With question marks around whether we can travel abroad in 2021, UK travel is firmly on the cards this summer and it’s likely we’re all looking for some travel inspiration. Many of us are already arranging getaways on home turf, with popular seaside resorts seeing a surge in tourists over the late May bank holiday and camping holiday bookings up by 500%.
Now that we have the opportunity to explore all the UK has to offer, it’s time to shine the spotlight on Northern Ireland. This beautiful part of the UK is filled with stunning scenery and must-see sights.
Whether you’re putting together your own itinerary or you’re searching for a small group tour of Northern Ireland that offers a look at the key attractions, here’s a roundup of some of the most majestic places to visit during a staycation in the country.
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a truly breathtaking sight up close. Filled with over 40,000 basalt columns formed by an ancient volcanic eruption, this is a must-see while you’re in Northern Ireland.
However, there are those who enjoy the legend more than the science. Finn McCool is said to have built the causeway as a series of stepping stones to Scotland, where he planned on fighting Benandonner, the Scottish giant.
The Dark Hedges, County Antrim
For a walk with a difference, head to the Dark Hedges. In under an hour, you can discover the winding path beneath the intertwined beech trees – and you may recognise this route as the King’s Road in Game of Thrones.
These beech trees were planted by the Stuart family in the 1700s. They were introduced to impress visitors to Gracehill House, a Georgian mansion in Ballymoney and have continued to provide an atmospheric attraction for visitors in the centuries that have passed.
Glens of Antrim, County Antrim
To experience Northern Ireland’s rugged beauty, take a trip to the stunning Glans of Antrim. Known locally as simply The Glens, they stretch from the Antrim plateau to the coast between Ballycastle and Larne.
There are nine glens in total and each has its own unique story. Take in all of these glens and discover waterfalls and mazes, sites with religious connections and beautiful beaches.
Mourne Mountains, County Down
Head to the south east of Northern Ireland and make your way to the Mourne Mountains. This granite mountain range is surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Beauty and there are plans for it to be the first National Park in the country.
From folklore to captivating scenery, there’s much to uncover in Northern Ireland.