hate to be the bearer of sad tidings but belfast isnt a good place to be around those dates!
12July marks the big orange order marches so pretty much everything is closed - the main streets of many towns (including Belfast) is closed to traffic
the night before -11July is marked by bonfires and drunken revelry
sorry not a good time to visit the North - my advice is drive off the ferry and keep driving!
A couple or three hours up the M2 will get you to Donegal - much better at that time of year.
Being Dublin Irish Catholic, James was extremely nervous, but it was all very peaceful down there. We asked someone a question, and he said he a was ‘from the other side’ ... so J was not the only Catholic there. I even got a pic of J waving a Union Jack ... his family were not amused!
As you drive around you see massive high bonfires being stacked up. We were advised to avoid Belfast itself too.
Thanks for the advice re the marching season. We had been thinking of visiting the north in July too and hadn't given that a thought!
Would it be possible to still tour around but avoid the marches with careful planning? or is it just every where?
Is it the whole of July?
We parked up in a tiny harbour on the Shannon , it was a lovely little place parked on the harbour wall park.. 2.00 in the morning I heard a little boat com in and thought it might be a fishing smack coming in so quietly looked out the window saw it had not lights, they met with a car carried stuff off, and went. I made no comment and went to bed and am still alive. Nobody else looked out of the house windows either, they might still be alive as well?????????????????? :
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