Natural Wonders in Northern Ireland 

There are lots of places to see natural wonders in Northern Ireland, see the travel2ireland list of some to discover. You can explore stories of the earth, water, sky, stars, and space in Northern Ireland. Furthermore, you will discover some natural and otherworldly wonders that will awaken your eyes to what there is to see on this part of the island of Ireland. 

Natural Wonders in Northern Ireland 

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, Co. Armagh 

You can explore the planet, solar system, and galaxy from inside the Digital Dome Theatre in Armagh Observatory. Learn what life is like on our nearest neighbour, Mars, how astronauts survive in space. There, you may even get to touch a real six-billion-year-old meteorite and try to tell the difference between a space rock and an earth rock, see here. y

 OM Dark Sky – Co. Tyrone

In the darkest place in Northern Ireland, the OM Darksky Park and Observatory, you can learn about the cosmos. It is close to Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. Come here for moon-gazing, discovering the Milky Way and on occasions, the Northern Lights can be seen here. You might be lucky to see meteor showers and nebulas. The OM Dark Sky Park is home to a huge 14 inch LX600 Meade telescope. The images from the skies are projected for all to view, see here.

Marble Arch Caves – Co. Fermanagh 

Under the ground in Fermanagh near Florencecourt, there are huge limestone caves. They were formed by the constant dripping of water and the rushing of rivers over hundreds of thousands of years. The 11.5km caves have been explored and visitors can now see the mighty stalactites by boat and by walking, see here.

Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark – Co. Fermanagh 

A walk up the Stairway to Heaven will bring you to the highest point in the Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark. The real name for this walk is Cuilcagh Boardwalk / Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail. However, when you get to the top and, see the stunning views over Lough Erne and the Lakelands, you will know why it got its name, see here.

Rathlin Island – Co. Antrim 

This little island off the coast of Antrim is famous for its bird colonies and it has human residents too. The only inhabited island off the coast of Northern Ireland has about 150 people living here. The island has stunning walks and you may even see seals basking. There is a ferry service from Ballycastle, see here.

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Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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