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Mussenden - the enchaning journey

Mussenden - the enchaning journey

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

<b>Images from the Belfast Telegraph Readers' Gallery of Ulster Beauty Spots</b>  
Waterfall at Glenariffe. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor

Waterfall at Glenariffe. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor

<b>Images from the Belfast Telegraph Readers' Gallery of Ulster Beauty Spots</b> Waterfall at Glenariffe. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor Waterfall at Glenariffe. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor

Red bay. Submitted by Sian Johnston, Belfast

Red bay. Submitted by Sian Johnston, Belfast

Black and White Beach, Ballywalter

Black and White Beach, Ballywalter

The beautiful 'Glens of Antrim'. Submitted by Linda King - Kells

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)

The lake at Mountstewart. Submitted by Geraldine Wilson (Western Australia but just back to NI for holiday)

&quot;Anyone For Tennis?&quot; Portstewart Strand

"Anyone For Tennis?" Portstewart Strand

The Gardens at MOunt Stewart

The Gardens at MOunt Stewart

Belfast Castle. Submitted by Jane McLaughlin Newtownabbey

Belfast Castle. Submitted by Jane McLaughlin Newtownabbey

Birds enjoying the morning sun at Wildlife Park, Carrickfergus

Birds enjoying the morning sun at Wildlife Park, Carrickfergus

A sunny sail at the Causeway. Submitted by Michelle Myles Maghaberry

A sunny sail at the Causeway. Submitted by Michelle Myles Maghaberry

Narrow Water Keep, Nr Warrenpoint. Submitted by  Jennifer Campbell, Newry

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

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

Summer at Crawfordsburn Country Park. Submitted by Artur Pawlowski

Coast Rd Aug 2003. Loney NJ USA

Coast Rd Aug 2003. Loney NJ USA

Glenariff Aug 2003.  Loney NJ USA

Glenariff Aug 2003. Loney NJ USA

Framed at Glenarm Harbour. Submitted by Michelle Myles Maghaberry

Framed at Glenarm Harbour. Submitted by Michelle Myles Maghaberry

Donaghadee Lighthouse at Sunrise. Submitted by Adam Shaw, Bangor

Donaghadee Lighthouse at Sunrise. Submitted by Adam Shaw, Bangor

Killynether Forest toward Belfast. Submitted by Robert.Brampton.Canada

Killynether Forest toward Belfast. Submitted by Robert.Brampton.Canada

Waterfall at Glenariffe. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor

Waterfall at Glenariffe. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor

Greyabbey. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor

Greyabbey. Submitted by Garry Steele, Bangor

Whitepark bay.co.Antrim. Submitted by Rod Mulholland.Tobermore

Whitepark bay.co.Antrim. Submitted by Rod Mulholland.Tobermore

Calm After the Storm, Rathlin Harbour. Submitted by Ken Wooster

Calm After the Storm, Rathlin Harbour. Submitted by Ken Wooster

Scrabo Tower, Newtownards on a stormy saturday. Submitted by Paul Higginson

Scrabo Tower, Newtownards on a stormy saturday. Submitted by Paul Higginson

Mourne March 2010. Submitted by Joe Reid, Castlewellan

Mourne March 2010. Submitted by Joe Reid, Castlewellan

Stepping Stones, Tollymore Forest Park. Submitted by Nigel Henderson, Holywood

Stepping Stones, Tollymore Forest Park. Submitted by Nigel Henderson, Holywood

Waterfalls,Benburb. Submitted by John Shaw,Lisburn

Waterfalls,Benburb. Submitted by John Shaw,Lisburn

Blackwater Falls, benburb. Submitted by Alan Davison

Blackwater Falls, benburb. Submitted by Alan Davison

City Hall, Belfast. Submitted by Alan Davison

City Hall, Belfast. Submitted by Alan Davison

Walls and Whins, Silent Valley. Submitted by Alan Davison

Walls and Whins, Silent Valley. Submitted by Alan Davison

Fishing Boats, Kilkeel. Submitted by Alan Davison

Fishing Boats, Kilkeel. Submitted by Alan Davison

Shimna River, Newcastle. Submitted by Alan Davison

Shimna River, Newcastle. Submitted by Alan Davison

Reflection of City Hall, Belfast. Submitted by Roisin Hall, Belfast

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.

View at Lower Lough Erne on a calm May morning. Submitted by George Glover, Ballinderry.

H &amp; W, Belfast Shipyard.

H & W, Belfast Shipyard.

Bonamargy Abbey, Co Antrim. Submitted by Paul Morrison, Ft.Myers Florida USA

Bonamargy Abbey, Co Antrim. Submitted by Paul Morrison, Ft.Myers Florida USA

Donaghadee. Submitted by Piotr Palys, Belfast

Donaghadee. Submitted by Piotr Palys, Belfast

Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh. Submitted by Piotr Palys, Belfast

Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh. Submitted by Piotr Palys, Belfast

Mourn mountains. Submitted by Anisha, Newcastle

Mourn mountains. Submitted by Anisha, Newcastle

Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn

Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn

Sunset over castlerock beach. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn

Sunset over castlerock beach. Submitted by John Shaw Lisburn

Beautiful without colour, Belfast Zoo. Submitted by Julie Mullin

Beautiful without colour, Belfast Zoo. Submitted by Julie Mullin

Portstewart strand, Co Antrim. Submitted by Gordon Esler, London

Portstewart strand, Co Antrim. Submitted by Gordon Esler, London

Sunrise at high tide, Islandhill, Comber. Submitted by Nigel Cameron

Sunrise at high tide, Islandhill, Comber. Submitted by Nigel Cameron

St. John's Lighthouse, Co Down. Submitted by Steven Hooks

St. John's Lighthouse, Co Down. Submitted by Steven Hooks

Oxford Island Jetty. Submitted by Steven Hooks

Oxford Island Jetty. Submitted by Steven Hooks

STEVEN HOOKS

he view from Dundrum Castle on a sunny day, Dundrum, County Down

he view from Dundrum Castle on a sunny day, Dundrum, County Down

The wood around Shane's Castle in spring

The wood around Shane's Castle in spring

Cloudy Scrabo Sunset over Strangford Lough. Submitted by Nigel Cameron, Comber

Cloudy Scrabo Sunset over Strangford Lough. Submitted by Nigel Cameron, Comber

View from the maze at Castlewellan

View from the maze at Castlewellan

A quiet tree-lined road in North Antrim.

A quiet tree-lined road in North Antrim.

A reconstruction of St. Patrick's first church, Saul, County Down

A reconstruction of St. Patrick's first church, Saul, County Down

little chapel at Saltwaterbrig, County Down

little chapel at Saltwaterbrig, County Down

Hannah's Close, Kilkeel

Hannah's Close, Kilkeel

Slieve Donard in Newcastle. Submitted by Andrew McElroy

Slieve Donard in Newcastle. Submitted by Andrew McElroy

Stonebridge, Mountjoy West, Omagh, Co Tyrone

Stonebridge, Mountjoy West, Omagh, Co Tyrone

Sunset looking towards the Skerries and Inishowen Penisula. Portballintrae

Sunset looking towards the Skerries and Inishowen Penisula. Portballintrae

Where are the squirrels? Submitted by Gerry Mullan O Cahan's Rock  Limavady

Where are the squirrels? Submitted by Gerry Mullan O Cahan's Rock Limavady

The Beautiful Front of Portush. Submitted by Ruth McCormick from Conlig

The Beautiful Front of Portush. Submitted by Ruth McCormick from Conlig

Giants Causeway - May 2008. Submitted by Janet Marie Smekar

Giants Causeway - May 2008. Submitted by Janet Marie Smekar

Red Sails Festival Portstewart. Submitted by Michael Bradley - Portstewart

Red Sails Festival Portstewart. Submitted by Michael Bradley - Portstewart

Glens of Antrim. Picture by Denis McKee, Toronto, Canada

Glens of Antrim. Picture by Denis McKee, Toronto, Canada

Valley near Derry. Submitted by Denis McKee, Toronto, Canada

Valley near Derry. Submitted by Denis McKee, Toronto, Canada

Colerain Bridge At night. Submitted by Michael Bradley  - Portstewart

Colerain Bridge At night. Submitted by Michael Bradley - Portstewart

Swan overlooking Blacklion, taken kayaking early morning Lough McNean. Submitted by Lough McNean, Co Fermanagh

Swan overlooking Blacklion, taken kayaking early morning Lough McNean. Submitted by Lough McNean, Co Fermanagh

The Bell overflow, Silent Valley

The Bell overflow, Silent Valley

Hobbit's abode, Mountains of Mourne. Submitted by Judith McGinness, Geelong, Australia

Hobbit's abode, Mountains of Mourne. Submitted by Judith McGinness, Geelong, Australia

County Armagh, beauty of the Apple Blossom.

County Armagh, beauty of the Apple Blossom.

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View to mournes from slieve croob. Submitted by Sarah Scott hillsborough

View to mournes from slieve croob. Submitted by Sarah Scott hillsborough

VIEW OVER STRANGFORD LOUGH. SUBMITTED BY JOYCE DUNLOP NEWTOWNARDS

VIEW OVER STRANGFORD LOUGH. SUBMITTED BY JOYCE DUNLOP NEWTOWNARDS

Near benbradagh, Sperrin mountains. Submited by John Herron, Stroke City

Near benbradagh, Sperrin mountains. Submited by John Herron, Stroke City

HELENS TOWER ULSTER WAY BANGOR. SUBMITTED BY JOYCE DUNLOP NEWTOWNARDS

HELENS TOWER ULSTER WAY BANGOR. SUBMITTED BY JOYCE DUNLOP NEWTOWNARDS

Sunset over Belfast Lough from Bangor. Submitted by Paul Lawther Bangor

Sunset over Belfast Lough from Bangor. Submitted by Paul Lawther Bangor

Mountstewart Gardens. Submitted by Joyce Dunlop Newtownards

Mountstewart Gardens. Submitted by Joyce Dunlop Newtownards

Little castle in Ardglass harbour. Submitted by Peter Riordan. Coconut creek. Florida

Little castle in Ardglass harbour. Submitted by Peter Riordan. Coconut creek. Florida

River moyola tobermore. Submitted by Rod mulholand.Tobermore

River moyola tobermore. Submitted by Rod mulholand.Tobermore

Mount Stewart serenity. Submitted by Awynne in Arkansas

Mount Stewart serenity. Submitted by Awynne in Arkansas

Belfast Zoo. Submitted by Donna Quinn, Derry

Belfast Zoo. Submitted by Donna Quinn, Derry

Gransha Woods, Derry. Submitted Donna Quinn, Derry

Gransha Woods, Derry. Submitted Donna Quinn, Derry

Roe Valley Country Park, Limavady. Submitted by Donna Quinn, Derry

Roe Valley Country Park, Limavady. Submitted by Donna Quinn, Derry

Carrick-a-Rede. Submitted by Sheena Corlett

Carrick-a-Rede. Submitted by Sheena Corlett

Silent Valley. Submited By Colin R

Silent Valley. Submited By Colin R

View of Whitepark Bay, Antrim Coast. Submitted by Paul Jenkins, Ontario, Canada

View of Whitepark Bay, Antrim Coast. Submitted by Paul Jenkins, Ontario, Canada

Antrim Coast, near Torr Head. 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

Benone beach looking towards downhill. Submitted by Ian Graham

Scrabo tower. Submitted by Ian Graham

Scrabo tower. Submitted by Ian Graham

The rope bridge. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough, Carrick -a Rede

The rope bridge. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough, Carrick -a Rede

Wildflowers at Orlock Point. Submitted by Kathy Cardwell

Wildflowers at Orlock Point. Submitted by Kathy Cardwell

Giant's Causeway. Submitted by Yvonne Mills

Giant's Causeway. Submitted by Yvonne Mills

Barmouth, Portstewart. Submitted by Alan

Barmouth, Portstewart. Submitted by Alan

Silent Valley. Submitted by Audrey Matchett, Lisburn

Silent Valley. Submitted by Audrey Matchett, Lisburn

Kilgad Lake in Kells, Co.Antrim. Submitted by David Herron

Kilgad Lake in Kells, Co.Antrim. Submitted by David Herron

Castleward. Submitted by Magie Archer

Castleward. Submitted by Magie Archer

Whins on Newcastle Road at Spelga. Submitted by Lesley, Banbridge

Whins on Newcastle Road at Spelga. Submitted by Lesley, Banbridge

Sleive Gullion, South Armagh. Submitted by Paul Flynn, Dublin

Sleive Gullion, South Armagh. Submitted by Paul Flynn, Dublin

Balintoy, Antrim Coast. Submitted by jjbholmes

Balintoy, Antrim Coast. Submitted by jjbholmes

Banagher Glen, Sperrins. Submitted by Fiona

Banagher Glen, Sperrins. Submitted by Fiona

Carnfunnock, Co Antrim. Submitted by Enda McAtamney

Carnfunnock, Co Antrim. Submitted by Enda McAtamney

Coastline at Ballintoy. Submitted by Daniel McCann

Coastline at Ballintoy. Submitted by Daniel McCann

Nendrum, Co Down. Submitted by SJ McLellan

Nendrum, Co Down. Submitted by SJ McLellan

Temple Water, Castle Ward. Submitted by  F Price

Temple Water, Castle Ward. Submitted by F Price

Towards Hare's Gap, Mourne Mountains. Submitted by Clare Harvey

Towards Hare's Gap, Mourne Mountains. Submitted by Clare Harvey

View from the Bridge in Newcastle, Co Down. Submitted by Caron Hunter-Rea.

View from the Bridge in Newcastle, Co Down. Submitted by Caron Hunter-Rea.

White Rocks, Portrush. Submitted by Jillian

White Rocks, Portrush. Submitted by Jillian

Knocknacarry, Co. Antrim. Submitted by Jim kirkpatrick

Knocknacarry, Co. Antrim. Submitted by Jim kirkpatrick

&lt;b&gt;Readers' Pictures: Ulster beauty spots&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br&gt; Portstewart. Submiteed by Evelyn McCullough&lt;/br&gt;

<b>Readers' Pictures: Ulster beauty spots</b><br> Portstewart. Submiteed by Evelyn McCullough</br>

Mount Stewart, Newtownards. Submitted by  Ken

Mount Stewart, Newtownards. Submitted by Ken

Newcastle. Submitted by  Alan Davison

Newcastle. Submitted by Alan Davison

North Antrim Coast. Submitted by  Alan Davison

North Antrim Coast. Submitted by Alan Davison

Government House, Hillsborough. Submitted by Alan Davison

Government House, Hillsborough. Submitted by Alan Davison

Armagh. Submitted by Alan Davison

Armagh. Submitted by Alan Davison

The North Channel from the Causeway road. Submitted by A. Guiotto -  Spain

The North Channel from the Causeway road. Submitted by A. Guiotto - Spain

Newcastle. Submitted by Juanita Fogarty,Portadown

Newcastle. Submitted by Juanita Fogarty,Portadown

Sketterick Island. Submitted by Sean Wright, Carrickfergus

Sketterick Island. Submitted by Sean Wright, Carrickfergus

Ulster Folk Museum. Submitted by Sean Wright, Carrickfergus

Ulster Folk Museum. Submitted by Sean Wright, Carrickfergus

A collage of images. Submitted by T. Knight, California

A collage of images. Submitted by T. Knight, California

Strangford Lough. Submitted by Magie Archer

Strangford Lough. Submitted by Magie Archer

Boathouse, Castle Ward. Submitted by Magie Archer

Boathouse, Castle Ward. Submitted by Magie Archer

Ballynahone nature reserve.Tobermore: Submitted by Rod Mulholland.

Ballynahone nature reserve.Tobermore: Submitted by Rod Mulholland.

Ballycopeland Windmill: Submitted by online reader

Ballycopeland Windmill: Submitted by online reader

Antrim Coast: Submitted by M. Delargey, Canada

Antrim Coast: Submitted by M. Delargey, Canada

Portstewart Strand: Submitted by Evelyn McCullough

Portstewart Strand: Submitted by Evelyn McCullough

Cushendun harbour: Submitted by Evelyn McCullough

Cushendun harbour: Submitted by Evelyn McCullough

Donaghadee harbour: submitted by  Alan Davison

Donaghadee harbour: submitted by Alan Davison

Ballintoy Harbour: submitted by Alan Davison

Ballintoy Harbour: submitted by Alan Davison

The Cavehill Country Park: submitted by Michael McCausland

The Cavehill Country Park: submitted by Michael McCausland

Co Antrim Coast: submitted by Robert McAuley

Co Antrim Coast: submitted by Robert McAuley

Murlough, Co Down: submitted by  Derek Flack

Murlough, Co Down: submitted by Derek Flack

&lt;b&gt;Causeway Coastal Route&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Causeway Coastal Route</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Glenarm Tulip Festival&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Glenarm Tulip Festival</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Avalon Guitar Factory&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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&rsquo;s who of contemporary musicians including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, The Corrs, David Gray, Shawn Colvin, The Edge and Paul Brady.

<b>Avalon Guitar Factory</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Carrick-a-Rede&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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!

<b>Carrick-a-Rede</b><br/> 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!

&lt;b&gt;St. Patrick's Trail &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>St. Patrick's Trail </b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Armagh Apple Blossom Festival 7th – 8th May&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Armagh Apple Blossom Festival 7th – 8th May</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Armagh County Museum&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Armagh County Museum</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Armagh Ancestry&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Armagh Ancestry</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Lough Neagh Angling&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Lough Neagh Angling</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Peatlands Parkside Walk&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Peatlands Parkside Walk</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Titanic - Made in Belfast Festival 3rd – 11th April&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Titanic - Made in Belfast Festival 3rd – 11th April</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Belfast Film Festival 15th – 30th April&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Belfast Film Festival 15th – 30th April</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Spring Fair – Belfast 24th – 25th April&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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 &amp; unwind – everyone's a winner!

<b>Spring Fair – Belfast 24th – 25th April</b><br/> 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!

&lt;b&gt;Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 29th April – 9th May&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 29th April – 9th May</b><br/> 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.

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

Royal County Down Golf Club

&lt;b&gt;Ramble and Roast at Mount Stewart House and Gardens&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Ramble and Roast at Mount Stewart House and Gardens</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Tollymore Forest Park&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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!

<b>Tollymore Forest Park</b><br/> 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!

&lt;b&gt;Ballycopeland Windmill&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Ballycopeland Windmill</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Fermanagh Lakelands&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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!

<b>Fermanagh Lakelands</b><br/> 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!

&lt;b&gt;Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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!

<b>Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre</b><br/> 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!

&lt;b&gt;Marble Arch Caves&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Marble Arch Caves</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Enniskillen Castle Museums&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Enniskillen Castle Museums</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Angling on Lough Erne&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Angling on Lough Erne</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Images from the Belfast Telegraph Readers' Gallery of Ulster Beauty Spots&lt;/b&gt;  
 Walled City of Derry (Londonderry) &lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Images from the Belfast Telegraph Readers' Gallery of Ulster Beauty Spots</b> Walled City of Derry (Londonderry) <br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Art Exhibition by John Behan RHA 31st Mar - 24th Apr&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Art Exhibition by John Behan RHA 31st Mar - 24th Apr</b><br/> 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.

Northern Ireland's biggest Jazz Festival has been cancelled

Northern Ireland's biggest Jazz Festival has been cancelled

&lt;b&gt;Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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&rsquo;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!

<b>Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne</b><br/> 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!

&lt;b&gt;Spring Fair at Ulster American Folk Park 3rd April&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Spring Fair at Ulster American Folk Park 3rd April</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Sperrins Cycling Routes&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Sperrins Cycling Routes</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Baronscourt Estate&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Baronscourt Estate</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Omagh Historic Walking Trail&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Omagh Historic Walking Trail</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Ulster Museum&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Ulster Museum</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Sperrin Mountains&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Put the spring back in your step and go for a rejuvenating and exhilarating hike up one of Ireland&rsquo;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.

<b>Sperrin Mountains</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Spa Breaks&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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.

<b>Spa Breaks</b><br/> 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.

&lt;b&gt;Strangford Lough Canoeing&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
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&rsquo;s abundance of fish.

<b>Strangford Lough Canoeing</b><br/> 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

Beauty Spots

&lt;b&gt;To launch the Beauty Spots Gallery just click the image above.&lt;/b&gt;

<b>To launch the Beauty Spots Gallery just click the image above.</b>

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

Seaside special: The Londonderry to Coleraine train passes beneath the Mussenden Temple on a coast-hugging journey described by travel expert Michael Palin as 'one of the most beautiful in the world'

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Mussenden - the enchaning journey

An Ulster train journey has won the ultimate stamp of approval — the praise of Michael Palin. .

The Python turned travel writer has described the railway line between Derry and Coleraine as “one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world” — and he may just have a point.

Translink is making the most of this accolade with a special leaflet outlining what you’ll see if you take the train along the spectacular north coast — everything from vast beaches to great flocks of wildfowl to soaring cliffs.

The journey could kick off in the historic 6th century city of Derry which has won its own set of accolades as Ireland’s only completely walled city. It has a spectacular riverscape which unfolds as the train follows the River Foyle and heads into the surrounding lush green countryside.

The first stop is the small station of Bellarena where you can still see the 19th century station, which is now owned privately. The stretch passing Limavady and up to the north coast commands beautiful views of the Foyle estuary stretching away to Greencastle in Co Donegal and the bay is a well-known hotspot for wildlife.

Route manager Frank Moore says: “You can see waders and seabirds and it’s quite possible that sometimes you might see the odd porpoise breaching the water.”

The railway soon travels past the golden sands of Benone Strand stretching like a ribbon with the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the shore. The track itself runs alongside the sand so you have spectacular views of one of Ireland’s most unspoilt beaches.

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Next stop is the popular seaside resort of Castlerock, close to Downhill and the Mussenden Temple, and the 45-minute journey is almost over as the train skirts the River Bann on its sweep into Coleraine. The line crosses the Bann estuary on a swing bridge. The town of Coleraine is steeped in history — in fact the archaeological remains at Mountsandel are the oldest known human settlement in Ireland, radiocarbon dated to between 7010 and 6490 BC.

The new Translink publication ‘One of the World’s Great Railway Journeys’ is now available in local bus and train stations. For further information click www.translink.co.uk or call 028 9066 6630.

Three unmissable stop-offs along the way

BENONE STRAND — a multiple recipient of the European Blue Flag and Seaside Awards, Benone has seven miles of golden sand and a magnificent backdrop of mountain and cliff scenery, along with stunning views across to Donegal. It’s one of Northern Ireland’s longest beaches and commands impressive views.

DOWNHILL — Now in ruins, the magnificent mansion at Downhill was built by Earl Bishop Hervey and became one of the most renowned in Ireland. On the nearby clifftop the Earl Bishop built the iconic Mussenden Temple as his library, modelled on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. During the building of the railway, two tunnels, named Castlerock and Downhill, were cut and blasted. These remain the longest railway tunnels in Ireland, measuring 668 and 307 yards respectively.

CASTLEROCK — The small John Lanyon-designed station of Castlerock dates back to 1875. The popular seaside village is perfect for a beach picnic or exploration of the nearby National Trust properties such as the Mussenden Temple. The construction of the railway played a key role in the growth of Castlerock after its arrival in 1853. In a bid to boost the development of the village, the railway company set up a lucrative ‘Villa Tickets’ scheme which would run from 1880 to 1930 — anyone who built a villa in Castlerock was entitled to free first class travel for a 10 years.


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