“Game of Thrones®, great food and more green than you could possibly imagine…” Northern Ireland is 2018’s game-changing destination according to our visiting bloggers from across the globe!
"A destination for nature lovers"
Whether it’s sunny or not, the scenery in Northern Ireland is beautiful: the cliffs, the turquoise blue sea, and green everywhere – it's truly a destination for nature lovers. My favourite experience? Something simple: lunch at Harry’s Shack in Portstewart where the fish and chips couldn’t be fresher, and all with a view of the beach and the sea. I was really surprised by Belfast, too – it’s a very modern city with a warm and welcoming heart. I was pretty impressed to see that such beautiful sights were so close to Belfast – in less than an hour, you can discover the splendour of Irish nature and this mix of both makes it a really cool destination.
Céline Simon, je-papote.com
"A land of wilderness and friendliness"
Every time I visit Nothern Ireland, I feel a sense of inner peace. Belfast is a vibrant city, with many things to do and places to visit, while the Causeway Coast is just magnificent. It’s so easy to step from the city into wild nature here, and I particuarly enjoyed Winterfell Castle, where Game of Thrones® is filmed – it was so much fun. How would I describe Northern Ireland? It’s a land of wilderness and friendliness, where you can easily satisfy your desire for good food, amazing places.
Veruska Anconitano, Lcskitchen.com and Lacuochinasopraffina.com
"It's incredibly green!"
The biggest surprise for me was the beauty of the nature. A lot of the little villages are really cute and the people are so friendly. One of my favourite experiences was the road trip along the Causeway Coastal Route, with amazing landscapes and gorgeous views over the ocean. Driving around, you immediately understand why the directors of Game of Thrones® opted for Northern Ireland. It is beautiful! It is incredibly green, and – as the Northern Irish prefer to call it – moody. There is often low fog between the hills, making it the perfect place to record TV series and films.
Agnes Nijholt, wearetravellers.nl
"THE place to go for a real Game of Thrones® experience"
There are many great castles, country houses, landmarks and places to go in Northern Ireland, but since the epic saga has hit our screens, Northern Ireland has become THE place to go for a real Game of Thrones® experience. Perhaps the best known, and most tempting location, and was the Dark Hedges. This avenue of twisting, turning trees sits at the bottom of the drive up to the 18th century Gracehill House. Once the home of the Stuarts, the family had the trees planted to provide a spectacular approach for visitors to the estate. And it’s still spectacular today!
Sarah Lee, livesharetravel.com
"Goodies, live music, art and antiques"
On city breaks, I love to go to markets – and the St George’s Market in Belfast is a very special example. In addition to the regular weekly market on Friday (which has existed since the 17th century!), street food markets take place here at weekends, with all sorts of goodies, live music, art and antiques. Until 3 o'clock in the afternoon you can eat here through a colorful potpourri of pastries, preserves, locally produced food and delicacies from all over the world, listening to the folk music and people-watching. Perfect for lunch, combined with coffee and cake and maybe a chutney or two as a souvenir for home.
Nina Hupen Bestendork, smaracuja.de