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Northern Ireland

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As a destination for a weekend away or holiday Northern Ireland is sometimes overlooked but it has as much to offer the visitor as other regions of the UK and its neighbour in the south.

Northern Ireland boasts excellent golf courses and has plenty to offer the adventurous golfer, examples include; Ardglass Golf Club in County Down with spectacular cliffs overlooking the sea; Castle Hume sits picturesquely on the shores of Lough Erne; and the Royal County Down enjoys magnificent scenery with the Mountains of Mourne as a backdrop.

The beauty of Northern Ireland is sadly intertwined with its history; wild craggy mountains, splendid lakes and sweeping coastline make it an ideal playground for watersports enthusiasts, walkers, cyclists, hikers, rock climbers alike. The coast of Northern Ireland has all the ingredients you'll ever need for a fabulous escape, so much so that you will want more weekend trips to this fabulous part of the UK, it has taken thousands of years for the elements to form the spectacular scenery of this wonderful coastline as well as the delightful Antrim Glens and delightful glens. A must on this coast is the Giant's Causeway, a striking basalt rock formation, truly awe-inspiring.

Armagh and Down is the childhood home of C.S Lewis and the inspiration for the magical world of Narnia. It is a place where you can trace famous Irish myths, beautiful mountain ranges and great inland seas. Here you can journey back to Irish history, and enjoy the finest food and dance to the infectious rhythm of Irish music in the friendliest pubs in Ireland.

The main cities of Northern Ireland are Belfast and Derry along with the newest arrivals Newry and Lisburn. These places are amongst the best urban destinations in the UK and provide exciting nightlife, historic places to see, culture and offer excellent bases from which to tour the regions of Northern Ireland. Accommodation in the city is plentiful and competitive and the nearby countryside offers all the usual B&B options, farmhouses and country cottages.

This spectacular part of Ireland is packed with things to do, perhaps a boisterous oyster festival, or an authentic horse fair, with ancient castles to elegant country houses to see and visit. A romantic ferry trip from the mainland, or a flight with a low cost carrier, allows an exiting opportunity for that different weekend visit to a lovely part of the UK.