Desperate for that holiday but not feeling the expensive covid tests and airport queues? With stunning scenery, exciting sights and some excellent pub grub, Northern Ireland is a top pick for your 2021 UK staycation. Here are some of the key things to see…
Striking Scenery: Giant’s Causeway
Known to the Irish as the 8th wonder of the world, the awesome Giant’s Causeway comprises of around 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns resulting from an ancient volcanic fissure eruption (or built by the legendary mythical Irish giant Finn MacCool…depending on who you speak to!). Located on the north coast in country Antrim, and impressively awarded UNESCO ‘site of world heritage’ – alongside the likes of Mount Everest, Giant’s Causeway and its unique rock formations are definitely worth a visit!
Causeway Coast & Dunluce Castle
Dubbed one of the world’s ultimate road trips, Causeway Coast is home to Giant’s Causeway, but there’s plenty more to see! Stretching 195 miles from Londonderry to Belfast with cinematic cliffs looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, you can brave the old fisherman’s Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge strung between cliffs, explore the medieval Dunluce Castle or swing by Ireland’s oldest distillery for a sample of Bushmills Whiskey. 100% Road-trip worthy*.
-The best way to explore this exciting route is by car, so why not get your mates, partner or family on board and share the driving with a temporary Jaunt policy? We offer temporary car insurance for as little as £0.35 an hour**, so get exploring.
If Leo (or Kate!) had your heart racing in the 1997 blockbuster, why not check out the history at Titanic Belfast. Telling the story of Titanic from conception, through the construction and launch, her voyage and consequent place in history, Titanic Belfast is a leading tourist attraction with it’s iconic building and surrounding Maritime Mile which is home to the last remaining White Star Line vessel – SS Nomadic. We would definitely recommend Titanic Belfast for a visit, but I could go on and on…
Glens on Antrim
Whilst exploring County Antrim you may stumble upon this outstanding natural beauty, made up of nine glens (valleys) which are packed full of stunning sights. From castles and historic villages to waterfalls and ancient rock formations, the glens are home to a rich array of wildlife, with all roads leading to the ocean, making for a fab tourist adventure destination. Fun fact – each of the nine glens has their own name and individual charm to explore – one for the adventurers!
TV & Film
If you love your Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland has provided the filming locations for many scenes from the show! From Dragonstone, Winterfell, the Iron Islands, Pyke Harbour, the Haunted Forest and the Kingsroad, get your GoT fix here! Northern Ireland has also been a feature of other TV shows and films such as Narnia, Line of Duty, The Fall, Derry Girls and more.
Food & Drink
If adventuring isn’t your thing and you love to kick back and relax on holiday, sampling the local cuisine or with a glass of something cold, Northern Ireland still has you sorted. Belfast’s array of Michelin Stars, County Down’s seafood selection accompanied by an authentic fresh sea breeze, or Rademon Estate Gin Distillery* means there is absolutely something for everyone.
So, if Northern Ireland takes your fancy, share your adventures with us by tagging #takeajaunt on Instagram! We can’t wait to see what you get up to.
*Please don’t drive after drinking
**On average 28% of customers aged between 40-64 paid £0.35 per hour for a Jaunt Car Policy (From January 1st 2021 – June 30th 2021)