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Seven Wonders of Northern Ireland: Standing on boulders of giants

Continuing our series on what makes the province so special with Billy Carter, Actor

Being from Bangor, I have always had a great affinity with the sea and when I come back to Northern Ireland I like nothing better than to go for long walks along the shore to recharge my batteries and think about future projects.

I have spent a lot of time in London and New York during my acting career and there is one image of Northern Ireland that always transports me back, at least mentally, to the province when I see it — and that is the Giant’s Causeway.

I remember one stifling hot summer evening in New York I was standing in a subway when I saw an advertisement for Irish tourism with that iconic image of the Causeway in the background.

For the first time that day I was suddenly able to breathe easily. I could imagine myself back in Northern Ireland by the seaside with the wind whipping around me.

It is such a powerful and unique place with those oddly-shaped columns spread over a vast area, with the backdrop of the ocean behind them.

I often like to tell people in places where I go to film the old legend of how the Giant’s Causeway was

formed and they are always entranced. Mind you, I take care to embellish the story.

I visited the Causeway several times when I was younger and always enjoyed that beautiful drive along the coast road to north Antrim with the hills on one side and the sea on the other.

For me, at least, much as I love my home town, the Giant’s Causeway always spells Northern Ireland no matter where in the world I see that image. We are lucky to have such an attraction.

Billy Carter is an actor who is starring in a 12-part mini-series, Titanic: Blood And Steel, about the building of the ill-fated liner. He plays the ship’s designer Thomas Andrews

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.

Your choices can be sent to Belfast Telegraph, 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1EB or alternatively send an email to

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