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Seven Wonders of Northern Ireland: Beauty and the beach

Continuing our series on what makes the province so special with Geoffrey Beattie, Psychologist

White Park Bay on the Antrim coast sums up what is best about Northern Ireland. The point about it is you have to walk to get down to it, which seems to discourage some people and make the experience more impressive.

I have seen some of the best beaches in the world and have just returned from Australia where Bondi Beach was a disappointment. White Park Bay does not disappoint.

There are not that many people on the beach when you reach it and it puts you in mind of something bigger than yourself. I always think of Northern Ireland as rather spiritual because nature is so rugged there and represents a long-term evolutionary push.

The last time I was there was in late autumn and I made a bit of a journey to see it.

It is something of a wild place at times, but it’s not intimidating.

It’s a very long beach where I like to visit, running around and sensing the dramatic sea and scenery.

Geoffrey Beattie is Professor of Psychology at Manchester University and the psychologist on Big Brother. Ulster-born Mr Beattie lives in Manchester.

How you can shape the Seven Wonders

So what do you, the reader, think makes Northern Ireland special?

As our series runs every day over the next month we invite readers to vote on which landmark or aspect of life here as detailed by our celebrity contributors that they most agree with.

At the conclusion of the series this will enable us to draw up a list of the Seven Wonders of Northern Ireland — the things that really make Northern Ireland great.

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