Getting Oriented

With peace—precious peace—nearly always now abiding, Northern Ireland has been going about the business of charming visitors full-time. North of the vibrant Victorian city of Belfast, ageless wonders of the Causeway Coast step from the sea, while south of the inspiring skyline of Derry lie the border counties, where tiny "Ulster" towns dot the scenic landscapes around the Lakes of Fermanagh and Mountains of Mourne. Occasional outbreaks of violence and protest do erupt still in Northern Ireland, so it's best not to stray into trouble areas featured on the news; if in doubt ask at the tourist offices for guidance.

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Fodor's Essential Ireland: with Belfast and Northern Ireland

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