There is just so much to discover in Northern Ireland. The six counties – Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down Fermanagh and Tyrone – all have their own particular stories to tell. These stories are some of the oldest we have on the island, with the earliest settlement evidence we have of hunter gatherers in the Mesolithic Period. Northern Ireland also has some wonderful examples of the megalithic tombs of the first farmers, and ancient royal sites. Here you can find some of the most influential early monasteries that went on to shape European Christianity, but you will also find evidence of warfare and strife. You can explore the fortresses of Norman adventurers like John de Courcy, to the Walled City of Derry and the industry of Belfast. The story of Northern Ireland continues to have a profound impact not only on this island, but also on the United Kingdom and Europe too.
Northern Ireland is a varied in landscape as it is in story. The Causeway Coast is rightfully renowned for the stunning cliffs, beaches and promontories. There are hauntingly beautiful uplands like the Mourne and Sperrin Mountains as well as the largest lake on the island at Lough Neagh, and the famed Glens of Antrim. Torr Head is the closest part of the island to Scotland, being just 20km from the Mull of Kintyre, and this close proximity has shaped the story of Northern Ireland for millennia. There are many shared stories that go much further back than the Stuart Plantations or even the Anglo-Norman Earldom of Ulster. Early Irish saints bridged connections, and the ancient kingdom of Dál Riada ruled both sides of the sea. Even deep into prehistory we can see clear evidence of movement and cultural influence across the cold waters.
With this blend of stunning scenery and ancient heritage, there’s no wonder why Northern Ireland locations featured so prominently in Game of Thrones! From Rathlin Island to the stunning Sperrin Mountains, you can find a story around every corner. So join us and we’ll help you to explore some of the best places to visit in Northern Ireland.