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Northern Ireland Travel guide
Information about Northern ireland
Northern Ireland :Belfast, the pleasant and prosperous capital of
Northern Ireland, may be reached by either air or ship from England
or Scotland. The city is surrounded by beautiful country that has that
soft and green quality which characterizes so much of Northern Ireland.
Stay at the Grand Central or the Midland. Make trips along the coast
road and through the famous Glens of Antrim, their steep, wooded
valleys, or take a bus or train to County Down, "where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea."
The nine inland Glens of Antrim - lovely, sheltered, and well watered - make a contrast to coastal magnificence.
Ballycastle on the North coast and the Giant's Causeway, an area of tremendous volcanic eruption, where strata have been thrown up to form giant columns of basalt. The short crossing to Rathlin Island - a traditional place of Robert Bruce's encounter with the spider - may be rough, and better not attempted if no time-table is in operation. Other local sights include Dunluce Castle, falling romantically into the sea, and the Carrick-a-Rede footbridge made of rope by local fishermen. Portrush is the largest and best-equipped resort of the N. coast, and its golf is famous. Antrim, the county town, not far from Lough Neagh, has a traditional Round Tower. St Patrick spent his boyhood years of captivity as a herdsman on Slemish Hills to the East.
Fermanagh, is a lovely county of islandstrewn lakes, limestone caves, and small farms. Its castle stands at the head of Lower Lough Erne, where St Molaise chose tiny Devenish Island for his hermitage and monastic settlement. This part ofIreland is for fishermen and travellers by water, but they should also drive to t8th-cent. Florence Court and Castlecoole to see superb examples of a period when domestic architecture and workmanship flourished in Ireland.
County Down has low undulating hills inland, but the Mountains of
Mourne give grandeur to the coast immediately N. of the border. The Ards
Peninsula provides a seaside playground for Belfast people, with Bangor
only 12 m, from the city, far larger and more organized than the smaller
places strung out along the Peninsula's coast. The demesne and gardens
of Mountstewart, the seat of the Marquess of Londonderry at the head of
Strangford Lough, are open to the public at certain times in the summer.
At Downpatrick Cathedral, on the far side of the racing outlet to the
fjord-like lough, St Patrick is believed to have been buried. The
neighbourhood is steeped in legends of Ireland's patron saint.
Enniskillen is the principal town of The Giant's Causeway, near
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