For many decades, Northern Ireland deservedly earned itself a place on the map of places to avoid as the tiny nation went through one of the darkest periods in Irish history. As the Troubles ended, the world seemed to have forgotten about the country — that is, until Brexit happened. Now, the world is curious as to whether or not Northern Ireland, along with Wales and Scotland, will remain in the United Kingdom.
Northern Ireland deserves so much more than a political spotlight, though. The country is filled with breathtaking natural wonders, friendly people, and a few other surprises. Here are 20 surprising sights in Northern Ireland!
Convertibles in Northern Ireland, a land plagued by cloudy skies, wind gusts, and long, rainy days? Who would have thunk?
Oh, but when the skies are clear and the sun is out, Northern Ireland is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. So, don that sweater, strap on a hat, and hit the open roads with an open roof. It’s the best way to start exploring.
With your convertible top dropped, head directly to Giant’s Causeway. The rock formation is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The landscape is comprised of perfectly chiseled, hexagonal basalt columns that emerge from the sea. Legend is that mythical giants building a footbridge to Scotland built Giant’s Causeway. Alas, they were most likely formed by the brutal winds that can knock you over if you’re not careful.
Giant’s Causeway is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While you’re on the Antrim Coast, stop into Old Bushmills Distillery for a nip of Irish whiskey. It’s the world’s oldest legal distillery. Bushmill’s also has an onsite restaurant serving food as delicious as their libations.