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48 Glorious Sights of Northern Ireland ...

By Neecey

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!

1 The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney

The Dark Hedges, BallymoneyVia Ireland

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.

2 The Mermaid's Cave, Bushmills

The Mermaid's Cave, BushmillsVia United Kingdom

The cave is below the ruins of the medieval Dunluce Castle. Can you see the faint rainbow?

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3 Stone Path, Newcastle

Stone Path, NewcastleVia flickr.com

The stepping stones are over the Shimna River in Tollymore Forest Park.

4 Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim

Giant’s Causeway, County AntrimVia Travel Pinspiration - 12 Pictures ...

Surely the top of any list of places to go in Northern Ireland.

5 Statue of C. S. Lewis and the Famous Wardrobe, Belfast

Statue of C. S. Lewis and the Famous Wardrobe, BelfastVia C. S. Lewis

The statue of the Chronicles of Narnia author stands outside the public library. C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast.

6 City Hall, Belfast

City Hall, BelfastVia City Hall (Belfast, Northern Ireland) ...

The building stands in Donegall Square and was completed in 1906.

7 Dunluce Castle, Bushmills

Dunluce Castle, BushmillsVia Places I want to see ...

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.

8 The Mourne Mountains, County down

The Mourne Mountains, County downVia The Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland ...

Slieve Donard in the Mourne range is the highest peak in Northern Ireland.

9 Mussenden Temple, Castlerock

Mussenden Temple, CastlerockVia 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.

10 Entrance to Marble Arch Caves, Florencecourt

Entrance to Marble Arch Caves, FlorencecourtVia Entrance to Marble Arch Caves

This is the longest cave system in Northern Ireland.

11 Blackhead Lighthouse, Belfast

Blackhead Lighthouse, BelfastVia Blackhead Lighthouse

The lighthouse marks the entrance to Belfast Lough.

12 Holywood Rocks, Knocknagoney

Holywood Rocks, KnocknagoneyVia Holywood Rocks

Just one view of the amazing coastline.

13 The Harbor, Ballintoy

The Harbor, BallintoyVia 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.

14 Foleys Bridge, Tollymore Forest Park

Foleys Bridge, Tollymore Forest ParkVia Ireland

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.

15 Belfast Castle

Belfast CastleVia 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.

16 White Rocks Beach, Portrush

White Rocks Beach, PortrushVia stunningpicz.blogspot.co.at

The blue flag beach is one of the best places to go in Northern Ireland in summer.

17 Ballymacdermott Cairn, County Armagh

Ballymacdermott Cairn, County ArmaghVia Timeline Photos - Ireland Insider ...

The cairn is an extremely well preserved Neolithic burial site with three chambers. It can be dated to between 4000 and 2500 BC.

18 Bittles Bar, Belfast

Bittles Bar, BelfastVia Bittles Bar - Belfast

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.

19 Drum Bridge, River Lagan, Belfast

Drum Bridge, River Lagan, BelfastVia Drum Bridge Winter Ducks

Lovely countryside, any time of the year.

20 CARRICK-a-REDE ROPE BRIDGE, Ballintoy

CARRICK-a-REDE ROPE BRIDGE, BallintoyVia Tour Suggestions - Northern Ireland

There are a number of rope bridges around the Northern Irish coast. Most are romantically linked to smuggling.

21 The Wishing Arch, County Antrim

The Wishing Arch, County AntrimVia The Wishing Arch

The arch is just one of the great rock formations along the White Rocks coast.

22 Cave with a View of Sheep Island, Larrybane

Cave with a View of Sheep Island, LarrybaneVia Cave with a view

Sheep Island is known for its birds, particularly its colony of cormorants.

23 Cliffs near Downpatrick

Cliffs near DownpatrickVia Strata near Downpatrick in County ...

You've seen the basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway; here are the limestone and shale layers of Mayo.

24 Glenariff Forest Park

Glenariff Forest ParkVia Ess-na-Laragh

The forest park lies in Glenariff Glen and features a number of waterfalls as well as walking trails.

25 Northern Lights

Northern LightsVia North Star, Northern lights

Northern Ireland is just far enough north and isolated enough to enjoy Mother Nature's light show.

26 Scrabo Tower, Newtownards

Scrabo Tower, NewtownardsVia Kiss of the Sun

Overlooking Strangford Lough, the tower is of one of Northern Ireland's most famous sights.

27 Dolmen, Ballykeel

Dolmen, BallykeelVia irelandtravelpictures.net

A dolmen is a single chamber Neolithic tomb (unlike barrows which were for multiple burials.)

28 Fairy Glen Cottages, Rostrevor

Fairy Glen Cottages, RostrevorVia Rostrevor

Such a charming setting.

29 Murlough Beach, Dundrum Bay

Murlough Beach, Dundrum BayVia Golden Ripples by Derek Smyth

There are so many gorgeous beaches in Northern Ireland.

30 Titanic Memorial, Belfast

Titanic Memorial, BelfastVia Titanic Memorial

The ill-fated ship was built in Belfast.

31 Ulster American Folk Park, Castletown

Ulster American Folk Park, CastletownVia The cottage in the woods

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.

32 Parliament Buildings, Stormont

Parliament Buildings, StormontVia Stormont

The seat of the Northern Ireland Government.

33 Parish Church, Hillsborough

Parish Church, HillsboroughThere are lots of old and pretty churches all around the country.

34 Glenelly Valley, County Tyrone

Glenelly Valley, County TyroneVia Glenelly Valley, County Tyrone by ...

Well it is part of the Emerald Isle.

35 The Medieval Castle, Enniskillen

The Medieval Castle, EnniskillenVia Enniskillen Castle & Castle Coole, ...

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.

36 Londonderry

LondonderryVia North Ireland, Londonderry 1762.jpg | ...

Northern Ireland's second city.

37 Black Lough, Dungannon

Black Lough, DungannonVia Black Lough

A popular fishing spot thanks to its wealth of brown trout.

38 Ballygally Castle, Ballygally

Ballygally Castle, BallygallyVia seemorepictures.blogspot.jp

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.

39 The Great Room Restaurant, Belfast

The Great Room Restaurant, BelfastVia Merchant luxury - United Kingdom ...

One of Northern Ireland's fine dining restaurants (in the Merchant Hotel.) food in NI emphasizes the country's fine seafood and fresh produce.

40 Shane's Castle, Randaltown

Shane's Castle, RandaltownVia Irish Game Fair & Country ...

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.

41 Lough Neagh

Lough NeaghVia Großbritannien und Irland

The lough is the largest lake in the British Isles.

42 Mussenden, County Londonderry

Mussenden, County LondonderryVia 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.

43 Killevy Church Graveyard, Ring of Gullion

Killevy Church Graveyard, Ring of GullionVia Page cannot be found | ...

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.

44 Titanic Exhibition, Belfast

Titanic Exhibition, BelfastVia travelingcolors.tumblr.com

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.

45 Craigavon Lakes, County Armagh

Craigavon Lakes, County ArmaghVia Bullrush Sunset by Kim Shatwell-Irishphotographer

Craigavon is a planned settlement that lies between Portadown and Lurgan. The two lakes are man-made.

46 Tully Castle, Blaney

Tully Castle, BlaneyVia irelandinsiderguide.com

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.

47 White Park Bay, Ballycastle

White Park Bay, BallycastleVia Whitepark Bay, Antrim, Northern Ireland

This was a favorite place for my maternal grandfather. He spent many a summer day here when he was a boy.

48 Malin Head, County Donegal

Malin Head, County DonegalVia thewomentalk.com
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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