Northern Ireland IS a Country.

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Northern Ireland 

First things first friends: If you are planning on traveling to Europe, flying into Ireland (Dublin) is one of the cheapest places to travel to from the US. Plus, the lovely Irish people speak English.

Northern Ireland is absolutely breathtaking. Not to mention, it’s its own country…who knew? It’s filled with rolling green hills, colorful plants and flowers, and sheep of course. The best part about it is the vast coastline: a MUST SEE if you visit Ireland.

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What should you do there? Oh, I’ll tell you.

How to get there:

Most people get to Dublin and venture off to the countryside, such as Northern Ireland.  You could rent a car, but I’ve heard driving is quite the experience if you aren’t used to driving there. So, I suggest to take a day trip with Paddy Wagon ToursThe tour I took was bomb ass and I’d suggest it to anyone.

Here’s what we did:

1. Glens of Antrim

This is the scenery you will witness on the way up to Northern Ireland from Dublin. Like I mentioned, its unbelievably beautiful green hills filled with nature and animals.

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2. The Dark Hedges

Game of Thrones fan? This place is home to scenes within the show.

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3. Causeway Coast

The Northern Ireland coast borders the Atlantic with views of Scotland just 13 miles away. Islands are scattered throughout the ocean making for rad views.

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4. Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

Pay a small fee to cross this bad ass rope bridge stringing across two islands. I did it kids, so can you.

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5. Giant’s Causeway

This area was naturally formed by volcanoes and only can be described as stunning.

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6. Castle Ruins

On your drive back towards Dublin, you will stop for a photo-opp at castle ruins.

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7. Belfast

This is a quaint city between Northern Ireland and Dublin that you are free to roam for about an hour. I chose to spend my time by making it to the top of the Victoria Square Dome, which has panoramic views of the city. The city resembles my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and therefore stole my heart. I stopped in a local bar for a shot of whiskey (of course) and was told tipping isn’t necessary…Tips are accepted but not expected!

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I only spent one day in Northern Ireland, but I would definitely go back to see more!

Stay tuned to find out what I did in Dublin. CHEERS!

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