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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2016
Heip,northern ireland  (4 Answers)

Going end of October , about 10 days.....where would suggest we go.......just looking for places.....we don't do bar scenes....



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2016
Is it worth 8 days  (3 Answers)

We were in Ireland last October ,going back this year...staying first 10 days in kinsale ,near cork.....then up Northern Ireland ...don't love big cities like Dublin .. We loved Gaway ....what about Northern Ireland , ( Belfast ). Need some other places....need your help......Martin


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2015
Scenic day trips by Bus to Glens and Coastal route  (28 Answers)

Had considered making overnight stop near Mourne Mountains in Co. Down. I now have some brochures from Tourist office in NY and considering using Belfast for first overnight, taking bus to Carrickfergus next day to see scenic route and hope to have time next day to see Ballycastle. Do I need to have B&Bs reserved in advance as do not see many listed on websites? I would then need to get Ulster Bus back in direction of Enniskillen. Any help much appreciated. Is it possible for me to pack these day tours into 3 and a half days and have some time to see some Belfast city sites? What kind of multi ride bus tickets are available if this is easiest way and avoid wasting time in stations. Please let me have comments. Going end of August.  Need suggests for Belfast accommodation as well as other stopovers. Thanks to all.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2015
Planning short visit using public transportation (Ulster Bus, day trips and popular tours)

I arrive Dublin end of August. Have been to Belfast previously on day trip also Mourne Mountains region.
I will not be driving and need some help please on best way to accomplish sightseeing taking several day trips. I looked for a short coach tour which would include sightseeing and hotel but did not see anything listed on UK tour sites. Which city is good choice as base? Are there more tours out of Belfast? Might like to take 3 or 4 scenic tours and did see Carrickfergus on one of the brochures I received from tourist office in NYC. Have not been to this town previously.

If I can pack it in might like to visit Titanic exhibit and if staying in hotel would like to take walks (if its safe enough for solo traveler) in evening, to see city historic places. I am active and enjoy walking and hiking.

Would appreciate hearing from members with some suggestions, also some hotels that I might consider, or B&B guest houses in case accommodation is limited since its peak season. What area of Belfast is good for overnights or what other towns where I can get good bus routes to some of the scenic areas making stops. Will need to return to Dublin or areas close to Enniskillen for next leg of journey. Many thanks to all.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2015
Mountains of Mourne  (3 Answers)

I visited Downpatrick several years ago and would like information about planning return visit. I was at Donard hotel and enjoyed the lovely sightseeing.

I will be using public transportation and need to know if there are any short stay sightseeing tours on offer I might connect with to enjoy this lovely area. Have visited Carlingford in last few years but do not have information on where I might pick up a tour, or even do 2 days sightseeing solo. Which area is better for overnight stop(s) and distances from towns to see the best views of Mountains down by the SEA! Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2015
Weekend trip in Northern Ireland  (8 Answers)

I will be flying from London and landing at Belfast around noon. Then plan to take rental car and then proceed to Belfast Castle. Then head to Armoy, Antrim to see some locations of Game of Thornes. Then end the day in LondonDerry hotel. Then start next day drive around coast, visit Giant's causeway and head back to Belfast. I think we may have more time in Day 2 - please suggest if we can cover more., our flight back is at around 7pm, so we may need to drop our car around 5pm. If we can cover more - whatelse we can cover - or can we rearrange our itinerary to a better one?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2015
Bus from Airport and other transport  (3 Answers)

Flying into Belfast, will stay at Holiday Inn Express on University Street, were told to take bus 300 from airport to go to Europa Hotel Bus Station, is that going to be walking distance to Holiday Inn? Can't afford what I fear may be expensive taxi rides?Also is it about 10£ for return ticket (to and from) ? also where would I go to catch train to Dublin, from same hotel? Is that also walking distance? Thanks very much for any assistance. We are used to walking, though middle aged, just have to keep in mind we have two suitcases to tag from airport with us. :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2015
Belfast & around - 2 days itinerary  (1 Answer)

I was thinking of visiting belfast and around for two days travelling from London to get some Irish experience. Please suggest me itinerary so that I can make the 2 days of my trip worthy. I originally planned for Dublin but dropped due to elaborate visa formalities. I can rent a car if needed. Definitely want to goto Giant's causeway - but want to know if February month will be right to travel there. I will be travelling with my wife and 2 kids (aged 9 & 5).


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2014
European Heritage Open Days  (4 Answers)

Anyone in Northern Ireland this weekend (13/14 September) may be interested in the European Heritage Open Days. This is where you can visit buildings/sites that are not normally open to the public and usually have a guided tour. The buildings/sites range from houses to churches to boats, some of which are used as film sets (e.g. Game of Thrones). There are various talks at other locations, too. It's a great event and most sites are free - some even include a cup of tea!

More info

Is this event on in other European countries?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2014
Taking the Antrim Coaster bus  (1 Answer)

We are 2 older women leaving Belfast on a Sunday and we want to end up at the Giants Causeway (our hotel is near there). We are reliant on public transport. I noted that we could take the 'coastal route' bus 252 up to the Causeway but we wanted to stop off along the route for some sightseeing on foot. I see that there is a 6 hour gap between the 2 daily buses on that day, so I need to decide where to get off for a bit and make use of the time. I thought Glenarm's Walled Garden might be nice but 6 hours there? or Glenariff Forest Park but how to get there from the Waterfoot stop? Or maybe get off at Ballycastle and take a ferry to Rathlin Island? We will have our suitcases with us, so it would be nice to leave the cases somewhere so we can explore. Suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 27, 2014
How to make the most of my private tour, Antrim  (3 Answers)

I am staying at the Valley View B&B, Bushmills, and they are offering a day tour of pretty much anything I want to see in a day for my photography assignment. I have selected to concentrate my efforts on Dunluce Castle (I want to visit it too), the Dark Hedges, Giant's Causeway, Hezlett House/Mussenden Temple. I just found out that the Giant's Causeway stretches for about 4 miles! I can't be sure my driver will have the patience for waiting while I scramble amongst the rocks, so can someone who has had some success with shooting this area tell me how best to photograph it (i.e. which vantage points are best to shoot from, time of day, etc etc). How much time is good for Dunluce Castle? Is the Dark Hedges best photographed morning, midday, or dusk? I deleted the Bushmills Distillery off my itinerary since I don't drink and I'm not sure how successful a photograph of this place would be. However, I am looking for a decent place to have lunch (maybe with a view?) so some tips would be handy. Are there any other castles in ruins nearby?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2014
Belfast and Derry/Londonderry  (1 Answer)

Evening all. What do you think are the best things to do / see in Belfast, and in Derry/Londonderry? What about day trips from either city, and would you recommend hiring a car? Thank you. L


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2013
Best season to visit  (9 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Northern Ireland next year and was wondering what month is the best one to go in. Also I will mostly like be with my sister and niece (4), is it a good trip to take a 4 year old on?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2013
5 Days - Belfast to Sligo and Back  (4 Answers)

In August my wife and I are spending five days in Ireland. We will fly in and out of Belfast and will be spending one day with relatives in Rivertown, Sligo. We have booked a hire car and want to do a round trip staying at a couple of places en route. We would like to visit the Giant's Causeway. If anyone can suggest a route and a couple of good places to stay that would be fantastic. Thanks in anticipation. Phil.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2013
I am a single parent and want to move from the UK to Northern Ireland UK?  (8 Answers)

Hi, I am a single mother to a 4 year old boy and i would love to move to Ireland. My Grandads parents were born there and he visited Ireland when they left and he always said i should go! So ever since i can remember i have wanted to live in Ireland. I currently live in Blyth which is near Newcastle and i hate it here. I would love somewhere that has a decent school so my son could have a good education and that is walking distance from a town etc so i could find work (which is hard to find wherever you go) I don't want to be in a big city like Newcastle, the population of Blyth is 35,818 which is the kind of size i would like to move to. I am looking for a fresh start in life and i have always wanted to live in Ireland and would love my son to grow up there. I have read a lot on different forums and some people ask about religion etc but i don't really think its a problem anymore according to what i have read from other people. I would really appreciate any information i can get as i really want to choose the right place. Also if there is anywhere that i should not move to i would appreciate the feedback on that as well. Also if i wanted to go out of the UK and move to the Republic Of Ireland what would i have to do?

Thank you all for your time!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2012
First time visit  (3 Answers)

Hello everyone,

My husband and I are planning our first visit to Ireland late June or July 2013 for our 20th Anniversary and need any help you can give us. We plan to rent a car to get us around and know we want to see some of the touristy spots but hope to see sites that aren't packed with people as well. We love the thought of meeting the locals and hanging out with them enjoying music and learning about the history of Ireland. Since it is our 20th we would enjoy spending a night in a castle of we can find one that we can afford. Any suggestions on itinerary and B&B's? Oh husband is a homebrewer and would love to see any good distilleries and great bar where locals hang out. Bike trails are a plus also.

Thank you for any help you can offer


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2011
one way car hire  (1 Answer)

Hi
Can anyone tell me of a car rental company with cheap rates that offers one way hire from Belfast to Dublin

Hope someone can help me.
Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2011
2 days in Northern Ireland  (4 Answers)

Hi Everyone - I'm going to be in Belfast in early July for business.

I will be in Belfast from Monday to Friday and then would like to see a little bit of Northern Ireland on Saturday and Sunday. I have to fly out of Belfast on Sunday night.

Where should I go for a couple days? I'll have time to see Belfast during the week so I want to go outside the city. I'd love to see the famous green landscapes and cliffs of Northern Ireland and maybe try a little pub in a small town - anywhere special on the East coast? I plan to stay in a hostel(s) and use public transit.

HELP!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2010
Shane O'Neill's Castle  (3 Answers)

Hello Everyone!

I am travelling to Northern Ireland and Ireland at the end of September and I'm interested in visiting Shane O'Neill's castle (which I always thought was in Armagh but is apparently in Antrim?) and any historical sites relating to the O'Neill's (if there are any).
Does anyone know if the location of the castle is easily accessible via public transport or would I have to hire a car?
I have been researching locations etc but I think I may need some help lol
I also understand that there is a castle in Randalstown which is occupied but it's Shane's castle I'm interested in.
If someone in the know could help me out it would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers!
Hannah :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2010
Driving Times  (4 Answers)

What are the driving times from Belfast to Dublin and Dublin to Cork? My aunt and I will be there from September 2-15 and we are trying to see the most we can. Thank you for any help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2010
ferry to islay  (2 Answers)

Hi, does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to go from Northern Ireland to the island of Islay? I want to go about mid April.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2010
Smoking in Pubs in N. Ireland  (5 Answers)

Is smoking allowed in the pubs in Northern Ireland?

Cheers!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2010
Seeking Advice about 10 day trip in April to Ireland & Northern Ireland  (1 Answer)

Greetings from Nebraska! My family (wife, 11 year old boy, 9 year old girl, 6 year old girl, and 65 year old mother-in-law) are planning a trip to Ireland & Northern Ireland in early April. We arrive in Dublin on Thursday 4/1 and fly out of Dublin to Chicago on Saturday 4/10. We plan on renting a mini-van and traveling about.

We are interested in doing some family research in County Fermanagh. We would like a home base where we can take short trips. I am looking for advice for areas to stay in? We are looking for either B&Bs or a cottage to rent for a few days.

I realize we will be arriving during Holy Week. Can someone advise me on what is opened and closed on Good Friday, Easter and Easter Sunday? Also, is there a place in the County that children can experience traditional Irish music? I understand the pubs don't allow children after 9pm.

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2009
Possible bases for exploration?  (11 Answers)

I am pondering a whizz over to N Ireland next February (being from the UK I am well-prepared for the weather!).

My main interests are archaeology/history (up to around 1600, usually) and landscape. Giant's Causeway is a must-see, obviously.

The plan will be to fly into Belfast, hire a car at the airport and explore for 3/4 nights then return the car and spend the last 2 nights in Belfast itself.

I don't want to stay somewhere different every night. So perhaps one place in the north/north-west and one in the south would make sense, allowing me to make a circle and return the car?

Any ideas on good bases? They don't have to be big towns, as long as there is somewhere to eat at night.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2009
Belfast to Giant's Causeway  (3 Answers)

I will be in Belfast in July and want to visit Giants Causeway and Bushmills. What is the cheapest v easiest way to do this? Public transport or organised excursion? Any advice gratefully received.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2009
Advice please for trip mith my mum to northern Ireland  (4 Answers)

I am planning on taking my mum to Northern Ireland for a few days. We will be travelling from Scotland by car and would appreciate any advice on our trip. My mum is 75 and has just been diagnosed with mixed dementia which is Vascular dementia and Alzheimers disease. She has always wanted to go to Ireland and as she is still in the early stages my husband and myself has decided we better do it now before it is too late for her to enjoy it. We are thinking about July but not sure what accomodation would be best as she she needs to be near us. Maybe a hotel with adjoining rooms or guest house with rooms next door to each other or maybe a caravan park with some entertainment on site. My mum also has difficulty walking and going up stairs so it would have to be on the level or lifts. Can anyone recommend a reasonable priced place but nice clean freindly and comfortable. Also what ferry is better to travel with. Also an area which is easy for her to use her 3 wheel walker.


Thanks Jackie


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2009
Need a B&B in Glencolmcille for 3 nights beginning April 15 for 1 person  (2 Answers)

I will be in Glencolmcille for 3 nights beginning April 15th, and I would like to stay in a B&B, if possible, however I am not finding the town on most of the websites Google has directed me to. Might anyone have any ideas to share? I would like it to be clean, but it does not have to be fancy, and I would prefer one with breakfast, but can live without it too.

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 14, 2009
Do you have thrift shops?  (14 Answers)

The reason I am asking is I know a young person who is going on a working holiday next year - and she will have to take a lot of her heavy work gear with her - and airlines are so strict these days about weight.
So I suggested she learn to do the thrift shop thing to get a few going out for the craic nights. Here in Australia you can pick up reasonable clothes very cheaply.
So do you have a culture of thrift shops and what are they called?

I have posted this question in the Ireland forum too because it's not clear yet which part of Ireland she will be in.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2009
Must see?  (3 Answers)

Hi hi,

My original plan of Northern Ireland traveling is to Belfast, Mourne Mountain and Antrim. Any other places that is a must see? I'll only be spending 4 days here. Is it too short? Do let me know.

Thank you. Cheers.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2009
Place to stay near Giants Causeway?  (2 Answers)

Hello all
I'm hoping to stay for 1 night near the Giants Causeway and hoping for a good place with their own carpark too.
Can anyone recommend a good place? I don't know the area at all. We've checked Ballycastle Backpackers and there is no joy there, they are all booked out.
I guess we'd be hoping for somewhere around Bushmills but anywhere within several km's of the Causeway is advantageous.
Thanks everyone
DG



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