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Northern Ireland is back in fine form. Today the country is rejuvenated after a long period of political instability and finally the focus has returned to the country’s stunning scenery, beautiful landscape and friendly people. And why shouldn’t they be jolly? After all, there’s just so much to love about the northern part of the Irish island.
While in no way a foreign land to its southern neighbour, The Republic of Ireland, visitors will still find Northern Ireland distinctly different. Accent, currency, roads, cuisine and of course beer all have a flavour of their own and locals will do their very best to convince you that their part of the island is the one with the most on offer.
Belfast’s glorious architecture and happening nightlife, the breathtaking scenery at the Causeway Coast and the city wall of Derry will all make your friends and family green with envy about your trip, while the rolling hills of the lush countryside will undoubtedly have you planning your next return.
Never short of natural beauty, coastal town of Bangor, picturesque Enniskillen and the nearby Lough Erne, and the Marble Arch Caves are a few more outstanding places to add to your tour itinerary.
If you’re a walker or lover of the outdoors you can’t miss the Mourne Mountains, while those with an adventurous spirit must check out Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland’s only inhabited off-shore island.
Dramatic scenery and delicious cuisine in Belfast and beyond
Another part of Northern Ireland’s alluring appeal is what you’ll find on your dinner plate. The country has a distinct foodie tradition thanks to its history, heritage, climate and geographic location, and sampling local bakery items, a pint from one of the country’s growing number of microbreweries, and of course some pub grub is as essential an experience in Northern Ireland as it is in the Republic.
These days getting to Northern Ireland has never been easier either with Belfast serviced by an increasing number of international flights from all over Europe. Add a stopover in London or Dublin to your itinerary and Belfast becomes easily accessible to people from anywhere in the world.
Another idea for those wanting to travel to Northern Ireland is to visit by road, rail or ferry. The country has good networks to Ireland and onwards to the United Kingdom. No matter which way you decide to arrive, when you leave you are destined to be joined by many unforgettable memories.