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Visit Northern Ireland

Visit Northern Ireland

If you haven't yet taken the time out to holiday in Northern Ireland, you are missing out! Northern Ireland lends itself perfectly for caravanning and camping holidays as driving distances are short, attractions are never far from one another and stunning views can be enjoyed at every turn. Made up of 6 counties, all with their own differential characteristics, you can experience the culture, learn the history and explore Northern Ireland in all its beauty.

The Causeway Coast & Glens

Welcome to Northern Ireland’s very own Riviera, a magical land of golden beaches, dramatic scenery, and a host of attractions for all the family.

The seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart are synonymous with the traditional family summer holiday, but recent investment and development mean they cater for a wide range of holiday for all ages.  The broad clean beaches are perfect for long sunny days spent building sandcastles or searching for treasure in the rock pools.  Or take a walk along the shore as far as your legs will carry you, absorbing the fresh sea air and beautiful surroundings.  Portstewart Strand is owned by the National Trust, and it is among the best-kept in the province.  With a backdrop of high sandy dunes, it is the ideal spot for an ice-cream or a snooze on the sand. 

The towns themselves are great shopping destinations, where you can find anything from the obligatory souvenir stick of rock to the most stylish holiday gear.  Don’t miss a visit to Portrush’s own ‘White House’ – the President may not be about, but something is sure to catch your eye in this long-established department store.  One of the biggest attractions – for young and old! – is Barry’s amusement park in Portrush.  Well-known for thrills and spills, this is the place to get your adrenalin pumping.  Children and young people will find no shortage of rides or amusements, and for parents, this is the chance to show your children just how brave you are!  The Big Dipper is a favourite – enjoy a superb view of the sea, if you have the nerve to keep your eyes open…

If you prefer more leisurely activity, the nearby Portrush Golf Club is the perfect place for a round on the green.  Its top-class course and stunning setting attract some of the best-known international names in the golfing world.

Away form the main towns, a drive along the coast in either direction will reveal a multitude of delights.  Westward from Portstewart, via the bustling shopping and student town of Coleraine, you’ll come to Downhill beach.  This is a fairytale setting with waves crashing onto the golden sand, cliffs rising behind the beach, and a train line disappearing into the mountain. Aloft on the cliff edge stands Mussenden Temple, with panoramic views of the beach below and the coast beyond – particularly breathtaking at sunset.  This unusual circular building is part of the Mussenden Estate, now owned by the National Trust.  You can visit the ruined mansion or have a picnic in the grounds.

Travelling eastward from Portrush brings you to the charming village of Bushmills – famous for its whisky distillery.  Over 100,000 visitors come each year for a tour of the only working distillery in Ireland open to the public, to sample one of Ulster’s most famous exports.

Just round the coast, the Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s number one tourist attraction, and with good cause.  The legendary ‘steps of the giants’ – thousands of hexagonal rock formations jutting out into the sea – form a truly amazing sight.  This is an awe-inspiring and magical spot with a choice of walks allowing you to enjoy and explore at your leisure.

Not far from the Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge is slung between a cliff on the mainland and a tiny, dramatic rock projecting up from the sea.  A walk across the slightly swaying bridge with the sea far beneath is an unforgettable experience – best kept for a non-windy day!

With quality camping and caravanning facilities, and an ever broadening choice of attractions and restaurants, it will be hard to tear yourself away from this lovely holiday destination of Northern Ireland’s North Coast.    

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