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The last ten years have seen more positive things start to happen in Northern Ireland than in all the preceding 35 put together. With the conflict there experiencing quieter times since the Belfast 'Good Friday' Agreement of 1998, tourism has made a welcome return. Northern Ireland has a disproportionate of things to do and see for its 5,463 square miles; from the stunning spectacle that is the Giant's Causeway; to areas of outstanding natural beauty - the Mourne Mountain and Sperrin Mountain ranges; and the gloriously historic and atmospheric cities of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. With a little help from Campanda, you'll be able to pick out the very best of what this stunning country has to offer.
If you're coming from mainland UK, then getting to Northern Ireland couldn't be easier. Fast ferry links connect the Scottish towns of Cairnryan and Troon with Belfast and Larne; and regular services also operate between Liverpool Birkenhead and Belfast. You'll also have the convenient option of being able to bring your motorhome along with you. Flying is also a second handy option, with cheap flights leaving daily from airports in London, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, flying to airports in Belfast and Derry.
Northern Ireland's size makes this a simple country to navigate, and an easy one for ticking off lists of must-see places to visit. Among its most famous attractions is the legendary Giant's Causeway. Taking its name from the Causeway Coast along which it is located, this spectacular natural rock formation was believed by the predecessors of the modern day Irish to have been formed by the giant Finn McCool who, after inadvertently creating the Isle of Man of course, decided to build a causeway of enormous stepping stones in order to reach and challenge a rival over in Scotland. This is Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, and attracts around 750,000 visitors every year. Spring and autumn are the most beautiful seasons to visit, but come midweek if you want to avoid the crowds.
Just like the rest of the British Isles, Northern Ireland's natural beauty and changing landscapes are its biggest assets, but to pass up its towns and cities would be to miss out indeed. Northern Ireland's capital Belfast - once lumped together with Beirut, Baghdad and Bosnia as one of the four 'Bs' best to avoid - has since transformed itself into a fun and trendy destination chock-a-block full of shops, restaurants and entertainment. The local music scene is a rich and vibrant one definitely worth checking out, and you can even catch international artists at world class venues such as Belfast Waterfront and the Odyssey Arena. Other top attractions include Titanic Belfast; a multi-floor visitor experience which charts the story of the world's most famous and ill-fated passenger liner from her conception in Belfast, through her construction and launch, right up to her tragic end. With plenty to see and do on Belfast's culture calendar, whether it be checking out a theatre production in the Irish language; visiting Belfast Exposed, a gallery showcasing photography chronicling the Troubles; or timing your visit to coincide with the Belfast International Comedy Festival, you're sure to find something to suit your tastes.
Camping with a motorhome and caravan is the ideal way to relax and experience Northern Ireland at its best. Here you'll find a range of campsites with facilities to suit all needs; whether it be somewhere small and peaceful to relax in, or something a bit more lively with entertainment for all the family. Most campsites include as standard: washing facilities, caravan and motorhome pitches with electricity supply, games/sports area and WiFi.
Wherever you chose to go in the northern part of the emerald isle, you'll be glad you chose motorhome hire in Northern Ireland with Campanda.