Don't miss the scenic Castles in Northern Ireland

It is worth your trip to the north to explore the castles in Northern Ireland. Many travelers neglect this region of Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and is made up of the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.

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Before my first trip to Ireland, my friend Carol told me not to miss the Giant's Causeway. I'm glad we took her advice. The hike along the northern coastline was spectacular. We had a view of the unique rock formations making the fabled "Giant's" steps of the Causeway.

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Dunluce Castle is nearby and virtually hangs above the coastline. In fact, many years ago part of the castle fell into the sea and took many of the servants to their deaths.

During your tour of northern Ireland castles, you will want to visit the vibrant city of Belfast, where development has led to an increase in tourism since the peace agreements have been implemented.

The castles in Northern Ireland include:

Ballygally Castle ,
Enniskillen Castle ,
Dunluce Castle ,and
Carrickfergus Castle .

As you travel to Northern Ireland, you may want to:

Drive from Belfast north along the beautiful Antrim coast,

Stop and explore one or more of the Glens of Antrim,

Hike along the trail above the amazing Giant's Causeway ,

Visit the Village of Cloughmills,

Play one of the Northern Ireland golf courses,

Take a tour of Bushmills Distillery ,

Brave the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge ,

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View the Palm House in the Botonic Gardens at Belfast,and

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Ride horses at the Mount Pleasant Riding and Trekking Center in County Down.

There are a variety of lodging options in Northern Ireland. Your choices include:

Dufferin Coaching Inn
in Killyleagh,

Ravenhill House
in Belfast,

The Bushmills Inn and,

Beech Hill Country House Hotel
near Londonderry.

You will find many activities to experience, historic sites to tour, and gorgeous views to enjoy as you tour the Northern Ireland castles. You will want to visit again and again!

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