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The most Instagrammable spot in Northern Ireland is probably here, there and everywhere. For a relatively small place it’s got massive Insta-potential given the stunning natural landscape, impressive industrial heritage and a contemporary street culture and vibe that’s arguably second to none. We’ve picked some of our most Insta-friendly places that are well worth a visit, a snap and a selfie. 

Between you, me and the walls… 

We love our wall art and murals in Northern Ireland. Some are pure Banksy-like while others have deeper political or historical significance. Either way, there’s many worth standing in front of in awe. Street artist ADW’s iconic Deep Love painting of a diver carrying a mermaid in his arms is a must-snap in Belfast’s Dunbar St as is Leo Boyd’s pop-art homage Belfast Romances mural on the Bullitt Hotel. Danni Simpson’s eye-catching Wings at CS Lewis Square - an ode to Narnia’s creator - are worth donning for the camera. The Peace Walls murals have to appear on your Insta and must-see lists. When you’re in Derry-Londonderry, art and history collide on the murals in the Bogside’s People’s Gallery depicting significant moments in the city’s history. Meanwhile the nearby iconic Free Derry Corner sign is a must-grab and you can snap it from all sorts of angles.  

Cranes, Titanic, Brollies, Bars and The Big Fish 

The perfect spot to shoot the famous massive yellow Harland & Wolff cranes as your backdrop is from Titanic Quarter, with the slipways offering a good spot. While you’re there, where the great ship itself was built, make for the Titanic Belfast experience. This world-class attraction has multiple spots for iconic pics, including the Insta-famous corten steel Titanic sign outside, the prow-like angles of the building and the vast slipways leading to the water. The colourful Street Art Umbrellas outside the Duke of York pub in the Cathedral Quarter are another cracking photo op not to be spurned. Just wait ‘til you see The Crown Bar’s exterior, the most lens-popping pub front you’ll ever eyeball. You’ll need a drink after it, which is fortunate because the inside is also very special. From Victorian splendour to contemporary sculpture, head for the awesome Big Fish sculpture by John Kindness on Donegall Quay with its striking blue ceramic tile scales telling the story of Belfast. 

GOT to see these, Thronie or not   

Game of Thrones® locations and fan attractions are dotted everywhere across Northern Ireland. But you don’t need to have seen a second of the hit show to appreciate their beauty or art. While called the ‘King’s Road’ in the show, the tunnel of beech trees known as The Dark Hedges in Stranocum have been picture perfect for hundreds of years. Be prepped to wait while others strike poses… worth it, though. 

To celebrate 10 years of filming Game of Thrones®, six huge stained-glass windows, each featuring iconic scenes, characters and themes from each of the houses of Game of Thrones® were specially commissioned, and now form the Glass of Thrones Walking Trail. It starts at the AC Hotel and ends at HMS Caroline via Lagan Weir, the Odyssey, SS Nomadic and Titanic Slipway. Or for dyed-in-the-white-fur-coat fans, the Journey of Doors features ten intricately carved doors that have been sent around the country for safe keeping. Get your Journey passport stamped at each location – and a selfie, of course. 

Mussenden Temple near Castlerock is perched dramatically on a massive cliff top. This is a really atmospheric spot, with clouds racing above and Downhill beach stretching endlessly far below. It’s from the beach itself that the best shot of Mussenden Temple is to be found, with bonus points – and likes – if you capture the train travelling past at the same time. 

Three edgy places for edgy shots 

Northern Ireland’s coastline is justifiably famous and here are three spots that are bound to help make you Insta-famous. The first is The Gobbins cliff walk at Islandmagee, County Antrim, a sheer but safe cliff walk right up against the cliff face, across bridges and through a tunnel with the sea surging and splashing at your feet. If you can’t get a world-class pic here, you’ve either run out of courage or phone battery! Moving further along the coast brings you to the dizzying Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge just north of Ballycastle, County Antrim. Crossing this 80-feet deep chasm is a big adrenaline rush with amazing opportunities for the shot of a lifetime. Last, but certainly not least, is the world-famous, epic and extraordinary Giant's Causeway, top of many Instagrammer’s bucket-list. Walk the legendary hexagonal basalt columns where warrior-giant Finn McCool battled his giant Scottish nemesis Bennandonner and fill your photo gallery to the hilt. 

Mother Nature is the best location manager 

The Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail north of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, is often called the ‘The Stairway to Heaven’ for a very good reason. You’ll see exactly why when you stand at its foot and look up at the wooden walkway zig-zagging its way up the side of the mountain from where it seems to disappear into the clouds above. There are amazing vistas and photo opportunities all the way up, with sweeping 360-degree National Geographic-standard views from the summit. 

Blessingbourne Country Estate in County Tyrone has something for every keen photographer. The estate boasts unspoilt views, woodland walks and cattle grazing in the fields. With over 200 acres of mature woodland to explore, there are many creatures to pose as your subject – from dogs and chickens, to goats and horses.

Pick any of the nine Glens of Antrim and one of your pics could easily have Sir David Attenborough calling you for a gig. The same goes for the Mournes range, just over an hour from Belfast and a day-tripper’s delight. Head up Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain, for we-are-not-worthy views. Overlooking Belfast, the stunning vista from Cave Hill might tempt you to put your phone down and just picture it in your head, and it’s best captured at sunrise when you can watch the sun hitting the cranes, spires and rooftops of the city set out before you. 

Literary works and local quirks 

Northern Ireland really is a place to fire the imaginations of people past and present. Take CS Lewis for example. Who else would look at the beauty of Rostrevor and start thinking witches, wardrobes and giant talking lions? In honour of ‘Jack’s’ brillant mind, CS Lewis Square features seven statues by Maurice Harron inspired by Narnia – with Aslan overseeing them all. That’s seven Insta-pics right there. You won’t be the first to shoot the quartet of Colourful Houses at Whitehead on the Antrim coastline but you will have the last word on the best shot ever! For the most unique experience anywhere, The Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum in Enniskillen claims to be the only exhibition that offers a haircut to go with your tour – shots from here on your Insta will surely make it a cut above the rest. 

These are just the highlights. There's so many great shots to capture everywhere you go here, and with beauty being in the eye of the beholder we guarantee all the photos from your short break in Northern Ireland will arguably be insta-worthy! 

Bullitt Hotel
Hotel
Bullitt Hotel

At Bullitt, our no-nonsense philosophy means we’ve ditched the expensive mini-bars, bellboys and butlers so that we can deliver a top-quality service with no hidden costs.

C.S. Lewis Square
Public Park
C.S. Lewis Square

An exciting public space at the heart of the Connswater Community Greenway. It features over 300 native trees and 7 statues by Irish artist Maurice Harron who was inspired by characters from C.S. Lewis’ 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.

The People's Gallery of Murals
Historical Tours
The People's Gallery of Murals

The Bogside Artists® are the sole creators of the world famous People's Gallery® in the Bogside area of Derry in the North of Ireland. The twelve large scale murals are a main visitor attraction in the city.

Harland & Wolff Cranes - Samson and Goliath
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Harland & Wolff Cranes - Samson and Goliath

Although not officially classed as wonders of the world, the two massive cranes in Harland and Wolff Belfast, which serve one of the world’s largest Building Docks, are certainly masterpieces of engineering.

Titanic Belfast
Visitor Centres & Museums
Recreation cabins in The Fit Out gallery of the Titanic Experience

Located at the very place where RMS Titanic was designed, built and launched, Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic tell the authentic story of the world-famous ship, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Unmissable and unforgettable, just like the Titanic herself.

Duke of York
Pub / Nightclub
Duke of York

Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, the Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour.

Crown Liquor Saloon
Pub / Nightclub
Crown Liquor Saloon

You will find The Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast within a short stroll of Europa Hotel, Grosvenor Road and Glengall Street - however, you won't find another like it.

The Dark Hedges
Nature and Wildlife
The Dark Hedges

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
The National Trust
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne

Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. Awe inspiring views, colourful gardens and woodland walks.

The Gobbins
Visitor Centres & Museums
The Gobbins

On the thrilling Gobbins Experience, nature isn’t content to just sit back and be admired. It completely engulfs you: from the all-enveloping Irish Sea winds and the dolphins dancing off the coastline.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
The National Trust
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Pre-booking essential for Rope Bridge crossing.

Giant's Causeway
The National Trust
The basalt stones at the giants causeway stretch into the sea

Follow in the footsteps of giants at Northern Ireland's iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basalt columns of the Causeway landscape were left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago. All visitors are encouraged to book Visitor Experience tickets online in advance of arrival onsite.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail
Walking & Hiking
Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

The Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform which provides breath taking views of the surrounding low lands.

Blessingbourne Woodland Walk
Walking & Hiking
Blessingbourne Woodland Walk

This circular walking trail begins in the farm yard and meanders through a mix of woodland and open farmland before crossing the main drive and reaching Blessingbourne’s beautiful Lough Fadda.

Cave Hill Country Park
Public Park
Cave Hill Country Park

The park is home to Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, archaeological sites, Cave Hill Visitor Centre, ecotrails, walking and orienteering routes. Refreshments are also available in the Cellar Restaurant inside Belfast Castle.

Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum
Visitor Centres & Museums
Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum

A trip to Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum is like taking a remarkable journey into the past bringing the golden age of steam travel vividly to life. It's the only barber shop and railway museum in the world and a friendly welcome awaits!