A “Troubled” tour of Belfast

Belfast and The Troubles: they go hand in hand. Even more than 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement, the city’s past is still very much present behind the scenes and a lot of visitors are keen to understand what this dark period in history was about.But how do you go about learning about the Troubles in an ethical and unbiased way and what’s the best way to go on a Troubles tour of Belfast? First things first: what exactly are the Troubles? Entire books have been written Continue Reading

A visit to the LegenDerry city

Derry, Londonderry, the Maiden City, the Walled City, Stroke City, LegenDerry: there are a lot of different names for the 2nd biggest city in Northern Ireland!Whatever you call it, if you come to Northern Ireland you owe it to yourself to pay a visit. Wonder why? By all means, read on! The history of Derry/Londonderry To fully appreciate a visit to Derry you need to understand a little bit about its troubled history. Thousands of pages have been written about the subject, but don’t Continue Reading

The best places for a classic Belfast pub crawl

The city of Belfast is on to a revival. Every year more and more people discover what the Northern Irish capital has to offer.  Apart from historical tours about the Troubles, the city is nowadays also popular for its vibrant weekend nightlife. Where Dublin can be a bit too touristy, the bars in Belfast are still mainly visited by locals! From traditional pubs to cocktail bars, from beer gardens to live music: discover all the bars you need for an unforgettable pub crawl in Belfast! The Continue Reading

The Causeway Coastal Route in 20 stops

Pristine beaches, photogenic castles and areas of outstanding beauty: this is in a nutshell the Northern Irish “Causeway Coastal Route”! In 2018, Lonely Planet has chosen the area as the number one region to visit, so that is saying something! The Causeway Coastal Route runs from the Northern Irish capital of Belfast to the historic city of Derry/Londonderry and is officially 120 miles long. Most tourists drive it in one day. If you really want to do it justice, however,  I would Continue Reading

15 Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland was once a no-go zone where no sane traveler would venture. The beauty of its countryside was overshadowed by stories of troubles, bombs and sectarianism. And although all wounds aren’t completely healed yet, this little odd piece of the UK is nowadays more and more on the tourist radar. Even Lonely Planet has chosen Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route as one of the top areas to visit in 2018! But above all, Northern Ireland has become a country of magic, history and Continue Reading

13 FREE things to do in Belfast

Belfast is slowly rising from its dark past. Wounds are starting to heal and over the last few years, more and more international travellers discover the charms of this often misunderstood Northern Irish city. Less crowded and definitely cheaper than Dublin, you can find just as much ‘craic’ in its famous pubs, just as many historic buildings in the streets and just as much rain… But the best thing about Belfast is that it doesn’t have to cost you a lot! Check out this list of Continue Reading

Top 10 things to do in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: a little piece of land that is officially part of the United Kingdom, while being geographically situated on the island of Ireland. No wonder it confuses people! It took a while before tourists ventured here after the conflicts of the ‘70’s-‘80’s, aka “The Troubles”. But with those times far behind us, Northern Ireland is now ready to show the world what it has to offer! Discover the top 10 things to do in Northern Ireland: 1. Swing on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Continue Reading

Donegal: the most remote county of Ireland

Welcome to Donegal, one of the prettiest counties of Ireland! And what’s more: it’s one of the most remote ones as well! Despite the Wild Atlantic Way running through it, most tourists still seem to leave this part of the country untouched. More space and less crowds for the few that do venture there! And by all means, go! Amazing beaches, traditional thatched cottages and of course the friendly locals are reasons enough to spend a few days there! Donegal is +/- 4800 km², so Continue Reading

The wild and rugged beauty of Connemara

The eerie dense fog is draped over the mountains and bog lands as I enter the tiny village of Roundstone, the start of my road trip in Connemara, western Ireland. A “Galway hooker”, a rather unsettling name for a traditional fishing boat, is waiting in vain for clientele in the little harbour. It’s mid-June and Connemara has obviously refused to welcome summer. Instead of sipping cocktails, people warm themselves on a cup of tea and a huge bowl of hearty seafood chowder. But not Continue Reading

In the footsteps of Saint Patrick: the man, the myth, the legend!

Saint Patrick: associated with Ireland and shamrocks, and responsible for green coloured rivers, buildings and pints every year on the 17th of March. But what do we really know about the world’s most celebrated Saint and what’s left of his legacy in Ireland? Making a selection on which locations to visit on my Saint Patrick’s tour of Ireland was one of the hardest parts. There are literally hundreds of sites that claim to have some kind of connection with the saint! I decided to Continue Reading