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Northern Ireland--and Ferry to Scotland?

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Northern Ireland--and Ferry to Scotland?

Greetings I've been to the gorgeous Antrim Coast many times in conjunction with working at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. I'll be returning in a few weeks and am looking for some different things to see and do.

We love walking, scenery, exploring castles and ruins--and we've loved our past visits.

Here's what we've done in the past:

Giant's Causeway

Dunluce Castle

Carrick-a-rede

Carrickfergus Castle (it was FREEZING!!!)

The Dark Hedges

Ballintoy Harbour (one of our favorite places)

(not interested in Bushmill's Distillery--don't drink!)

Glens of Antrim

What are we missing??? It doesn't have to be on the Antrim Coast--but within an hour or two of Belfast--or the coast.

We took a quick day trip to Derry--and will likely return. We'll have 5 or 6 days.

Also ... was wondering if it would be worth taking the ferry to Scotland (bearing in mind that it will be late February)? Would there be tours available from that area? Is that a scenic area?

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Northern Ireland--and Ferry to Scotland?

Take a trip south to the Mourne and the Cooley Mountains, Newcastle and Carlingford are well worth a look

The Ulster American folk park and Marble arch caves make a good trip west.

While in the city check out the Crumlin rd Jail Tour and the Titanic Belfast experience or Nomadic.

Where is our Nanci this year ? Yes its a hard life were ever you go :)

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2. Re: Northern Ireland--and Ferry to Scotland?

Bobby: Thanks for the suggestions. You're right: No Nanci Griffith this year!

I've done the Titanic Belfast experience and enjoyed that. Will look for info on the other places you suggested. Haven't been to any of those.

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3. Re: Northern Ireland--and Ferry to Scotland?

Take in the two National Trust properties along Strangford Lough....Mount Stewart and Castle Ward...or nearer the North Coast Glenarriff forest park......Downhill Desmene and Mussenden Temple.

There are plenty of National Trust for Scotland properties just across `the pond'

http://www.nts.org.uk/Home/

....e.g. Culzean castle

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4. Re: Northern Ireland--and Ferry to Scotland?

Depending on how long you're here, also check out the Fermanagh Lakes. And, if you happen to have the $$$ and time to do so, rent a boat for a few days - most relaxing holiday ever!

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5. Re: Northern Ireland--and Ferry to Scotland?

Thanks so much for these great suggestions. I was really excited about visiting the caves -- but they're closed in February--which I guess, is why I haven't done them before :-(. I've been to Glenarriff every year, and loved that. FYI, I read that the waterfall trail that I've always taken is closed for repairs and won't be open when I'm there.

I couldn't remember the name of it, but went to Mussendum Temple last year. It was FREEZING day, but bright and sunny--and it was so beautiful.

I'll be checking all of these things out. But no boating--in February!!! Thanks again!

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6. Re: Northern Ireland--and Ferry to Scotland?

The Mournes is a good option. The Strangford Lough area is also worth considering.

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