Coast of Northern Ireland

rain jacket: Land's End (it's monogrammed!) // sweater: The Sweater Shop (similar from L.L.Bean here) // mockneck: GAP // jeans: Madewell // boots: L.L.Bean // bracelet: vintage // watch: Michael Kors (old, similar) // pearls: vintage

My favorite adventure during my time in Ireland was hands-down the day we took to explore the coast of Northern Ireland. We left Dublin early in the morning (although I didn't like getting up at 5:30am, it was worth it to see the city wake up as we walked from our airbnb to the train station) and took the train up to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where we hopped in a bus and drove along the Irish coast. Our tour guide was hilarious, and gave us so much history about the area. I would definitely reccomend taking a tour bus around, it may seem touristy (which it definitely is) but it's a lot of fun and you really do get much more out of the experience than you would driving on your own. The seaside was stunning, and the drive had some of the most beautiful scenic views I've ever seen. At times, it reminded me a lot of Block Island!

Our first stop was at the famous rope bridge. After a hike along the cliffs, we arrived at the bridge where - at the direction of the park service employees there - you can walk across to the tall outcropping on the other side. Apparently, the bridge was built by fishermen years ago who still use it to cross the island where they store their boats to push out to sea. It's not for the faint of heart or those who are afraid of heights, and it definitely was a bit scary to walk across a rickety bridge with cliffs a hundred feet below, but it was worth it for the views. Speaking of, we had incredible weather - warm and sunny - which made the water sparkle and brought out the brilliant colors of the coastline.

Our second and last stop was at the Giant's Causeway, a gorgeous World Heritage site that's composed of natural rock formations that are unbelievable. They honestly look like something man-made; legend has it they were created by giants. This was the perfect way to end the day, and of course the hike there provided gorgeous views (although nothing will top the rope bridge in my book).

For my outfit, I knew the day would involve lots of walking so I chose my tried and true hiking shoes: my Bean Boots. They were perfect, and I'm so glad I brought them along (I almost chose to leave them at home!). I layered my Irish knit sweater over a lightweight pink mockneck shirt I bought from GAP before the trip, which kept me warm and helped to offset some of the wind up on the cliffs. Finally, I wore my yellow raincoat which I adore. It's a gorgeous marigold shade, waterproof, and it's monogrammed! Could a coat get any better? I also brought along my Longchamp, which was perfect for carrying my camera, phone, a hat in case it got really cold and my coat when I took it off during the bus ride.

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