Galgorm Resort & Spa
Just a few hours from Dublin is the breathtaking Galgorm Resort & Spa, set in 163 acres of lush parkland, and surprisingly close to all the wonderful sites along the Causeway Coastal Route. Spend 48 hours here and you’ll come away refreshed in body and spirit.
Your day begins with a drive along the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route. From Belfast, travel along this stunning stretch of coastline towards the Glens of Antrim - a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
Glenariff is affectionately known as the 'Queen of the Glens' and the fairest of them all. So make sure to stop by Glenariff Forest Park, with it's bracing walks and beautiful waterfalls.
Check in and enjoy the tranquillity and lush surroundings of the 4* Galgorm Resort & Spa. Relax in blissful luxury – egyptian cotton sheets, marble bathrooms, private hot tubs, to name just a few of the highlights.
The hotel's Thermal Spa Village is the first of its kind in Ireland. When you book one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms, suites, cabins or cottages, you get access to the unique Thermal Village & Spa with indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam rooms, sauna and snow cabin.
Dine at Gillies Bar & Grill, a favourite amongst guests and locals alike, with its warm and relaxed ambience and charming views of the resort’s stables.
The extensive selection of menus cater for a wide range of tastes with classic brassiere dishes, a grill selection and Asian-inspired creations with a satisfying accompanying wine list. A true commitment to using the freshest of ingredients and the very best local Antrim produce.
After dinner, move across to the bar area in and enjoy a night of live entertainment and music.
After waking up to a delicious buffet style breakfast, it's time to head off along the infamous Causeway Coastal Route. Follow the footsteps of mythical giants to the intriguing, polygonal stones of Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant's Causeway - the geological wonder that gives the route its name.
From the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre (Open 09:00-18:00 October, 09:00-17:00 November/December), venture out to the stones and discover clues of Finn McCool's existence - including the Giant’s Boot and Wishing Chair formations.
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 many years ago, this National Trust attraction is must do, hanging 100ft above the Atlantic Ocean below.
Then, make your way across to the iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle, and learn of its history and tales of Banshees felling the castle kitchens into the sea. Clinging perilously to the cliff edge, this breathtaking castle has inspired many artists and writers including C.S. Lewis.
Or, if you have time, take a day trip to Rathlin Island; experience the rugged beauty and tranquillity of Northern Ireland’s only inhabited offshore island, reached by ferry from Ballycastle (last departure at 16:30). Follow one of the island’s scenic walking trails or hire a bicycle to explore the quiet roads.
Back at the hotel, kick back in the hotel’s casual Italian eatery, Fratelli Ristorante. Oozing rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge, you will be welcomed into a family-friendly, informal environment where the focus is on simple yet quality cookery.
Afterwards, experience an innovative array of classic and bespoke cocktails. Home to the resort’s cocktail and gin bar, the Conservatory at Galgorm is a magnificent, bespoke glass creation with stunning views of the cascading River Maine.