up meeting no one, being lonely for 1 entire week and having to spend tons of hours locked in my room. Truth is, I couldn’t be happier that I decided to step out of my comfort zone and travel alone. I ended up meeting such amazing, like-minded people, meeting some friends from Instagram and making some new ones along the way and basically falling in love with the place and their people.

Larrybane, Northern Ireland
Larrybane, Northern Ireland

It’s safe to say that I’m not kidding when I say that the Irish island is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. If you’re trying to decide where to travel next, I cannot recommend this place enough. Breath-taking scenery, down to Earth people and delicious food make this island one of the most stunning places on Earth in my opinion.

Larrybane, Carrick a Rede

My trip started in Dublin, where my foodie pal Ash offered a place in their house. I know I’ve probably said this like a million of times but I cannot stress enough how grateful I am that I’ve got to meet such incredible, amazing people to both my blog and Instagram account. Having been able to live with another blogger which I had never met in real life before and who I have so many things in common with was such an unbelievable experience.

Larrybane, Northern Ireland
Larrybane, Northern Ireland

Thank you Ash for hosting me, always providing such delicious meals for me to eat and making those 4 days such ridiculously wonderful ones! Words cannot explain how happy I am that I was finally able to meet this gal after so many time chatting on Instagram. I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been having ever since I decided to create this little place on the Internet and so so so eager to see where this will take me next! Enough with the cheesiness, let’s go for more pics!

Larrybane, Northern Ireland
Larrybane, Northern Ireland

My days in Dublin were a dream. Lots of good food (Ash’s cooking skills = so. on. point) and delicious meals out (I’m including a list of my favourite restaurants later if you’re curious!), sweet like-minded pals, and one of the most beautiful cities ever. You need to travel to beautiful Ireland once in your life at least!

The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

This was my 4th year visiting the island (see? I kid you not when I say I’m in love with it!), which is why I didn’t take any pictures this time. I’m kinda (read: totally) regretting it now but I’ll hopefully be back there soon and be able to share all the pics with you guys.

The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

Not only Dublin is such a marvelous city. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some weeks in Cork, Galway and Greystones over the past 3 years and I can assure you that they’re also SO worth visiting! But as I said, I have no pictures of those places, so for now, it’s just pictures of Northern Ireland.

The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland

After Dublin, I went on a trip to Belfast and spent 4 days there, soaking the history of the city, seeing all the art walls and pictures and exploring the beautiful surroundings.

As you can imagine, being the big Game of Thrones obsessed gal that I am, I had to go on the Stones & Thrones daytour. All the pictures in this post are from there, actually!

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland

Not only is it a great way to see some of the beautiful places where GoT is shot, they’ll also take you to see Northern Ireland’s most impressive landscapes AND they play Game of Thrones chapters on the tour bus. Do I need to say more?????????

Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

Also, on a completely unrelated note I’m 99.99% sure I saw the guy who plays Olly in the street. Aaaaaand according to what my pals on the bus told me… I almost stumbled across my beautiful Jon Snow in the streets as well. Now, that’s a landscape I’d love to see!

Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

It was my first time in Belfast but I’m telling you that it won’t be the last! Excuse me that I’m not writing much today, but it’s hard having to see all the pics and not being there so I’m keeping it short and sweet today, word wise.

The Dark Hedges (Northern Ireland) - (((Hot Pie was here!!!)))
The Dark Hedges (Northern Ireland) – (((Hot Pie was here!!!)))

Now, pals, if you like both Game of Thrones and beautiful scenery (hooray for beautiful coasts, forests and cliffs), do yourself a favour and go for the Stones & Thrones tour. You can see all those lovely places where GoT is shot aaaaand you get to see the most famous landscapes in Northern Ireland. It’s a win win actually!

The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

I really wish I could pull off a great, witty post on my travels but seeing all these pics is just making me want to cry ah. So I’m just sitting here waiting for them all to upload while I look for cheap flights.

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland

Too bad I’m too broke. Just like my blender and iPod who decided to stop working at the same time. Can you not.

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland

So no upcoming trips for me. I don’t even know why I’m telling you these instead of writing an actually interesting holiday recap but I guess this will have to do for now.

Enjoy the pics instead! And don’t mind the quality please.

Me + mobile phone = no bueno.

Larrybane, Carrick a Rede, Northern Ireland
Larrybane, Carrick a Rede, Northern Ireland

But aren’t all of these landscapes the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen???????

TAKE ME BACK!

Larrybane, Northern Ireland
Larrybane, Northern Ireland

And the weather, don’t get me started on the weather… So much bearable than this 44ºC heat (which by the way, it’s making me too lazy to go translate it into fahrenheit oops). I wish I could live there alllll the time.

Cushendun Caves, Co. Antrim
Cushendun Caves, Co. Antrim

These caves??? ^^^^ Lady Melissandre GoT naked here. Kudos to her because it was so darn cold in August that I don’t even want to imagine what it must have felt like wearing no clothes there in winter (!!!!)

Cushendun Caves, Co. Antrim
Cushendun Caves, Co. Antrim

Enough with the talking and pics. Here are my top places to eat in Dublin and Belfast! I know there aren’t many but I’m more of a “buy all the stuff in the supermarket, cook at home” kind of gal.

DUBLIN

Cornucopia Wholefood & Vegetarian (19-20 Wicklow St, Dublin 2, Ireland)

I’ve never miss my mandatory trip to Cornucopia every time I go to Ireland so that’s saying something hehe! Lovely salad menu and the main meals and desserts are amaaaaazing. Especially their curries! 

The Happy Pear (Main Street, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland)

Okay this isn’t in Dublin but in Greystones. It’s a short trip by car and also super easy to get by train! Believe me when I tell you that this is probably the best vegetarian place on Earth. Incredible food, desserts and a cute supermarket stocking all kinds of health foods. Plus the staff couldn’t be any nicer, or the café be any more inviting. I bought their cookbook and it’s amazing as well. Without a doubt, the best café/restaurant I’ve ever been to. And the prices are really good as well!

 

BELFAST

Raw Food Rebellion (336 Lisburn Rd, Belfast BT9 6GH, United Kingdom)

Lovely plant-based food and the café is super cute! The staff is also super nice and they stock lots of raw chocolate which is always a plus!

Obento Japanese Express (17 Royal Ave, Belfast, Antrim BT1 1FB, United Kingdom)

Let’s be honest, this isn’t gourmet food or anything but if you’re in the center of Belfast and are looking for vegan food to eat (I didn’t find Belfast too vegan friendly, sadly!), they make lots of veggie sushi, rice, and the prices are reasonable. It’s so worth a try actually! 

Belfast
Belfast

That’s all for today pals! Have you ever been to Dublin or Belfast? What are your favourite places to eat? And what’s your dream destination?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Emma R August 22, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    It’s so lovely to see that our little island CAN actually be attractive! I think I take the beautiful scenery for granted, actually…. Whenever I fly back from holiday to NI I always notice how vivid the green fields are! Unfortunately you’re right – Belfast is still a bit behind on the vegan front but slow progress is being made (and the non-vegan food is excellent)! Hope to make it to a meet up next time you come 😉

    • Reply Consuelo August 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Awh, that’d be so lovely! I really liked it there 🙂 xx

  • Reply superfitbabe August 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I love that you explored more areas of nature and rustic architecture! It’s too common to write about the big sprawl areas–beautiful photos!

  • Reply Lauren September 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Aww I can’t believe you were in Belfast! I love your blog and would have loved to have met you. If you are here again Home restaurant in Belfast City centre has an awesome began menu and the Nutmeg is a great little health shop that sells sandwiches and began treats xx

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