Picturesque mountains, dramatic cliffs, lovely countryside, breathtaking river valleys and spectacular coastlines – Northern Ireland is a country of extraordinary natural beauty. Apart from the stunning landscapes, a tourist who visits this historically and culturally rich place will find many places of interest to explore such as museums, monasteries, castles, and art galleries. Yes, there is a lot to see and do in Northern Ireland, so do not overlook this place as a tourist destination.
Northern Ireland – A Land of Breathtaking Beauty
Northern Ireland made up of six counties (Tyrone, Antrim, Armagh, Londonderry, Down, and Fermanagh) is a part of the UK and is located on the northeast of the island of Ireland. Also, popularly known as Ulster, Northern Ireland was created in 1921 when the UK split Ireland into two territories – Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland has a rich history that dates back to the 12th century when the Normans invaded Ireland. The country’s troubled past is reflected in the ruined castles and the unique field patterns that are now lush green fields in Glens of Antrim and the Mourne mountains. Though it has a troubled past, the country is peaceful now.
The roads are fantastic, and you are never far away from the sea. The small size of the country – 5,500 square miles in the area – makes exploring all attractions easily in a week’s time.
Northern Ireland has a moderate climate so it is unusual to get a scorching summer day or snow in winter. The best time to go on a vacation to Northern Ireland is in the summer as the days are warm and longer. It can rain any time of the year, so tourists can come prepared.
How to Get to Northern Ireland
Nothern Ireland is well connected to the rest of Europe as well as the United States and Canada. There are regular flights to Northern Ireland from all the main airports in the UK, Scotland and other main European cities. If you stay in Britain or Scotland, you can opt to journey by ferries, regular ferries ply from Britain and Scotland to Northern Ireland.
Greatest Attractions of Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway – Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s greatest attraction and the only UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland. There are over 40, 000 basalt rock pillars perfectly hexagonal in shape presenting an incredible sight. Tourists can go a picturesque train ride between Giants Causeway and Bushmills. The steam train passes through the most picturesque areas of Northern Ireland.
Antrim Coast – The Antrim coast is home to some of the nation’s most popular destinations such as the Dunluce adventure remains, the worlds oldest whiskey Distillery – Old Bushmills Distellery, the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. You can experience Antrim’s spectacular coastline by taking a walk along the coastal path from the Giant’s Causeway to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. You can walk on the shaky rope bridge to some of the best views of the coast and the surroundings. The northern coast is also the most picturesque coast to go on a drive.
Mourne Mountains – Located in the South east of Northern Ireland Mourne mountains is the highest mountains in Ireland. The picturesque Mourne mountains are a perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy many outdoor activities here including climbing, walking, bicycling, golfing, horse riding, fishing, and even driving.
Marble Arch Caves – Located in the Fermanagh county, marble arch caves are in Northern Ireland is an extraordinarily popular attraction. The limestone caves are 4.5 km long, guided cave tours allow visitors to explore geological wonder. The caves are shut from October to March and during heavy rains.