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Awaken your Giant Spirit

  1. A tray full of cocao beans on display at NearyNogs
    NearyNogs is a small family-run business that produces some of Northern Ireland’s finest, most irresistible chocolate, and they’re ready to welcome you in and show you how it’s made.
  2. Hillsborough Castle is one of the most beautiful, and interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland, and the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland. These special gardens are a delight throughout the seasons and offer countless places to unwind, contemplate, socialise and seek inspiration.
    1. Located in the heart of the Mourne Mountains, Killowen Distillery has a ‘Kult’ following and an epic history, due in no small part to its great whiskeys and gins.
    2. See how it all began, from script to screen at Game of Thrones Studio Tour.
      Created in official partnership with Warner Bros., the world’s first and only Game of Thrones Studio Tour has arrived in Northern Ireland.   Located at the authentic filming location of Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, County Down, Game of Thrones Studio Tour invites you to experience the world of Game of Thrones like never before.
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    3. Beside Kelly’s Cellars the Mourne Seafood Bar serves fresh local seafood at an affordable price. To ensure freshness they purchase direct from the local ports of Annalong and Kilkeel on a daily basis.
      1. Couple walking outside the Wine & Brine restaurant
        Local chef Chris McGowan and his wife Davina have transformed this fine Georgian house into a bright modern restaurant. With an open kitchen in the main restaurant, there are also 2 private dining rooms. Menus change daily and as its name suggests, some of the meats are gently brined usinq whey from a local dairy supplier.
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          Formerly known as The Four Trees, it was once a thriving pub equalled by few outside of Belfast but it needed some TLC to restore it to its former beauty.
          1. During the handmade to last experience you'll learn how to create your own clay farm animal
            Get in touch with your inner ceramicist in a beautiful rural pottery. Mount Ida Pottery is a purpose-built pottery studio, surrounded by the Dromara Hills in a beautiful rural setting. Much of the pottery’s output is inspired by the local environment and the farming traditions of the area.
            1. A tour at Hinch Distillery is not just an exploration of history, production and their bold range of triple distilled whiskeys; it’s an invitation to sit and learn from the characters that bring it to life through an immersive sensory journey.
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            2. Suggested Itinerary: The Mourne Region
              Looking for suggestions for your short break to the Mourne region of County Down? Use this pre-built itinerary to find out more about some of the area's top attractions, eateries and places to stay. Check out the map below to see where everything is and click on the product listings below the map for more information.
            3. 2 mountain bikers enjoying the views across Carlingford Lough from atop Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails in County Down. They are sitting while their bikes rest against a boulder.

              County Down is the most easterly county in Northern Ireland. Magnificent mountain landscapes meet pretty-as-a-picture fishing villages, glorious beaches and epic Game of Thrones® experiences.

            4. Activities & Attractions in County Down
              The very geography of County Down offers variety in itself. There’s the Mourne mountains sweeping down to the sea. There’s Strangford Lough, the largest lough of its kind in Britain and Ireland. The Ards Peninsula has a sea-bitten flavour all of its own. Head inland, into Bronte Country, and everything changes as rock and sand quickly give way to farmland and woods.
            5. Food & Drink in County Down
              In recent years celebrity chefs like Paul Rankin and Michael Deane have done a lot to boost Northern Ireland’s food and drink credentials. While many of their restaurants have made Belfast a culinary hotspot, their influence and that of others is felt across the country. Nowhere more so than in County Down.
            6. Accommodation in County Down
              You’ll find an amazing range of places to stay in and around County Down. There are hotels, coastal cottages and campsites with sea views to die for. There are ancient castles and period buildings steeped in history and atmosphere.
            7. Christmas and New Year Offers
              Explore Christmas and New Year Offers, with exclusive deals and packages to make your holiday season truly special. However you choose to celebrate the festive season, there's something for everyone from cosy winter getaways to memorable New Year's Eve extravaganzas, all at great prices.
            8. The 4th green at Royal County Down Golf Course in Newcastle, County Down. Slieve Donard and the Mourne Mountains are visible in the background.

              This is the county that is home to Northern Ireland’s most dramatic mountain range, gave Game of Thrones® its Winterfell castle, has the largest sea lough in Great Britain and Ireland and is St Patrick’s last resting place. Phew!

            Awaken your Giant Spirit

            1. Grand lobby of Slieve Donard with dark wooden floors, lots of greenery and a large chandelier.
              A beloved destination for families, golfers, and holiday travellers, Slieve Donard is a local landmark that’s equal parts homey and breath-taking. The resort sits at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, on the edge of Royal County Down Golf Club, ranked no. 1 in the world by Golf Digest.
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            2. A couple pulling overnight bags entering into The Old Inn
              The Old Inn is like home away from home, with personable service and an easy-going atmosphere. Guests can kick off their shoes and get comfortable in a guestroom that suits their mood, or amp up the luxury with suites that come with their own private hot tub. Check out the brand new Treetop Spa which is a haven of tranquility, relaxation and exclusive for hotel residents only.
            3. With 20 cosy, modern rooms and our emphasis on guest experience, Hillyard House, The Yard Restaurant and Mrs Coleman's Bar have everything to make your stay cosy, culinary and great craic.
            4. A warm welcome awaits you at this magnificent country house nestled in the rolling Co-Down countryside near the historic award winning village of Scarva, Blackwell House is personally run by the owners, Joyce and Steve.
            5. Photo of main entrance to hotel framed by landscaped gardens
              A place apart. Clandeboye Lodge is the warm welcome of Northern Ireland. The comfortable and cosy corner you won’t want to leave. Charm and service from dawn until dusk.
            6. Portaferry Hotel Entrance
              The Portaferry Hotel, the ideal place to relax, the minute you walk through our doors you can feel the atmosphere, snuggle up to our open fires or enjoy the stunning scenery with walks along the shore. And not forgetting our outstanding food offering.
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            7. Horseshoe Cottage exerior
              This stunning 18th century cottage on the shores of Strangford Lough, combines luxury with cosiness and comfort. It is a rural getaway, where guests are invited to relax and enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty.
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