Ulster is one of the provinces of Ireland, located in the north of the island. Six of Ulster's nine counties, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone form Northern Ireland which remained part of the United Kingdom, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan form part of the Republic of Ireland.
Lough Neagh the biggest lake in Ireland, and in the United Kingdom and it lies in eastern Ulster. In County Down is the province's highest point, Slieve Donard at 848 metres.
The longest river in Ireland, the Shannon, rises at the Shannon Pot in County Cavan. Volcanic activity in eastern Ulster led to the formation of the Antrim Plateau and the Giant's Causeway, one of the island's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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The beauty and variety of the Northern Ireland landscape, the compact distances and ever-changing vistas make this a wonderful place to explore on foot for both the serious rambler and for those who want to take a short stroll.
The naturally stunning formations of the coastline provide long stretches of golden sand and impressive sand dunes. In Northern Ireland you will find some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe.
Fermanagh Lakelands, the twin lakes of Lough Erne, Upper and Lower, cover one-third of Fermanagh. With such an abundance of water including lakes, rivers and canals there are many opportunities to island-hop your way through the waves and currents.