Despite its difficult history, this exciting destination, sometimes referred to by its ancient name Ulster, is most welcoming of travelers and most keen to show off its colorful and vibrant towns, rugged mountains, and beautiful countryside. Culture runs deep in this land that has been occupied since the Bronze Age, and despite its small size has managed to produce famed writers such as C. S. Lewis and noted actors including Liam Neeson.
Stroll the winding streets of Belfast or Derry and seek out the grand historical monuments speckled throughout the cities. Head out to the countryside where natural wonders abound. Gasp at the gloriously green valleys of the Glens of Antrim, and marvel at the majestic peaks of the rugged Mourne Mountains which inspired C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and played host to the filming of HBO’s Game of Thrones®. Continue along the craggy coastline and witness nature at its most spectacular and perplexing as you discover the Giant's Causeway; an area made up of thousands of hexagonal blocks of rock, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions.