Ultimate Ulster: Breathtaking Views

Ultimate Ulster: Breathtaking Views

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Antrim, Antrim Coast, Ballintoy, Belfast, Cave Hill, Down, Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Knockagh Monument, Lough Navar, Mourne Mountains, Scrabo Tower, Silent Valley, Sperrin Mountains, Ulster, White Park Bay




Transmission 20/06/2011


22min 35sec







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In this episode of Ultimate Ulster, presenter Frank Mitchell runs the audience through the public's choices for Northern Ireland's most breathtaking views. 

Amongst the nation's most breathtaking views are those along the Antrim Coast, its many picturesque towns and villages such as White Park Bay and Ballintoy. Ciaran Kinney, a local rock climber, and Eddie Aicken are both hugely taken with the area and passionately describe the views. 

Similarly awe-inspiring are the Mourne Mountains, local photographer Brain Davidson describing the ever-changing, ever-captivating views. Chris Armstrong shares his opinion, adding that the Mournes are a 'fantastic resource'. The view from Cave Hill - showing the scope of Belfast and, on a clear day, locations as far away Scotland and the Isle of Man - also has its fans, including Heidi McAlpin and Cormac Hamill. The latter contributor describes the caves within the hill and how he believes they are largely natural but, possibly, enhanced.

Also included in running for most breathtaking views; the Glens of Antrim - Andrew McAlister and Maggie Flynn describe the sense of enchantment that the Glens are imbued with. The Giant's Causeway, with its mystical associations and geometrical forms, is an inspiration to artist Jenny Scharf, whilst Tricia Roulston from Coleraine describes the Causeway as an asset to Ulster.

Also making the Top Ten, Scrabo Tower in County Down, built to commemorate the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry in 1854; David Thompson and Judith Hammond gush about the views from the top. Brendan Gormlet and Norman Trotter describe the entrancing scenery of the Sperrin Mountains, with the Silent Valley, Lough Navar and the Knockagh Monument rounding out the Top Ten.


The series features ten guides to Northern Ireland, as chosen by local people and the previous series were the most watched regional programmes in the whole of the ITV Network.



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