With all its valleys, rugged coastlines, beautiful castles and cities, there are so many amazing and best places in Northern Ireland to visit. Take a look at some of the best places:
The Giant’s Causeway
To experience the mesmerizing views and explore the historic range of Ireland. Giant’s Causeway is one of the favorite places in Ireland. There’s a feeling of magic about Giant’s Causeway, one that’s reinforced by the perfectly placed 40,000 vertical volcanic hexagonal pieces. They were formed when molten basalt cooled and contracted slowly at an even rate across a large area. Likely the most well-known attractions in Northern Ireland, it’s one of the world’s most unique places with a 60 million-year-old legacy, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s also believed that the rocks are from the battle between Ireland’s giant Fionn mac Cumhaill and Scotland’s giant Benandonner, and this path was created for them to meet. Safe to say the Irish giant won! Whatever version you choose to believe, the Giant’s Causeway makes for some pretty epic pictures and has stunning views across the northern coastline.
There are many different trails that you can walk to see the Giant’s Causeway, including a trail that is under a mile and a trail that is wheelchair and buggy friendly! There are many stops for you to see when walking the Giant’s Causeway, including the famous ‘wishing chair’ which is a natural rock throne formation that has been sat on so many times it has become shiny and smooth.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
What is it about rope bridges that excite us so much? Maybe it’s the swinging bridge itself or maybe the adrenaline rush that comes with it. Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland will delight you. This rope bridge connects the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-A-Rede. The bridge is located near Ballintoy and is suspended over 100ft above sea level – exhilarating for some, terrifying for others! Carrick-A-Rede Island is home to just one building, a fisherman’s cottage, but there are plenty of things to do for nature lovers. The island was created by a violent volcanic event 60 million years ago, and standing on this volcanic plug you can make out the coast of Scotland and the closer dark outline of Rathlin Island. Carrick-A-Rede is one of the best places in Northern Ireland to go wildlife spot; if you’re lucky you will see basking sharks, dolphins, and porpoises!
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Tollymore Forest Park
Explore the scenic backdrops from “Game of Thrones” in the Tollymore Forest Park or as it was famously known as the haunted Forest in the series. Major iconic scenes were filmed (White Walkers starting their march into the realm of men, finding the Direwolf puppies) in the forests, mountains and moorlands here. If Game Of Thrones is not your calling, then the ancient redwoods as well as Gothic stone arches – the remnants of an 18th-century estate – across the 600 hectares of woodland might persuade you to drop by.
The Shimna River flows through it, making for a great walking trail as you follow the twists and turns of the waterway through the ancient forest that once supplied wood for the interior furniture of the great Titanic. Activities like canoeing and climbing will keep you busy.
The Glens of Antrim
The Glens of Antrim are an Area of Outstanding Beauty and a popular Northern Ireland tourist attraction. There’s a total of 9 Glens altogether and each one is surrounded by their own stories, legends, and mysteries which makes this hike one of the most interesting in Ireland. Within an area of just 50 square kilometres there’s an astonishing diversity of glacial valleys, bogs, mountain streams, tundra plateau, waterfalls, deciduous and coniferous forest and sky-scraping cliffs. They all look stunning, but a walk through Glenariff forest park is highly reccommende. Meander through the narrow paths to get to the charming Glenoe waterfalls. Visit the beaches of Glenarm, Ballygally, Cushendall, and Carnlough. Oh, and stopover at the beautiful Slemish Mountain. If you’re here in August, visit Cushendall for the “Heart of the Glens” music festival that’s pretty fun, too.
There is something hauntingly beautiful about a castle on a cliff top overlooking the vast sea as the waves keep crashing on the rocks below. Dunluce Castle is a beautiful medieval castle ruin located on the Antrim coast. It sits directly on a set of cliffs on the coastline, providing one of the most dramatic photo opportunities in Northern Ireland. The first castle was built here during the 13th century. Since then it has seen several historical events, including the sinking of a colony ship with the loss of 240 souls. The castle is surrounded by steep drops on each side, which may have been an essential factor which influenced the decision to build a castle here. The panoramic views from the top will make you speechless.
Oh, and if you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will probably recognize Dunluce Castle as the House of Greyjoy Castle!
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