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Is there anything more special than throwing open the curtains that first morning of your holiday to reveal an incredible view? That’s the moment you really start to relax. Fortunately, there are no shortage of spectacular views in Northern Ireland, and no shortage of beautiful rooms to showcase them.

From dramatic coastlines to vibrant cityscapes, we’ve found Northern Ireland’s greatest vistas and the hotels and guest rooms that overlook them. So if you want to wake up to the sight of Brent geese descending on Strangford Lough, or fall asleep listening to the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, we’ve got you covered.

Just sit back, relax and take it all in. Your holiday starts here.

Find your room with a view

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast (5*)

Located beside the handsome Grand Opera House theatre, the boutique Fitzwilliam Hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Belfast’s vibrant city centre. Book one of the luxurious Superior and Deluxe rooms for a sumptuous stay with unparalleled views of the city’s historic landmarks.

Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae, County Antrim (4*)

Book a Premier room in the Bayview Hotel and you can enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque village of Portballintrae. The hotel also offers stand-up paddleboard lessons at the harbour, or you can stay cosy inside at the intimate Porthole Bar and Restaurant and watch sunsets, sunrises and storms over the sea outside.

The Shoreline at Mount Stewart, Greyabbey, County Down (5*)

Relax in the serenity of salty sea air and breath taking views as far as the Mourne Mountains at this lavish bed and breakfast, nestled right on the shores of Strangford Lough. The Shoreline is ideal for exploring the Ards Peninsula. It is close to the National Trust estate, Mount Stewart, and the historic village of Greyabbey. And if the water looks good, you can take on the Strangford Lough canoe trail too.

Where the mountains sweep into the sea

Slieve Donard, Newcastle, County Down (4*)

“I might as well be where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea,” sang Percy French. And you might as well be too at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, which was built to take in that same view. So check in, melt into a full body massage, soak in the vitality pools before enjoying this unforgettable vista.

At the Beach, Portstewart, County Londonderry (5*)

Wake up to stunning sea views of Portstewart Strand, Mussenden Temple and beyond at this beautiful bed and breakfast. Feel the soft morning mist as you walk along the magnificent golden sands of the beach. With glorious sunsets and sailboats in the bay, this is a true seaside escape.

Marine Hotel, Ballycastle, County Antrim (3*)

The Marine Hotel in Ballycastle is situated on the heart of the iconic Causeway Coast.

Boasting unrivalled sea views overlooking Ballycastle Beach, Rathlin island, Fairhead and the Mull of Kintyre. This is the perfect stop for exploring the Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim.

Secluded Island Views

Lakeside Cabins, Lusty Beg Island, County Fermanagh (4*)

Retreat to the enchanting Fermanagh Lakelands and the secluded island of Lusty Beg. The luxurious Lakeside Cabins offer breath taking views of the islands and the glistening calm waters of Lough Erne. Take it slow, with a nature walk followed by an aromatic seaweed bath. This is a magical place to escape and unwind.

Newforge House, Magheralin, County Armagh (5*)

The luxurious rooms at the Georgian Newforge House provide a truly relaxing setting, with uninterrupted views of its beautiful gardens and idyllic countryside. Experience warm hospitality and delicious local, seasonal food; all grown on the site in the grounds of the house.

Homecoming Barn, Clogher, County Tyrone (4*)

You can find peace and tranquillity amid the picturesque surrounds of this calm, rural setting in the Clogher Valley.  This newly renovated barn has retained much of its original stonework in its interior and offers comfortable self-catering accommodation which has been tastefully furnished.

Mountain View, Mullaghbawn, County Armagh (4*)

Nestled amid the serene Ring of Gullion in County Armagh, Mountain View Self-Catering Cottage is a perfect hideaway to relax and unwind. Be inspired by its peaceful setting, magnificent mountainous views and lush green fields.

Leave it all behind in the Fermanagh Lakelands

Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodges, County Fermanagh (4*)

Located on the beautiful banks of Lough Erne, adjacent to the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel, Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodges enjoy stunning views and stylish, modern interiors. This collection of 14 self-catering, log-panelled lodges offer a unique experience for visitors to the Fermanagh Lakelands. It is the perfect base for active families and activity breaks.

Killeavy Castle Estate, County Armagh (4*)

Set on the easterly base of Slieve Gullion in the calm Killeavy countryside, Killeavy Castle Estate is a place to wind down, relax and take in three hundred and fifty acres of mixed farm and woodlands.This magnificent castle has a rich heritage, beautiful architecture and a magnificent setting.

One Shore St, County Down (5*)

One Shore St. is the perfect place for a stylish getaway. Featuring five unique rooms, it combines classic style with contemporary creature-comforts. Located directly on the sea front, it enjoys unparalleled views of Donaghadee lighthouse, Copeland Islands and the Irish Sea over to Scotland.

Peartree Hill B&B (5*)

Winner of NITA Best B&B Stay 2019, Peartree Hill is a feast for the eyes. Take in floor to ceiling views of Scrabo and Strangford Lough from each room. It is located just 3 miles from Belfast, but you will feel like you’re a million miles away.

See all the way to Scotland

Ballygally Holiday Apartments (4*)

Positioned on an elevated site in the pretty seaside village of Ballygally, these 7 Self-Catering apartments are fully furnished to a high standard with magnificent views over the Glens of Antrim and across the Irish Sea to Scotland.

Blackrock Beach House (5*)

This five star rental overlooks over the spectacular West Strand blue flag beach in Portrush. Blackrock Beach House is the perfect base to explore Northern Ireland's North Coast. Live in luxury with your own home cinema, twinkling ceiling lights, 77inch screen, a games room with surround sound, fully fitted gym room and a bar. You will never want to leave.

Further Space at Glenarm Castle (4*)

Offering exquisite ocean views that look across Glenarm Castle Estates, these brand new holiday pods offer the perfect rural getaway. Well-equipped, with self-check in and all modern conveniences; you'll feel right at home while you’re miles from home.

Spoiled for Scenery

These are just a few of our favourite views and where to find them. But to be honest, in Northern Ireland we are spoiled for spectacular scenery. So there are countless other views we could share. Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite views by joining the conversation at #discoverni.