On Your Doorstep

Around Northern Ireland

The heritage of Northern Ireland (also known as Ulster) is largely rural. Ulster people are outdoor people. They spend a lot of their leisure time visiting and walking around the coast or going on family expeditions to the mountains at weekends. The rivers are good for fishing and there are lots of friendly hotels and B&Bs (bed and breakfasts) which welcome visitors, and local pubs often have lively musical evenings. For golfers there are the famous fairways Picture courtesy NI Tourist Board 56 International Student Handbook Section FOUR of championship courses and whole series of lovely links, many in beautiful cliff-top settings. There are 50 miles of cruising waters on Lough Erne, sailing on Lough Neagh – the biggest lake in the British Isles – sea fishing off Strangford and the Antrim coast, and many other water sports. You can go cycling and pony trekking along the seashore and backpacking in the Mourne Mountain region. If these activities are too strenuous, you could try painting or bird watching, or touring the gardens and stately homes of Ulster.


The climate in Northern Ireland is generally mild and temperate in both winter and summer. It tends to be breezy, with sudden changes from cloudy to sunny skies and vice versa. The sunniest months are May and June and the driest period is March to June. Lightweight woollen and cotton clothes are suitable in summer, with thicker wool sweaters or jackets for spring and autumn. A raincoat is needed whatever the season. The winter months can be cold and damp with temperatures sometimes dropping a few degrees below zero.