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Ireland travel guide

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Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights

Northern lights travel guide, including top northern lights experiences, tips for seeing the northern lights, when to see the northern lights and northern light

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3 great walks in Northern Ireland

Put on your walking boots and discover Northern Ireland's most spectacular scenery along these awesome hiking trails

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9 things to do in County Down, Northern Ireland

Considered Northern Ireland's wildest region, County Down is a windswept landscape of rugged coasts and mountains dotted with castle keeps, abbey ruins and stately homes...

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A coasteering weekend in Northern Ireland

Warm fires and cosy pubs? Pah! Jeremy Head plunges into surging seas, hikes windswept mountains and wallows in weed in County Down's great outdoors

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Short break: Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Lapped by the Irish Sea, shadowed by the Mourne Mountains and sprinkled with a little magic, Newcastle is the gem of County Down...

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Book review: From the Arctic to the Indian Ocean

From misadventures in the 'real' Maldives to cycling 1970s Northern Ireland, these books cover both the globe and the centuries

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Is this the United Kingdom's best kept secret?

Helen Moat explores Northern Ireland's wild west coast and asks – 'Why isn't everyone else?'

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Magic moments along the road that should never have been built

The Antrim Coast road in Northern Ireland wouldn't be built today. Helen Moat is glad it was.

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What's the best way to see Belfast?

This week, Helen Moat gives herself and her bike a rest and heads for Northern Ireland where she is spoilt for choice as for ways of getting around

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2014's best travel secrets revealed

Across the year we asked travel experts to share inside information from their area of expertise. From making your big trip happen to the best walks in Northern Ireland, here are their tips ...

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The UK's best bluebell woods to visit this spring

One of the loveliest British spring sights is a carpet of blooming bluebells. Find out where you can spot them when they flourish, across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland...

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of Ireland

There’s the Guinness and Leprechauns, to be sure. But Ireland offers so much more...

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5 things to do in Ireland

It's St Patrick's Day today, and what better way to celebrate than planning a trip to Ireland?

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12 Gaelic weekends in Ireland

A month-by-month round up of the best places to eat, drink and be merry in Ireland (including some of the Emerald Isle's best-kept secrets)

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Simon Reeve on Ireland

Ahead of his upcoming new series Ireland, we caught up with TV presenter and travel writer Simon Reeve as he shared his thoughts on the Emerald Isle

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Travelling along Ireland's Dingle Peninsula

Join Paul Morrison as he explores Ireland's Dingle Peninsula

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Horseriding, hiking and wildlife watching in Connemara, Ireland

Head to Connemara – in Ireland's wild west – for white-sand beaches, rugged shores, islands, whales, white horses and the warmest welcome

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Ethiopia: northern highlands

Travel in Ethiopia has its challenges, but up in the northern highlands, an inspirational community project repays every step of the journey

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Riddles of the sands: northern Sudan

With its Nile-side pyramids, hieroglyphics and ancient trading routes, Lyn Hughes finds northern Sudan a mesmerising history lesson but without Egypt's crowds

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60 second guide to the northern lights

An easy guide to where and when you'll see the greatest displays of the northern lights

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5 hidden gems in Ireland's quirky West Cork

Ireland's rugged West Cork coastline has always felt like a land apart. Author Annemarie Neary reveals how – and where – to get under its skin

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5 strange Northern Lights myths

Planning to see the Northern Lights? Here are five ancient beliefs you should take into account... just to be safe

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Northern Greece's best kept secrets

As Thessaloniki celebrates 100 years of independence, Andy Sotiropoulou nominates the five places in northern Greece you must visit

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Top 5 Northern Lights experiences

Have you seen the light? William Gray, author of 'The Northern Lights Travel Guide', picks five bright ideas for witnessing the aurora borealis

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How to see the northern lights on a budget

Want an unforgettable trip on the cheap? You don't get much more spectacular than the northern lights. Here's how to see them for less than £250 (yes, really!).

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11 Outback adventures in Australia’s Northern Territory

The Outback was made for exploring. Whether you want a taste of adventure or a full-on adrenaline day, there’s something for everyone in the beautiful Northern Territory…

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5 warm ways to watch the Northern Lights

Finnish Lapland offers prime Northern Lights viewing. But it also offers unique accommodation to watch from so you don't have to brave the cold... too much

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Amazing wild encounters in Australia's Northern Territory

Think the Northern Territory is too dry and dusty for wonderful wildlife? Think again. You'll find incredible animals galore in its surprisingly lush reserves and national parks

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Novel ways to see Norway's Northern Lights

Blanketed in polar night during the winter months, northern Norway is renowned for its aurora. Thomas Rees picks six places where you can see it in style

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Explorer's Guide to Northern Territory

Uluru is the Northern Territory’s most famous site, but there’s far more to discover here

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7 things you must do in Australia’s Northern Territory

Daunting in size and wild by nature, Australia’s Northern Territory is one of the world’s most adventurous destinations. Here’s how to make the most of it.

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Sri Lanka's Northern Soul

The people of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna District are a resilient lot. Post civil war, they’re opening up their idyllic beaches, tiny isles and urging you to visit

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Exploring northern Sri Lanka

Civil war rendered Sri Lanka’s north-west off limits. Now the leopards and pioneering ecolodges of the original home of the Sinhalese ‘lion people’ are creating a buzz

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7 of the best walks in Ireland

From jaw-dropping cliff walks and strolls through emerald green farmland, to a pilgrimage to the top of the country’s holiest mountain, The Republic of Ireland offers something for every walker...

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A road trip through Australia's Northern Territory

Hit the open road in Australia's Northern Territory for the best in road trips, quirky pubs and vast open landscapes

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Road trips in Ireland

From wild stretches of untamed coastal cliffs to charming, cobble-paved villages, Ireland offers stunning scenery from a distance and up close. So rev up those engines and get ready to be inspired by these four epic routes that you can explore on four wheels...

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The best time to see the northern lights. Guaranteed.

We ask the experts to tell us when you are most likely to see the northern lights and the things you can do to choose the best date

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3 ways to admire the northern lights

It’s the best year in half a century to ogle the aurora, says Lyn Hughes. Don't miss our top three places to check them out

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The Wanderlust guide to the best of the Northern Lights

Everything you need to know about the spectacle of nature that tops most travellers’ wishlists

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Finnish Lapland: photographing the northern lights

How do you capture the magic of the aurora borealis on camera? Amateur snapper Nick Boulos learned from the pros on a sub-zero photo safari in Finland

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Northern Territory's most jaw-dropping views – and how to find them

Want landscapes that are big on drama? Hiking trails through jaw-dropping terrain? Australia's Northern Territory has the answer...

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9 things you must do in Ireland

Wild, windswept landscapes and friendly locals always up for the craic. Here’s how to make the most of your visit to Ireland...

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5 things I wish I'd known before seeing the Northern Lights

Peter Moore just got back from witnessing a spectacular aurora display in Abisko in Northern Sweden. Here are five things he wishes he'd known before he went.

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On the road: How to drive Ireland’s Ancient East coast in 3 days

Explore Ireland's Ancient East on a meandering long weekend road trip, discovering jaw-dropping views, fascinating historical sites and charming villages at Ireland's heart...

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Searching for gorillas in Congo-Brazzaville's northern rainforests

From wild elephants to stalking leopards, Congo-Brazzaville is a haven for wildlife. Nick Redmayne sets out in search of the western lowland gorilla, spotting parrots and libidinous buffalo along the way

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Get outdoors in Italy's northern regions

From alpine meadows to sunny vineyards, northern Italy’s regions all offer a spectacular canvas for active experiences outdoors...

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Belfast and beyond: How to drive Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way in 3 days

If you're a fan of untamed coastlines, dramatic cliffs and powdery white sand, this round trip from Belfast exploring the Wild Atlantic Way is for you. Rev up those engines and start exploring Ireland...

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Road tripping around Ireland: 3 days through the Boyne Valley

Get off the tourist track in Ireland and be rewarded with beautiful public gardens, crumbling castles, charming villages, stone cottages and alluring country pubs. Here's how to drive the Boyne Valley...

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Ireland’s best tours: Castles, wild coastlines and the greatest pubs in the world

Stunning landscapes, irascible locals and historic landmarks – Ireland packs it all into a small, easy-to-navigate package. Discover why everyone wishes they were a little bit Irish...

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6 ways to get closer to Aboriginal culture in Australia’s Northern Territory

Aboriginal culture is rich, deep-rooted, and utterly fascinating. Here’s how to immerse yourself in its magic

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5 things to do in Swedish Lapland when the Northern Lights don't show

Seeing the Aurora Borealis is a lottery at the best of times. Thankfully there are plenty of other things to do whether the Lights come on or not

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Searching the Songlines - discovering hiking trails, aboriginal culture and wildlife in Northern Australia

On the 30th anniversary of Bruce Chatwin’s inspiring travelogue, Songlines, we delve into Australia’s Aboriginal heartlands to explore its ancient trails

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Northern lights: 7 stylish Icelandic hotels

Prefer to enjoy the magic of the northern lights from the comfort of a hot tub? Look no further than these stylish Icelandic retreats.

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6 of the best places to see the northern lights

Spotting the northern lights isn't all that easy. But head to the right places at the darkest time of year and you may just be in luck...

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Don't miss the Northern Lights this winter with Icelandair

This winter the Northern Lights are set to be one of the best shows on Earth – don't miss out! Travel to Iceland with Icelandair to get a breathtaking front row seat

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Highlights and wild wonders of South Africa's Northern Cape

Off-grid, low-key, and genuinely off-the-beaten track. If you’re drawn to the wild, uninhabited landscapes proffered in old adventure books you should be dust-tailing to South Africa’s Northern Cape...

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5 reasons the Northern Lights are best viewed in autumn

Less cloud cover, more intense geomagnetic activity and the breathtaking sight of autumn leaves in the Arctic – Ali Mclean reveals why chasing the Northern Lights in the Fall often yields the best results

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7 ways to see Lapland's northern lights in style

Trek in snowshoes, rev up a snowmobile, husky-sled, or look up at the aurora borealis from the comfort of your bed. Here's how to get a unique and stylish view of the northern lights in Lapland...

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