Bushmills Inn Hotel
48 hours at The Bushmills Inn, County Antrim.
The Causeway Coastal route in County Antrim is known as one of the greatest drives on earth. It includes a world heritage site, historic ruined castles, world – class golf and Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery. So why not use the Bushmills Inn Hotel, a 3 hour drive from Dublin, and just over an hour from Belfast as your base to get out and take in the sights and turn the next 48 hours into a truly unforgettable experience.
Start your first day at the Giants causeway, the geological wonder that gives the route its name. It’s Northern Irelands only UNESCO world heritage site and steeped in myth and legend.
Then challenge yourself at the thrilling Carrick-a-rede rope bridge crossing a chasm that is 30 metres deep and 20 metres wide, originally erected by salmon fishermen this National trust property is must do on your stay in the area.
Why not head to your hotel, The Bushmills Inn, once a 17th Century coaching inn with roaring peat fires you will be ensured that the welcome is always warm. Enjoy lunch in the AA Rosette restaurant, sample the finest in locally sourced food and enjoy a glass of malt from the hotel’s private cask.
If a tipple at lunch has whet your appetite drop by the Old Bushmills distillery, Ireland’s oldest working distillery. The Bushmills Brand Experience encompasses guided tours around the working distillery with tutored whiskey tastings, a specialist whiskey shop and concludes in the 1608 bar where you will be offered a whiskey or a soft drink.
After your full day of exploring head into the nearby seaside town of Portrush and enjoy a mouth-watering meal at the Ramore Restaurants. Take your pick from a unique range on site including; The Wine Bar, The Mermaid, Neptune & Prawn, Harbour Bistro and The Harbour Bar , you will be sure to find something that caters for all tastes and atmosphere a-plenty.
Begin your second day at Ballintoy harbour a picturesque fishing harbour made famous as a film location for HBO series Game of Thrones®. Found at the end of a small winding road the harbour features secluded bays, rock pools and sandy coves that you can enjoy before stopping off at the nearby village of Ballintoy.
From there continue the theme of myth and legend and head to the iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle that clings perilously to the cliffs edge. The dramatic history of Dunluce is matched with tales of Banshees and how the castle kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639. If fact and fiction is more your thing explore the findings of archaeological digs and find out more in the on site visitors centre.
Take in the simply stunning and dramatic setting of Downhill Demesne and the circular Mussenden Temple, perched dramatically on a 120 foot cliff edge high above Downhill Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The temple was built as a summer library and inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli.
For the avid golfer there is yet another magnificent golf course nearby at Portstewart Golf Club. Set in classic links country amid towering sand dunes and views at every turn. Why not see if your play is up to scratch.
Why not have an early evening meal at Harrys Shack a unique beach side eatery named in the Sunday Times’ top 100 UK Restaurants 2017. Serving local fish, meats, vegetables and more. (arking available at Portstewart Strand, National Trust charges apply).
Before you leave why not take a final stroll along the stunning Portstewart strand, a prestigious Blue Flag Award beach and listen to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the perfect place to reflect on your trip, and, think about planning the next one!