It's that time of the year again where you are either falling head long into Christmas preparations or like me simply taking time to dream of where to holiday in 2019.
Yes I will spend the winter months travelling around my small country of Northern Ireland checking out quirky accommodation with a twist of local character, enjoy lots of traditional food like soda and wheaten bread and possibly a rack of lamb with cabbage and potato!
While the top attractions in the world are here there certainly is a lot more to see and experience when you wander off the beaten track. To get a true sense of how we live, talk, work and enjoy our wee country you really don't have to travel more than a couple of miles off from the famous UNESCO Giant's Causeway - you just need to know where!
So chat with me and I will share my thoughts and even suggest we travel the route together to meet the locals and share their love of this land and question me on our complicated if not a tad interesting history! We can travel either by car, motor van or coach depending on numbers.
To start your journey plan I have attached a map of Ireland with Northern Ireland tucked up on the North East. This will give you an idea of some of the main cities and towns within Northern Ireland.
Remember.................landscape, daylight hours, temperatures, all change with the seasons!
SOME HELPFUL STATS:
• Northern Ireland is only 5456 sq miles with the big puddle Lough Neagh (151 sq miles) right in the middle.
• The Island of Ireland is approximately 32,599 sq miles
• AIRPORTS - Belfast International Airport is just 17 miles approximately from Belfast City Centre
• George Best Airport is just 3 miles from Belfast City Centre
• FERRY TO AND FROM NORTHERN IRELAND -Belfast Port has sailings to Liverpool, England, Isle of Man and Scotland daily.
• Larne Port just north of Belfast also has a daily ferry service to Scotland.
• BELFAST TO DUBLIN ................. 104 miles (approximately)