When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Is there a place where you can find vast richness in history, lush, scenic countryside and friendly, heart-warming people? Of all the locales on the planet which offer the above, Northern Ireland is definitely one of my favourites. The beautiful city of Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway, Donegal - home of fine wool sweaters - and of course, Bushmills, the oldest distillery in the world.

Flying to Ireland is relatively simple. For me it was a quick six hours to Shannon, another 40 minutes to Dublin and a two hour drive to Belfast. You can fly direct to the capital of Ulster, but I wanted to combine the north with the south, so I took a few detours.