20 Reasons NOT to go to Northern Ireland

20 Reasons NOT to go to Northern Ireland

Nigel asks: Why would you?

Growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles, tourists were as rare as long spells of unbroken sunshine. If anyone had said back in the late 1970s that Belfast would have open top sightseeing buses, then people may have called a doctor for them! It still amazes me when I’m walking along the shore of Belfast Lough close to home and a huge cruise ship glides past, usually carrying more passengers than the majority of our towns have inhabitants! To be honest, I think they must all be mad! View Post

Afternoon Tea on the TITANIC in 6 Steps

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TITANIC BELFAST

Martha’s account of a very memorable meal

If there is one thing that us Germans are good at, it’s celebrating life’s milestones. For me, there was no milestone more meaningful than becoming a mother. That’s why I have always been somewhat disappointed that baby showers are not part of our German celebration inventory. So when the time finally came that I was about to give birth to baby Jonas last December, I was grateful when my good friend and fellow German Wiebke threw me an unforgettable baby bash at her home. What most guests didn’t know is that she was expecting herself at the time. View Post

Undiscovered Ulster: Top 10 of Northern Ireland’s North Coast

Undiscovered Ulster: Top 10 of Northern Ireland’s North Coast

Coast, Glens & Countryside

Our short series “Undiscovered Ulster” aims to introduce you to a part of Ireland that has had less publicity than Dublin, Cork and Galway. The Ulster region undoubtedly offers some of the Island’s most stunning scenery and is far less crowded. In the first article of the series, we showed you the hidden gems of Nigel’s hometown of Belfast. Now we are taking you to the to 10 places on Northern Ireland’s stunning North Coast. View Post

Belfast’s Cave Hill – Why it is Worth the Climb

Belfast’s Cave Hill – Why it is Worth the Climb

In the first part of our Undiscovered Ulster series, we showed you the most under-rated spots of Nigel’s home town Belfast and this is one of them.

The famous profile of Belfast’s 370m high Cave Hill can be seen from almost anywhere in the city and even beyond. Its most famous feature, known as Napoleon’s Nose, is said to have inspired the giant in Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels. View Post

Giant’s Causeway, Portballintrae & Bushmills

Giant’s Causeway, Portballintrae & Bushmills

Northern Ireland’s North Coast is an area blessed with so much spectacular scenery and so many attractions that even we as locals struggle to visit everywhere on a regular basis. Recently we realised that the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s 60 million-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site, was somewhere that we hadn’t visited for close to three years. So last Sunday, on one of the few calm and sunny days that we have been able to enjoy in recent months, we headed for the North Coast, eager for some fresh air and exercise and some of the finest scenery you could wish for! View Post