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Golf isn’t the only reason to visit. Northern Ireland is considered one of the best coarse fishing regions in Europe. A variety of fish including gudgeon, perch, pike and rudd populate Belfast’s popular fishing sites along the west side of the Lagan River.
Due to a variety of landscapes, Northern Island is also known for its many hiking, walking and horseback riding trails. The most famous, the
Ulster Way, is a circular, long-distance footpath of some 550 miles that makes a complete circuit of Northern Ireland. The trail passes around the outskirts of Belfast where you can explore the picturesque sea lough, sweeping views from Cape Hill and McArt’s Fort, or follow the routes along scenic canal towpaths. You can combine history with healthy outdoor exercise without even leaving the city. Explore Belfast’s
Titanic Trail, a pathway of streets and landmarks associated with the Titanic and the people who built her.
Northern Ireland is also an important region for birdwatching enthusiasts due to its location in the extreme western part of Europe and the many species that come to breed and visit. The Belfast region’s coastal areas and marshlands are excellent sites for spotting an abundant variety of birdlife including ringed plovers, arctic terns, whooper swans and Iceland gulls. Some important birding sites located in and around Belfast include Castle Espie , Stangford Lough, Copeland Island Bird Observatory, Killard Nature Reserve and Strangford Bay.