The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Northern Ireland is crammed with natural wonders that can make you gasp in sheer appreciation of their beauty. Here are a few of our best natural assets to explore, love and enjoy.
A true national icon, natural wonders don’t get more naturally wonderful than the symmetrical stones of the Giant’s Causeway.
The columns of rock reaching out into the wild Atlantic Ocean are so truly one-of-a-kind, it’s hard to believe they are natural formations. That’s why millions flock to gaze on the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The mystical atmosphere of the Causeway stirred our ancestors to believe in a magical otherworld of giants and flying chunks of rock, and it is every bit as inspirational today.
The Glens of Antrim
Water, fire and ice were the original architects of the unbelievable beauty of the nine Glens of Antrim. Green, unspoilt and tranquil, time stands still in these glens and valleys.
Each of the glens has its own personality and charm and with tumbling waterfalls, rich woodland, slopes, cliffs and shores, the pure views and purer air of these outstanding landscapes simply take the breath away. Individually or collectively, there is nothing to rival the glens as an escape to the natural environment.
The wonder of Rathlin lies in its rare untouched and untamed beauty. Go here for stunning views, the variety of birdlife that graces the island’s shores and cliffs, and a break from mainstream living.
Rathlin’s splendid isolation yields magnificent vistas: Donegal, the Antrim coastline, the Scottish island of Islay and the Mull of Kintyre. But your eyes can be taken too by the lighthouses, the sheer cliff drops and the comical antics of puffins and seals in spring and early summer. With a world-renowned RSPB centre on the island to boot, this is nature at its finest.
Ring of Gullion
Nature got to work on the Ring of Gullion some 58 million years ago, and was this ancient volcanic fury that bequeathed the unique geological landform of a ring dyke for everyone to admire today.
Unparalleled elsewhere in Ireland or the UK, the Ring of Gullion’s formation still puzzles scientists and inspires a rich local folklore. Standing on top of the Slieve Gullion and looking down at the ring of lesser peaks and area of outstanding natural beauty, it’s easy to see why.
The Mountains of Mourne
When natural wonder was being doled out, the lion’s share in Northern Ireland was reserved for the iconic Mountains of Mourne.
The Mournes’ 12 shapely summits are peppered with lakes, granite tors, forest and incredible views. Sweeping and silent, beauty drips effortlessly from every nook, cranny and crag in this dramatic mountain range.
The limitless variety of landscapes that can be encountered within such a confined geographical area is a wonder in itself.
Gaze along the magnificent length of Benone Beach and you can be filled with nothing but awe and wonder. The seven miles of sands are ample room to contemplate this marvel of nature, which is one of Ireland’s longest beaches.
Washed by huge breakers, Benone is where the power of the sea can make you feel small, but refreshed, alive, and renewed.
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
The miracle of nature is brilliantly obvious at Marble Arch Caves, regarded as one of the finest show caves in Europe. The incredible subterranean world, capped by the beauty of Cuilcagh Mountain Park, present a truly spectacular natural wonder.
The two combine to create Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, where underground rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers, and an above-ground realm of flora and fauna amaze, fascinate and let you wonder at the marvels of geology.
With the only the sounds of babbling brooks, splashing waterfalls and birdsong in the air, nature is at its most teasing and peaceful in Gortin Glen.
Soft sphagnum moss carpets the ground and ferns thrust delicately through cracks and crags as red squirrels dart, sika deer graze, and wildfowl flap and stutter. This is a nature lover’s space, a place to experience wildlife, stunning scenery and deep forest.
Wild, untouched and beautiful, the Sperrin Mountains are a natural antidote to busy city life. Spanning 40 miles, this mountain range is the largest in Ireland, with 10 summits above 500m.
Undulating hills covered in a sea of heather, quiet valleys, boggy uplands and a landscape teeming with wildlife make the Sperrins a wonderful retreat to a natural wilderness.
A big blue dot on the map of Northern Ireland, this natural wonder covers 160 square miles, drains almost half the country and is like our own mini rainforest or coral reef.
Lough Neagh’s vast, beautiful and haunting wilderness of water and surrounding wetlands is filled with an array of plants and wildlife and is perfect for connecting nature lovers with beautiful watery landscapes and a hugely productive ecosystem.