Northern Ireland’s landscapes will leave you speechless.
The blogosphere often rolls Ireland and Northern Ireland in to one. Northern Ireland has history and landscapes that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world, though, so I believe it deserves a photo feature all to it’s self. Belfast and the Causeway Coast amazed me on my short visit!
That said, with both countries sharing an island, it’s easy to explore both. I travelled to Northern Ireland by taking two day trips from Dublin.
I’ve already written about my experience exploring Northern Ireland’s stunning Causeway Coast, and more details on Belfast are on the way. For now, enjoy my favourite photos from my visit, and some insider tips on how to take fantastic photos of Northern Ireland for yourself!
The Dark Hedges recently closed to car traffic, so snapping the perfect photo just got a whole lot easier!
Recognize this place from it’s Game of Thrones debut? The Dark Hedges are just as moody and magical in real life as they are in the show, and it makes for a great photo.
The Giant’s Causeway is easier to photograph than you think – some of the most beautiful parts of the rock formations are off limits, because of how slippery it gets. Right at the edge of these zones, you can take unobstructed photos with hardly any people in them that really capture the landscape.
Or, look back over your shoulder and capture the rolling hills and happy people exploring!
Walk the trail down to the Giant’s Causeway. The rocks aren’t perfect cylinders like they are at the Causeway itself, but they do make for some great photos and seeing the transition in landscapes is interesting.
Want stunning photos of yourself pondering life? You need only sit in a puddles repeatedly.
I caught this gorgeous light moments after a burst of rain, by huddling down in my waterproof poncho until it passed. Rain comes and goes quickly on the Causeway Coast, so be ready to snap in to action!
If you’re a C.S. Lewis fan, you’re going to love a trip to the C.S. Lewis Square in Belfast.
Visit the Titanic Museum and enjoy afternoon tea in the dinning hall for a unique photo opportunity on the iconic Titanic staircase…
… and go on the Black Cab Tour to learn about Belfast’s history.
Brave? Cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
The best views of the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge actually come after you’ve crossed the bridge, explored the island, and made your way back. There are different routes to and from the bridge, and the from route is where I snapped my favourite photos!
Do you have a brightly coloured rain jacket or wind breaker? These colours pop (my light blue jacket did alright, but yellow and red are best!) against this scenery.
Don’t look down!
I visited the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge with Love Ireland, and came back to Belfast on my own a few days later. Belfast and other sites in Northern Ireland are easy to visit on a day trip from Dublin.
Have you been Northern Ireland? What was your favourite spot, or is based on these photos? Leave me a comment! Belfast and the Causeway Coast were just ranked a top destination by Lonely Planet, so start booking your tickets!