Always the industrial workhorse of Ireland, since becoming the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast obviously has reached even greater prominence in the last century. Today Belfast is undergoing an economic renewal unlike anything seen since the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when the city was a world centre for shipbuilding and textiles. The Titanic was constructed at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyards from 1910-1912.
West of Carrick-a-rede is Northern Ireland’s most famous attraction. The Giants Causeway provides a truly unique and memorable travel experience. Nobody is exactly sure how the Giants Causeway was formed, but scientists say the process involved the unusually rapid and even cooling of lava eons ago. Some prefer the legendary theory as to how the causeway was formed.
An interesting activity, and somewhat of a thrill is to cross the bridge to the island of Carrick-a-rede. Salmon fishermen construct the bridge on an annual basis in order to reach the fishery on the island.