Ulster And Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a place of stunning natural beauty featuring rolling hills, undulating valleys and the unique Giant’s Causeway.

One of the first connections people make with Northern Ireland is the fact that the ill-fated RMS Titanic was built here. The ship – which was deemed to be unsinkable – infamously hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage to the United States and foundered at sea with massive loss of human lives. To commemorate the tragedy, the City of Belfast built a remembrance center which visitors can attend at the head of the slipway where the ship was assembled.

Another must see attraction in Northern Ireland is the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast. It is a natural formation of hexagonal basalt rocks which literally look like a causeway made for, or by giants. Local legend has it that the giants of antiquity used to cross from one cliff to another by stepping on these incredible feats of natural engineering.

If you are into whiskey, then a trip to Bushmills Distillery is in order. King James gave the go-ahead for the distillery to make whiskey in 1608. Water from the River Bush and local barley are used to make the tipple, producing a flavor that is unique to this part of the world.

When the great famine hit Ireland, a great many of its folk made the journey across the Atlantic to the United States, particularly New York. To remember these pioneering migrants, Ulster set up a memorial center, which is of particular interest to US citizens of Ulsterman descent. It is located at the Ulster American Folk Park – which takes its name to honor all those who left. The exhibit is housed in a reproduction migrant ship from the era which people can walk through and relive what their forebears went through in search of a new and better life.

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