Covering an area of 14,130 sq. km, the constitutionally distinct region of Northern Ireland occupies approximately 17% of the island of Ireland.
As observed on the map, Lough Neagh - encompassing an area of about 391 sq. km, occupies the central part of Northern Ireland. Lough Neagh is considered as United Kingdom’s largest freshwater lake as well as the largest lake in western Europe. Northern Ireland is also crisscrossed by many uplands and low mountains. Some of the major mountain ranges include Sperrin Mountains, Mourne Mountains, and some other smaller mountain ranges. Located in the Mourne Mountains is Mount Slieve Donard, which rises to an elevation of 850m and is the highest point in Northern Ireland.
Situated along Northern Ireland’s northeastern coastline is the Antrim Plateau. Located on the north Antrim coast is the Giant’s Causeway - the most significant geographical feature in Northern Ireland. This area is the byproduct of an ancient volcanic eruption and contains thousands of interlocking high basalt columns. Some of the notable rivers in Northern Ireland are Bann (Lower and Upper), Blackwater, Foyle, Lagan, Mourne. Lower and Upper Lough Erne are the region’s 2nd and 3rd largest inland water bodies, both of which are located in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland. The lowest point in Northern Ireland is situated along the Irish Sea coastline (0m).
Northern Ireland is administratively divided into 26 districts and 6 historic counties. In alphabetical order, these districts are Antrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Derry, Down, Dungannon, and South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry and Mourne, Newtonabbey, North Down, Omagh and Strabane.
The 6 historical counties: County Antrim, County Down, County Armagh, County Londonderry, County Fermanagh, and County Tyrone are no longer used for administrative purposes.
Covering an area of 14,130 sq. km, Northern Ireland is a constitutionally distinct region of the United Kingdom. Located on the eastern coast of Northern Ireland, along the banks of River Lagan is Belfast – the capital and the largest city of Northern Ireland. Belfast serves as a major commercial, educational, shopping and business center of Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland is a constitutionally distinct region of the United Kingdom, located in the northeastern part of the island of Ireland. It is geographically positioned in the Northern and Western hemispheres of the Earth. Northern Ireland is bordered by the Republic of Ireland in the south and west. In the east, it is separated from Scotland by the North Channel. Northern Ireland is separated from England and Wales in the east and southeast by the Irish Sea. In the north, it is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
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