After staying several days in Ireland, it was time to see what Northern Ireland had to offer. Both Ireland and Northern Ireland are connected, but Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom whereas Ireland is its own country. Northern Ireland and Ireland are similar, but each country has unique places to see which is why I chose to travel to both countries. Northern Ireland is just as majestic and naturally beautiful as Ireland but obviously offered different places to visit. Unfortunately I did not have as much time in Northern Ireland as I would have liked, but I did get to see some fantastic and memorable places. Here are my top 3 favorite places in Northern Ireland!
- Giant’s Causeway – Who would have thought that an ancient volcanic eruption could make such an amazing place? Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which you can walk on somewhat like stepping stones. You can participate in a guided tour or purchase an audio device that explains the history in detail while you explore. I listened to some of the audio, but my favorite part was venturing aimlessly around the area. Giant’s Causeway is part of the National Trust of Northern Ireland so much of their profits are charitable and used to maintain other parts of Northern Ireland. This place is amazing to see!
- Carrick-a-Rede – A rope bridge allegedly founded by a salmon fisherman in 1755. Sounds safe, right? Walking to get to Carrick-a-Rede is an extraordinary scenic route. Once it’s your turn to walk across this narrow rope bridge, you might feel a little hesitation, but it is worth crossing! The view of the Atlantic Ocean is terrific and you’ll feel adventurous at the same time. There is a little island at the end of the bridge and the views are fantastic. Definitely a must see and you’ll feel fearless while walking across this rickety rope bridge.
- Belfast – Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital with much to see including Titanic Belfast and Game of Thrones filming locations. There are also great places to eat and to listen to live music.
Northern Ireland has just as much charm as Ireland and both countries are enjoyable to visit. It would have been nice to spend more time in Northern Ireland, but I was off to the Netherlands. My recommendation would be to allow enough time to see everything Northern Ireland has to offer and definitely see Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede.