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Posted by on Oct 27, 2010 in Northern Ireland | 17 comments

While in Ireland, See the North

Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland

Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland

Mindie Burgoyne says…

So many travelers to Ireland miss the northern counties – the ones that are part of the UK. I find it’s mostly due to an unfamiliarity with crossing the border, the money exchange and stories of the “troubles.”

I found recently that the North has much of the old charm that the counties in the Republic had ten and fifteen year ago before the development as a result of the Celtic Tiger. So much of the landscape is untouched, undeveloped. It’s rugged and raw, yet as enchanting as any part of Ireland. See the hills of Donegal (in the Republic but very north), the lakes and rainbows of Fermanagh, the ancient oak groves in Derry, the pre-Christian monuments in Tyrone, the Glens of Antrim, the tomb of St. Patrick in County Down, and the holy city of Armagh.

The money exchange is easily worked, the people are wonderfully friendly, and I’ve found more ethnic strife in American cities than I’ve ever seen in the North — even when the troubles were at their peak. Most of that angst has died down and tourists have not been harmed as a result of the troubles.

Do yourself a favor and see the northern sea coast. The scenery is stunning and the population thin enough so that you’re not crowded ,but plentiful enough that you’ll always be able to meet a friend.

Carlingford Lough near Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland

Carlingford Lough near Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland

Mindie Burgoyne covers many of Ireland’s most mystical places at www.thinplaces.net. She answered our call to share experiences in Irish travel.

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17 Comments

  1. I absolutely agree with the post. I’ve been to Ireland several times and the north is gorgeous.

  2. The photo in this article is actually taken from Rostrevor (Caisleann Ruarri in Irish) looking towards Warrenpoint. It is where I grew uop which is why I recognise it so easily…but that isn’t the interesting thing. The monolith projecting into the sky in the low right of the picture is the Ross Monument. This should be of great interest to anyone from the US as the monument is to General Ross of Bladensburg who was from Rostrevor. he led British forces in the 1812 war and it was his forces who captured washington DC and burned the preseident’s residence. When American forces won back the city their commanders had them repaint the house…you guessed it, white. Without Ross of Rostrevor the White House could have been a very different place!

    • hi garret
      i have just stumbled across this web-site and at once recognised that the image was taken from rostrevor along the shore in front off the lovely victoria square ..which i am lucky enough to live in,so i get to see this view all the time.
      If you are from rostrevor maybe you might know the glenbeigh bed and breakfast which i now run..
      thanks for putting us right ,whilst warrenpoint is a beautiful seaside town you cant beat rostrevor for its quaint peaceful charm and beauty.

  3. What a coincidence that the photo in Northern Ireland contains a monument to a General famous for a battle in Bladensburg. As the writer of this post, I also went to high school in Bladensburg and grew up in the neighboring town of Riverdale. Such a small world. I’ll have to be sure to include Rostrevor in my next visit to the north.

  4. Wow. Small world indeed!

    Thanks for the extra info, Garret.

  5. Glad to be of help (apologies for all the spelling errors in the post!). Here is a website about Rostrevor which has useful links to all the key places (the village is indeed ‘where the mountains of mourne sweep down to the sea’) such as fairy Glen, Fiddler’s Green & Cloch Mor (the big stone!):

    http://www.glenbeighrostrevor.com/About-Rostrevor.html

    Slainte
    garret

  6. My husband’s father was born in Co,. Armagh and his mother’s family is from Donegal so every trip we always go north. Beautiful countrysides, fantastic coasts and lovely, friendly people. This past summer we did a self-catering in Co. Armagh and toured from there for a week, visiting new places and re-visting some we had been to before. And I agree, Mindie, more like the Ireland of days past.

    Susan in WI

  7. the giant’s causeway was one of the most amazing things i have ever seen

  8. Oh I plan on it. Basing myself in Dublin, I’ll be day touring to Giants Causeway, Derry, Donegal, Belfast, Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher

  9. Hello! Northern Ireland is a place of immeasurable beauty – castles, beaches, mountains, coast, lakes, Titanic, Bushmills… Even the Troubles have a story to tell that’s very tourist-friendly. And so easy to explore in a few days. What’s not to like? Fantastic!

  10. that first photo is actually taken from rostrevor, not warrenpoint

  11. hello, i live in warrenpoint and i agree the north of ireland is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  12. Thanks to all for sharing! I have deep County Down roots and love to see the pics & read the info. Someday….. I have dreams…. Really would love to see it in person. :)

    • Hi Irish Mason, didn’t know you had Co. Down roots I live next door in Co. Louth. Eileen, Irish Lives Remembered.

  13. next trip across the pond to Emerald Isle, I’ll be sure to make a northern excursion part of my adventure…
    stay adventurous, Craig

  14. Warrenpoint, Co. Down & Carlingford, Co. Louth are just up the road from me App. 14 miles away. Yes I totally agree a beautiful part of the country and lovely photos to share and remind us all what a great place we live in.

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