If you're online comparing flights to Northern Ireland, you’re part of a discerning crowd that's cottoned on to the charm of the six counties. This means more unspoiled streams to pull the salmon from, more quiet woods to stride the miles through and more larks and laughs in friendly pubs where visitors are still a rarity. And definitely more chance to snag those cheap flights to Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland isn't known for its glorious summer-long sunshine, which is great. Well, great for airfare bargain-hunters anyway. There's no seasonal hump to prices here, so you can still pick up cheap tickets to Northern Ireland in July and August. But you'll need to be brave and wait until three weeks before flying out for the best chances. Watch out for the Christmas and Easter price hikes, though. You'll also save a few pounds if you head out on Monday or Tuesday and leave early in the morning.
This is a province caught between oceans and seas, slashed by deep loughs and cascading streams. Water is in the blood here, and it often falls from the sky. So be prepared for rain. But while it may often be wet, it's also surprisingly mild, even in the midst of winter. Summer is warm and dry enough to make hiking, fishing and paddling a pleasure. And the weather shouldn’t deter visitors – after all, the Emerald Isle needs rain to maintain its beauty.
Budget airline Ryanair often tops the list for the cheapest flights to Northern Ireland. But easyJet isn’t far behind. Belfast is where most head, with Belfast International Airport (BFS) handling international flights (and easyJet) while domestic airlines head to George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD). Flybe is the low-cost carrier of choice from Glasgow, while easyJet runs routes to BHD from Manchester and Birmingham. If you'd rather not travel budget, British Airways flies from Heathrow to George Best too. And if you're heading out west, Derry's airport is perfectly located – Ryanair will happily fly you there from Stansted.
This is a province whose splendour can be seen in its very bones. South of Belfast, the grey granite crags of the Mourne Mountains call out for your footfall – if the mists part for long enough. To the north of the capital is the Giant's Causeway – legendary battleground of Scottish and Irish titans – whose black basalt columns are said to have been chiselled by giant hands. Head west and the deep-blue hues of Lough Neagh leap with silvery fish. And, of course, everywhere in between is that emerald green only seen on this island. But you don't have to love the outdoors to love Northern Ireland. Belfast is the perfect destination if you’re in the mood for some retail therapy. Or head to Derry to have your artistic sensibilities tweaked by a city where art has inhabited the streets for centuries.
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