Geography Study Trips to Ireland & Northern Ireland
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Why Ireland & Northern Ireland?
A Geography study trip to Ireland & Northern Ireland is a great way to take learning outside of the classroom. Studies on the UK & Ireland form such a huge part of GCSE & A Level Geography studies. Ireland & Northern Ireland offer an abundance of geographical treasures located on our doorstep. Board a ferry to travel over the Irish Sea and you could be in the heart of Dublin within a couple of hours. Ireland’s scenery is so unique and almost medieval, that even Game of Thrones was filmed there recently.
Did anyone see the stunning Fair Head, part of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route, on last night’s episode of Game of Thrones? Close to the seaside town of Ballycastle, this incredible rock formation rises 600ft above sea level. You can explore its rugged terrain and spectacularly beautiful views on a series of newly opened walking routes. Top tip: good walking boots, a map and caution near the cliff edge is required. #discoverni #northernireland #causeway #gameofthrones #gotterritory
Geology at its finest
Whether that’s exploring the evolving cities of Dublin and Belfast, studying the eroding coastlines, or completing fieldwork in the mountains, any geography student would take so much from the Emerald Isle. A visit to the Giant’s Causeway even explores volcanic study themes. Visit the 40,000 basalt columns created by a volcanic eruption more than 60 million years ago. Different regions play host to many different types of rocks, all dating back to different geological periods. Because of tectonics and glaciers, the sea level has risen and fallen, and the rocks formed because of this can be seen around the entire coastline.
Human Geography in Ireland & Northern Ireland
But it’s not just the physical geography that can be examined. The human geography changes are just as evident. Our tours offer visits to venues such as the Titanic Museum and the Guinness Storehouse. Here you can see how production and industrialisation has transformed the economic climate. Gweedore in County Donegal is home to multiple ghost villages including Inishirrer Island, a thriving fishing community now abandoned by its inhabitants because of economic downturns. Houses, businesses and entire communities all lay empty, with the surrounding villages determined to make it great again
What to do on a study trip to Ireland & Northern Ireland?
There are so many activities for students to expand and explore their Geography knowledge. Here we have just a few excursions we can include in a bespoke itinerary.
It was great to see lots of visitors taking on the rope bridge over the Easter weekend! Don’t forget, we’re here all year round-you don’t have to wait for the holidays to pay us a visit! Have a weekend to remember&plan a day trip to Carrick-a-Rede! #carrickarede #NorthernIreland pic.twitter.com/VFNmTnF6Dx
— Carrick-a-Rede (@NTCarrickarede) 5 April 2018
#dunlucecastle by @fiutos #ilovecastles . . #castles #wonderful_castles #castlelovers #castlerock #stonewall #romanticcastle #wonderfulcastle #beautifulcastle #gothiccastle #magiccastle #architecture #arcitectural A post shared by Castles (@wonderful_castles) on
Beginning with the signing of the 9,000 year lease, our Made of More sculpture tells the story of Guinness. pic.twitter.com/m4K5OcxidM — GUINNESS STOREHOUSE (@homeofguinness) September 19, 2017
Well folks, this is the last post for my #wildatlanticway #takeover. 📸It’s the last short video in the light and time series🎥 I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts as much as I had sharing them. Thank you all for joining me and a huge Reek sized thank you to @mccarthysinead for the opportunity and support. Get out into the #wildatlanticway every chance you get, and as Luke Skywalker said….”Just Breathe” @100viewsreek A post shared by Wild Atlantic Way (@thewildatlanticway) on
“It’s a story too good to miss” & a “high-tech treasure” according to @NatGeoTravel. Discover 1500 years of stories in 20 interactive galleries at #EPICMuseum. Open daily in @chqdublin from 10am – 6:45pm (last entry 5pm). Book your tickets: https://t.co/yVRQHsvXkb #LoveDublin pic.twitter.com/6EffftGEeS — EPIC Museum (@EPICMuseumCHQ) November 29, 2017
Good Morning from Lough Tay 🌤 Picture @discoverireland_ #lovingireland #wicklow #loughtay #lovingdublin #grayline #travel A post shared by
Follow along with us this week as we share updates marking the 106th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking. #Titanic106 pic.twitter.com/fcTy2oply8 — Titanic Belfast (@TitanicBelfast) 10 April 2018
No better time to start our 1st tweet than St. Patrick’s night! Hope you all had a great day! @opwireland pic.twitter.com/Lmx9H0B6nV — KilmainhamGaolMuseum (@OPWKilmainham) March 17, 2017
Our educational travel experts have spent considerable time crafting a ready-made itinerary for your Geography Study trip to Ireland & Northern Ireland, which you will find below entitled ‘Cross the Border’. However, we can also create a tailored itinerary to meet the educational needs of your group.
Out of all our destinations, the Emerald Isle is the easiest to get to! We can arrange flights from your local airport with low-cost airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair and Aer Lingus. If you would prefer the ferry, we can arrange a coach to collect your group from the school gates, take you on tour, and return you home when the tour is finished. We can facilitate any arrangements that suit your group’s best interests.
Where to Stay
An Oige- Dublin International Hostel Hostels are safe and affordable centres for these trips based on the volume of time committed to exploring. This converted convent building provides a fantastic base for schools. It is just a ten-minute walk from The Spire, and breakfast is provided as well as free WI-FI. Clean, safe and in a fantastic location for the city centre.
Belfast International Youth Hostel This hostel is based a short walk from the City Centre and offers a range of rooms from dorms to doubles. A café on the ground floor offers breakfast, lunch & dinner. Guests have access to free WI-FI when in the public areas. Reception is manned 24/7.
Belfast is half brick and half magic. Top Tip: come visit and go on a #walkingtour with @seedheadarts visiting the best #streetart spots in town. ……. #regram @cheba_bristol #streetphotography #northernireland #cathedralquarter #houses #wallart #galaxy #cityscape #building #graffiti A post shared by Programmes Coordinator (@youthhostelassociationni) on
When is the best time of year to visit?
You can visit Ireland and Northern Ireland anytime of the year.
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