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Northern Ireland: Geography and Maps


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Northern Ireland occupies 17% of the island of Ireland.  It is divided amongst 6 counties and is crisscrossed by uplands and lowlands.  At 850 m (2,782 ft), Slieve Donard is the highest point in the country.  Northern Ireland also hosts Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in Britain.

Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland. It is also the second largest city on the island of Ireland (after Dublin). Derry or Londonderry ("the Maiden City") is the second city of Northern Ireland. 

The Mourne Mountains are where old mountain tracks take you past lakes, rivers, woodland and up to the many peaks. Slieve Donnard is the highest mountain in the Mournes range and also the highest mountain in Northern Ireland. The north coast of Northern Ireland has some wonderful scenery. This coastline is of outstanding natural beauty where a breathtaking and rugged coastline merges with glens and lush forest parks. 



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