Belfast Off The Beaten Path

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Belfast Off The Beaten Path

  • Further Afield

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    Finding this sight along the banks of the River Lagan in March herald's the arrival of better days and Spring. It's a wild flower that grows in profusion. It's name is a mystery to me! But I am quite certain that its bright yellow colour is clearly an optimistic show to lift our mood following the long, dark days of winter.

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  • Outside Belfast

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    March 16, 2005 and yes that's me in the tee-shirt on the edge of Belfast Lough. If it's peace, tranquillity, fresh air and exercise you need then walk the coastal route from Crawfordsburn in an eastern direction to Bangor. You will not be disappointed. This picture tells the story! Get over here.

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  • River Lagan

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    If you enjoy walking, and love the river, then follow the circular Riverside Walkway upstream to Ormeau Bridge. Start at Lagan Weir, head south past Queen's Bridge and along the left bank past Waterfront Hall, the Hilton and the BT building to the Edge pub at May's Meadow. Then, cross East Bridge Street to St George's Harbour and continue past...

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  • Political

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    one of the things that belfast is famous for is the murals. i had hard time finding them because you don’t really wanna go wondering into the “strange” areas... and i wasn’t sure this is something you can ask from people on the street. we did manage to find couple of the murals from the loyalist side... they were just next to our hostel... if...

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  • Bus/Taxi Tours

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    I highly recommend taking the a city tour with Black Taxis Tours. It's a great way to see the what the city has to offer from the city centre to the various historical neighborhoods of conflict. It was about US$30 for a tour for myself. It definitely beat any bus tour that was offered. I had a great tour guide in Paul. He was filled with great...

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  • West Belfast

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    On the corner of Park Road, facing Ormeau Park and the Ballynafeigh Bakery, stands this beautiful church with lovely stained glass windows and timber ceiling. It's interesting that it occupies a site with no postal number. The construction of Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church (its official name) started in 1890. It took 2 years to...

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  • Local Culture

    Belfast Off The Beaten Path

    Find a Spinning Yarn night, I don't remember the Gaelic name. It's when local story-tellers get together and tell stories. Might sound lame but it was one of the best nights out I had in Belfast and I had some pretty frigging good nights out.

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  • Riverside Walks

    If you enjoy walking, and love the river, then follow the circular Riverside Walkway upstream to Ormeau Bridge. Start at Lagan Weir, head south past Queen's Bridge and along the left bank past Waterfront Hall, the Hilton and the BT building to the Edge pub at May's Meadow. Then, cross East Bridge Street to St George's Harbour and continue past the...

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  • Rickety wee café/bookshop

    Well worth a visit is Bookfinders bookshop & cafe just opposite Queen's University in the south of the city. A great vibe, super friendly and nice budget-friendly food! And great place to pick up books if you're studying.

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  • Clifton Street Orange Hall

    When you go up Clifton Street, you won't help noticing a tall bronze statue of King Billy, sabre drawn on the roof of Orange Hall.The statue's 3m tall and weighs 3t. It was made by Harry Hems.

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  • St Jude's Church

    This is yet another church in the Ballynefeigh area. It's situated on Ormeau Road, just across the street from the Paradour Hotel and Methodist church.It was built between 1871 and 1873. But, owing to the growth of population in this area, the church had to be enlarged twice.

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  • St George's Church

    Right across Albert Clock is this elegant church.The site of St George's Church marks the very beginning of Belfast. It's the place where settlement began and which gave the city its name. There are records of a chapel at Beal Feirste (Irish for the sandy ford at the mouth of the Farset) going back almost 1000 years.The present church was designed...

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  • Methodist Church

    Being a mixed community, it's no wonder that Ballynafeigh is surrounded by different churches. One of them is the Methodist Church.Methodists were among the early residents of Ballynafeigh. They erected this unusual church in 1898.

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  • Ballynafeigh Orange Hall

    Ballynafeigh Orange Hall can be easily recognized by many flags flying from its poles. The building was built in 1887 and houses books from the 1880s. According to these books, in those days farmers, gamekeepers and estate workers lived in this area.

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  • Ballynafeigh

    Ballynafeigh (Irish: Baile na Faiche=townland of the raven) is the south Belfast suburb, located on the mid Ormeau Road, beyond the bridge of the River Lagan. It's one of few mixed neighbourhoods in Belfast where Protestants and Catholics have continued to live alongside one another throughout all the years of the Troubles. It's in fact one of the...

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  • Cooke Hall

    On the corner of Park Road, facing Ormeau Park and the Ballynafeigh Bakery, stands this beautiful church with lovely stained glass windows and timber ceiling. It's interesting that it occupies a site with no postal number.The construction of Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church (its official name) started in 1890. It took 2 years to complete.Among...

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  • Hint of Amsterdam in Belfast Springtime?

    In 1958 Max Bygraves had a hit single called 'Tulips from Amsterdam'When I spotted these glowing red specimen tulips in a formal garden in Belfast I was reminded of Max's standard!Useless tip maybe but a clear example of how in a moment my sense of sight triggered an emotional transportation to a remote sphere of my inner world of memories. Weird...

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  • Sure Sign of Spring

    Finding this sight along the banks of the River Lagan in March herald's the arrival of better days and Spring. It's a wild flower that grows in profusion. It's name is a mystery to me! But I am quite certain that its bright yellow colour is clearly an optimistic show to lift our mood following the long, dark days of winter.

    more
  • Belfast Lough in Springtime

    March 16, 2005 and yes that's me in the tee-shirt on the edge of Belfast Lough. If it's peace, tranquillity, fresh air and exercise you need then walk the coastal route from Crawfordsburn in an eastern direction to Bangor. You will not be disappointed. This picture tells the story! Get over here.

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  • Bangor Marina

    If you are interested in cruisers or yachts, you will find plenty to satisfy you in the marina at Bangor. Many international visitors enjoy the sailing around the shores of Northern Ireland. Bangor Marina is well equipped to berth-up and explore.

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  • Spring on Belfast Lough

    The day before St. Patrick's day Spring arrived! After a long winter it was necessary to cast off coats, jumpers and to walk from Crawfordsburn to Bangor along the coastal path. Yes you can believe what you see in this and the pictures to follow. Sunshine and 15C. Watch the sky for signs of change and remember it rains in Ireland lots!

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  • Lisnabreeny View of Belfast City

    To the south-east of Belfast the Castlereagh hills are found. The higher land (400 feet above sea level) offers spectacular views over Belfast, the Lagan Valley and around to the Mournes, Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula on a clear day.This picture was taken from Lisnabreeny on a chilly February morning in 2005. The city was subject to...

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  • First Snow Christmas Day 2004

    If you take a look at my 'Giant's Ring' album you will find Autumn shots of this tree. Christmas Day 2004 at around 10.00 I found this striking view. I simply had to make a picture.Snow in Northern Ireland is not a frequent event and a 'White Christmas' is very rare indeed.

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  • Rowallane Gardens

    Rowallane Gardens are owned by the National Trust and are a really beautiful place to visit in May or June. There are different types of gardens including a rock garden (pictured) and open grassy areas where wild orchids are allowed to flower. There are benches here and there so you can sit and enjoy the different views. It is a very nice place to...

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  • Ossian's grave

    This is Ossian's grave, Lubitavish, in the Glens of Antrim. It is located approximately 2 miles west-north-west of Cushendall and is a neolithic court tomb. It dates to about 3000 BC. Local tradition says that it is the grave of the son of Fionn MacCumhaill (of Giant's Causeway fame).Northern Ireland poet, John Hewitt (for whom a pub is named in...

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  • Downpatrick

    Downpatrick is a town thats about 30 mins drive from Belfast, where St. Patrick is buried. Down Cathedral and Down Arts Centre (pictured here) are there as well.

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  • Harland & Wolff cranes

    One thing u cannot miss when u come to Belfast is the two gigantic yellow cranes lovingly named Sampson and Goliath,Sampson is in fact the bigger of the two despite its name! they completely dominate the skyline and can be seen as far as from Carrickfergus on a resonably clear day,the area immediately around the cranes is off limits to non...

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  • locals

    these two little boys on the picture – they scared us half to death when they rushed towards us on their motorcycle… but it turned out that the only thing they wanted was their picture taken…

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  • murals

    one of the things that belfast is famous for is the murals. i had hard time finding them because you don’t really wanna go wondering into the “strange” areas... and i wasn’t sure this is something you can ask from people on the street.we did manage to find couple of the murals from the loyalist side... they were just next to our hostel... if anyone...

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  • A walk along the Lagan.

    Take a walk along the River Lagan. This is the dividing line between counties Down and Antrim and in Belfast, there is a lovely new walkway which goes from the Weir to Lisburn. You can walk or bike along the path. Around the Weir are several sculptures including this fish by John Kindness. If you look closely by it's tail, you can see a man, which...

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  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Rridge ...

    Carrick-a-Rede Rope Rridge: if you do a day-tour to Giants Causeway and the Antrim Coastline - make sure on your way home you stop by :) It's open usually from March-September, they close it only during times of storms & pretty nasty weather.The picture shows my brother Andreas as he braved the hight (24 metre) & the slight wind... if he did it -...

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  • I'm moving away from Belfast...

    I'm moving away from Belfast here! The Ulster American Folk Park is in Omagh. VT has no place to put Northern Ireland areas other than Belfast and Londonderry, but believe me, there is much to see besides these two cities!This exhibit will be of interest to those of Irish ancestry who live in the USA. Funded by the Mellon family, it presents an...

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  • Ossain's grave is the remains...

    Ossain's grave is the remains of a portal tomb located in the Glens of Antrim. It's an interesting side-trip. We drove as far as we could, and then walked the last little bit of the farm road back to see this. The farmer must have thought we'd run into a ditch because he came up with his tractor. Once he saw we were ok he turned around with a wave...

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  • Cavehill Nature Reserve...

    Cavehill Nature Reserve ParkThe climb to the top is worth the breathtaking view of Belfast and the coast.Take the local Bus from the City centre to Glengormley and ask to be let off at the Cavehill Entrance- close to St Gerard's RC Church

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  • Giant's Causeway is one of the...

    Giant's Causeway is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the North of Ireland. Make sure you pick out a not too windy day & you will enjoy the scenery :) This famous geological phenomenon renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt is the only World Heritage Site in Ireland. Resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago,...

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  • Rope bridge without...

    Rope bridge without 'darer'On the North Antrim Coastal Path, just east of Ballintoy, is one of Northern Ireland’s best-loved attractions: the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Salmon fishermen sling this precarious bridge to the island over a 24m-deep chasm. Those bold enough to cross are rewarded with fantastic views and wildlife Opening arrangements up...

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  • The Antrim Coastline close to...

    The Antrim Coastline close to White Park Bay. If you have the time left, take a stroll along the water edge ;o)

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  • The mountains of Mourne. We...

    The mountains of Mourne. We spent two days in the countryside in the Republic of Ireland, south of Belfast. Also, a visit to Newcastle, on the shores of the Irish Sea, is highly recommended. Great tourist shops in Newcastle...

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  • Find a Spinning Yarn night, I...

    Find a Spinning Yarn night, I don't remember the Gaelic name. It's when local story-tellers get together and tell stories. Might sound lame but it was one of the best nights out I had in Belfast and I had some pretty frigging good nights out.

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  • The Giant's Causeway Coastal...

    The Giant's Causeway Coastal Path (not quite sure of it's official name). It's 5 miles long and breathtaking. Even if you have to stagger the last mile, do it!

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  • I highly recommend taking the...

    I highly recommend taking the a city tour with Black Taxis Tours. It's a great way to see the what the city has to offer from the city centre to the various historical neighborhoods of conflict. It was about US$30 for a tour for myself. It definitely beat any bus tour that was offered. I had a great tour guide in Paul. He was filled with great...

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  • Another great tour is of the...

    Another great tour is of the Belfast City Hall. It's a free tour that started at 2:30pm and only lasted about 45 minutes. It was an informative tour of the building, history of the gov't of Belfast, and current gov't. City Hall is located in the city centre with signs pointing the way.

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  • The Antrim Coast Road is...

    The Antrim Coast Road is absolutely beautiful. You can get a bus up the coast, but it is definitely worthwhile hiring a car, or conning a local into taking you. This piccie was taken near Ballycastle.

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  • Glenariff Glen, one of the 9...

    Glenariff Glen, one of the 9 Glens of Antrim is fantastic. Here's a piccie of one of the waterfalls.

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  • There are a fair few things...

    There are a fair few things you may miss on a visit to N.Ireland........for example, the Ballycopeland Windmill is a well known local landmark, found near Millisle in County Down.

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