Highways of Ulster

Details

Location

Glenariff, Port of Belfast, White Park Bay

Year

1955

Source

Format

16mm

colour

Length

21min 48sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

National Museums Northern Ireland, Rights are managed by National Museums Northern Ireland on behalf of Tourism NI

Description

Hop on board and explore Ulster. There is plenty to feast your eyes on - on both sides of the border - but "nothing too strenuous", on this entertaining coach tour. 

What better way to soak up the sights of Northern Ireland than a whistlestop tour aboard a gleaming Ulster Transport Authority bus? The route takes us to some of the region's most idyllic locations, not least as we journey through the 'Black Arch' and along the Antrim Coast Road with its stunning seascapes. Later, the promise of a slab of 'yellow man' - the honeycomb-like confectionary - provides the perfect excuse to hop-off at Ballycastle for the Ould Lammas Fair.
 

Notes

Aside from the typical tourist 'must-sees', such as the Mountains of Mourne, Giant's Causeway and City Hall, this colourful film also features Silent Valley - with its enormous reservoirs - and charming scenes of afternoon tea at the Great Northern Hotel, Rostrevor and of Belfast's York Road Rail station, which ran from 1848 until its closure in 1992. This film was produced by the Ulster Transport Authority and used by theNorthern Ireland Tourist Board.  These government departments were particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. 
 

Credits

Produced by the Ulster Transport Authority

Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Directed by Tom Huston

Narrated by Alan Roberts

Music by Derek Bell and The  Gilcurdon Trio

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

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