Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom’s smallest region of 1.7 million people, is compact and universally welcoming, yet diverse. Nowhere is more than a 2-hour drive from anywhere else. Rural tranquility combines with the vibrant friendliness of the cities – Belfast, the capital, and Derry-Londonderry – to create an intriguing British/Irish uniqueness and cultural richness. Taste and hear it in the cuisine (an ‘Ulster fry’ breakfast or a bowl of champ mash) served to a soundtrack of pipes and fiddles amid local craic (witty banter) in pubs and cafés across the land.

Fly-drive holidays in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland.

Travel from Belfast along the beautiful Antrim coast to the Giant’s Causeway. There you’ll encounter the legend of the mythical giant, Finn McCool, at this world heritage site, a geological wonder of basalt columns leading down to the ocean. South of Belfast lies Downpatrick, a shrine to Ireland’s patron saint. Visit his grave then continue the coastal route to Newcastle’s world-renowned golf links and the towering mountains of Mourne.

City breaks in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland.

History matters; it shouts from the walls. Discover Belfast’s backstreet murals during a colourful guided tour of its recent past. Or taste its nightlife in the lanes around the cathedral. Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and docks, where the liner was built, resurrects the 1912 disaster in an interactive visitor centre on a scale befitting the tragedy. Or visit the 2013 UK City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry, to walk its ancient walls, scene of 17th century sieges, or cross the Peace Bridge over the winding River Foyle.

Things to do in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s western counties – Tyrone, Fermanagh and Londonderry – spring quiet surprises. Glenelly Valley, among the lonely, unspoilt peaks of the Sperrin Mountains, brims with rare birdsong and chattering streams. Pan for gold there or head southwest to Fermanagh’s loughs to find hundreds of islands replete with a history of pre-Christian occupation, pagan rituals and Viking raids.

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Strada costiera da Belfast

Causeway Coastal Route

Se noleggia un'auto in città, deve assolutamente guidare lungo la splendida Causeway Coastal Route da Belfast a Derry. Questa strada, circa 190 km di paesaggi mozzafiato, si è guadagnata la meritata reputazione di 'uno dei più bei percorsi stradali di tutto il mondo'. Tra le attrazioni, il Selciato del gigante, il Castello di Dunluce, il Parco Forestale Glenariff e Londonderry. Esplori i dintorni e scopra paesaggi ancora più indimenticabili, di straordinaria bellezza naturale.

Londonderry a Belfast

Città fortificata di Derry

Londonderry, nota anche come Derry, è l'unica città completamete fortificata rimasta in Irlanda. È uno dei migliori esempi nel suo genere in Europa e offre un'esperienza unica ai visitatori. L'architettura tipica e la suggestiva posizione in collina con vista sul fiume Foyle, la rendono una visita da non perdere. I suoi due ponti stradali sul fiume, il Craigavon ​​e il Foyle, sono strutture straordinarie, che fungono da porte d'accesso a questa impressionante città.

Il Selciato del gigante vicino Belfast

Selciato del gigante

Noleggi un'auto a Belfast e visiti il magnifico Selciato del gigante, sulla costa nord-est della contea di Antrim. Avvolta nel mistero, questa notevole formazione geologica sulla costa nord-orientale è costituita da circa 40.000 colonne di basalto che si protendono verso il mare. Durante la visita, le consigliamo di sostare al Causeway Hotel per il tè. Oppure potrebbe viaggiare lungo la costa su un treno a vapore, fino alla storica città di Bushmills, sede della famosa distilleria ‘Old Bushmills’.

Kilkenny City

Discover the timeless charm of Kilkenny City on a day trip from Dublin. Explore the cobbled, pedestrianized streets of this vibrant city. Enjoy a bite to eat at eclectic restaurants or a pint of Guinness at one of the abundant watering holes dotted around Kilkenny. Venture beyond the old-fashioned shop frontages to discover chic boutiques. High on your list of must-visit attractions should be majestic Kilkenny Castle and the beautiful Cathedral Church of St Canice.

Galway City

A three-hour drive from Dublin takes you to lively Galway City, rich in medieval heritage and with a delightfully bohemian feel. Wander around the historic alleyways of Kirwan’s Lane, stopping for refreshment at one of the many cafés and restaurants. Pop into intriguing craft shops offering locally-made knitware, jewellery and ceramics. Take in the famous 16-century Spanish Arch and medieval church of St Nicholas. Then discover more about the city’s history at the Galway Museum.