Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Northern Ireland Reviews
A beautiful country Mar 07, 2010
Visiting Northern Ireland would be best from about May to the end of August. I was born here and have lived here most of my life. The great thing about this country is that it's small, you can get from one side to the other in a matter of hours, which allows you to see a lot of this beautiful place during a short stay.
Starting with our capital, Belfast, there is plenty to see. The open top bus tours that leave from Belfast City Centre will tell you a bit of our history, including the docks where the Titanic was built, a drive up to Stormont with a short overview of the 'Northern Ireland troubles' as you pass the old Crumlin Road Prison which was mainly political prisoners, noticing the bullet holes in the wall from days we are all glad are gone. You will also see the peace wall and learn about it and many murals (political paintings on the walls of the divided city, from each side) and much more. It's all narrated with some of the much-loved Belfast humour, jokes when you're at a red traffic light, etc. Afterwards there are plenty of places to get a coffee, a drink or something to eat, you can even have a look at the city from above in the Belfast wheel, just like the London Eye.
Come out of Belfast and head North for the Glens of Antrim. This breathtaking place is a long walk in fresh air, surrounded by natural greenery and water, the path leads the way... bring a camera :)
Further North is one of the wonders of the world, the Giants Causeway, which is an awesome place of hexagonal rocks on the coast, again surrounded by absolute natural beauty. All along that coast there are places to see if you like naturally beautiful places along with some castles and the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope-bridge, if you're game enough to walk across it, will give you a spectacular view from cliffs over the ocean.
Go a little further into Portrush, a holiday town, for some of Northern Ireland's best nightlife and a bed for the night in one of the many Bed and Breakfasts there.
That's just one day here, there are many other sights to see in Northern Ireland, one of my favourites is the Marble Arch Caves in Enniskillen, an underground labyrinth where, for a few moments, they turn out the light, showing you what 'real' pitch black really is! I believe there's also a boat journey through the caves now, which wasn't part of it when I was there many years ago.
Northern Ireland is a country of depth, and beauty is everywhere when you take a look. I hope you visit sometime and enjoy the place for yourself. Take care and happy travelling :)
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