A Northern Irish Road Trip

Depart Queen’s leafy south Belfast streets

And dive into the Titanic Quarter, the Titanic launch spot, and bask in the reflections of the Titanic Building

Before trekking to Carrick (Carrickfergus) and the 800-year-old Norman castle. Bridges, crashing waves, sunken caves and sheer cliff faces await at The Gobbins: more cliff than The Shadows ;)

Exterior of the Titanic Belfast visitor centre

The Vanishing Lake

Slide on shades and take a dreamy drive through the Nine glens. Shades off, look for Loughareema, a Vanishing Lake;

Warm sun on your face, at the beautiful horse-shoe bay at Carnlough, leg it up the Waterfall walk at Queen of the Glens, Glenariff, to grab a quick snap.

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Our Road trip Playlist

Part one

Our Road trip Playlist

Part two
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The giant's Causeway

A must not miss attraction

The Giant’s Causeway is a natural arrangement of 40,000 basalt columns running into the wild Atlantic Ocean. It’s an otherworldly place, both magical and fascinating. The only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland and awarded the UKs Best Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards, 2015.

Play hide and seek in the Dark Hedges

The stunning location from Game of Thrones in Stanocum, County Antrim. After, visit Dunluce Castle (keep your hoodie handy)

a ruined fortress perched spectacularly on a windy cliff face. Check the forecast: at the right time of year the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky.

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This single-hand, rope-bridge tends… to… SWAY!

Erected by hoary fishermen in 1755, it’s one of only two spots in Northern Ireland that’s a ‘Dark Sky Discovery’ star-gazing site. Telescopic.

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Cover your head

Rathlin Island, is home to Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony

Crest waves on the way and take a Sea safari to spot porpoises and dolphins. Ballintoy Harbour is a charming array of small shops to stop and chat with the locals.

Our Road trip Playlist

Part three

Our Road trip Playlist

Part four
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What’s not to like?

Holiday faves. Hit the Big Dipper at brilliant Barry’s – the biggest amusement park in Ireland. Portstewart’s got golden sands and clear water. Park up: it’s on one of the last beaches to allow cars. Grab a board, hit the surf. Then to Bushmills, home of Ireland’s oldest working whiskey distillery. With a spirited past – take the tour!

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The last few stops but...

still plenty to see and do!

Mussenden Temple has a racy past (google Earl Bishop); visit his summer library inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli; cool-off and recharge in leafy Roe Valley’s woodland walks and gorges – Derry~Londonderry, awaits. UK city of culture 2013, it’s the ‘Friendliest Destination in Northern Ireland’. Thank-you for the music ;).

Our Road trip Playlist

Part five

Our Road trip Playlist

Part six

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