Geography of Belfast
County Antrim boasts one of the most spectacular coastlines in Ireland. On
a clear day, it is possible to look out from the Antrim cliffs and see as far
as the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. The coastline is rugged, but what sets it
apart is the chalk. The 'White Rocks' is the name given to the cliffs in County
Antrim, made up of chalk or limestone. The chalk rocks are in fact full of fossils,
which can still be found today. The outcrops of chalk in County Antrim have
been of economic value for a considerable time. Early people used the flint
to make weapons and other tools. Even now, the chalk is quarried for a wide
range of industrial uses, including toothpaste and paint.
Belfast city itself is ringed by hills, which are visible from many points
within the city centre. The highest is Cave Hill at 355 meters and has a panoramic
view of the city and even Scotland, on a clear day. The Antrim Plateau lies
to the south and north of the city, making up the Castlereagh and Holywood Hills.
This physical geography has pretty much constrained the city to remain within
the Lagan Valley.
One of the characteristics that sets Belfast apart from other cities is the
strong ethnic divide in the city, between Protestants and Catholics. There is
still a very clear delineation, whether by flags, buildings or simply graffiti.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Days Hotel Belfast
Travelodge Belfast Central
Radisson SAS Belfast
Jurys Belfast Inn
Holiday Inn Belfast
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