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Northern Ireland

Surrounded by wild oceans, rolling hills and stunning coastline, Northern Ireland is a country awash with history, myths and legends. Read more...

If the countryside looks familiar that’s because you’ve seen it on the small screen during episodes of Game of Thrones. Slemish Mountain was home to the Dothraki warriors, Ballintoy Harbour is the Iron Island’s Lordsport, and the Antrim Plateau is the land of Winterfell.

But even if you’re not into gory medieval fantasy, Northern Ireland has so much to offer: political history, Gaelic mythology and a ruggedly romantic coastline.

Start in the port city of Belfast, birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic. The dockyards have had an amazing transformation and now boast the stunning, shiny building of Titanic Belfast, an interactive museum. Tour the Crumlin Road Gaol and the Belfast Peace Wall, or kick back and enjoy amazing food and traditional music in pubs on the waterfront.

A major draw card to this part of the world is the Causeway Coastal Route, which takes you through much of the beautiful countryside favoured by the Game of Thrones location managers. Along the way you can drop by castles, walk the naturally cobbled trails of the Giant’s Causeway and stop by Bushmills to sample some of Ireland’s best whiskey.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take a tour of Belfast in a black taxi and learn about the city’s political history.
  • Sample some of Ireland’s famous whiskey at Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim.
  • Follow the journey of one of the passengers at the interactive museum, Titanic Belfast.
  • Walk around the seventeenth-century walls of Derry for some of the city’s best views.
  • Test your mettle with a walk across the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge that links the mainland to Carrick Island with its diverse birdlife.