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Driving in Northern Ireland

A Motorists' guide to driving in Northern Ireland

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Capital: Belfast
Language: English, Irish Gaelic
Currency: Pound Sterling
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Nothern Ireland covers about 17% of the island of Ireland and is crisscrossed by uplands and low mountains; its best known landform is Lough Neagh, the UKs largest freshwater lake.

The major mountain ranges include the Sperrin, the Mourne, and the Antrim Plateau which stretches along its northeastern coastline. Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains is the highest point, at just over 850 meters.

The Giant's Causeway on the north Antrim coast also is well known; it is an area of interlocking basalt columns, the byproduct of a volcanic eruption in ancient times. Some of the columns even reach 12 meters.

The largest rivers in Northern Ireland are the Bann, the Foyle, the Logan and Mourne.

Driving distance map of Northern Ireland
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Driving in Northern Ireland

Speed Limits

Motorway: 70 mph
Dual Carriageway: 70 mph
Rural: 60 mph
Urban: 30 mph

Useful phone numbers in Northern Ireland

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Ambulance, police & fire: 999

Some useful phrases

Useful Phrases

Dia duit (hello), go raibh (thank you

Places to drive to in Northern Ireland


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