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The Best of Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland is famous for the volcanic formations of Giant's Causeway, but visitors to the North can also explore stately homes such as Florence Court, ancient castles such as Dunluce Castle, the Marble Arch underground caves or the 400-year-old whiskey distillery at Bushmills. Northern Ireland is also full of adventure, with rope bridges, folk parks and the best glens to ramble in.
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37 Wellington Ave, Larne BT40 1EH, UK
The best drive in Northern Ireland, this is a dramatic 120-mile coastal route between the green Glens of Antrim on one side and the spectacular coastline with its cliffs, unusual rock formations such as the giant’s face (pictured, above) and Giant...
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87 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills BT57 8UY, UK
Northern Ireland is often cold, wet and gloomy. Yet on this Sunday morning, the sun was shining and the majestic Dunluce Castle was on display. I loved running through the castle grounds imagining what life was like for the people who once lived...
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The nine Glens of Antrim, a series of lush green valleys opposite the Causeway coast, are another of Northern Ireland's most striking features. Each glen has its own forests, waterfalls and rivers. Glenariff is known as the Queen of the Glens and...
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44 Causeway Rd, Bushmills BT57 8SU, UK
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The mesmerizing rock formations known as Giant's Causeway.
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119a Whitepark Road, Ballycastle BT54 6LS, UK
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It's even scarier when you try crossing when its very windy....
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2 Distillery Rd, Bushmills BT57 8XH, UK
This is where to find out how Irish whiskey is made, with a guided tour through the live production process from grain to glass at Ireland’s oldest working distillery, which got its licence in 1608. You can see everything from the malted barley...
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Florence Court House, Florence Court Demesne, Enniskillen BT92 1DB, UK
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The 18th-century estate at Florence Court is just the place when you or the family need to get out of the car and explore—and to imagine how the other half lived in centuries past. Grown-ups can take a guided tour through the house, which was once...
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43 Marlbank Road, Enniskillen BT92 1EW, UK
Glide into these caves by boat, to see the impressive stalactites and stalagmites that have formed in the limestone rock deep underground over millions of years ago. On a guided tour, you'll hear all about the subterranean caverns, stone pools and...
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2 Mellon Rd, Omagh BT78 5QU, UK
I normally avoid experiences with the word 'folk' in them, but this is actually an interesting place to spend the day, popping in and out of the recreations of traditional thatched cottages from times past, plus emigrant sailing ships, recreations...
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Ulster
Walk the surrounds of the largest lake in Ireland and Britain. In the winter it's refreshing and bright early in the morning. There are also a couple of cafes when you need to thaw out after exercising.