A Native’s Guide to Northern Ireland

August 21, 2017

 

A Native’s Guide to Northern Ireland

 

Last week you met our new intern Shannon (and read all about her journey) who traveled all the way from Ireland to work with the Norbella team!

This week, learn more about her hometown in Northern Ireland:

 

What is one thing we must do, see, or experience while in the north of Ireland?

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then the north coast of Ireland is a must see. From the Iron Islands (Ballintoy Harbour) to the beaches where Dany and Tyrion roam, regardless of whether you watch the show, they are still stunning places to visit.

You can walk along the Kings road at the Dark Hedges or you can enter the caves where Melisandre gave birth to the black smoke, it would be as if you are in Westeros.

 

What is one place you need to go to eat/drink while in the north and what should one order?

If you ask any of the locals where you should go for a good feed, everyone will say the same place-  The Ramore. It has four different restaurants in the same place offering you different cuisines. Whether you want typical Irish pub grub, an Italian pizzeria, or a seafood restaurant, there’s something for everyone!

With a view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you are taking in the best of what the North has to offer. Each of the waiters has their favorite dish on their name badge, so that will give you a good idea of what to order, but I live by ‘The Ramore Burger’ and salt n chili chips.

 

Where is one place to “play” in the north of Ireland?

There’s plenty to do in Belfast, and my idea of ‘play’ just so happens to be doing a fun activity and then going for a drink after.

Typically, I would head to the trampoline park called ‘We are Vertigo’ which really works up my thirst. Luckily, the nightlife here is amazing with state of the art clubs and quaint streets filled with lively authentic Irish pubs in the ‘Cathedral Quarter’.

There are plenty of places to go to enjoy yourself with my personal favorite being The Dirty Onion.

 

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What is one activity we must partake in while visiting the north of Ireland?

Something that has become a bit of a novelty the past few years, is crossing the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Thrill-seekers love to cross this narrow path to the Carrick-a-Rede Island.

 

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If nothing else, while in the north of Ireland don’t miss…

A Gaelic football match!!! Going to one will give you the all-round Ireland experience. It’s fast-paced, exhilarating, packed with skill, and sure to entertain you.

It’s an amateur sport so you know all players are there for the love of the sport and absolutely nothing else.