THE TOP HIGHLIGHTS OF MY TRIP TO IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Ireland is such an amazing country and the Irish are just some of the friendliest people on Earth. Ireland is a beautiful island that is politically divided into two separate sections. The southern part of the island is the Republic of Ireland (officially also named Ireland). The northern part of the island is part of the United Kingdom and it is called Northern Ireland.  Now I know why the whole island is called the Emerald Isle or the Land of the Green! The stunning scenery left me breathless and I want to share what I think are must see places. This list will include places in Ireland and Northern Ireland. I hope ya’ll enjoy!

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Political map of Ireland, showing the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland

1) Giant’s Causeway – The scenic view of the Northern Coast is one of the most amazing views you will ever see. The hexagonal rock formations are very unique and you won’t see something like this anywhere else in the world. I loved hiking through the trails and the view of the coast is priceless!

2) Dunluce Castle – The castle is located at the edge of the north Antrim coastline, which gives it a very dramatic feeling and view. This castle has the best view of the northern coast! This has been one of favorite castles that I visited because the view left me speechless. No words can describe how amazing the landscape looked from here.

3) Take a tour of Belfast’s Murals – These murals were painted by Catholics (Nationalist) and Protestants (Unionist). You will learn a lot about the history of Belfast and view the colorful murals of this vibrant city. If you are planning on visiting Belfast take a look at my post of the Top Things to Do in Belfast.

4) Carrickfergus Castle – This castle is located in the town of Carrickfergus. It is a beautiful and well preserved castle. There are cannons from the 17th to the 19th century. I had a great time because there is a lot to explore and the view over the water is stunning.

Ireland

5) High Crosses of Monasterboice –  You will see a cemetery, round tower, churches and high crosses.The monks used these crosses to educate people a long time ago about the gospel of God. This was my first time seeing high crosses and I was amazed at how beautiful they were carved.

6) Holy Cross Abbey – The abbey is charming. The church of the abbey is very lovely because the stained windows are colorful and attractive. It’s worth the trip for the beautiful countryside, the history of the abbey, and the tranquil setting.

7) Cliff of Moher – This place is breathtaking, words cannot describe the beautiful landscape of the cliffs. You cannot miss this place when you travel to Ireland. You can climb to the top of a little tower to get a better view of the cliffs. The day that we went to the Cliffs of Moher it was very windy, misty, and cold so I recommend that you take warm and comfortable clothes.

8) Dublin – I really enjoyed Dublin and I want to go back there soon. This city has a lot to offer and the Irish people are very friendly and sweet. In the two days that we spent there we visited an old prison, walked through the streets while admiring the colorful doors, and I visited Saints Patrick’s Cathedral. We spent a whole night watching river dancing and listening to Irish music at the different pubs of Temple Bar and had some of the best Fish & Chips at Leo Burdock.

Have you been to Ireland or Northern Ireland? If yes, what were some of your favorite places that you visited? If no, what places would you like to visit?

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