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Northern Ireland

 

Northern Ireland is located on the island of Ireland and is one of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom. Despite its former reputation as being violent and dangerous, the political situation is currently stable and the province is safe to visit. Northern Ireland has a vast array of attractions which are of interest to tourists, from stunning landscapes and scenery to vibrant cities and interesting remnants of the country's past.

Climate

The weather in Northern Ireland is notoriously unpredictable, and it is not uncommon to experience a full range of meteorological conditions in a single week. As with the rest of the island of Ireland and Great Britain, the province is particularly susceptible to rain. Similarly to England, the weather is a common topic of conversation.

 
   

 

Giant's Causeway

 

There are many reasons to visit Northern Ireland any time of year, including seeing great Irish sights like the Giant's Causeway and touring Bushmills whiskey distillery. There are always activities including golf, surfing and cycling, and later in 2008 you can see people like Coldplay and Lee Evans live in concert in Belfast.

Old Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillery

The Old Bushmills whiskey distillery is 400 years old this year. It's the oldest legal distillery in the world, having received its licence in 1608 from King James I. It's thought that whiskey has been made here for much longer than that, though, as it's believed the troops of King Henry II enjoyed a drop about 800 years ago.

Planet Love

This year is also the 10th anniversary of what was surprisingly Northern Ireland's first outdoor music festival. It takes place at Shane's Castle in County Antrim this year on 5th and 6th September when clubbers from all over Europe are expected to attend.

Coldplay in Belfast

More music on December 18th at Belfast's Odyssey Arena when Coldplay perform the only Irish gig of their new European tour.

Lee Evans in Belfast

15th October sees Lee Evans return to stand-up with a Belfast show as part of his Big UK Tour 2008, also at the Odyssey Arena.

Surfing in Northern Ireland

Visitors are often surprised to hear you can surf in Northern Ireland but there are several really good beaches where you can catch a wave. Even champion surfers come to surf in Northern Ireland, and the surf attracts visitors from all over the world.

Golf in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has several fine golf courses, with the one at Portstewart Strand said to have the best opening hole in all of Ireland – some people have even said the best opening hole on any golf course in the world. You have to play it, to find out what's so special.
Cycling in Northern Ireland

Cycling

Yet another popular activity, with the NCN Route 93 providing some stunning cycling along the beautiful North Antrim coast.

 
   
 

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