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Published 12/10/2011

World beater: some of the pictures from Northern Ireland Tourist Board's 2012 campaign. Above: Belfast Festival at Queen's
World beater: some of the pictures from Northern Ireland Tourist Board's 2012 campaign. Above: Belfast Festival at Queen's
World beater: some of the pictures from Northern Ireland Tourist Board's 2012 campaign
World beater: some of the pictures from Northern Ireland Tourist Board's 2012 campaign. Dunluce Castle
World beater: some of the pictures from Northern Ireland Tourist Board's 2012 campaign
Northern Ireland Tourist Board's ni2012 campaign.
Sunny September Day. View West of Torr Head. Submitted by Ruzaffa
Most memorable and exhilarating visitor attraction in N. Ireland . Carrick-a-Rede ropebridge, CausewayCoast. Submitted by Ruzaffa
Sun Trying to break through over Moville. Janice Castlerock Beach
A writer finding her inspiration. Antrim Glens. Submitted by Ruzaffa
Sunny September Day. Torr Head Submitted by Ruzaffa
Sunny September Day. Antrim Coastline
Sunny September Day. North Antrim Coastline. Submitted by Ruzaffa
Sunny September Day. Cushendun Beach
Sunny September Day. Glenariff Glen
Straid hill plantation. Submitted by Sam
Sunny September Day. Sunlight on the Mist in Glenariff
Sunny September Day. Couple enjoying the sunshine on the North Antrim Coastline
In search of Narnia, Silent Valley, County Down
Autumn Saturday, The Mournes from Dundrum Castle
Autumn Saturday, Slieve Gallion looking down on Draperstown
In search of Narnia, Silent Valley, County Down
Autumn Saturday, The Mournes from Murlough Bay
Ballintoy. Submitted by Shauna Mc Fall
Rainbow over Fallcarragh, submitted by Julie Wilkinson, Bangor
Sunset view from Ballintoy. Submitted by Julie Wilkinson, Bangor
Sunflowers at Glenveagh Castle Garden, submitted by Julie Wilkinson, Bangor
Portstewart Sunset. Submitted by Alan Beggs Portstewart
Towpath, River Lagan, 26th June 2011 . Submitted by Monica Vitorino, Belfast
The Argory, Moy. Submitted by Alan, Brussels
Quite evening in cushendun harbour. Submitted by Jack Todd
Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Alan, Brussels
The Dark Hedges near Armoy
Larrybann and Sheep Island near Ballintoy
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Arcadia, Portrush 2011. Submitted by Colin McNally, Holywood
Inishmacsaint Island, Lough Erne. Submitted by Cyril Donaldson, Moira
Car ferry crossing as seen from barred window within the elevated Old Windmill. 'The Narrows' between Strangford & Portaferry
Cushendun beach. Submitted by Jack Todd
Restful day in Ballintoy. Submitted by John McKegney
In Belfast City Hall. Submitted by Gary Henderson, Spartanburg, S. C. USA
North Antrim Coast. Submitted by S McCaughey, Lisburn
Night approaches in Portrush
Portavoe resevoir submitted by Melanie Thompson. July 2011 *** Local Caption *** Portavoe resevoir submitted by Melanie Thompson. July 2011
Ballycastle sunset, by Anne Kelly July 2011
Mallard and duckings, River Lagan, by Melanie Thompson. July 2011
East Strand Portrush, submitted by Neil. July 2011
Lough Salt, Donegal, submitted by Melanie Thompson. July 2011
Kite surfing over Brown's Bay, Islandmagee on Saturday 23rd July. Submitted by Henry Cooper, Newtownabbey
Antrim Coastline. Submitted by Charlie McQuillan
Sunshine Horizon, County Antrim. Submitted by Charlie McQuillan
Excuse me, where's the river Bann? Submitted by Evelyn McCullough, Portstewart Strand
Whiterocks from Dunluce Castle. Submitted by Allyson Hutton - Portballintrae
Surfing paradise at the Whiterocks. Submitted by Allyson Hutton - Portballintrae
Dreaming spires, Armagh. Submitted by Maureen Robinson, Belfast.
Slemish Mountain. Submitted by Robert Moffett, Antrim
Whitehead Viewed From The Gobbins. Submitted by Norman Lindsay, Whitehead
White Rocks. Submitted by Roy Goudie
Woodburn Dams. Submitted by Roy Goudie
Mirrored image in Lough Neagh. Submitted by Norman Lindsay
St Johns Lighthouse, Co.Down. Submitted by Steven Hooks, Co.Armagh
Contented - the shore of Lough Neagh. Submitted by David McFarland, Dollingstown
Early morning, Shaws Bridge, Belfast.
Sunset Lough Swilly. Submitted by John Toland, Killea, Derry
Sunset Portmuck, Co Antrim by Joan Wilson
Causeway Stones by Michael McLean, Glengormley
Ballydorn lightship near Killinchy by J.W.Kane Portadown
Most memorable visitor experience - crossing 'Carrick-a-Rede' rope bridge by Trevor Moffet - Newtownards. July 2011
Skerries, Portrush by Robin Harper, Randalstown
Scrabo by Michael Graham, Bangor
The Dee Lighthouse by Michael Graham, Bangor
Bangor Marina in the Mist by Michael Graham, Bangor
Antrim Coast by Dennis Carter
Scarva Village in bloom by J.W.Kane Portadown
Napoleons Nose, CaveHill by Michael McLean, Glengormley
The Mournes by Victor McCabe July 2011
Ballycastle bird and boat. Submitted by Anne Kelly. July 2011
Reflections of Craigavon lakes. Submitted by Jeremy Clifford.
Ballycastle Beach. Submitted by Anne Kelly. July 2011
Ballintoy Harbour. Submitted by Anne Kelly
Causeway Face - submitted by David and Alison Flanagan. July 2011
Damselfly - submitted by David and Alison Flanagan. July 2011
Errigal Donegal - submitted by David and Alison Flanagan. July 2011
Beach Patterns Castlerock - submitted by David and Alison Flanagan. July 2011
Noctilucent cloud display over Belfast - July 2011. Submitted by Andy McCrea, Carnalea, Bangor
Sunrise in Cushendun. Submitted by Seamus Fyfe. July 2011
Watertop Farm, Ballycastle - submitted by Kirsty McMurray. July 2011
Sunrise in Craigavon. Submitted by Jeremy Clifford. July 2011
Historic ruins, Ballyclog Co Tyrone. Submitted by James, Melbourne, Victoria
Beauty in Colour, Hillsborough Forest. Submitted by Gerard Morgan.
Ballintoy Harbour, Aug 2010. Submitted by Robin Jeffers, Perth, W Aust
Spring Splash at Ballintoy Harbour. Submitted by Norman Lindsay
Glenoe Waterfall in May. Submitted by Norman Lindsay
White Rocks. Submitted by Roy Goudie
Woodburn Dams. Submitted by Roy Goudie
Divis & Black Mountain. Submitted by Keith J. Reilly
Scarva. Submitted by David Berry
Sunset over Portballintrae. Submitted by Pearl Davison, San Diego, California
Waves at Portballintrae. Submitted by Pearl Davison, San Diego, California
Waves at Portballintrae. Submitted by Pearl Davison, San Diego, California
Waves at Portballintrae. Submitted by Pearl Davison, San Diego, California
Beaghmore Stone Circles. Submitted by Doris
Castleward. Submitted by Lesley Martin, Banbridge
Downpatrick Cathedral from Inch Abbey. Submitted by Lesley Martin, Banbridge
Newcastle. Submitted by Brian, Craigavon
Murlough. Submitted by Brian, Craigavon
Carrickfergus Castle. Submitted by Vic Anton, Alpharetta, GA USA
Sperrin Mountains, Co Tyrone. Submitted by Colin Hamilton, Belfast
Dunlewey Church Donegal. Submitted by Donal McCullaugh from Banbridge
The Giants Ring, South Belfast. Submitted By Paul Muldoon
Dawn at Corbet Lake Banbridge. Submitted by Donal McCullaugh from Banbridge
Dusk at Kernan Lake Banbridge. Submitted by Donal McCullaugh from Banbridge
White Park Bay taken by Alan Warnock from his microlight aircraft
Sunrise in Banbridge on 20/09/2010 at 6.59am. Submitted by Stephen Bickerstaff
Ben Crom Reservoir from the summit of Slieve Corragh in the Mournes. Taken and submitted by Donal McCullaugh from Banbridge.
Silent Valley Reservoir from the summit of Slieve Binnian in the Mournes. Taken and submitted by Donal McCullaugh from Banbridge.
The Trees. Submitted by David Berry, Gilford
Rossknowlagh beach, Co Donegal. Submitted by Thomas Brazil
Mt Errigal, Donegal. March 2011. Submitted by Brendan
Belfast Telegraph readers' Ulster Beauty Spots Gallery
Rosemary Cunningham Annalong - Spelga at twilight
Spelga in the mist - by Rosemarry Cunningham
Sunflowers near Moira. Submitted by Robert Wilkinson
Crawfordsburn Country Park. Most people guessed this was the South of France. Submitted by David Scott, Manchester
Readers' Pictures: Ulster beauty spots
Bonamargy Friary, Ballycastle. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor
Portstewart Sunset. Submitted by Alan Beggs
Botanic Gardens. Submitted by Geraldine Wilson (Western Australia but just back to NI for holiday)
Craigavon Bridge,Derry. Submitted by Frank Fleming - from Derry
Readers' Pictures: Ulster beauty spots
View form Dundrum Castle
Boa Island Fermanagh - sunset jetty. Submitted by DjTrev
Bunbeg Bliss. Submitted by Brian Morton / Straid
Room with a view - Dunlewey. Submitted by Brian Morton / Straid
Cliffs, Portrush - Carrick a Rede
Mountstewart. Submitted by Geraldine Wilson - Western Australia
Carrickfergus Marina. Submitted by Barbara Downie
Craigavon lakes. Submitted by Jeremy Clifford
Upper Lough Erne. Submitted by Paul Kennedy
Red bay. Submitted by Sian Johnston, Belfast
Black and White Beach, Ballywalter
The beautiful 'Glens of Antrim'. Submitted by Linda King - Kells
The lake at Mountstewart. Submitted by Geraldine Wilson (Western Australia but just back to NI for holiday)
"Anyone For Tennis?" Portstewart Strand
The Gardens at MOunt Stewart
Belfast Castle. Submitted by Jane McLaughlin Newtownabbey
Birds enjoying the morning sun at Wildlife Park, Carrickfergus
A sunny sail at the Causeway. Submitted by Michelle Myles Maghaberry
Narrow Water Keep, Nr Warrenpoint. Submitted by Jennifer Campbell, Newry
View of the Mournes over Barley fields, taken on one of my favourite walks. Submiited by Bernadette Daly, Acton, Poyntzpass
Summer at Crawfordsburn Country Park. Submitted by Artur Pawlowski
Coast Rd Aug 2003. Loney NJ USA
Glenariff Aug 2003. Loney NJ USA
Framed at Glenarm Harbour. Submitted by Michelle Myles Maghaberry
Donaghadee Lighthouse at Sunrise. Submitted by Adam Shaw, Bangor
Killynether Forest toward Belfast. Submitted by Robert.Brampton.Canada
Waterfall at Glenariffe. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor
Greyabbey. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor
Whitepark Submitted by Rod Mulholland.Tobermore
Calm After the Storm, Rathlin Harbour. Submitted by Ken Wooster
Scrabo Tower, Newtownards on a stormy saturday. Submitted by Paul Higginson
Mourne March 2010. Submitted by Joe Reid, Castlewellan
Stepping Stones, Tollymore Forest Park. Submitted by Nigel Henderson, Holywood
Waterfalls,Benburb. Submitted by John Shaw,Lisburn
Blackwater Falls, benburb. Submitted by Alan Davison
City Hall, Belfast. Submitted by Alan Davison
Walls and Whins, Silent Valley. Submitted by Alan Davison
Fishing Boats, Kilkeel. Submitted by Alan Davison
Shimna River, Newcastle. Submitted by Alan Davison
Reflection of City Hall, Belfast. Submitted by Roisin Hall, Belfast
View at Lower Lough Erne on a calm May morning. Submitted by George Glover, Ballinderry.
H & W, Belfast Shipyard.
Bonamargy Abbey, Co Antrim. Submitted by Paul Morrison, Ft.Myers Florida USA
Donaghadee. Submitted by Piotr Palys, Belfast
Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh. Submitted by Piotr Palys, Belfast
Mourn mountains. Submitted by Anisha, Newcastle
Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn
Sunset over castlerock beach. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn
Beautiful without colour, Belfast Zoo. Submitted by Julie Mullin
Portstewart strand, Co Antrim. Submitted by Gordon Esler, London
Sunrise at high tide, Islandhill, Comber. Submitted by Nigel Cameron
St. John's Lighthouse, Co Down. Submitted by Steven Hooks
Oxford Island Jetty. Submitted by Steven Hooks
he view from Dundrum Castle on a sunny day, Dundrum, County Down
The wood around Shane's Castle in spring
Cloudy Scrabo Sunset over Strangford Lough. Submitted by Nigel Cameron, Comber
View from the maze at Castlewellan
A quiet tree-lined road in North Antrim.
A reconstruction of St. Patrick's first church, Saul, County Down
little chapel at Saltwaterbrig, County Down
Hannah's Close, Kilkeel
Slieve Donard in Newcastle. Submitted by Andrew McElroy
Stonebridge, Mountjoy West, Omagh, Co Tyrone
Sunset looking towards the Skerries and Inishowen Penisula. Portballintrae
Where are the squirrels? Submitted by Gerry Mullan O Cahan's Rock Limavady
The Beautiful Front of Portush. Submitted by Ruth McCormick from Conlig
Giants Causeway - May 2008. Submitted by Janet Marie Smekar
Red Sails Festival Portstewart. Submitted by Michael Bradley - Portstewart
Glens of Antrim. Picture by Denis McKee, Toronto, Canada
Valley near Derry. Submitted by Denis McKee, Toronto, Canada
Colerain Bridge At night. Submitted by Michael Bradley - Portstewart
Swan overlooking Blacklion, taken kayaking early morning Lough McNean. Submitted by Lough McNean, Co Fermanagh
The Bell overflow, Silent Valley
Hobbit's abode, Mountains of Mourne. Submitted by Judith McGinness, Geelong, Australia
County Armagh, beauty of the Apple Blossom.
View to mournes from slieve croob. Submitted by Sarah Scott hillsborough
Near benbradagh, Sperrin mountains. Submited by John Herron, Stroke City
Sunset over Belfast Lough from Bangor. Submitted by Paul Lawther Bangor
Mountstewart Gardens. Submitted by Joyce Dunlop Newtownards
Little castle in Ardglass harbour. Submitted by Peter Riordan. Coconut creek. Florida
River moyola tobermore. Submitted by Rod mulholand.Tobermore
Mount Stewart serenity. Submitted by Awynne in Arkansas
Belfast Zoo. Submitted by Donna Quinn, Derry
Gransha Woods, Derry. Submitted Donna Quinn, Derry
Roe Valley Country Park, Limavady. Submitted by Donna Quinn, Derry
Carrick-a-Rede. Submitted by Sheena Corlett
Silent Valley. Submited By Colin R
View of Whitepark Bay, Antrim Coast. Submitted by Paul Jenkins, Ontario, Canada
Antrim Coast, near Torr Head. Submitted by Paul Jenkins, Ontario, Canada
Benone beach looking towards downhill. Submitted by Ian Graham
Scrabo tower. Submitted by Ian Graham
The rope bridge. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough, Carrick -a Rede
Wildflowers at Orlock Point. Submitted by Kathy Cardwell
Giant's Causeway. Submitted by Yvonne Mills
Barmouth, Portstewart. Submitted by Alan
Silent Valley. Submitted by Audrey Matchett, Lisburn
Kilgad Lake in Kells, Co.Antrim. Submitted by David Herron
Castleward. Submitted by Magie Archer
Whins on Newcastle Road at Spelga. Submitted by Lesley, Banbridge
Sleive Gullion, South Armagh. Submitted by Paul Flynn, Dublin
Balintoy, Antrim Coast. Submitted by jjbholmes
Banagher Glen, Sperrins. Submitted by Fiona
Carnfunnock, Co Antrim. Submitted by Enda McAtamney
Coastline at Ballintoy. Submitted by Daniel McCann
Nendrum, Co Down. Submitted by SJ McLellan
Temple Water, Castle Ward. Submitted by F Price
Towards Hare's Gap, Mourne Mountains. Submitted by Clare Harvey
View from the Bridge in Newcastle, Co Down. Submitted by Caron Hunter-Rea.
White Rocks, Portrush. Submitted by Jillian
Knocknacarry, Co. Antrim. Submitted by Jim kirkpatrick
Readers' Pictures: Ulster beauty spots
Portstewart. Submiteed by Evelyn McCullough
Mount Stewart, Newtownards. Submitted by Ken
Newcastle. Submitted by Alan Davison
North Antrim Coast. Submitted by Alan Davison
Government House, Hillsborough. Submitted by Alan Davison
Armagh. Submitted by Alan Davison
The North Channel from the Causeway road. Submitted by A. Guiotto - Spain
Newcastle. Submitted by Juanita Fogarty,Portadown
Sketterick Island. Submitted by Sean Wright, Carrickfergus
Ulster Folk Museum. Submitted by Sean Wright, Carrickfergus
A collage of images. Submitted by T. Knight, California
Strangford Lough. Submitted by Magie Archer
Boathouse, Castle Ward. Submitted by Magie Archer
Ballynahone nature reserve.Tobermore: Submitted by Rod Mulholland.
Ballycopeland Windmill: Submitted by online reader
Antrim Coast: Submitted by M. Delargey, Canada
Portstewart Strand: Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Cushendun harbour: Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Donaghadee harbour: submitted by Alan Davison
Ballintoy Harbour: submitted by Alan Davison
The Cavehill Country Park: submitted by Michael McCausland
Co Antrim Coast: submitted by Robert McAuley
Murlough, Co Down: submitted by Derek Flack
Causeway Coastal Route
What can you say about one of the most celebrated scenic drives in Northern Europe? As you pass through quaint fishing villages, quiet beaches and mountain glens, take your time, have a relaxing picnic, breathe in the refreshing ocean breeze and lose yourself in thoughts and reflections.
Glenarm Tulip Festival
There's more to flowers than Valentine's Day and your mum's birthday as you'll experience at the fifth annual Tulip Festival in Glenarm. The Walled Garden will form a tranquil and spectacular backdrop to gardening demonstrations for those of you with green fingers. Or just drop the kids off in the play area and enjoy the music and art displays.
Avalon Guitar Factory
Take a guided tour of the world famous acoustic guitar factory and watch the expert craftsmen at work. You'll be in good company as customers are a who’s who of contemporary musicians including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, The Corrs, David Gray, Shawn Colvin, The Edge and Paul Brady.
Step onto the rope bridge connecting Carrick-a-Rede to the mainland, if you dare, and experience the exhilarating panoramic view. You'll be rewarded with stunning views of Rathlin and the Scottish Isles whilst being greeted by the friendly locals - a seabird colony!
St. Patrick's Trail
Get the lowdown on the Patron Saint of Ireland and discover if he really banished all snakes from Ireland. Retrace his exciting life experiences on the trail at Saul Church, The Saint Patrick Centre and Saint Patrick's Trian Visitor Centre.
Armagh Apple Blossom Festival 7th – 8th May
Prepare to have your breath taken away in rural Armagh during the apple blossom season, when the delicate flowers of ancient trees burst into numerous shades of pink. Celebrate this beautiful time in the Orchard County with a range of events that breathe new life into Armagh City and surrounding area.
Armagh County Museum
The oldest county museum in Ireland is set in Armagh's beautiful Georgian tree lined Mall. Take your time and get transported back through the centuries with displays, costumes, natural history specimens, memorabilia and household items from a bygone age.
Armagh Ancestry
Armagh Ancestry offers a comprehensive genealogical service to those whose ancestors came from Armagh. Retrace your family tree and discover your roots, maybe you're related to one of Armagh's famous historical figures, perhaps even St. Patrick himself! Pre-booking is essential.
Lough Neagh Angling
Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles and tributaries such as the Ballinderry and Moyola rivers are especially attractive for the trout angler. Spinning, worming or fly fishing, the area is abundant with life and offers anglers revitalizing evening sun sets in spectacular surroundings.
Peatlands Parkside Walk
Enjoy a family day out in the beautiful open green spaces and fresh air of this perfect picnic escape. Highlights include the duck pond, the railway and the bog garden. The invigorating spring air is bound to put a spring in your step.
Titanic - Made in Belfast Festival 3rd – 11th April
If you enjoyed the movie, then just imagine the goosebumps on your skin at the annual springtime festival of all things Titanic. Experience first hand stories of the luxury, glamour, engineering feats, tragedy and lost lives attached to the Titanic's legacy at this moving and exhilarating festival.
Belfast Film Festival 15th – 30th April
If you love movies, then you'll be in good company as the Film Festival takes over the city in various venues across the city including a series of premiere screenings. Celebrating its 10th birthday, there'll be famous faces, red carpets and opportunities to chat to the movie directors and stars.
Spring Fair – Belfast 24th – 25th April
Stop the kids nagging you at home and let them loose on a wide range of activities from sports to face painting and art demonstrations as Barnett Demesne and Malone House play host to the annual Spring Fair. Look at it this way, while they're running about having a laugh, you can sit down, relax & unwind – everyone's a winner!
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 29th April – 9th May
Meet eclectic and like minded folk as culture vultures from all corners of the world descend on this annual Arts festival. Local, national and international artists will entertain and energize all before them with the very best in music, comedy, theatre, literature, visual arts and film.
CS Lewis's magical land of Narnia from his popular children's books the Chronicles of Narnia were inspired from his experiences of the Mourne Mountains. And it's easy to understand why. There's magic in the air here befitting the outstanding natural beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home on the invigorating and inspirational slopes.
Royal County Down Golf Club
Ramble and Roast at Mount Stewart House and Gardens
Visit the famous gardens at Mount Stewart, planted in the 1920s and containing many rare plants, and revel in the views over Strangford Lough. Go for a revitalizing ramble through the lesser known areas of the grounds with an experienced guide followed by a well earned relaxing meal in the Bay Restaurant.
Tollymore Forest Park
For a refreshing change, head to Tollymore and add atmosphere to your nature rambles. Discover a barn dressed up as a church, spooky gothic arches, rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves. Not to mention Ireland's oldest tree, a quarter of a millennium years old and still none too shabby!
Ballycopeland Windmill
Feel at home and uncover the fascinating history of Ireland's love affair with windmills at this restored and fully functional site. From video demos, audio visual theatre and the visitors centre, no stone is unturned. If the weathers up for it, you may even get to mill your own barley and cook up some delicious home made bread.
Fermanagh Lakelands
Trail blaze in Fermanagh ... every route leads to a great time. Hire a bicycle and explore its quiet byways and breathtaking sunsets. Or hire a boat and escape the daily doldrums on the tranquil waterways that Fermanagh is famous for. You can even travel underground through the Marble Arch Caves if you really want to find a secluded spot!
Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre
2009 was a landmark year for Belleek Pottery's Visitor Centre, which welcomed its 2.5millionth visitor and celebrated the Centre's 20th anniversary. And what keeps the visitors flocking here are the guided tours, showrooms, museum, audio visual theatre and gift shop. Take the family and see if you can help make it 3 million!
Marble Arch Caves
Explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. Listen to the eerie echo of your footsteps as you pass the ghosts of our early ancestors who sought refuge here thousands of years ago.
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Put yourself into the shoes of the Maguire's, the resident founders or into the shoes of their immediate threats, the O'Rourke and the O'Donnell clans and imagine the tension and feuds as history is brought to life in the guided tours and exhibitions of this magnificent castle.
Angling on Lough Erne
Awash with all varieties of fish from Pike, Perch, Rudd and Bream to Roach, Brown Trout and Eels, Lough Erne is a maze of channels and islands with vast shallows and rocky areas, perfect for the eager fisherman. Hire a boat to reach some of the Loughs hotspots or just hug the shoreline. Either way it's a perfectly relaxed and unhurried afternoon escape.
Images from the Belfast Telegraph Readers' Gallery of Ulster Beauty Spots Walled City of Derry (Londonderry)
Immerse yourself in a fascinating tour of the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. Nowhere else has the same historical and political significance as this compelling, compact and exhilarating experience.
Art Exhibition by John Behan RHA 31st Mar - 24th Apr
If you've got an interest in culture and art you won't want to miss the opportunity to see one of Ireland's best known sculptors, who is credited with playing a major part in the development of sculpture in Ireland over the course of the last forty years.
City of Derry Jazz Festival 29th Apr - 3rd May There's something both relaxing and exhilarating about Jazz that transports you to another place and time. If you're an aficionado of the genre, or if you just enjoy music, then hop down to Northern Ireland's biggest Jazz Festival in Derry this May.
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
Don't forget your camera as both the Temple and surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland with its dramatic wild coastal landscape, that’s bound to inspire and re-energize your batteries. You could even tie the knot here as the Temple is now available for civil wedding ceremonies!
Spring Fair at Ulster American Folk Park 3rd April
Stroll down Shipbuoy Street this Easter and experience the sights, smells and sounds of a typical Spring Fair Day of the late 19th century. Treat the kids to an exhilarating horse and cart ride or sample the local market stalls.
Sperrins Cycling Routes
Experience the wind rush and exhilaration of a unique landscape, rich in archaeological heritage and folklore on any of the 12 circular waymarked cycle routes of the Sperrins. Each route hosts points of interest along the way, where you can stop to explore, have a rest or a bite to eat.
Baronscourt Estate
Explore an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the sheltered foothills of the Sperrin Mountains at Baronscourt. The carefully tended woods frame wonderful vistas, that together with the lakes create a truly enchanted location in which to relax away from the pressures of modern living. It's like a fairytale book come to life.
Omagh Historic Walking Trail
Experience a sense of place and history as Omagh's secrets are revealed on this enthralling and energizing walking trail. You'll enjoy the quiet charm and the good humour of its people when you stop off in any of its characteristic watering holes.
Ulster Museum
There are a few new faces waiting to meet you at the newly refurbished Ulster Museum. Takabuti, the Egyptian Mummy. Peter, the polar bear. And Edmontosaurus, the um, Edmontosaurus! It's just one of the many fascinating museums scattered across Northern Ireland. So take a step back in time and discover something new – or old – this spring.
Sperrin Mountains
Put the spring back in your step and go for a rejuvenating and exhilarating hike up one of Ireland’s most beautiful wildernesses, the Sperrin Mountains. It's a breath of fresh air from city life and home to a wide range of outdoor pursuits such as horse-riding, golf and water sports, not to mention the spectacular cycle and driving routes.
Spa Breaks
Go on, you deserve it. Escape from it all, put your feet up, sink into a mud bath, jump into a jacuzzi, sizzle in a sauna, feel the stress of city life melt away with a relaxing massage and afterwards go for a gentle nature trail stroll. Spa breaks in Northern Ireland – a match made in heaven.
Strangford Lough Canoeing
The glistening waters of Strangford Lough make for a memorable family day out if water sports are your thing. Hire a canoe and retrace the Viking invasion of yesteryear. Bring your fishing rod with you and plunder the depths of the Lough for it’s abundance of fish.
Beauty Spots
To launch the Beauty Spots Gallery just click the image above.

These are just some of the spectacular images which will be beamed around the world to showcase Northern Ireland to a growing international audience.

In a new advertising offensive, designed to boost tourist numbers and drive the local economy, images of our most beautiful sights and greatest achievements will be posted in countries around the world.

Among the highlights will be the Titanic Belfast building and the Giant’s Causeway.

The images coincide with a year of events to make Northern Ireland stand out as a must-see tourist destination.

Tourism chiefs have devised a new brand campaign and programme of events to entice both local and international visitors to the province.

It’s being called ni2012: Our Time, Our Place, and aims to celebrate our breathtaking natural scenery and the human accomplishments which make Northern Ireland unique.

The highlight of the programme will be the opening of the £97m Titanic Belfast visitor attraction to mark the centenary of the doomed liner’s maiden voyage.

Also included will be the opening of the long-awaited Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, the Peace One Day concert in Derry and the 50th anniversary of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s. But tourism executives say that the year will really start next month when the MTV European Music Awards come to Belfast, and will continue into 2013 when Londonderry becomes the UK’s City of Culture.

Alan Clarke, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, said it was time to grasp a unique moment in history.

“ni2012 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because several things are coming together at the same time,” he said.

“There’s been £300m of investment going into tourism over the last five years, the Titanic Belfast project, the Giant’s Causeway centre and also significant investment in the Ulster Hall and City Hall and major buildings in Derry-Londonderry — and they will all be available next year.”

He said the campaign was focused on creating a positive brand image for Northern Ireland, re-positioning it on a global scale to attract, not only tourism, but also business and investment.

“From a tourism perspective we are trying to raise the profile of Northern Ireland as a tourism destination, and also drive visitor numbers and generate economic revenue,” said Mr Clarke.

“But it’s also an opportunity to re-position Northern Ireland as a place to live, a place to work and a place to invest.

“We are using it as a means to change global perceptions of Northern Ireland.”

The new logo for the NI2012: Our Time, Our Place campaign, features brightly coloured ribbons criss-crossing each other, in a celebratory style.

Tourism organisations have already begun to use the branding in their marketing material.

First Minister Peter Robinson has previously spoken of the opportunity 2012 presents to |Northern Ireland.

“I have no doubt this initiative will deliver growth, and go beyond tourism to help change perceptions of Northern Ireland in our own minds, in the minds of families and friends living abroad and in the hearts and minds of all potential visitors.”


NI2012: Our Time, Our Place highlights:

The Titanic Belfast Festival will take place in April/May 2012, and will mark the centenary of the ship’s tragic maiden voyage.

In June, Londonderry will play host to the Peace One Day |concert, set to attract global attention.

The Land of Giants event on the Titanic Slipways takes place the same month. It will be the largest outdoor theatre and arts event ever staged in Northern Ireland.

The Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre will open in September, enhancing the visitor experience of the World Heritage Site.

The Belfast Festival at Queen’s will round off the busy year by celebrating its 50th anniversary with an extended programme.

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