Natural Wonders in Northern Ireland

photo by Sebd

Like the rest of the Irish Island, Northern Ireland has a fair share of natural beauties, and some of them are among the natural wonders of the UK. While Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, everything you see there, from cities and villages to countryside and wilderness, it all has a distinctly Irish flavor. Here are some of the most amazing natural wonders in Northern Ireland.

Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway is perhaps the most well known of all natural wonders in Northern Ireland, and one of the most fascinating geological phenomena in Europe, if not the entire world. The causeway consists of thousands of basalt pillars, located on the Irish coast. According to some estimates, there are over 40.000 pillars in the Giant’s Causeway, and many of them are so perfectly symmetrical that they seemed to have been built by human hands. From the visitor’s center, you have to make the rest of the way on foot, or by special shuttles, but since the path is so beautiful, walking is definitely recommended.

Slieveanorra forest

photo by Albert Bridge

Slieveanorra forest in County Antrim is located between the villages of Corkey and Newtown Crommelin, and it is the vastest conifer forest in Norther Ireland. The panoramas that you get to see in Slievenorra are unforgettable, and there are few other places in the country that will make you feel closer to nature.

Rathlin Island

photo by Mervyn Greer

Rathlin Island is a small islet off the coast of County Antrim, and the northernmost part of Northern Ireland, as well as its only inhabited offshore island. There are about 100 people currently living on the island, so it’s possible to walk for hours (and maybe even days) on end without meeting another soul. The island is known for the huge number of rare birds that live there, as well as the impressive 230 tall cliffs. Other areas of interest include Bruce’s Cave, named after Robert the Bruce.

Marble Arch Caves

The Marble Arch Caves in County Fermanagh are natural limestone caves located not far from the village of Florencecourt. The show caves can be explored if you sign up for a 70 minute tour, during which you will be able to see some very impressive stone formations. While initially the cave was believed to be approximately 4.5 km long, diving explorations proved that the cave system is about 9 km long. Despite having been vandalized recently, it still remains of the the natural wonders in Northern Ireland.

Mourne Mountains

photo by Marksie531

The Mourne Mountains in County Down are probably the most famous mountains in the country, and for good reason. The mountains have some truly amazing walking and hiking trails, with interesting vegetation (several species of heather) and wildlife. The most important feature of Mourne Mountains is the Mourne Wall, a granite dry-stone wall crossing no less then 15 summits.

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