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Northern Ireland
Golf Holidays in Ireland

Northern Ireland has an ancient history filled with myths and legends. This one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland to visit. There are a variety of Links and Parkland course, sites and attractions, which are of splendid beauty or historical interests throughout the North. The roads are in excellent condition and all parts of Northern Ireland are within one-hour drive of airports and seaports.

Belfast is the heartbeat of Northern Ireland, rich in a diversity of cultures and tastes, in art, music, dance, sports, shopping, attractions, and historical sites. From March to November there are a variety of festivals, beginning with the St. Patrick's Day Festival bringing thousands of people into the city.

The Antrim Coast begins at Larne as you drive north through the Glens of Antrim to the Giant's Causeway. You can enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Traveling along the Antrim Coast on eighty miles of coastline, you will experience awesome views, while exploring historic castle ruins, churches, and forts.

Giant's Causeway 

The Giant's Causeway is a natural wonder whose six-sided basalt columns were formed by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. Over 40,000 hexagonal columns, some with four, five, seven, and eight sides, create unique shapes with imaginative titles for those shapes. The tops of the columns form stepping-stones from the cliff foot and retreat beneath the sea. The tallest are about 40 feet high. If you are brave and adventuresome, take a walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, (swinging bridge) as it extends over an 80-foot ravine above the sea between the mainland and a small island.

Newcastle County Down is a county has evolved into a very comfortable and modern place to visit, with numerous attractions, historical sites, and a multitude of indoor and outdoor activities. Good nightlife abounds in Down; restaurants using ingredients grown locally prepare simple fare to fine dining. Those ingredients include grass-reared lamb and beef from the green fields and mountain slopes, and seafood from the local bays and loughs. If it's good music you are looking for, try one of the pubs and old coaching inns. There is a wealth of very talented traditional musicians that play in the pubs throughout the county.

Enniskillen is situated 2 hours drive or transfer from Belfast International airport between the Upper and Lower Lough Erne and Enniskillen Castle, which was the medieval seat of the McGuires. Today the castle is home to the county museum, which has many artifacts of past history. Enniskillen is a good town for walking within the town, forest parks, and hiking on the mountain walks as well as offering a variety of golf courses. Golf holidays in Ireland are a must for any travelling golfer!

Travelling to Northern Ireland
United States and Canadian citizens are still required to have a passport for travel in Northern Ireland and a driver's license for car rental. Medical insurance from your own country is advisable, as you will have to pay for any medical services rendered.

The Value Added Tax (VAT) is 20% and levied on most items. Some stores are part of the Retail Export Scheme that allow you to reclaim your VAT. The voltage in NI is 250V, 50AC.

Flights to Northern Ireland from the UK
Glasgow International to Belfast - Easyjet
London Stansted to Knock Airport - Ryanair
London Gatwick to Knock Airport - Aer Lingus

Northern Ireland Weather
The sunniest months are May and June and the driest months are March to June. Bring rain gear with you, and make sure to have a warm sweater or jacket, and comfortable shoes.

Northern Ireland Currency
The currency in Northern Ireland is Sterling. Northern Ireland does not participate in the Euro at this time.

Brief History of Northern Ireland
Prior to the 12th Century, the northeast of Ireland was inhabited by the Celts, and the chieftains ruled the land. Later, they converted to Christianity. When the Anglo-Normans invaded, life changed drastically. Eventually English and Scots Protestants, who took over the land, in what was called the Ulster Plantation, supplanted the indigenous Irish. Partitioned from the Republic of Ireland in 1921, Northern Ireland is still under English rule, in some categories. Since the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, a First Minister, Deputy First Minster and a cross community Ministerial Council have some governing responsibility. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is still responsible to the United Kingdom Cabinet in matters of policing, security policy, prisons, criminal, justice, international relations, taxation, national insurance, regulation of financial services, and the regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting.

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