Welcome to Northern Ireland!

Map of Northern Ireland - TourismNorthern Ireland  – that slice of Ireland that is still politically part of the United Kingdom – is a small region with a lot for a visitor to enjoy!  We have lakes, mountains, a walled city, a stunning coastline, castles, green fields, St Patrick’s country, UNESCO world heritage site the Giant’s Causeway, and modern highlights such as the Titanic Experience in Belfast.

Many visitors also take the opportunity to learn more about ‘The Troubles’, the 30-year conflict that ran from 1968 to 1998 with its origins way back in time. Tours can be taken in Belfast, touring the Shankill and Falls Road areas, and in Derry Londonderry.

As there is such a lot to see and do, and we know it can get overwhelming, we have divided the region into four areas of interest:

  • The South East and Mourne Mountains, including St Patrick’s Country
  • The North and Causeway Coast, including the walled city of Derry and Giant’s Causeway
  • Belfast and Belfast Lough Area, including The Titanic Experience, Carrickfergus Castle and The Gobbins
  • The Fermanagh lakelands, including ancient monastic sites, the fabulous Marble Arch Caves and ‘The Stairway to Heaven’

While you could drive from one corner of Northern Ireland  (Newry in the South East) to the other (Derry in the North West) in just 2 hours  (88 miles/141km), and while there are whirlwind day tours of Northern Ireland from Dublin, you could easily spend a week in each area and never get bored.

We hope you find our information useful, and we welcome your questions via email, through our contact form, or if easier, through Facebook messenger.

Mourne Mountains and Peace Maze

  • The magical Mountains of Mourne ‘that sweep down to the sea’
  • Narnia country – Belfast-born CS Lewis’s Narnia is said to have been inspired by the stunning scenery of the area
  • St Patrick’s country – follow the St Patrick’s Trail taking in Downpatrick, Slieve Patrick, Saul, Newry and other Christian sites
  • Game of Thrones filming locations – Tollymore Forest, Castle Ward and more…
  • The Peace Maze at Castlewellan
  • The Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough for fishing villages and stately homes
  • Watersports, MTB, hiking

Visit the Mournes & the South East

Giants Causeway

  • The Causeway Coastal Route – a stunning coastal drive that takes in sites such as the Carrickfergus Castle, coastal towns, magnificent glens, a side trip to Rathlin Island, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-Rede Bridge and Giant’s Causeway plus the seaside resort towns of Portrush and Portstewart.
  • Game of Thrones filming locations including the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour, Slemish
  • Walled City Derry~Londonderry & Lough Foyle for history and scenery
  • Donegal & Wild Atlantic Way (Republic of Ireland)

Visit the Causeway Coast

The Big Fish and Harland & Wolf Cranes - Belfast

  • Belfast & Belfast Lough for history, the Titanic Experience, Troubles tours, pubs, scenery

Visit Belfast

The South & Fermanagh Lakes

Enniskillen Castle Co Fermanagh

  • Lakes and watersports
  • Marble Arch Caves
  • Cuilcagh ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Mountain walk
  • Stately homes and ancient sites

Visit the Fermanagh Lakes

Things to Do

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