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Some of the Most Instagram-able Locations in NI

If you didn’t take a photo did it really happen? We all set out to get that picture-perfect Instagram photo when we are out exploring, whether it’s that candid shot looking out into the scenic distance or ice cream and coffees on the beach.

As we are all staying home this summer, we have found some of the most instagrammable locations in Northern Ireland.

The Giants Causeway 

A little over 1 hour from Belfast, travelling to the jewel of the North Coast’s crown is a beautiful scenic drive and the perfect place to get that picture-perfect Instagram photo. You will also learn a lot more about the formation of the Causeway and its fascinating links with myths and legends.

Portrush Beach

Sticking to the North Coast and headed for Portrush, you will find some of the most beautiful sandy beaches here. From Whiterock beach to Portrush Strand, beach walks are extremely popular in the seaside town of Portrush. Plus, this is perfect place to grab a nice coffee or tuck into lunch in one of the many cafes by the sea front.  

Cuilcagh Mountain trial

Otherwise known as ‘the stairway to heaven’ in Co Fermanagh, this boardwalk is among the highest mountains in the area. Many have been exploring the area during lockdown and challenged themselves to this walk.

You may need to mentally prepare yourself for this one and ensure you have the correct attire for the day, but once you reach the top those breath-taking views will be worth the climb.

The Dark Hedges

One for all you Game of Throne fans and situated on the Bregagh Road in Co. Antrim, around a 50 min journey from Belfast. This beautiful avenue of beech trees was originally planted in the eighteenth century to become a magnificent landscape feature and 200 years later, the trees have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.  In more recent years, the Dark Hedges have been made famous as a filming location of the very popular HBO series.  Please remember the Bregagh Road is pedestrianised only so check out their site to find out detail on where you are allowed to park up nearby to capture that epic picture.

Dunluce Castle Co. Antrim

One of the most iconic monuments in Northern Ireland, situated between Portballintrae and Portrush, Dunluce Castle was built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north County Antrim. Why not bring along a picnic to enjoy while you take in the views over the cliff edges.

The castle’s history goes way back to 1513 when it was owned by the MacQuillan family.

Mussenden Temple Co. Derry/Londonderry

Near Castlerock this cliff top is 120ft in height above the Atlantic Ocean and was another of the famous locations used in Game of Thrones as a very scenic backdrop.

Newcastle Co. Down

Once in Newcastle you can decide to take a leisurely walk along the seafront, grab an ice cream, indulge in a beautiful lunch with a view or become a little more adventurous and take on the Mourne Mountains.

Slieve Donard is the highest peak amongst the Mourne mountains, reaching 850m (2,790ft) but if you want a less challenging climb you can hike any of the Mournes from Slieve Binnian, Slieve Bearnagh to name a few.

Colourful houses at Whitehead

The perfect stop off if you are heading north to Portrush’s beaches or Dunluce Castle.  These beautiful little townhouses are situated in Whitehead - a town on the coastal line. Aren’t they so cute, we agree they would make a lovely Instagram post.

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