What doesn’t Antrim have to offer? This northern county is home to the vibrant Belfast city, the unforgettable hexagonal landscape of the Giant’s Causeway, the delectable Bushmills whiskey distillery, and so much more. Road trip along the Northern coastline to take in the quaint seaside towns, rocky inlets, sweeping beaches, and crumbling castles, then come back to the ‘big smoke’ of Ulster (that’s Belfast by the way) for culture, culinary delights, and plenty of craic.
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County Derry is one of the most up and coming places in all of Ireland, not least because of it’s crowning glory, the city of Derry itself. Walk along the medieval walls of the city (one of the best examples of its kind in all of Europe), get a feel for the troubled past with a wander through the Bogside area, and investigate the impressive architecture of the Guildhall and the city’s two cathedrals.
Donegal is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt, isolated parts of the whole island. If you want to get away from it all and experience this country at its best, Donegal is where to go. Surfing fans will adore the beach town of Bundoran, while outdoor adventurers will find everything they need at the breathtaking Glenveagh National Park and indoorsy types will find plenty of cosy pubs in Letterkenny and Donegal Town.
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Unlike the rest of the west of Ireland, Sligo is one place that doesn’t get such big crowds of visitors, but has just as much beauty as its neighbouring counties. This land was an inspiration to the poet WB Yeats and it’s easy to see why. The dramatic table mountain of Ben Bulben, the picture perfect fishing village of Rosses Point, and the ancient passage tomb of Carrowmore all lend it an air of mystical magic.
County Tyrone is isolated, rural, and hauntingly beautiful. It doesn’t get the same number of visitors as other counties in Ireland, so if you want some peace and quiet, this is where you should head. The Sperrin Mountains offer great chances for trekking and wildlife spotting, Springhill House is a must for any lovers of the finer things in life, and the Wellbrook Beelting Mill is the last working mill in Northern Ireland.
Topped by the glistening Lough Neagh in the north and the green fields of the Republic in the south, Armagh is a rural haven of outdoor adventures. Trek up Slieve Gullion, the highest point in the county, catch some fish in the largest lake in Ireland and the UK, explore the charming Ulster towns scattered across the county, and throw in some retail therapy in the shopping mecca of Newry for good measure.
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County Meath was considered to be the centre of ancient and Celtic Ireland, and was even its own kingdom at one stage. Within its borders are the ancient passage tomb of Newgrange, still completely intact after 5000 years, the Hill of Tara the political, economic, and spiritual centre of Ireland for the Celts, and more recently, the opulent Slane Castle and Gardens, still inhabited by descendants of the original owners, namely Henry Mount Charles and family.
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It’s impossible not to fall in love with Dublin’s stately Georgian houses, gregarious locals, laid back lifestyle and yes, even the rainy weather! This incredible city has a lifetime’s worth of attractions, so don’t be surprised if you want to come back as soon as you leave. Just some of the must-do’s include pouring a pint of the ‘black stuff’ at the Guinness Storehouse, viewing the Book of Kells, and people watching on Grafton Street from Bewley’s Cafe.
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