Have you been considering visiting Northern Ireland, but you just need a little more convincing? Perhaps these 5 reasons why you should visit Northern Ireland will help you decide…
From the Easter Rising and the Troubles to the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland certaintly has a turbulent, yet fascinating history which makes it the interesting and cultural country it is today. Some might say that Northern Ireland is mostly known for its Troubles, the violent sectarian conflict between Protestant unionists and Roman Catholic nationalists which took place during the late 20th century. Nowadays, visitors can learn about the history of the Troubles on the infamous Black Taxi Tour in Belfast which stops off at key locations, including the Peace Wall, Shankhill Road and Falls Road, telling the story of both sides.
World-leading tourist attractions
Others will say that Northern Ireland is best known as the home of the Titanic, with the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience in Belfast. Titanic Belfast tells the tale of the ill-fated ship that set sail from Northern Ireland’s Capital. This certainly isn’t the only world-leading tourist attraction you’ll find in Northern Ireland. Located in County Antrim on the north coast, the Giant’s Causeway is an area of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns caused by an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. This UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts around …. visitors per year and has previously been voted as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the UK.
If there’s anything that’s especially great about Northern Ireland, it’s got to be how accessible and compact the region is. With good roads, public transport links and guided tours, you could do a round trip of Northern Ireland visiting all the hotspots within a matter of days. The team at Best of Scotland recommend a self-drive road trip around the country. Not only do you have more freedom over where you go, it’s incredibly easy to drive to Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK, even though it’s separated by a sea. If you’re travelling from Scotland, you can easily drive there via the ferry that departs from Cairnryan and arrives in Belfast.
When we say scenic routes, we’re referring to the Causeway Coastal Route in particular. The Causeway Coastal Route stretches for an amazing 120-miles along the coast between Northern Ireland’s two main cities: Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. This route has been described by many as one of the greatest drives on earth and it’s true. You’ll take in some of the most amazing sights in Ireland, from the crashing waves of the Atlantic coast to the charming towns and villages you’ll stop off at along the way. Other notable attractions to stop off at along the way includes the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, hanging 100ft above the sea, and the Goblin’s Cliff Path, also not for the faint-hearted!
Finally, if nothing else can convince you to visit Northern Ireland, the culture is sure to. Despite having a violent history with divided religions, the people of Northern Ireland are incredibly friendly and consider themselves as neither religion. A whole range of cultural festivals and events take place throughout the year, like the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in Belfast and the Atlantic Sessions music festival that takes place in Portrush.
Are you convinced yet?
If you are interested in visiting the amazing country that is Northern Ireland, you can check out the Northern Ireland tours and packages Best of Scotland offers here. Our packages and tours cover areas across Northern Ireland including Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and the Causeway Coast, plus more.
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