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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]