All across the UK and Ireland you will be able to see castles and fortresses dating back to medieval times and Northern Ireland is no different. Belfast Castle overlooks the entire city and the Belfast Lough while Carrickfergus Castle is right on the water and is a top tourist attraction to bring visiting families to. Dunluce Castle up the Antrim Coast is another must-see.
Located just 45 minutes from Belfast, the Mourne Mountains are among the highest peaks in Ireland. A great place for hiking, trail walking or just taking the family for a picnic, it is the perfect place to get away for a day and spend some time outdoors.
One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the Antrim Coast is worth the drive itself. This coastline is the scenic route up to Northern Ireland’s most famous attraction, the Giant’s Causeway. A natural rock formation that can only be explained once you have seen it, the Giant’s Causeway is what the Belfast Giants are named after.
About an hour and a half from Belfast along a breathtaking drive the Causeway is one of the few remaining World Heritage Sites and a natural wonder that is a must see for anyone coming to Northern Ireland. Not far from the Causeway is Dunluce Castle, and the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge which is worth the walk across if you’re not scared of heights.
Further up the coast are the coastal towns of Portrush and Portstewart, which have some of the best beaches in Ireland. Portrush is known as Northern Ireland’s favourite holiday destination and is a hot spot for summer vacationers.