Outstanding places in Northern Ireland

Since I’ve moved to Northern Ireland I’ve been exploring this striking place. A lot of people ask me why I chose Northern Ireland to live. I really don’t understand why so many people ask me this question as I believe many of them don’t value what they have. What I can tell you is that one of the reasons why I’m still here is because of the absolutely stunning landscapes and incredible places I’ve discovered in my adventures in this lovely country (let alone some amazing people who have crossed my path). So, let’s see if I can show you the beauty through my eyes.

  1. Fairhead

In your walk to Fairhead you will pass through some farmlands and of course you will spot many sheep and some cows and even expect an encounter with some wild goats. Be prepared to wear comfortable shoes to walk and be ready to put your feet in a lot of mud (well, I think it was just mud, but with cows around you never know). One of the things I truly like about this country is that wherever you go there aren’t lots of people/tourists which is great as you can feel completely immersed with the nature and your surroundings. I appreciate this feeling of complete peace and harmony that nature offers you.

Fairhead marks the northeastern corner of Ireland. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. The beautiful contrast between green and blue is incredible. The cliff has basaltic rocks (some huge) like the ones you have at the Giant’s Causeway.

From the top you can see Rathlin Island (I’ve already written an article about this stunning island. You can find the full article in the following link:  https://susanastravels.com/2018/12/09/rathlin-island/).

Apparently Fairhead is an excellent place to go if you like climbing (though not for me, I must confess).

So, what are you waiting for? If you didn’t have plans for your weekend here is my suggestion.

 2. Cave Hill

This beautiful and mysterious hill shaped as Napoleon’s tricorn hat is the perfect place to overlook Belfast and enjoy this area of outstanding beauty.

Cave Hill has five caves engraved in its hills that are thought to have been iron mines in the past used later as a place to storage food and served as a shelter during the war times.

Cave Hill is located at an altitude of 368 metres and on clear days you have views that extend to Scotland and Isle of Man. Once you reach the top you will be dazzled by the stunning views overlooking Belfast. There is also a sense of peace that will invite you to savour the moment and recharge your batteries.

3. Cushendun

This picturesque village is full of charm and character. In the past this small village located on the Northern Coast, harboured the travellers between Ireland and Scotland. A walk alongside the beach gives you a full panorama of the pretty village. If you like to collect shells and nice pebbles (like me) here, you will find plenty.

Despite being a small place, Cushendun has small shops, pubs, a harbour and caves formed about 400 million years ago. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, these caves are where the Red Priestess Melisandre gave birth to that eerie little creature.

If you enjoy a slow pace and are looking for some peace and quiet whilst walking and discovering fascinating places, this is the right place. Enjoy a delicious meal or simply go for some tea and have some time for yourself or to be with that special someone.

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