Planning your Northern Ireland trip

Planning a trip is vital to ensure you get the most from your limited time away. Thanks to some seriously funny videos, working out what to see and do in Northern Ireland in 2012 will be a barrel of laughs.

So, what does Northern Ireland have to offer? Let’s start with Belfast, the most famous city in Northern Ireland thanks mainly to the fact that it was the city that gave us the Titantic. And while your journey may not be by ship, Belfast is a great place to catch up with the locals and start your discovery of the north.

Consider some fortification with a glass of Bushmills Irish Whiskey before you cross the scary bridge at Carrick a Redy and head for Giants Causeway. Local legend has it that a giant named Finn MacCool was responsible for stamping out some 37,000 basalt columns en route to his love in Scotland.

Why not create your own ghost story? A four day festival celebrating Halloween, which originated in Northern Ireland, is held in Derry each year. Or perhaps a night spent at Ireland’s most haunted building, Ballygally Castle will be enough to satisfy your ghoulish side.

Perhaps the history of the north of one of the world’s best known islands intrigues you? Legend has it that Robert the Bruce watched a spider try to spin a web in a cave on Rathlin Island and thought to himself, ‘if at first you don’t succeed’… and the rest, as they say, is history.

Or maybe you’re hoping a round of golf in the home of some of the current greats, such as Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, will help improve your game? Ah, you can but hope.