Everyone loves the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day, beer, leprechauns, Conor McGregor. These are all Irish things that everyone enjoys talking about.
While you can find all of that in Dublin (including a leprechaun museum!) there is plenty more to this small, island country that is worth seeing.
While most tourists work their way west to the coastal town of Galway and some south to Limerick or Cork, Northern Ireland is an incredible part of the country which isn’t actually Ireland. It is technically part of the United Kingdom, and while they use British Sterling as their currency, they are definitely Irish.
Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital and a great starting point for exploring the north. The Titanic Museum is the most popular attraction here, as the famous ship lost at sea was built on the Belfast docks. From here it is easy to book a tour or hop on a train or bus to the next famous destination – Giants Causeway.
There are many legends of how Giants Causeway was made, but no matter what folk tale you hear, you don’t want to miss these unique hexagonal shapes with incredible ocean cliff views. With hiking trails along the rim of the ocean and guided tours available as well, there is a way for everyone to experience this one of a kind natural formation.
Londonderry is the next big destination in Northern Ireland. It is a unique city with a mix of British and Irish culture wrapped up in the old city walls. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, make sure to look out the window the entire journey throughout the countryside, as much of the series was filmed in Northern Ireland!
Whether you enjoy cities, nature, history, or TV shows, there is something for everyone in this piece of Ireland that isn’t really Ireland. So, hear the song “Galway girl” one last time, finish your beer in the pub in Dublin and come on up!