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Ireland Travel Guides!

This section is a growing resource of information on areas, things to do, etc., around Ireland.

At present we are working on building information around Northern Irealnd but we will be expanding this to cover the whole of Ireland in the near future.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland was tipped by Lonely Planet as one of the must-see countries to visit in 2007. The country is described as, "abuzz with life: the cities are pulsating, the economy is thriving and the people, the lifeblood that courses through the country, are in good spirits".

This small country, with a population or around 1,690,000, occupies the northeast corner of the Emerald Isle. Once forming the ancient kingdom of Ulster, Northern Ireland has been home to Gaelic Kings, ancient Irish clans and seafaring Vikings. It is steeped in myths and legends including those of St Patrick and the giant Finn McCool. It enjoys a diverse terrain with gentle rolling fields, dramatic coastlines and the lush Mountains of Mourne.

The capital, Belfast, is an important industrial city and port and marks the county border between Antrim and Down. It's shipyards are among the most modern in Europe and for many years Harland & Wolff's dry dock, where the titanic was built, was the largest in the world. The city is vibrant with ornate victorian architecture and plays host to one of the biggest cultural festivals in the British Isles in November each year (second only to the Edinburgh festival).

The City of Derry is a popular tourist destination with an almost completely preserved circuit of medieval wall around the city centre and many historic buildings. It also makes a great base for trips to the Inishowen Penninsula and Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.

The Antrim coastline is one of the most scenic shorelines in Britain, winding past towering cliffs, sandy beaches and picturesque harbours. It is home to many attractions including the famous Giant's Causeway, the Old Bushmills Distillery, Ballintoy Harbour, Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and the glacier carved Glens of Antrim.

Covering an area of around 945 square miles, the landscape of County Down is both varied and breathtaking. From the majestic Mountains of Mourne to great inland seas and loughs and world class angling, County Down is an outdoor paradise for all! Affectionately known as "the linen homelands", County Down is still the centre for Irish linen and where St Patrick established his first church in Ireland.

Inland lies Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles, and the Fermanagh lakelands sprinkled with tiny islands, wooded parks and monastic ruins.

The Ulster people are welcoming and genuine with an impetuous sense of humour. And, for such a small country there really is lots to see and do no matter what your interests!