Neil Delamere and Flip Robinson
“I really was in awe of what Northern Ireland has to offer on my road trip, every corner you turn there is an amazing view or something new to experience, with excellent food and accommodation too.
I often head North for gigs and work, but it was great to take the time to really explore as a tourist, get stuck in to fun activities, both old and new, and really have the craic with the local people there. It is on our doorstep, with Belfast only two hours from Dublin, and I would highly recommend it for a road trip.” - Neil Delamere
Day 1 Morning
The perfect way to introduce yourself to the heart of Belfast is on a Belfast Bike Tour. Explore the City’s historic Titanic, University and Gaeltacht Quarters before stopping for an extended coffee break at The Dock Cafe or the wonderful St. George’s Market .
Most tours are around 15 kilometres (10 miles) and last about 3 hours with plenty of refreshments and sightseeing stops – all at conversational cycling pace whilst riding the super comfy City Cruiser bikes on flat terrain.
Head over to the Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, which offers a range of fantastic pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Cathedral Quarter's dynamic mix of activities - against the backdrop of some of the city's oldest and most beautiful streets and buildings - sets it apart as one of Belfast’s most exciting places to work, visit and live.
Then its time to head for the Causeway Coast!
Rated as one of the Top Five Road Trips, when you drive it, you’ll understand why. Follow the coast road through the nine Glens of Antrim, winding between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations, stretching for 120 miles from Belfast Lough to Derry~Londonderry.
Stop off at the smallest bar in Ireland - Mary McBride's in Cushendun - and marvel at door number 8 in the Game of Thrones® Doors of Thrones series. Pick up a passport from the bar and start your themed stamp collection, with the first of the ten done!
Head off the beaten track on the Causeway Coast with Flip Robinson from Giant Tours starting at the Cushendun Caves which is also an official Game of Thrones® filming location. Flip, who appeared in the HBO epic series, will take you to iconic sites via breathtaking scenery. Enjoythe stunning North Coast including Murlough Bay, Ballintoy Harbour, Torr Head and secret spots, perfect for that all important selfie!
With Day 1 almost at a close, head for a hearty feast in the cosy surroundings of the 4* Bushmills Inn before staying overnight in the traditional hotel. Originally a Coaching Inn in the 1600s, the building is steeped in Irish history.
DAY 2 Morning
You are waking up in the village that is home to the world’s oldest Whiskey Distillery; Bushmills. The Bushmills Brand Experience at Old Bushmills Distillery encompasses guided tours around a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells, tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and a well-stocked gift shop with exclusive Bushmills merchandise. Spoiler alert: Just as you're working up a thirst at the conclusion of the tour you'll be offered a whiskey or a soft drink in the 1608 Bar. Phew!
Now you're a short distance from the famous Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle, it's time to explore. The seaside town of Portrush is a must see on a Causeway Road trip – if only for the Blue Flag beaches. Climb the dunes on Whiterocks Beach and work up an appetite in time for lunch at 55 Degrees North. Then it's back on the road and off to the Walled City of Derry!
The Walled City of Derry’s unparalleled setting, fine architecture, wealth of history and thriving arts, music and foodie scenes make it an unforgettable stop on your Northern Ireland journey.
Try something different and sign up for a tour on two wheels - no not another bike tour, but a ‘Boom Board Tour’. This is a new slow adventure experience which is a first for Derry~Londonderry and in fact Ireland, introducing the Hawaiian longboard to the tourism offering in the city. In the smooth streets of Derry~Londonderry the tour opens up a new vista on the city, and a fresh take on the traditional guided tour format. Longboards provide a smooth and stable experience - and lots of fun regardless of your experience level.
Derry~Londonderry has 1,500 years of history and culture enclosed within Ireland’s only completely walled city. With over fifty natural and built attractions in the region, such as Derry’s Walls, The Bogside, The People's Gallery, Murals and The Bloody Sunday Story, there's lots to learn and plenty of interesting history to discover. And if you enjoy learning from the locals a 1 hour walking tour with Derry City Tours will have you talking like a native of the city in no time! Don’t forget a picture at the new ‘Derry Girl’ Mural.
One of the best restaurants for dinner is the Walled City Brewery across the Peace Bridge, where you can sample beers with the most unusual names including Beerexit, Boom and more recently Sister Michael and Wee English Fella. Check in to the luxurious and intimate boutique 4* ShipQuay Hotel for a fabulous way to end the day.
Two days, two cities and loads in between… Neil Delamere didn't let the border stop him and he had a ball…so What’s Keeping You?