You’ve seen the sights of the Republic of Ireland, so it’s only right and proper to bring you some sights of Northern Ireland. The two countries share the same island so of course, there is some similarity but there are differences to be celebrated too. Here’s my photo album of the sights of Northern Ireland. Enjoy!
The Dark Hedges is a beech tree tunnel planted in the 18th Century. It is one of the most visited attractions and most photographed sights of Northern Ireland.
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The cave is below the ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle. Can you see the faint rainbow?
The stepping stones are over the Shimna River in Tollymore Forest Park.
Surely the top of any list of places to go in Northern Ireland.
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The statue of the Chronicles of Narnia author stands outside the public library. C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast.
The building stands in Donegall Square and was completed in 1906.
The now ruined medieval castle stands on the site of an ancient fort. Obviously the location was chosen for its defensive position on the rocky headland. Some people say it was the Lewis's inspiration for Cair Paravel in the Chronicles of Narnia.
Slieve Donard in the Mourne range is the highest peak in Northern Ireland.
Via Mussenden Temple
The temple is in the grounds of the National Trust property, Downhill Estate. It is modeled on the Temple of Vesta in Rome and is dedicated to the memory of Frideswide Mussenden.
This is the longest cave system in Northern Ireland.
The lighthouse marks the entrance to Belfast Lough.
Via Holywood Rocks
Just one view of the amazing coastline.
Via Blue Pueblo
A number of sights of Northern Ireland are recognizable as locations in the Game of Thrones. Ballintoy was used for the fictional town of Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke.
The first state forest park in Northern Ireland covers an area of 630 hectares (1,600 acres) and lies at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. It is one of the great attractions of Northern Ireland with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the sea at nearby Newcastle and walking trails.
Via Belfast Castle
The castle is a replacement to the original which stood in Belfast city center but burned down in 1708. The replacement stands in Cavehill Country Park.
The blue flag beach is one of the best places to go in Northern Ireland in summer.
The cairn is an extremely well preserved Neolithic burial site with three chambers. It can be dated to between 4000 and 2500 BC.
Bittles Bar is one of Belfast's more curious pubs located close to the bustling Victoria Square. Red-bricked and 'flat-iron' in shape Bittles is a wonderful example of a traditional Victorian bar. Founded in 1868, the bar was originally called The Shakespeare, reflecting is theatrical clientele.
Lovely countryside, any time of the year.
There are a number of rope bridges around the Northern Irish coast. Most are romantically linked to smuggling.
Via The Wishing Arch
The arch is just one of the great rock formations along the White Rocks coast.
Via Cave with a view
Sheep Island is known for its birds, particularly its colony of cormorants.
You've seen the basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway; here are the limestone and shale layers of Mayo.
The forest park lies in Glenariff Glen and features a number of waterfalls as well as walking trails.
Northern Ireland is just far enough north and isolated enough to enjoy Mother Nature's light show.
Via Kiss of the Sun
Overlooking Strangford Lough, the tower is of one of Northern Ireland's most famous sights.
A dolmen is a single chamber Neolithic tomb (unlike barrows which were for multiple burials.)
Such a charming setting.
There are so many gorgeous beaches in Northern Ireland.
Via Titanic Memorial
The ill-fated ship was built in Belfast.
One of the four National Museums of Northern Ireland, it focuses on the links between Ulster and the USA and the immigrants who left Ulster in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The seat of the Northern Ireland Government.
There are lots of old and pretty churches all around the country.
Well it is part of the Emerald Isle.
Once a barracks, the castle is now home to the County Fermanagh Museum and the regimental museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.
Northern Ireland's second city.
Via Black Lough
A popular fishing spot thanks to its wealth of brown trout.
Now run as a hotel, it is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland. Ballygally Castle is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the country.
One of Northern Ireland's fine dining restaurants (in the Merchant Hotel.) food in NI emphasizes the country's fine seafood and fresh produce.
The castle was built in 1345 on the shores of Lough Neagh. I'm sure you eagle-eyed GOT viewers will have spotted this as being one of the filming locations.
The lough is the largest lake in the British Isles.
Via Cliff Tracks
I will never get tired of seeing pictures of the glorious coastline. It looks fabulous on sunny days, but there is something magnificent when the weather is cooking up a storm.
The Ring of Gullion is a ring dyke and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a small number of monastic churches within the Ring.
This magnificent museum is a fitting tribute to the story of the great ship. It is located on the original site of the Harland and Wolff shipyard and was opened in 2012, the centenary of the maiden voyage which ended so tragically.
Craigavon is a planned settlement that lies between Portadown and Lurgan. The two lakes are man-made.
There's a sad history to Tully. 60 women and children were killed on Christmas Day in 1641 during the Irish Rebellion. The castle was burnt and never repaired.
This was a favorite place for my maternal grandfather. He spent many a summer day here when he was a boy.
If you love coastal scenery, Northen Ireland has more than enough to please. This is the most northerly point of the island of Ireland. Next stop north - the Outer Hebrides. Next stop west - USA.
Well, time to call a halt to our whizz around the sights of Northern Ireland. I hope you enjoyed it. Is it somewhere you'd like to visit?
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