Glasgow to Ayr by train – bus to Cairnryan, Scotland and…
ferry to Belfast.
Today trendy, touristy and hip but filled with a tumultuous past. Often referred to as “the troubles” the Catholics and Protestants fought hard from 1969 to 1998 (with sporadic turmoil until 2015).
In 1998 there were only 4 hotels – the Europa was and is the most bombed building in Europe – today a mighty 45 hotels stand proud and Belfast is touted as the 2nd safest city in the world next to Tokyo.
Still today 48 peace walls separate Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods – 25′ high up – some up to 3 miles long stretching a total of 21 miles.
Although peace is in the air the embers still are smoldering…
Glasgow – Inland except that the River Clyde accommodates large ships that are built here, lowland, business capital, the old city is dying but the new city is thriving, the medieval university is exciting.
Especially interesting to us – the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was built as a replica of the Spanish Baroque styled Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Spain which holds a special place in our hearts as it was the destination of our two Camino’s.