Welcome to Northern Ireland a land of giant myths and legends. On this trip, you will discover the world-famous stunning Causeway Coastal Route, cross the Carrick a Rede Rope bridge 30 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, visit Fermanagh’s Lakelands, see the stunning Mourne mountains as they sweep down to the sea and then deep dive into Belfast, our capital city with a visit to Titanic Belfast, the world’s leading visitor attraction, and experience some other surprises along the way.

Day 1

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Experience takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The galleries are innovative and interactive with many features including diving to the depth of the ocean to explore where RMS Titanic now rests. The Titanic story is told at Titanic Belfast in a fresh and insightful way.  Winner of the World’s Leading Visitor Attraction 2016 at the World Travel Awards.

Titanic Belfast

City Sightseeing Belfast

CitySightseeing Belfast is the leading tour operator in Belfast offering award winning hop on hop off city tours. This city tour offers the visitor a comprehensive look at Belfast city and allows them to explore every area and district of this unique place. This tour operates seven days a week.

Belfast City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Open-top Bus Tour

Culloden Estate and Spa

Standing high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, the most prestigious luxury five-star hotel in Northern Ireland. Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful, secluded gardens and woodland. Palatial surroundings, exquisite decor, fine antiques, and exceptional service combine to give the Culloden Estate and Spa a unique air of elegance. With all its tranquil opulence you could be forgiven for thinking the Culloden is a rural retreat, however, this beautiful property has the added advantage of being just 10 minutes from Belfast City centre and is conveniently located to many of Northern Ireland’s major visitor attractions.

The Culloden Estate And Spa

Vespers

Vespers is one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland. It serves modern Irish Cuisine using only the finest and freshest local ingredients.

The décor is gothic grandeur, the food gourmet chic, while waiters ensure your glass never runs empty. Let us show you to your seat and we’ll show you how to dine in ultimate style.

Vespers Restaurant

Day 2

Giant’s Causeway & Visitor Centre

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stunning Giant’s Causeway is a must-see visitor attraction. 60 million years ago, when molten lava cooled suddenly on contact with water the Giant’s Causeway was formed. It is an awe-inspiring landscape of mostly hexagonal basalt columns. The £18m Visitor Centre is an innovative state of the art facility which rises out of the landscape with walls of glass, soaring basalt columns and a sloping grass roof.

Giant’s Causeway | National Trust

The Dark Hedges

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. In fact, the iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones®, representing the Kingsroad.

The Dark Hedges

Bushmills Inn

Originally a Coaching Inn in the 1600s for saddle sore travellers, the Hotel is steeped in history with a myriad of places to explore. From inglenook turf fires to hayloft snugs, there’s something to find behind every door. You can ask our team to show you the hidden Library or Flag Room and tell you of their significance. Guests have full use of the cosy reading rooms and an intimate snug with wood burning stove and stack of logs is a wonderful place to enjoy a tipple or two from the Bushmills range.
Quietly luxurious, there are 41 guest bedrooms, including a mix of Classic, Deluxe and Superior rooms and the Garden View or Master Distillers Suites. Lovely views of the River Bush can be seen from the windows of many of the rooms here, giving a soothing outlook for your stay. Each of the elegant bedrooms and suites have been individually designed to provide a sanctuary for guests.

Bushmills Inn

Restaurant at Bushmills Inn

The Restaurant is one of the most idyllic places to eat in Bushmills, offering all-day dining and serving the finest dishes using seasonal and locally sourced produce in an elegant, atmospheric, and relaxed setting. Their emphasis is on quietly unobtrusive, yet attentive service. They offer a sophisticated yet informal environment, showcasing their rich history and heritage in the setting of the original 17th century stables and wine cellar, contrasted by intimate snugs with whitewashed walls and warm mellow brick timbers.

Bushmills Restaurant & Bar

Day 3

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below. The bridge is one of Northern Irelands most loved tourist attractions and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Carrick-a-Rede | National Trust

Glenarm Castle

Nestled in the natural beauty of the Glens of Antrim, you’ll find the ancestral home of the McDonnell family, Earls of Antrim, and one of Northern Ireland’s most historic family houses. With over 500 years of history and heritage, the McDonnell’s are also descended from the ancient Kings of Dalriada, while Glenarm Castle itself was built by Randal McDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim in 1636. From unique artefacts to tantalising secrets, you’ll hear the intricate living history behind the family who live here; all brought to life by George, your guide and the Castle Butler. The tour of Glenarm Castle and Garden gives you an exclusive opportunity to peek behind-the-scenes, see real treasures from the Girona shipwreck off Dunluce Castle in 1588

Glenarm Castle & Garden – Glenarm Castle Estate

Galgorm Resort and Spa

Northern Ireland’s Premier luxury Hotel and Spa situated only 30 minutes from Belfast is the perfect location to relax and get away from it all. Set within 163 acres of lush parkland with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, Galgorm Resort has a truly unique setting. Close to both Belfast airports and the stunning scenery of the North Antrim Coast, it is the perfect base from which to explore the region’s most renowned attractions. This Resort is home to 125 luxurious guestrooms including 48 deluxe roomsJunior and Signature Suites, and the unique Thermal Village & Spa that is the first of its kind in Ireland. The Resort also boasts a selection of restaurants & bars and extensive conference and banqueting facilities

Galgorm Hotel

Fratelli Ristorante

Fratelli Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar oozes rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge. Meaning ‘brothers’ in Italian the Fratelli brand concept is to welcome guests into a family-friendly, informal environment where the focus is on simple yet quality cookery and a warm welcome. Their friendly team serve traditional pizza and pasta dishes with a modern twist, using carefully sourced Italian produce. Menus boast authentic Italian cicchetti perfect for sharing, fresh local seafood and meat, alongside the Italian classics we love; mouth-watering pizza, pasta and not to mention tempting mini desserts. Kids can build their own pizza before enjoying a mini bambinocino.

Fratelli Ristorante

Day 4

Royal Portrush Golf Club

A visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club which is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links, and the hidden gem, the Valley Links is a must. Portrush is a member’s club which welcomes visitors all year round to face the challenges of its courses and to brave the testing conditions. It played host to the 148th Open Championship in 2019.

Royal Portrush Golf Club – Host of the 148th Open Championship

The Dark Hedges

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. In fact, the iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones®, representing the Kingsroad. The Dark Hedges

Dundarave Estate

Dundarave Estate is a “Charles Lanyon” property hidden away in the heart of the Causeway Coast. It is a family home that diversifies by leasing the property to esteemed guests. Here you can relax and enjoy the best of Irish hospitality, exquisite cuisine, and luxurious en-suite bedrooms. Live life to the full by indulging in salmon fishing, shooting, pony trekking, foraging and whiskey sampling.

The Dundarave Estate

The Salthouse Bar and Restaurant

With tables gazing out to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond, the Salthouse Bar and Restaurant offers the perfect place to eat, drink and relax serving everything from morning coffees to classic cocktails and a variety of mouth-watering dishes for lunch and dinner. The menus embrace the essence of our locality using the finest, locally sourced ingredients such as locally caught seafood fresh from the pier. They are passionate about food, service and delivering a dining experience that is relaxed and very much rooted in our location on the stunning Causeway Coast.

Salthouse Hotel

Day 5

SOAK Seaweed Baths

Located 10 minutes’ walk from the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, SOAK is a place where you can come to relax in a unique and special way. Listen to your favourite tunes as you melt all your troubles away in your own personal steam cabinet before luxuriating in the amber goodness of the mineral-rich seaweed and hot seawater that make up a seaweed bath. Let the seaweed detoxify your body and enrich your skin with vitamins A—K, giving you a natural glow, then close your pores with an invigorating freshwater jet spa shower.

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Mourne Sea Safari

A thrilling sightseeing RIB boat trip in Newcastle Co. Down. The trip leaves from Newcastle Harbour and highlights of the trip include Seal Colonies at Dundrum Bay Nature Reserve, St. Johns Point Lighthouse, and stunning views of ‘Mourne Mountains Sweeping Down to the Sea’ from St. Johns Point. There is a stop en route for Oysters and Guinness/Wine at picturesque Annalong Harbour Bloody Bridge – once a smugglers highway from England & Isle of Man.

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Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

After much investment over the years, many now regard the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa as the “Gleneagles” of Northern Ireland. It was originally built by the Belfast and County Down Railway, as an ‘end of line’ luxury holiday destination. Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the magnificent Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. A golden strand of beach borders one side while the mighty Royal County Down golf course frames the other. This lovingly maintained Victorian hotel is home to one of Europe’s finest resort Spas and is perfect for a short break, residential conference or grand event.

Slieve Donard Hotel

The Oak Restaurant

Dine in style in the sophisticated sumptuousness of the Oak Restaurant at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in County Down and enjoy an array of fabulous dishes prepared using only the finest local produce and ingredients. Guests are guaranteed a truly unforgettable dining experience

Oak Restaurant

Day 6

Belleek Pottery

On a tour of Ireland’s oldest working pottery, the phrase ‘look but don’t touch’ doesn’t always apply. Each piece of Belleek Pottery passes through 16 different artisans’ hands, and yours are set to become the 17th pair, as the highly skilled staff guide you through every step of their process. Arriving at the pottery on the tranquil banks of the River Erne in County Fermanagh, visitors are invited to ring the bell which first called people to work in 1857. Generation after generation of locals have learned a trade here, keeping heritage alive and creating Belleek’s distinctive and often intricate Parian china. None more detailed than the International Centrepiece in the foyer, a true labour of love which won the Paris Exhibition in 1900. Today, around 100,000 pieces are produced every year and shipped off around the world.

Belleek Pottery Visitor’s Centre

Island Discovery - Erne Water Taxis

The best way to really see the Fermanagh Lakelands is from the water, and if your boat is captained by Barry Flanagan, you’ll see and hear so much more – from tales of island life, to the distinctive call of a moorhen. There is no set itinerary and countless possibilities. Starting from Enniskillen, Ireland’s only island town, Barry will choose your route, based on his knowledge of Lough Erne’s changing currents, seasons and the movements of wildlife. As you travel, he will show you secretive creatures such as kingfishers, and intrigue you with poignant stories of the now largely uninhabited islands, from the Bronze Age to the 1980s. For centuries, these islands were home to thriving communities making a living through farming and fishing; at the turn of the 20th century, there were around 500 residents.

Boat Tours

Lough Erne Hotel

Winner of Hotel of the Year, Lough Erne Resort, is a luxurious 5-Star hotel in Enniskillen, the gateway to North West Ireland. Nestled on a 600-acre peninsula with spectacular views of the Fermanagh Lakelands and The Faldo Course, it’s clear to see why Lough Erne Resort is renowned as one of the finest 5 Star hotels Northern Ireland has to offer

Lough Erne Resort

Dinner in the Catalina Restaurant

Diners can enjoy a variety of unique experiences from elegant dining in The Catalina Restaurant awarded 3 AA Rosettes. Acclaimed Executive Head Chef Noel McMeel and his team have created menus, which showcase modern Irish cuisine at its finest, using the very best of local seasonal ingredients.

The Catalina Restaurant

Day 7

Hillsborough Castle

Located on the southern outskirts of Belfast, Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland and home of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. This charming Georgian residence has 100 acres of glorious gardens, two boutique gift shops and two delightful cafes serving dishes made with ingredients grown in our stunning walled garden. Discover stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation as our expert Explainers guide you through a 45-minute tour of Hillsborough Castle’s fascinating history and stunning State Rooms. Wander at leisure through the historic gardens which include ornate formal gardens, woodland, meadows and lake

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Linen Mill Studios

HBO have partnered with Linen Mill Studios to open the Game Of Thrones ® studio tour, located at the Linen Mill Studios, Banbridge, Northern Ireland. Showcasing authentic sets, costumes, and props from all seasons of the hit series, this engaging, enchanting tour will allow fans to truly step inside the world of Westeros and beyond.

Linen Mill Studios

The Merchant Hotel

The AA 5 Red Star Merchant Hotel in Belfast is situated in the heart of Belfast city centre’s historic Cathedral Quarter. The grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities. This Belfast Hotel includes a stunning luxury spa, a rooftop gymnasium with panoramic city views, a dedicated meeting and events suite and a fabulous jazz bar.

The Merchant Hotel

OX Restaurant

With experience gained in the Michelin starred kitchens of Paris including the 3-star Taillevent, and an enthusiastic and unique approach to seasonal produce, chef owner Stephen uses imagination and creativity to help bring fresh ingredients to life on your plate. Too long have vegetables played the part of a mere garnish; OX guarantees menus which feature top quality meat and sustainably sourced fish, while also giving careful attention to seasonal vegetables and fruit. OX is committed to developing close relationships with local suppliers, menus are designed around the best available seasonal produce. As a result, each dish leaving the kitchen is thoughtfully designed so every element on the plate has an integral role in showcasing the best quality produce.

OX Restaurant Belfast