Northern Island is home to some stunning scenery, friendly people, and interesting history. If making a trip to the island of Ireland, make sure you don't miss out the north. You will not regret it at all.
The capital city is Belfast. Flights frequently depart this airport to London and a series of other destinations. Or if you are coming up from Dublin, you can spend a couple of hours on a bus and it is quite cheap. The city is very pretty and has a quaint charm about her. It's from here that the Titanic sailed on her maiden voyage, and you will find an impressive museum here showing the history of her construction. There are quite a number of hostels in Belfast for you to stay in, but make sure you book in advance in high season to ensure that you don't miss out.
The second largest city in Northern Ireland is Derry. There are a few really nice cathedrals to visit during your stay at a hostel here. One of the things not to miss are the murals along the city walls of Londonderry. You can get a guided tour and they will tell you stories about the paintings and what their meaning. It will give you an insight into the history and people of the area. The Museum of Free Derry will also shed more light on this and historical events such as Bloody Sunday which shaped the communities here.
The Causeway Coastal Route is one of the most popular drives in Ireland. It's in this region that they filmed parts of the Game of Thrones. In fact, you can book a Game of Thrones tour to go to the specific sets of the show if you are a die-hard fan. But if not, there are still some incredible scenery to be had. The most popular of features along this road is the Giant's Causeway. All of the rocks sticking out of the earth in long hexagonal pillars are quite astonishing to behold. It is rare to see anything like this anywhere on the earth. Take your time and explore the area. There are an abundance of small towns along the drive and in each town there may be one or two hostels scattered along the way. One of the other things to do recommended by locals along this route is the rope bridge at Carrick-a-rede. You may also want to get a hostel in Bushmills for a night or two and visit the famous distillery and other sites in the town.
If you have even more time from here, you can see some incredible mountain ranges driving around on the Ring of Gullion.
When travelling through this incredible landscape, you will be blown away by the amazing scenery to be found in this spectacular country.
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