Five minutes in Northern Ireland

1. Giant’s Causeway

The Causeway Coastal Route has been names as one of the world’s top five road trips. It is a 120 mile trip of ooohhhs and ahhhhs and when you drive it you will see why. The most famous attraction on this route is the Giant’s Causeway. The columns of stone were made by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. It is the only World Heritage site in Northern Island so makes it a must see.

2. The Walled City

Londonderry/Derry is the only completely walled city in Ireland. The 17th century walls are respected as one of the finest examples of a Walled City in Europe. Within the city you can visit the 16th Century St Columb’s Cathedral, look at the famous Bogside Artist murals, and take in the history at the permanent exhibitions inside the Tower Museum. The city has also been awarded the first city of culture in 2013.

 

3. The Fermanagh Lakelands

If you want adventure, culture and craft then the Fermanagh Lakelands can offer you all of that! You can fish for Pike in Lough Erne, try out some water sports at the Share Holiday Village or Corralea Activity Centre  or cycle along the Kingfisher Cycle trail. If you want to take in a bit of history, visit the Enniskillen Castle. Overlooking Lough Erne the castle’s history can be traced back to its beginnings as a Maguire Castle.
The Crom Estate in Co. Fermanagh on the shores of the Upper Erne offers some of the best wildlife. Home to Wild Deer, Pine Marten and many other wild species, the 2000 acre estate offers a tranquil sanctuary or islands, estate cottages and Old Crom Castle.

4. Irish crafts

For traditional Irish crafts then you have to pay a visit to the Sheelin Irish Lace Museum and the Belleek Pottery factory. The Sheelin Lace museum has the finest examples of antique Irish lace. It includes Rosemary Cathcart’s award-winning collection with examples of Youghal needlelace, Irish crochet, Limerick lace, Carrickmacross and Innishmacsaint.
Belleek Pottery is one of Ireland’s most treasured attractions. No Irish home would be complete without a bit of Belleek! When you visit the pottery you will see the traditional methods used to create the beautiful pieces and these methods have been passed from generation to generation.

5. Belfast

Like all capital cities this one has it all, great restaurants, interesting bars, high street and designer shopping but unlike other cities Belfast has the Irish Charm. Enjoy a drink at the Crown bar, which has been serving travellers since 1885 and is clearly the one of the most beautiful bars in the world! Drop into foodie heaven at St George’s Market and enjoy a bit of history with the Titanic Boat Tour.

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