UK: Northern Ireland – Belfast

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast. The Titanic was built in Belfast. It was one of the most dangerous cities to live in in the world. From 1968 to 1998, Northern Ireland and specifically Belfast were going through war called the Troubles. It opposed Catholics and protestants. This political conflict led to a lot of bombings and made Belfast a very hostile and dangerous city to live in for 3 decades. Now it however a vibrant City to visit and learn about its fascinating history. Belfast is a very modern city now and is located on a beautiful island. For these reasons, it started to attract a lot of IT and entertainment companies. The TV industry is worth over a billion pounds in Northern Ireland.

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UK: Northern Ireland – Co. Leitrim

County Leitrim lies in the north of Ireland. The town of Carrick-on-Shannon, a river boating hub, has many 19th-century buildings. These include tiny Costello Memorial Chapel and St. George’s Church, home to a heritage centre. The old courthouse houses the Dock, an arts and performance venue. Slightly north, Leitrim village marks one end of the Shannon–Erne Waterway, which crosses the entire county.

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UK: Northern Ireland – Co. Donegal

County Donegal is a largely Irish-speaking region bordering the Atlantic Ocean in northwestern Ireland. It’s made up of castles, rugged coastline and mountains such as the quartzite Mount Errigal. Glenveagh National Park, once a private estate, encompasses forests, lakes and bogland in the Derryveagh Mountains. Its 1870s manor house, the Scottish Baronial-style Glenveagh Castle, is known for its Victorian gardens.

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UK: Northern Ireland – In the footsteps of Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland

Filming of seasons one to eight took place in around 25 locations around Northern Ireland including Titanic Studios in Belfast, Cushendun Caves, Murlough Bay, Ballintoy Harbour, Larrybane, Antrim plateau, Castle Ward, Inch Abbey and Downhill Strand

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UK: Northern Ireland – Giant’s Causeway

The Giant's Causeway gained its name due to the Irish myth surrounding its formation. Most likely because of the Causeway's uniform and unusual shape, the people of Ancient Ireland created a fable to understand how the Causeway was created. As lava cools, cracks within the material grow most efficiently at certain angles. In many places worldwide, such as Devils Tower in Wyoming and the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland (image), ancient lavas cooled into hexagonal blocks or columns. It is 2 miles (3km) from Bushmills village, 11 miles (18km) from Coleraine and 13 miles (21km) from Ballycastle.

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UK: Ben’s Epic Roadtrip: From John O Groats to Lands End to Northern Ireland

Ben came to visit us from South Africa so we undertook a fantastic UK Roadtrip which went from John O Groats in the north to Lands End in the south and lots in between! He also enjoyed a trip to Northern Ireland ... we had Fun! Fun! Fun!

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