Northern Ireland Off The Beaten Path

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Northern Ireland 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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  • Drive the orange parade route to...

    If one is trying to learn about the Northern Ireland troubles I recommend driving the orange parade route in Portadown to Drumcree Church. The parade route in Portadown has caused great amounts of tension and is important to the story of the troubles.

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  • What exactly are they?

    I wasn't quite sure which category of tip to put this in, as it refers to a number of places, some off the beaten path and some very much on it.Have a look at the photo and try to hazard a guess what the object depicted might be. Got it? Well, if not, I will tell you. This oversized basket on a pole affair is part of a chain of signal beacons which...

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  • Ormeau Baths Gallery

    It's based in old victorian swimming baths and it's a nice building to take a look at. The range of art inside is diverse and largely modern/contemporary. Admission is free. The gallery is close to Belfast city centre on Ormeau Avenue.

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  • Mount Stewart

    This is a gem on the Ards Penisula that the National Trust now run - the house of this estate is still there and you can take a guided tour of it. However, the gardens are incredible, both the formal gardens and informal gardens which were planted in the 1920s by Lady Londonderry . There are so many nooks to explore, I used to live near by as a...

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  • Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory

    Dating back to the 1950's, this little candy store still produces an amazing range of candy & chocolate right through to honeycomb and fudge. Windows look from the shop onto the factory floor and tours are available on request. Adults £4.50 and Children £3.5060 Castlereagh Road, Belfast. It's a bit out of the actual City but you can jump in a taxi...

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  • Hidden Art Galleries

    If you would like to see the art we have to offer here, check out some of the following art exams. The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street Belfast BT1 2FFThe Hedge Art Space, 84 Willowbank Gardens, Belfast BT15 5AJBradbury Art Gallery (Joined to Bradbury Graphics, the art shop) 3 Lyndon Court Queen Street Belfast BT1 6BT Catalyst Arts, 2nd Floor, 5...

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  • Mount Stewart house and gardens

    After doing the usual tourist round in Northern Ireland (Giant’s Causeway, rope bridge, Dunluce Castle, Belfast) why not try to extract yourself away from the legendary beautiful coastline and visit some of the less visited yet equally inspiring attractions. The National Trust is a charitable organization that owns and manages a lot of historical...

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  • Get some fresh air

    While in Northern Ireland a must see is the Mourn Mountians and the surounding country side. Visit Tullymore Forest park for nature walks and camping. Its great to see and you will love this. You can take a picnic and admire the views.

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  • Slieve League - not far from Northern...

    Slieve League is a great cliff scenery , about 30 km west of the city of Donegal and it may easily be combined with your visit in Northern Ireland!You have to drive up the mountains and will finally come to a gate that closes the street - but simply open that gate, drive through AND CLOSE THE GATE AGAIN !You will have to pass several such gates...

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  • Glencombcille / Glencolumbcille

    Glencombcille / Glencolumbcille was one of my favorite villages in Ireland and you will find it in the north-west-end of the Republic of Ireland, not far from Northern Ireland.Glencomcille - Folk park is an open-air-museum and a perfect place to see old farmhouses and ogham stones / pillar-stones.Plenty of old houses from various parts of Ireland...

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  • Doon Fort - not far from Northern...

    Doon Fort is another very interesting place in the far north of the Republic of Ireland and it may easily be combined when touring the northern part of Ireland.This ringfort is built on a small island inside a lake, called Lough Doon. The fortification is 4 meters wide and 4 meteres high. It dates back to 3000 B.C.The whole area is privately owned...

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  • Grianan of Aileach - almost in Northern...

    Grianan of Aileach is an old ringfort, built in the times of 500 B.C., and you will find it just 10 KM west of Derry / Londonderry, so you may easily combine it with a tour through Northern Ireland !This ring-fort is absolutely giant, with walls beeing 4 meters thick and you have a great view over the landscape into all directions.NO entrance-fee,...

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  • Keaney, Co. Down

    Kearney is a small village of whitewashed houses. National Trust of Northern Ireland is in charge of the town. It's used to be a fishing village. You can enjoy a nice walk along a rocky shoreline where you can look out across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man, Scotland. There is a nice sandy beach, and a neolithic burial site with ancient decorated...

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  • The north coast

    The northern coast of Northern Ireland is beautiful windswept, and sparsely populated.The giants causeway is justly famous, but not so the rest of the coast.

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  • Watch out for Boot sales!

    While driving back from Portaferry, we decided to go up the east coast of the Ards Peninsula. This not only is it a beautiful drive, there are so many little towns that have great boot sales. In Canada a "boot" sale is a garage sale, but just out of a person's trunk. You can buy anything from antiques to fake cds to junk. If you're looking for...

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  • Getting away in Portaferry

    Portaferry is a small town on the North East coast of Northern Ireland, at the tip of the Ards Peninsula. It is well known for its beautiful scenery and the warm welcome given to its visitors. Once you come here, you will come back again and again. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy - having some fish 'n chips by Stranford Loch,...

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  • Legananny dolmen

    We actually had more fun LOOKING for dolmens than you can imagine! .....looking for legananny, we travelled in circles for a while, stopped at the local library to ask directions - where one of the librarians called out to someone else "these Americans are looking for your dolmen - want to give them the directions to your farm?" - and a lovely lady...

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  • Ossian's Grave

    Ossian's Grave near Cushendall in Co. Antrim is the alleged burial place of Ossian, a legendary poet and warrior. It is situated up in the mountains, and from there we had a great view over the landscape below towards the sea. We followed a signpost from Cushendall and drove up into the mountains with our car, but what started off as a road soon...

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  • The Beaghmore Stone Circles

    The Beaghmore Stone Circles near Cookstown in Northern Ireland are a bit out of the way in the Sperrin Mountains. The monument dates back to 1200 to 2000 BC, and the stones themselves are not very high, but there are seven circles altogether plus several mounds and cairns. As I said before I find ancient sites like this very fascinating, but for...

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  • The Silent Valley

    The Silent Valley in the Mountains of Mourne, County Down. My favourite spot in Northern Ireland. The water reservoir in the valley is ringed by the dramatic range of the Mourne Mountains, with the Mourne Wall running along them. The visitor centre tells the story of the laborious construction of the dam, and there are lots of pathways to explore...

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Northern Ireland Hotels

  • Ten Square Boutique Hotel

    I recently stayed in this hotel as part of a romantic night out and was disappointed in the food,...

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  • Europa Hotel Belfast

    If we would ever visit Belfast again, we would stay there again, though keep in mind many rooms do...

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  • Tower Hotel Derry

    Spent a night in here in December 2007. Went to Derry for a function which was being held in the...

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  • City Hotel

    I booked the City Hotel because it said on their website that it is on the River Foyle, that it has...

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  • Belmore Court Motel

    The Belmore Court and Motel is a great place to stay in Enniskillen. It’s actually 2 places in one....

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  • Adelphi Portrush

    67-71 Main Street, Portrush, BT56 8BN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Stable Court Lodging

    Oldstone Hill, Antrim, BT41 4SB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Glassdrumman Lodge

    85 Mill Road, Annalong, Newry, BT34 4RH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Burrendale Hotel & Country Club

    51 Castlewellan Rd, Newcastle, BT33 0JY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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