Northern Ireland tourist information
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Hotels in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has some of the loveliest country and coastal scenery in the United
Kingdom, much of it still relatively unspoilt. Whether you fly-drive and hire a
car, self-drive, or just stay in one spot, Drive-Alive Holidays offers a great selection
of hotels, with or without ferry crossings. For a quiet country retreat in the centre
of Northern Ireland, midway between Antrim and Derry, try Aghadowey.
Belfast City is enjoying a real regeneration, with new bars, restaurants and shops
opening seemingly daily. The nightlife, both cultural and lively, is recommended.
In addition the city boasts some splendid Victorian architecture in the form of
the City Hall and Crown Liquor Saloon, whilst the surrounding hills offer excellent
walking and great views. A few miles east of Belfast, past the Parliament House
at Stormont, is the town of Newtownards, a perfect base for exploring County Down
and Strangford Lough.
The Mourne Mountains are in the south of Northern Ireland. The granite peaks, yellow
gorse, whitewashed cottages and purple heather create a picture postcard scene,
and the old song "The Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea" perfectly
expresses the contrast between hills and water. The rather staid resort of Newcastle,
at the foot of the highest of the Mourne Mountains, Slieve Donard, is perfect for
exploring this area.
County Antrim is blessed with a beautiful and spectacular coastline. Perhaps best-known
is the amazing geological feature of the Giant's Causeway and the vertigo-defying
rope bridge over the sea at Carrick-a Rede. Carnlough is a pretty fishing village
and a good base for exploring the scenic Glens of Antrim. For coastal walks try
Ballygally, whilst further down the coast is the imposing castle at Carrickfergus.
No visit to Northern Ireland would be complete without taking in the historic city
of Derry/Londonderry, on the banks of the river Foyle. It's the only city in
Ireland with virtually intact city walls, and a walk around these is a must. The
city's recent history is reflected in the murals of the Bogside. Derry is also
one of the best places in Ireland for music, whether traditional or contemporary.
County Fermanagh is favoured above all by anglers. About one-third of the county
is water! You're never far from Lough Erne, and the pretty town of Enniskillen
makes a good base. But Fermanagh is about more than just fishing. There's excellent
walking and cycling trails, boating and water-skiing on Lough Erne, the famous Marble
Arch Caves, and the world-renowned pottery at Belleek in the far west of the county.
If you really want to be in the heart of the fishing county, try Irvinstown.