Giant’s Causeway voted Northern Ireland’s ‘greatest view’

An artist's impression of what it would look like at the Giant's Causeway on a giant smartphone billboard which is travelling around the UK. INCR 16-754-CON
An artist's impression of what it would look like at the Giant's Causeway on a giant smartphone billboard which is travelling around the UK. INCR 16-754-CON

The Giant’s Causeway has been named as the greatest view in Northern Ireland by the country’s residents.

It also features in the UK’s top ten, according to new research that celebrates the most incredible sights, both ancient and modern.

More than 2,500 people took part in the study which asked respondents to vote from a list created by a panel of leading travel experts.

It was specially commissioned to mark the forthcoming launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone.

The Giant’s Causeway came top with over half of respondents in the country voting the UNESCO World Heritage Site as their number one view.

The top 10 greatest views in the province, according to residents, are:

Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim

Mourne Mountains, County Down

Causeway Coast, County Antrim

Antrim Coast and Glens, County Antrim

The Dark Hedges, County Antrim

Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry

View of the city from Cavehill, Belfast

View from Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim

Dunluce Castle, County Antrim

The coast from Whitepark Bay, Ballintoy, County Antrim.

The study also revealed the top views across the UK, in which the Giant’s Causeway claimed ninth place - with the view from the summit of Mount Snowdon in Wales taking number one spot, followed by Three Sisters in the Scottish Highlights and Stonehenge rounding off the top three.

The top 10 greatest British views are:

Snowdonia – view of Llyn Llydaw from Mount Snowdon summit, Wales

Scottish Highlands – view of Three Sisters mountains, Glencoe Valley, Scotland

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

St Ives Bay, Cornwall, England

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England

Loch Ness – view from Dores, Highland, Scotland

Buttermere, Lake District, England

Parliament and Big Ben - view from Westminster Bridge, London, England

Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Loch Lomond – view from Conic Hill, Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

Furthermore, the study pinpointed the five key factors that make up a quintessentially British view, with people in Northern Ireland jointly choosing rolling countryside and rugged coastline as their top factor (28%), followed by country villages (20%), historical landmarks (15%) and coastal towns and fishing ports (15%).

Sam Grant, marketing director at Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said: “We wanted to mark the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8, with its unique and groundbreaking Infinity Display, by celebrating the beautiful views in our country of mountains, highlands, beaches and urban skylines that are best enjoyed unconfined.”

Samsung has celebrated the greatest views by commissioning a new photography project from Matthew Cattell – Britain’s reigning Landscape Photographer of the Year - which will be shot entirely on a Galaxy S8. Matthew is travelling the length of the UK in March and April to capture a series of stunning shots at locations which were named in the study.

Selected views are also being framed by the giant Infinity Display on a 7x3m scale model of the Galaxy S8, which is being taken on tour throughout April to locations which feature in the top 20.