Northern Ireland is a country with quite a depressing history of alcoholics and sinking ships. However, the country has more to offer especially from a tourist’s perspective. The country has short distances as well as easy roads leading to the various hidden bits among the attractions and is easy to reach from many Dublin train stations. It has some of the world renowned scenery, culture, local life and even landscapes. Some of the best of Northern Ireland include;
Find cheap car hire in Belfast and start your exploration of the city. The city is not among the biggest in the world but besides car hire, you can also take the Belfast Bus Tour to take you around and out of the city. At night, visitors enjoy the Belfast bars. The Belfast Bus Tour is taken in the morning and is split into two. The first part covers the peace line, murals and conflict areas, and the central Belfast. The second part of the tour takes you to the parliament buildings (Stormont) and the Titanic Quarter before taking you back to the more conflict areas.(Image by Hawkeye2011)
The Northern Ireland coastline has great cliff edge castles, sand beaches and also a Unesco World heritage site. Many of the country’s attractions as well as iconic landscapes are found on the Causeway Coast. The region is easily accessible with tour buses available from Belfast. The volcanic basalt columns are the greatest attraction on the Causeway Coast. Other attractions where most tour buses can take you to include the Dunluce Castle, Cushendall Villages, Bushmills Distillery and also the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. When travelling alone to the Bushmills Distillery, ensure you don’t drink and drive. You could check out some beautiful 4 star hotels northern ireland if you’re looking to stay overnight rather than just for the day.
The snow covered mountains is amazing scenery as well as a rare sight in Northern Ireland. It is popular with various snow based activities as well as trekking. The best entry point for tourists into the Mourne Mountains is through the sea side town, Newcastle. From here, trekkers can begin their journey to the highest peak in Northern Ireland, the Slieve Donald. Trekkers can also start their adventure from the Hare’s Gap that is located a short distance from Newcastle.
Tollymore Forest Park
This is the perfect place for adventurous tourists. The forest has numerous walking trails, amazing rapid rivers and a wide range of trees and wildlife. TheTollymore Forest Park is located at the foot of the MourneMountains and the two are most visited on the same tour. For those tourists who are less adventurous, the forest also has gardens, parks and even camping sites close to the main entrance. The main entrance to the forest is found at Bryansford village which is a short distance from Newcastle.(image by marty mcvicker)
Despite being a bit tricky to reach, this is one of the places you must visit while in Northern Ireland. The Island is popular with its unique island life, countless bird species and colonies, scenic walks, seals as well as the rugged coastal views. For the boozy tourists, there is also a local bar on the island. To get to Rathlin Island, you should go to the Ballycastle Ferry Terminal and take a Rathlin Ferry. It is just about 40 minutes from the Causeway Coast.
The country may seem small to explore but these are just a few of the many great places and experiences that tourists enjoy in Northern Island.
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