Northern Ireland tourism review: The weird, wacky and wonderful shared on social media

Northern Ireland is becoming a top tourist destination, with stunning natural sites and famous landmarks in abundance.

while many have shared thousands of social media posts praising our jaw-dropping sights, some opinions have taken a slightly more ‘wacky’ approach.

Belfast blogger and photographer Mark Rowan, who runs the popular Northern Ireland Traveler Instagram page, said the strangest remarks usually come from people comparing places to different shapes and objects.

Some say the rocks at Whiterock Beach “look like fingers and a hand”, while others have noted that Downhill House – part of the historic Downhill Demesne Estate next to Mussenden Temple – looks like a guitar.


Downhill Demesne in County Antrim has been claimed by some to look like a guitar

Downhill Demesne in County Antrim has been claimed by some to look like a guitar

Mark laughed: ‘The best was someone saying the stone circles at Beaghmore in Cookstown looked like the shape of a penis from above. I had to delete this post!”

Magherafelt woman Francesca McKee, who runs an Instagram travel blog with more than 13,000 followers, noted that a major attraction for happy visitors is often to board Belfast’s Salmon of Knowledge – also known as of Big Fish – after a few drinks.

A man from England commented that it was real stuffed salmon (it’s actually ceramic).

“Six out [of] five would not be enough for this unit of fish,” he wrote on TripAdvisor.

“Wow wow wow. It was worth the flight from Bristol. As an avid fisherman and lover of anything with scales, I was amazed to see what I am told is the biggest stuffed fish in the world.

“Couldn’t recommend it highly enough, if you’re only doing one thing in Belfast make sure it’s the big fish.”

Another TripAdvisor review detailed the “incredibly fabulous” views from Belfast Castle, where the reviewer hosted a charity day for the Blind and Deaf Driving Society.

“I thought I’d find a prince… but I left with a neck brace!” she titled her roller coaster a post.

“The views were incredibly fabulous. Shame the others couldn’t see but enjoyed the fresh air and banter in the courtyard… Great views over Belfast – but gets a bit easy on the eyes after a glance or two.

“Left for a coffee after 30 minutes. Fell down a flight of stairs breaking his ankle and shin. Good access to toilets. Lovely locals. Spoiled by the news that my house was broken into and valuables stolen ( but that’s not the castle’s fault.) All in all a good day. But of course I never did.

Meanwhile, on TikTok, under a video of a travel vlogger suggesting places to visit across the island of Ireland, a comment read: “I fell off the Giant’s Causeway and lived. I was told it made the headlines, but [I’ve] never seen. »

This would be a good time to insert a disclaimer stating that our tourist attractions are generally not dangerous areas.

Also, what exactly defines a tourist attraction here?

A Reddit user asked for recommendations on the “top five things” to do while at NI.


The rocks at Whiterock Beach may look like fingers to some onlookers

The rocks at Whiterock Beach may look like fingers to some onlookers

The rocks at Whiterock Beach may look like fingers to some onlookers

Many suggesting the obvious places such as the Giant’s Causeway or Ulster American Folk Park in County Tyrone, the favorites said: “Visit Northern Ireland’s largest Tesco supermarket in Newtownbreda, you might pass half a day browsing the products for sale and having lunch in the cafe there.

Another Giant’s Causeway reviewer was baffled that Finn McCool didn’t make an appearance when they arrived.

“Just a bunch of oddly shaped rocks. No giants,” they wrote in their one-star review.

Another said: “How interesting can a pile of rocks be…the answer is not very…Visit your local builder’s yard and take a look at the nearest pile of boulders.

About half an hour down the road to Dark Hedges, made famous by Game of Thrones, a disgruntled camper said: ‘Just because that road with trees is on some evil TV show, they’re bombarded with people who can’t not do a day’s work… Where is the world of God?

Arguably the craziest and perhaps the most hilarious concept of all comes from TikTok, where an array of content creators from the Republic and beyond have started a trend claiming that Co Fermanagh isn’t real.

When searching for ‘Fermanagh’ on the app, which allows users to post short clips usually lasting a minute, one of the main search results is: ‘Does Fermanagh exist?’ »

Many say no, stating that “no one actually lives there”, but the Belfast Telegraph can confirm that Fermanagh is not a figment of Northern Ireland’s imagination. Surely Adrian Dunbar can support us.