Ulster travel: Discover the highlights of all nine counties

Ulster travel: Discover the highlights of all nine counties

Ulster. The name of the province is synonymous with Northern Ireland, but did you know that Ulster province is made up of more than just the six counties of the north? Having visited every county in Ulster for myself, I know that each one has its own character and highlights, tied together by a shared history and the instantly-recognisable Ulster accent. If your Ulster travel knowledge needs a boost, here are some great suggestions for what to see in each county! The nine (yes NINE) counties that Read more [...]
Slemish: St Patrick’s Mountain in Northern Ireland

Slemish: St Patrick’s Mountain in Northern Ireland

I have been a regular visitor to Northern Ireland over many years, visiting the town of Ballymena, County Antrim. And anyone familiar with the approach to Ballymena will recognise Slemish. Towering over the surrounding flat landscape, Slemish is unmistakable and, when the mists clear, unmissable. It is also St Patrick's mountain. The story goes like this: at the age of 16, the teenager who would become St Patrick was captured in England and brought to Ireland against his will. For the next Read more [...]
County Meath: Ireland’s ancient east

County Meath: Ireland’s ancient east

If there’s one thing that Ireland has by the bucket load, it’s history. From ancient to modern, there is so much to learn here that you could never do the country justice, but fortunately there are a few sights within a short drive of Dublin which allow you to discover some of the key moments of Ireland's past. All located in County Meath, they make a great day trip after a couple of days spent in the capital. This part of Ireland is captioned “Ireland’s Ancient East” on all the signposts, Read more [...]
The Mourne Mountains: Northern Ireland’s southeast

The Mourne Mountains: Northern Ireland’s southeast

If you are visiting Northern Ireland, you could do far worse than a day or two spent exploring the Mourne Mountains. Nestled in the far south of County Down, the stunning peaks (of which the highest is Slieve Donard at 850m, Northern Ireland's highest point) rise out of the Irish Sea to provide breathtaking hiking and scenic drives across hillsides covered in moorland, farmland and pastures. Formed some 56 million years ago from volcanic magma which hardened and evolved into granite peaks, the Read more [...]
Portrush to Castlerock: Northern Ireland’s northwest coast

Portrush to Castlerock: Northern Ireland’s northwest coast

The part of the Northern Irish coast to the west of the Giant's Causeway is the province's holiday playground. With white sand beaches, caravan parks and coastal towns, it is a great spot for a family break, but it also has history and stunning scenery to explore. So how could you spend a day or two in Northern Ireland's northwest? Dunluce Castle Dunluce is a ruined medieval castle, perched on a headland a few miles to the west of Bushmills and the Giant's Causeway. A spectacularly scenic Read more [...]
Discover Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast

Discover Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast

If you've been to Ireland and not visited the north-eastern counties, you have missed something special. Politically part of the United Kingdom and with a chequered history to match, Northern Ireland today is a peaceful place with much to see and do. And top of that list is the beautiful Causeway Coast. A rugged coastline beginning near Belfast, the Causeway Coast stretches north and then west as far as Derry/Londonderry. It is easily possible to drive it in a day, following the Causeway Coastal Read more [...]
5 Reasons you will love Northern Ireland…

5 Reasons you will love Northern Ireland…

Over the past 18 months I have been lucky enough to make regular visits to Country Antrim and the surrounding area, and have fallen in love with what I have found there. Often overlooked because of its history and separate status as part of the United Kingdom, it is less visited than the southern part of Ireland, but has just as much to offer. Here's are some of the reasons why I love Northern Ireland! 1. The landscapes This was a wonderful surprise when I first started exploring Northern Ireland. Read more [...]
Northern Ireland: The highlights of Derry/Londonderry

Northern Ireland: The highlights of Derry/Londonderry

I was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time last year in Northern Ireland - my work had taken me over there on a number of occasions, and if I'd enjoyed what I'd seen of it previously, I fell in love with the province over the course of the year. Much of my exploration took place after working hours, however I decided to take a weekend during the long summer days of mid July. To make the most of my time, I planned a loop around Northern Ireland, crossing over the border into Donegal in the Republic Read more [...]