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Things to do: Camping in Northern Ireland
For the majority of the last ice age, Northern Ireland was covered by an ice sheet. This has shaped the Northern Irish landscape into mountains, drumlins and river valleys. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend, family holiday or activity break, Northern Ireland is the ideal location for your next camping trip.
Causeway Coastal Route
The Causeway Coastal Route begins in Belfast, in the south east of County Antrim, and ends in County Londonderry in the north west. Stretching for over 80 miles of the Northern Irish coastline, this route includes some of the most beautiful landmarks in the country.
Along the way you’ll pass the Giant’s Causeway, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Dating back to a volcanic age almost 60 million years ago, the Giant’s Causeway is Northern Ireland’s most iconic landscape. Legend tells us that the pathway was built by Irish giant Finn mac Cumhail, who wanted to cross the Atlantic Ocean to fight Scottish giant Benandonner.
Just a short distance down the coast, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is one of the essential places to visit when touring the Causeway Coastal Route. First erected by salmon fishermen in 1755, the bridge is suspended 100ft above sea level. Crossing the bridge provides panoramic views of the craggy coastline as well as the ideal photographic opportunity.
Built around 1500 by the MacQuillan family, Dunluce Castle is an iconic ruin perched upon the Northern Irish coastline. In the 1550’s, the MacDonnell clan seized the castle and over the next few centuries it suffered a long and tumultuous history. Today, you can stand among the ruins and envisage the castle the way it once was.
No trip to Northern Ireland would be complete without a visit to the capital of Belfast; a city that is often described as an unspoilt treasure and was voted as the best place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. With Victorian architecture, botanical gardens and a fascinating, albeit turbulent history, Belfast is one of the best cities in the UK.
Titanic Belfast opened in 2012 on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter; where the iconic RMS Titanic was built. Make your way through 9 interactive galleries of the Titanic Experience and uncover the story of the ship’s conception, construction, launch and tragic maiden voyage.
Set on the slopes of Cave Hill Country Park, Belfast Castle exhibits unobstructed views of the city of Belfast and surrounding countryside. The Cave Hill area of North Belfast is home to a basaltic outcrop known locally as Napoleon’s Nose; supposedly the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s Travels. Built in the 1860s, Belfast Castle is one of the city’s most visited landmarks.
Located in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences. Completely free to all visitors, the museum tells the story of the people of the north of Ireland, from ancient times to present day.
Top things to do in Northern Ireland
Our Delamont Country Park Club Site in Northern Ireland is the ideal base from which to explore the plethora of activities and major attractions in Northern Ireland. With deserted castle ruins, galleries and museums, camping in Northern Ireland is the perfect choice for your next trip.
1. Giant’s Causeway
Situated on the Northern Irish coastline, the Giant’s Causeway is a dramatic landscape of jagged cliffs and interlocking basalt columns. For centuries, the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, enchanted visitors and spurred mystical mythology.
Stretching 20 metres across a 100ft deep chasm, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge links the mainland of County Antrim with the tiny island of Carrickarede. It is famous around the world and attracts thousands of visitors each year. When standing on the middle of the bridge, the views are truly spectacular. Today, it is a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest.
3. Titanic Belfast
Following three years of construction, the RMS Titanic set sail for New York and eventually sank in arguably the most famous marine disaster of all time. The Titanic Belfast Experience takes you on a tour through the construction of how the Titanic was built and the impact it had on the city of Belfast. Explore the shipyard and walk the decks as the interactive galleries bring the Titanic to life.
4. Dark Hedges
Planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, the Dark Hedges make up a beautiful avenue of beech trees leading up to the Stuart’s Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. In recent years, the Dark Hedges have gained notoriety for appearing as the location for the Kingsroad in HBO’s epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones.
5. Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle is situated on the rocky cliffs of the northern coastline of County Antrim, between the seaside resorts of Portrush and Ballintoy. The castle was taken by the MacDonnells in 1554 and is still owned by them today. The castle is also the film location of the great castle of Pyke in HBO’s Game of Thrones.